Neil Nisbet, Designer in Santa Fe, NM, United States
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Neil Nisbet

Verified Expert  in Design


Santa Fe, NM, United States
Toptal Member Since
March 16, 2020

Neil is a creative director and designer with two decades of experience as a design thinker, leader, and maker with expertise spanning strategic definition to creative direction and hands-on crafting of design experience and brand systems. His work encompasses digital experiences (UX/UI), brand systems, and physical environments. Ultimately, he is interested in a holistic brand experience that delivers on business goals.


Work Experience

Design Consultant

2019 - 2019
  • Designed packaging for a high profile product.
  • Creative-directed 3D visuals with a specialist 3D team.
  • Created 3D visuals in Keyshot for packaging project.
  • Did regular print reviews for packaging project.
  • Designed environmental graphics for campaign.
Technologies: KeyShot, Adobe Suite

Creative Director

2018 - 2018
  • Provided creative direction for the rebrand of Cox Communications, a $10 billion revenue technology company.
  • Managed a team of five with several team members working remotely.
  • Led in-person presentations to Cox's head of marketing and his team.
  • Partnered with Cox's advertising and web agencies.
  • Personally designed much of the creative work, logo design, visual identity system, motion, and tone of voice.
  • Prepared client presentations.
  • Commissioned, directed, and managed motion and typographic work.
  • Designed and produced motion work.
Technologies: Apple Keynote, Adobe After Effects, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator

Design Director

2018 - 2018
  • Provided brand design expertise for a variety of clients and industries such as fintect, lifestyle tech, and social media.
Technologies: Adobe Suite

Associate Creative Director

2015 - 2018
Method Experience Design
  • Led an experience design and brand building project for biometric access company CLEAR.
  • Headed experience design for Ancestry. Reimagined the experience for collaborative genealogy.
  • Directed the experience design for a Google charitable platform.
  • Oversaw the web experience for Canary smart home security systems.
  • Led the experience design and branding for clinical trails platform MedAvante. It included an extensive platform design and a complete rebrand and UI design.
  • Contributed to regular in-person client presentations and collaborations.
Technologies: InVision, Sketch, Adobe Suite

Head of Visual Design

2008 - 2015
Grimshaw Architects
  • Designed the web experience for this prestigious architecture firm. Contributed to cross-platform, strategized business goals, audience and content strategy, designed UX and UI partnering with remote developers in the UK.
  • Led the brand redesign working with the chairman's office including brand strategy, logo, key assets, guidelines, and template systems.
  • Designed augmented reality exhibitions in Milan and Singapore. Worked on sub-brands, marketing, exhibition design, and app design.
  • Designed digital iPad app experience for journal of essays and think pieces by partner group.
  • Designed the UX and UI for an internal new business platform.
Technologies: Adobe Suite


2001 - 2008
Manchester Studios
  • Contributed as a designer at various studios in Manchester UK.
  • Designed the branding for city-wide cultural organizations.
  • Created branding and marketing materials for music festivals.
  • Designed branding and marketing materials for the hospitality industry.
Technologies: Adobe Suite
1996 - 2000

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Fine Art

Manchester School of Art - Manchester, United Kingdom

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