Nik Finan, Designer in Harpenden, United Kingdom
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Nik Finan

Verified Expert  in Design


Harpenden, United Kingdom
Toptal Member Since
August 4, 2020

Nik is a senior creative with more than a decade of experience in design and art direction for digital products, campaigns, brand films, and design systems. As a thinker, art director, and designer, he specializes in UX and UI design and implementation for corporate sites, mobile apps, social, and video content. His impressive client list includes Disney, Grosvenor, Hershey KitKat, Hilti, HSBC, and Johnson & Johnson.


Work Experience

Senior Creative, UX/UI Designer

2016 - PRESENT
  • Delivered UX wireframes for an AI-driven tax advice platform that helps large global organizations manage their tax liabilities across global territories.
  • Crafted UI designs for numerous companies that were refreshing and rolling out new brand identities.
  • Created web designs for luxury residential homes for high-net-worth individuals.
Technologies: Flinto, Adobe Experience Design (XD), InVision, Figma, Sketch, Web Design, User Interface (UI), Responsive Web Design (RWD), Web UI Design, Websites, Web App Design, UX Design, Prototyping

Digital Creative Director

2017 - 2019
Dragon Rouge
  • Restructured and designed the web presence for with the first execution of its revitalized brand identity, built on Kentico CMS.
  • Built a brand identity and online design system for a music distribution company, including a reactive identity, UX and UI design, brand film, and social media for its relaunch.
  • Pitched and won three new business opportunities within two months of joining the agency.
Technologies: Processing, Adobe Experience Design (XD), Design Systems, InVision, Sketch, Websites, UX Design, Brand Guidelines

Head of Digital Studio

2008 - 2016
J. Walter Thompson (JWT)
  • Art directed the creation of "Ask an Expert" content and knowledge base about common childhood illnesses. It was part of a redesign for the Calpol web presence to support parents throughout the UK.
  • Built a worldwide careers portal for Hilti, including a new tone of voice, copy, photography, and UI design.
  • Created a social campaign for Hershey KitKat called "The Break Emoji," including a new emoji based on using the well-known chocolate snack to represent "having a break."
  • Participated in the formation and managed the digital studio within JWT London to support the digital campaign work for all clients including HSBC, Shell, and Johnson & Johnson.
Technologies: InVision, Adobe Creative Suite, Sketch, Websites, UX Design, Marketing Design

Senior Manager Creative EMEA

2001 - 2008
The Walt Disney Company
  • Designed and launched the Disney homepage for multiple EMEA markets and delivered content refreshes on a weekly timeline for various business units.
  • Crafted a Disney mobile network, including its logo, identity, and billing interfaces.
  • Led a team of designers across multiple EU offices.
Technologies: Content Management Systems (CMS), HTML, Adobe Creative Suite, Websites, Brand Guidelines, Marketing Design
1990 - 1993

Bachelor of Arts Degree (Hons) in Graphic Design and Electronic Media

Stafforshire University - Stoke-on-Trent, England


Figma, Sketch, Adobe Experience Design (XD), Adobe Creative Suite, Slack, InVision, Flinto, Kentico


Processing, HTML


UI Design, Information Design, Information Architecture (IA), Responsive Design, Branding, UI Branding, Creative Strategy, Wireframing, Art Direction, Digital Creative Direction, Creative Direction, Job Search Sites, Web UX, Social Media Marketing (SMM), Responsive Layout, User Experience (UX), UX Flows, Web Design, User Interface (UI), Graphics, Web UI Design, Websites, Visual Design, UX Design, Brand Guidelines, Marketing Design, Video Production, Digital Campaigns, Ad Campaigns, UX Leadership, Short Films, Website CMS, Design Systems, Brand Identity, Logo Design, Responsive Web Design (RWD), Product Design, Web App Design, Prototyping, Three.js, Photography, Content Management Systems (CMS), Brand Logos, UX Branding

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