Nicholas Guthrie, Designer in Wellington, New Zealand
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Nicholas Guthrie

Verified Expert  in Design


Wellington, New Zealand
Toptal Member Since
November 8, 2017

Nicholas has been working as a remote freelance UX designer in Asia for the past several years. His focus is on designing digital products and shipping them to market. Trained in his craft in San Francisco and engaged in startup activities in Asia, Nicholas has created apps and websites nationally in New Zealand throughout his career.


Work Experience

Lead UX Consultant

2017 - PRESENT
Clients (via Toptal)
  • Worked as a high-impact design contractor for companies across the globe.
  • Designed products for the entire lifecycle, from ideation to delivery.
  • Consulted on the UX for businesses looking for an edge in the marketplace.
  • Designed for all platforms: iOS, Android, web, Windows, and more.
  • Developed digital strategies that matched user research with business needs and increased the product's market fit.
  • Conducted in-depth cross-cultural user research, which shaped the product development process.
  • Worked across multiple industries, including healthcare, eCommerce, information security, chat and social, education, property, and tourism.
  • Implemented rapid prototyping of solutions, combining lightning-fast iteration and feedback loops.
Technologies: Product Design, Flinto, Principle, Zeplin, InVision, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Sketch

UX Designer | Information Architect

2015 - 2017
  • Designed digital solutions for New Zealand's top businesses, including Westpac New Zealand, Co-operative Bank, Transpower, Genesis Energy, Kordia, and the Ministry of Social Development.
  • Created agnostic platform designs, working with Android, iOS, web, and Windows.
  • Collaborated with customer teams to provide design leadership and consultation.
  • Met with clients regularly to manage stakeholder expectations.
  • Created rapid prototype concepts and performed user testing.
  • Delivered assets, specifications, and animations to developers.
Technologies: Product Design, Adobe After Effects, Axure, Principle, Flinto, InVision, Zeplin, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Sketch

UX Designer

2013 - 2015
Sush Mobile
  • Delivered apps for small-to-medium enterprises and startups in New Zealand, including QV, Kiwibank, Loyalty New Zealand, Auckland Tourism, and Finzsoft Solutions.
  • Incorporated UX methodologies into Sush Mobile's development process.
  • Collaborated with advertising agencies to design the app as an extension of the customer's digital brand.
Technologies: Product Design, Axure, Google Apps, Flinto, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator
2019 - 2019

Certificate in UX Design and Strategy for Emerging Technologies

NYU Tandon School of Engineering - New York City, NY, USA

2014 - 2014

Certificate in Interaction Design

Cooper U - San Francisco, CA, USA

2011 - 2012

Bachelor's Degree in Communication Design

Otago Polytechnic - Dunedin, New Zealand

2008 - 2010

Diploma of Communication Arts and Design in Graphic Design

Design and Arts College of New Zealand - Chirstchurch, New Zealand


Sketch 4, Zeplin, Flinto Prototyping, InVision, Figma, Adobe CC, Principle, Jira, Confluence, Sketch, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Flinto, Adobe InDesign, Axure RP Pro


Android, iOS, Windows, Axure, Webflow, Webflow CMS

Industry Expertise

Healthcare, Real Estate, Events, Social Networking, Architecture, Psychology & Mental Health


UX Design, UI Design, Web App Design, App Design, Accessibility, Information Architecture (IA), Web Design, Rapid Interactive Prototyping, Product Design, User-centered Design (UCD), Agile, Dashboards, Google Design Sprints, UX Strategy, Interface Design, User Testing, Agile UX, Fintech, Data Visualization, VR Interfaces, SwiftUI, Google Apps, Web App UX, Networks, Interaction Design (IxD), Design Systems, Tourism, Location Services, Loyalty Applications, User Preferences, Prototyping, Videos, Patient Consultation, Icon Design, Wireframing, User Flows, App UX, Apps, Student Engagement, Responsive, Anonymity, Activity Feeds, Conversational UI, Illustration, Design, Material UI, Property Listings, Augmented Reality (AR), Property Valuation, Web UX, Customer Segmentation, Visual Design, High-fidelity Prototypes, User Experience (UX), Live Chat, Video Conferencing, Responsive Design, Finance, UX Flows, Mobile Web, Publishing, News, Membership Sites, UX Specifications, Web UI, eCommerce, User Research, Shops, Streaming, Social Media Apps

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