Christian Kirkham, Designer in London, United Kingdom
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Christian Kirkham

Verified Expert  in Design

UX/UI Designer

London, United Kingdom
Toptal Member Since
June 27, 2016

Christian's developed his digital experience craft whilst in London, building a portfolio of contracts with brands such as Nike, TAG Heuer. and Rolls-Royce. To deliver his results, he works with user-first in mind. Outside of work, Christian ensures that he is in step with the latest design trends and works to extend his skill set. Currently, he is self-employed as a global freelancer, serving clients across North America to Asia.


Work Experience

Head of UX and Design

2018 - PRESENT
WiseAlpha Technologies
  • Crafted and project managed the strategy, UX, and design of the world's first corporate bond trading app.
  • Assisted a large team of remote working front-end, Python, Django, and React Native developers to ensure QA across multiple platforms.
  • Built a new brand identity, guide, language, and tone.
  • Advised and oversaw the implementation of Intercom, by increasing customer support satisfaction and five-star Trustpilot reviews by 400%.
  • Contributed and attended the winning of the digital British Banking Awards for three consecutive years.
  • Product managed a team of over five developers across multiple disciplines, including React-Native and Django, to deliver a first of its kind corporate bond trading app.
  • Hired and mentored design contractors to support in the ideation and implementation of work ranging from marketing material to dashboard design.
Technologies: Photoshop CC, Sketch, Interface Design, After Effects CC, Principle, Figma, InVision

Senior User Experience Architect

2015 - 2017
  • Created the interaction guidelines for NTC with Nike design directors in Portland, OR.
  • Designed localized interface experiences for TAG Heuer in Shanghai, China.
  • Designed a multi-screen car configurator experience to work in dealerships and remotely.
  • Built Volvo's digital experience platform in Sweden.
  • Designed a new launch and CRM creative for Virgin Sports.
Technologies: Sketch, Interface Design, InVision, Apple Keynote, Adobe After Effects, Principle, Flinto, Zeplin

Lead User Experience Designer

2015 - 2015
Jack Renwick Studio
  • Worked alongside client partners in Amsterdam on the startup app.
  • Ran sprint-led workshops with designers to solidify creative strategy.
  • Researched and integrated blockchain technologies and conversational UI.
  • Designed high-fidelity flows from user journey to high-fidelity design.
  • Worked in a lean manner process embracing prototyping and iteration.
  • Managed a team of four designers to implement my UX vision on client projects.
Technologies: Sketch, Interface Design, Adobe After Effects, Flinto

UX Designer

2012 - 2015
  • Designed and tested concept strategy pieces.
  • Coded front-end prototypes and ran user testing sessions.
  • Designed beautifully engaging interfaces for London based startup brands.
  • Worked intensely on pitch presentations.
  • Taught people to code at weekly Processing.js classes.
  • Crafted an Arduino prototype that lived in our building loading bay. It relayed a signal to a Flask web application informing people with the URL if the door was open—designed for our convenience when going for lunch.
Technologies: Sketch, Interface Design, Apple Keynote, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Photoshop
2013 - 2013

Certification in Creative Programming for Digital Media & Mobile Apps

University of London | Coursera - Online

2009 - 2012

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interaction Design for Digital

University of Central Lancashire - Lancashire, UK


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Learning How to Learn

University of California, San Diego via Coursera


Creative Programming for Digital Media and Mobile Apps

University of London, Goldsmiths, University of London via Coursera