Henry Villiers, Designer in San Francisco, CA, United States
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Henry Villiers

Verified Expert  in Design


San Francisco, CA, United States
Toptal Member Since
October 16, 2018

Henry is a multi-award-winning creative with 18 years of experience in product, UX, interaction and visual design. He works best in fast-paced, collaborative environments that are primarily focused on helping catalyze change through design. His past clients include Nokia, Coca-Cola, Diageo, and Gwyneth Paltrow.


Work Experience

Lead Designer

2016 - 2018
Stellar Labs
  • Acted as the lead UX designer of an extremely complex enterprise SaaS product.
  • Set out the design vision and ensured consistent application across teams and product streams.
  • Led the creation of a co-authored enterprise design system built for scale and speed.
  • Recruited and managed a team of high-performing designers.
  • Reported the progress and strategy to commercial partners and directors.
Technologies: iOS, Jira, Adobe Creative Suite, InVision, Sketch

Head of Design

2015 - 2016
  • Acted as the principle product designer focused on an iOS app, web app, and brand experience.
  • Created the discovery, interaction, and visual designs including the low-fidelity prototypes and the high-fidelity ones that were design-ready for a developer handoff.
  • Conducted user research to validate product assumptions and implemented user-feedback loops.
  • Made data-driven product decisions based on analytics and customer feedback.
  • Researched, planned, and designed user-centric experiences.
  • Crafted the product and design strategies to achieve business goals while maximizing ROI.
Technologies: iOS, Jira, Axure, Adobe Creative Suite, InVision, Sketch

Lead UX Designer

2012 - 2015
  • Led the brand discovery, design, and development of various companies' core experience principles.
  • Collaborated with the marketing and sales teams on the design of their marketing website.
  • Designed an intuitive responsive web app, allowing customers to manage box status and inventory.
  • Ran a series of design sprints for accelerated product design and feature development.
  • Introduced a lean UX design philosophy to help improve design team velocity.
Technologies: Analytics, Jira, Axure, Adobe Creative Suite

Senior Art Director

2008 - 2012
Instinctif Partners
  • Led the creative branch at global business communications consultancy which acts for over 800 clients and spans across 22 offices.
  • Guided teams of designers through online and offline challenges.
  • Worked with cutting-edge technology to produce innovative marketing solutions.
  • Communicated with clients, managers, and programmers to deliver high-end digital experiences.
  • Designed end to end—starting from a pencil to the final artwork piece—often having to meet rigorous deadline requirements.
Technologies: Adobe Creative Suite

Art Director

2006 - 2008
  • Worked as part of an event communications company that inspires target audiences through brand and product experiences.
  • Collaborated with large teams of suppliers to create bespoke, content-managed, large screen animations for a football stadium.
  • Worked with filmmakers and developers to create "virtually live" pop acts that were simultaneously projected into nightclubs nationwide.
Technologies: Adobe Creative Suite

Graphic Designer

2002 - 2006
National Lampoon
  • Acted as the lead designer in a Los Angeles-based production company, working on TV shows for National Lampoon’s new cable network.
  • Developed the brand and acted as a guardian of the on-screen graphics.
  • Worked across teams in Los Angeles, New York, and London—managing designers and stakeholders in different time zones.
Technologies: Adobe Creative Suite

Middleweight Designer

2000 - 2002
  • Learned my trade in an explosive digital agency, working on a diverse portfolio of online products and services.
  • Designed end to end—from the pencil to the final artwork—often having to meet rigorous deadline requirements.
  • Worked with clients, managers, and programmers to deliver high-end digital experiences.
  • Designed and realized the internal promotions and marketing.
Technologies: HTML, Adobe Photoshop
1997 - 2000

Bachelor of Arts Degree with Honors in Graphic Design

Kingston University - London, UK

1996 - 1997

Completed Courses in Foundation Studies in Art and Design (Graphic Design)

Gloucestershire College - Cheltenham, UK

1990 - 1996

A-Levels, Diploma of Achievement in Art and Design

Malvern College - Malvern, UK


Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Sketch, InVision, Trello, Adobe Creative Suite, Jira


iOS, Axure

Industry Expertise

Travel & Leisure, Consumer Products, Music




Product Design, Enterprise Design, Responsive Design, Visual Design, Interaction Design (IxD), Lean UX, User Interface (UI), Design Systems, User Experience (UX), Usability Testing, UX Research, Enterprise SaaS, Branding, Analytics, UX Design, User Research, UI Design, User Flows, Business Aviation, iOS App Design, Mobile App Design, Aviation, Consumer Applications, Web Design, Brand Design, Web Illustration, Storage Products, Software as a Service (SaaS)

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