Christopher F. Thomas, Designer in New York, NY, United States
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Christopher F. Thomas

Verified Expert  in Design


New York, NY, United States
Toptal Member Since
June 28, 2019

Chris is a product designer with several years of experience. His focus is on communicating his client's needs with simple, concise, and intuitive designs. Chris is comfortable and experienced with explaining his design process to startup founders, enterprise shareholders, and cross-functional teams alike.


Work Experience

UX Designer

2015 - PRESENT
Sly Messenger
  • Crafted the architecture and design of a screenshot-proof messenger; conversations within the app mirror conversations in real life, they cannot be shared. The idea was later used by Apple Inc. to improve its messaging.
  • Crafted user stories, designed wireframes, and delivered full-scale designs.
Technologies: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Sketch, InVision


2016 - 2016
Anheuser-Busch InBev
  • Created an award-winning MVP that resulted in funding.
  • Mentored and consulted on lean product design for senior Anheuser-Busch InBev employees and MBA students from Wharton, Kellogg, and Columbia University.
  • Presented ideas and solutions to Anheuser-Busch InBev executives and stakeholders.
  • Created beautifully designed example pitch decks.
  • Consulted students and employees on design thinking.
Technologies: Sketch, Adobe Photoshop, InVision

Product Designer

2013 - 2015
  • Conceptualized with my client (who had a large social media following) a soccer social network where friends can watch live games and talk to each other.
  • Took a deep dive into the world of soccer in both Latin America and Europe—spending weeks researching the experience and conducting interviews.
  • Identified the user personas and their primary needs.
  • Started the design with a wireframe of the mobile app that I turned into a live prototype with the inVision app.
  • Consulted and created the pitch deck that led to the funding and eventual company acquisition in 2015.
Technologies: Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, InVision
2007 - 2011

Bachelor's Degree in Media Studies

Queens College - New York City, NY, USA


Sketch 3, Adobe Photoshop, InVision, Adobe Premiere Pro, Sketch, Adobe Experience Design (XD), Adobe Illustrator, Origami Studio



Industry Expertise

Social Networking, Aircraft & Airlines


iOS, MacOS, Mobile, Android


Interviewing, Prototyping, Agile, Presentation Design, Pitch Decks, iOS Design Trends, UX Research, Rapid Prototyping, User Flows, Rideshare Services, Styling, Barbershop, User Experience (UX), User Interface (UI), Entrepreneurship, Parking, Consumer Branding, Soccer, Apps, Wireframing, Booking, Messenger, Social, Data, Metrics, Registries, Website QA, React, Android Design Guidelines, iOS Guides, Agile UX

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