Gary Cooper, Designer in Hartford, United Kingdom
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Gary Cooper

Verified Expert  in Design

Designer

Location
Hartford, United Kingdom
Toptal Member Since
September 15, 2021

Gary is a UX and digital product designer with 22+ years of commercial experience and 15 years in principal and senior roles. His approach helped many organizations swiftly move from discovery and scoping into wireframing, visualization, and prototyping. For him, UX outputs are visual extensions of the wider conversation as much as they are project artefacts. They facilitate rapid iteration cycles and breathe life into the process, allowing teams to collaborate and invest in better outcomes.

Portfolio

Work Experience

UX Principal and Product Designer

2018 - 2021
EY-Seren
  • Re-designed a business intelligence app presenting data analytics dashboards to inform large-scale change management programs.
  • Delivered discovery and ideation workshops to identify project goals and conceptualize key user journeys and task flows.
  • Presented daily design iterations to key stakeholders, clearly describing design decisions based on research and analysis.
  • Elaborated on must-have requirements to increase value to the end-user experience.
Technologies: Sketch, InVision, Adobe CC, User Interface (UI), UX Design, Product Design, Web UX Design, Data, Interpretation, Data Visualization, Web Dashboards, Web Design, Prototyping, User Flows, User Scenarios, UX Audits, Design Leadership, Design Systems, Interactive Prototypes, Enterprise SaaS, Mockups, SaaS, Enterprise, Journey Mapping, Web

Product UX Lead

2019 - 2020
Blinx Solutions
  • Designed large-scale healthcare, transportation, and BI applications from initial discovery through to visualization and working prototypes.
  • Translated product vision into workflows, wireframes, and prototypes through Agile design sprints for iterative testing.
  • Developed and enhanced design systems for design and development teams.
Technologies: Adobe Experience Design (XD), Sketch, Adobe CC, Jira, Slack, User Interface (UI), Style Guides, UX Design, Product Design, High-fidelity Prototypes, Web UX Design, Data, Interpretation, Data Visualization, Web Dashboards, Web Design, Prototyping, User Flows, User Scenarios, UX Audits, Design Systems, Interactive Prototypes, Enterprise SaaS, Mockups, SaaS, Enterprise, Journey Mapping, Web

UX Lead

2011 - 2016
Experian
  • Transformed a legacy on-premise product suite to cloud-based SAAS applications working with global product managers, business analysts, and software developers.
  • Established new working practices to integrate Agile UX into the product development lifecycle, including presenting the methodology to the UK business at the ATM and conducting workshops at an offshore development center in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • Transformed the Experian Data Quality website UX and UI, working directly with product owners in the US, including discovery workshops on-site in Boston, MA.
Technologies: Axure RP Pro, Adobe CC, Branding, User Interface (UI), Mobile UX, Style Guides, UX Design, Product Design, Mobile App UI, High-fidelity Prototypes, eCommerce, Web UX Design, Data, Interpretation, Data Visualization, Web Dashboards, Web Design, Website Redesign, Visual Identity, Prototyping, User Flows, User Scenarios, UX Audits, User Stories, Design Leadership, Strategy, Mobile App Design, Interactive Prototypes, Enterprise SaaS, Mockups, SaaS, Enterprise, Journey Mapping, Web

UX Principal

2012 - 2014
Radical Company
  • Built the discovery phase, product ideation, wireframing, visualization, and prototyping from the ground up for enterprise banking applications for Barclays.
  • Created low and high-fidelity prototypes for user testing and task flow analysis throughout iteration cycles and final evaluation prior to market launch.
  • Recruited and managed full-service design team to deliver large-scale digital transformation projects including UI, animation, front-end, and back-end developers.
Technologies: Adobe CC, Axure RP Pro, Mobile Design, Mobile UI Design, Mobile UX Design, Branding, User Interface (UI), Mobile UX, Mobile UI, UX Design, Product Design, Design Specifications, Mobile App UI, High-fidelity Prototypes, Web UX Design, Responsive Web Design (RWD), Web Design, Website Redesign, Visual Identity, Prototyping, User Flows, B2C, User Scenarios, UX Audits, User Stories, Design Leadership, Mobile App Design, Interactive Prototypes, Enterprise SaaS, Mockups, SaaS, Enterprise, Journey Mapping, Web

Group Creative Director

2010 - 2011
2ergo (now Eagle Eye Solutions)
  • Designed Auto Trader iPad application in response to growing tablet traffic (+133%) on their website. Completed conceptualization through to UX, full design, and implementation.
  • Delivered dual Agile design and build projects for Burberry with weekly iterations of UX and UI outputs for review and iteration, one sprint ahead of the iOS engineering team.
  • Delivered the 2018 South Africa FIFA World Cup app on iPhone and Android for Fox Sports (US) with weekly updates during the tournament. Covered everything from conceptualization to implementation.
Technologies: Adobe CC, Axure RP Pro, iOS, HTML, Mobile Design, Mobile UI Design, Mobile UX Design, Branding, User Interface (UI), Mobile UX, Mobile UI, Style Guides, UX Design, Product Design, Design Specifications, Mobile App UI, High-fidelity Prototypes, eCommerce, Web UX Design, Responsive Web Design (RWD), Web Design, Website Redesign, Prototyping, User Flows, B2C, User Scenarios, User Stories, Design Leadership, Mobile App Design, Interactive Prototypes, Mockups, Journey Mapping, Web

Creative Director

2003 - 2010
Vend IT
  • Created productized components for ERP Integrated eCommerce websites for multi-channel retailers, enabling rapid deployment of solutions for Sage and Maginus customers.
  • Re-designed co-op electrical shop eCommerce website to increase revenues five times in 12 months, working closely with marketing agencies to iterate and test user buying journeys in response to marketing campaigns.
  • Re-designed the Nisbets website to include both B2C and B2B functionality and increase revenues and operational efficiency through rich trade account features.
Technologies: Integration, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Multi-channel Concept Development, eCommerce UX, Adobe CC, Axure RP Pro, Branding, User Interface (UI), Style Guides, Product Design, Design Specifications, eCommerce, Web UX Design, Web Design, User Flows, User Scenarios, Design Leadership, Interactive Prototypes, Mockups, Web
1994 - 1997

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Design Practice and Graphic Design

University of Salford - Salford, UK

1993 - 1994

BTEC Design Foundation Diploma in Graphic Design

Chester School of Art and Design - Chester, UK

1991 - 1993

GCE Advanced Level in Fine Art, Design, English, and General Studies

Sir John Deane’s Sixth Form College - Northwich, UK

Tools

Sketch, Adobe Experience Design (XD), Axure RP Pro, InVision, Figma, Adobe CC, Jira, Slack, Adobe InDesign, Microsoft Power BI

Platforms

Web, iOS, Magento

Languages

HTML

Other

Interactive UX, Interactive UI, UI Design, Layout, eCommerce UX, User Journeys, Wireframing, Prototyping, Design Specifications, Product Design, UX Design, User Interface (UI), Mobile UX Design, Mobile UI Design, Mobile Payments, Responsive Web Design (RWD), Web Design, Website Redesign, Visual Identity, User Flows, User Scenarios, UX Audits, Mobile App Design, Design Systems, Interactive Prototypes, Mockups, SaaS, Journey Mapping, Multi-channel Concept Development, User Interviews, Data Visualization, eCommerce, High-fidelity Prototypes, Style Guides, Mobile UI, Mobile UX, Branding, Mobile Design, B2C, User Stories, Design Leadership, Strategy, B2B, Enterprise SaaS, Enterprise, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Integration, Graphic Design, Typography, User Experience (UX), UX Wireflows, UX Research, UX Review, Stakeholder Interviews, Stakeholder Engagement, Stakeholder Management, App UX, App UI, Digital Banking, Discovery, Web UX, Web UI, User Journey Maps, Rapid Sketching, Rapid Prototyping, Whiteboarding, UX Sketching, Digital Marketing, Analytics, Digital Creative Direction, Global Team Management, Outsourcing, Project Management, White Labeling, Product Owner, User Roles, UX Prototyping, UI Prototyping, Remote User Testing, User Validation Testing, Agile UX, Agile Sprints, User Paths, Wireframe to Product, Annotated Wireframes, UX Testing, Teamwork, UX Writing, Storyboarding, Storytelling, User Profiles, Creative Direction, UX Specifications, Proposals, Presentations, Apps, UI Testing, Project Scoping, Project Discovery, HTML Prototyping, Technical Prototype, Adobe Acrobat Pro, Card Sorting, Questionnaires, Product Reviews, Analysis, Project Reporting, Project Planning, Team Management, Desktop App Design, Web Dashboards, Dashboard Design, Graphs, DataViz, Web UX Design, Rapid Interactive Prototyping, Ideation Workshops, Concepting, Hand Sketch, Interactive Dashboards, Design, Content Management, Web Template Design, Split Testing, Market Testing, Game Design, Web App UX, Brand Development, Social Media Design, Mobile App UI, Web Project Management, Engineering, Dashboards, Content Management Systems (CMS), WYSIWYG Web Builders, Account Management, Product Ownership, Team Leadership, Project Initiation, Statement of Work, Data, Interpretation

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