Howard Phillips, Designer in London, United Kingdom
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Howard Phillips

Verified Expert  in Design


London, United Kingdom
Toptal Member Since
October 15, 2020

Howard is a brand strategist and designer with over eight years of experience in business strategy, art direction, brand, digital design, and 2D and 3D animation. He specializes in distinctive visual identities, informed by a strategy workshop, and uses 3D where appropriate to enhance a brand's visual narrative and legitimacy. He is passionate about producing brands that stand out from the crowd, achieve business goals, and communicate compelling narratives.


Work Experience

Brand and Digital Designer, 3D Artist, Animator

2019 - PRESENT
  • Conducted a strategy workshop for a tech startup company based in London, which led to a full rebrand, digital design and build, and a 3D explainer animation for the product.
  • Collaborated with clients in the technology, data science, finance, and sports sectors, developing striking brands informed by meaningful strategies.
  • Designed and built a portfolio of recent work featuring projects including brand strategy, brand design, digital design and build, and 2D and 3D animations and illustrations.
Technologies: Cinema 4D, After Effects CC, Illustrator CC, X-Particles, InDesign CC, Photoshop CC, InVision, Sketch, Figma, Finance, Investments, Brand Books, Brand Strategy, B2B, Product Design, Product Strategy, Rapid Prototyping, Non-fungible Tokens (NFT), User Testing, Layout Design, Landing Page Design, Customer Journeys, Customer Analysis, Color Palettes, Collateral Design, Style Guides, Logotype, Responsive UI, Typography, Squarespace, UI Prototyping, Mobile Prototypes, Web App UI

Branding and Digital Designer

2018 - 2019
Shed Collective
  • Designed the branding, digital design, and UI for startups and multinational companies.
  • Led meetings with clients to help define the briefs.
  • Managed and guided a new intern and a junior designer.
Technologies: Illustration, After Effects CC, Branding, Illustrator CC, UI Design, Brand Guidelines, Art Direction, Digital Design, Strategy, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Zeplin, InVision, Sketch, Agency Websites, Finance, Investments, Brand Books, B2B

Branding and Digital Designer

2016 - 2018
Huddle Creative
  • Collaborated on and led projects from conception to implementation, working with clients directly, building and maintaining rapport.
  • Developed a range of projects in various sectors, including architecture, fintech, healthcare, data science, and insurance.
  • Built projects ranging in size for both startups and multinational companies.
Technologies: Illustration, Webflow, Cinema 4D, After Effects CC, Branding, Illustrator CC, UI Design, Brand Guidelines, Art Direction, 3D Animation, Digital Design, Strategy, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Sketch, InVision, Finance, Investments

Digital Designer

2014 - 2016
Deko Pay
  • Acted as an in-house digital designer for the fintech company Deko Pay.
  • Collaborated with developers and the marketing department.
  • Improved and developed the branding and digital design of Deko Pay.
Technologies: Illustrator CC, UI Design, Brand Guidelines, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Finance, Investments
2010 - 2013

Bachelor of Arts Degree (Hons) in Communication and English Literature

Cardiff University - Cardiff, Wales