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Design Leader, Advisor & Mentor

Over two decades ago I got my start in the world of digital product design. The potential of pushing the limits of digital experiences in those early years put me on a career path that has led me to work with a number of innovative tech startups and some of the world’s most recognizable brands. Along the way I have learned what I love, what I’m meant to do, and why I do it. My portfolio showcases the breadth of my past work experiences and what I’m most proud of.

Hi, I’m Charles Hi, I’m Charles

About

I’m a Massachusetts College of Art and Design alumnus and am currently the Senior Director of Product Design at Openfit where I oversee a team of talented designers passionate about the fitness and wellness space.

Previously I have worked for Bank of America Merrill LynchReutersReed Business International, and Sony Music Entertainment, as well as at award-winning creative agencies Lloyd Northover (London), Isobar (Boston), Phenomenon and RED Interactive (both Los Angeles) where I led the product strategy and design of experiences for global brands such as adidas, Motorola, HBO and Red Bull.

I am a product designer at heart with formal training in physical product and industrial design. Being both analytical and pragmatic, my approach to design is rooted in human-centered design principles. My key passion lies in creating innovative solutions to complex problems through data-informed design methods.

Originally from South Africa, I moved to the U.K. after college before making my way to the States, living first in Boston and now in sunny California.

Work

Product design spotlight & case studies. All past work.

Global brands I’ve worked with. Full resume.

Recommendations

Words from former colleagues. All testimonials.

Charles not only has the ability to run a strong UX and visual design team but he has a strong appreciation for how the products should be built. He helped us reimagine our digital experience and scale design activities across the enterprise.

Christian NimskyChristian Nimsky, Former Head of Product at PADI Worldwide

Charles always has tremendous ideas but what truly sets him apart is his ability to translate those concepts into actionable outputs for product design. What’s great about Charles is his passion for design and tech. He’s a top-notch designer, passionate thinker and an amazing strategist.

Brian YoderBrian Yoder, Former Associate UX Director at Isobar

It is thoroughly refreshing to come across UX professionals that manage to execute their creative vision while still grounding their work with a data-driven approach. I was impressed by Charles’ sound and methodical mindset when building a design framework rooted in research and facts.

Paul AstromPaul Astrom, Former Head of Insights at PADI Worldwide

Charles approaches UX problems with a level of positivity and precision that elevates him above the vast majority of designers I’ve worked with. He is a true product designer and sees the broader strategic goals without losing sight of the details.

Lee HillmanLee Hillman, Former UX Lead at Isobar

Contact

I’m always interested in connecting with other product, strategy or design leaders and practitioners to share insights, build relationships, and explore opportunities.

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