Paul Gillespie { Creative UI: Digital Designer; }


Passionate and creative designer with extensive experience working on eCommerce, sports, education, technology and financial sector clients. A self-starter with initiative who works well as part of a team. Experienced presenting proposed visuals to both clients and stakeholders. Creating design visuals with particular focus on understanding user needs and processes, analysing user insights and stats and shaping the user journey. Great passion and enthusiasm for working on projects with UI, UX and responsive design techniques that require hands-on front end prototyping. A proven track record in project delivery from brief to support.


Employment, dates, positions held and role:

Optiseller - Head of Design & UX

May 2018 - Present

Responsible for the design of company websites, landing pages, campaigns, apps, dashboards, emails and any branded materials. Conceptualise user journeys and prototype user flows. Create and maintain consistent style guides, pattern libraries and design components.

Define problem areas of journeys and conceptualise ideas for sign-off by building prototypes (InVision or markup).

Working closely with product owners, software developers and testers to A/B test design and design components while using Google Analytics to measure and track site behaviour.

Standard Life - Senior Digital Designer

September 2014 - May 2018

My role within the Standard Life Savings UX design team is to visualise and build consistent journeys across the various platforms and to make sure these journeys feel consistent.

The website, online community, blog and dashboard make up the savings and investment tools which I have helped deliver. By creating design patterns, using customer research and data from MVT/AB testing and Google analytics to help shape these customer journeys.

Working closely with governance and compliance to achieve sign-off while maintaining a high level of creativity and to accessibility standards.

Envoy International - Creative Lead

April 2013 - August 2014

My role working at Envoy International involved the design of various online services for a specialist patent, trademark provider, which included various brochureware website designs, email campaign design and build, landing pages and user interface screens for the company back office. A large part of this work involved collaborating with external companies to evolve the backend systems and to develop future plugins.

Openside Digital - Senior Designer

February 2007 - April 2013

A sports management company that is internationally recognised as a leader in; online sports systems, high performance tracking, internet application development and sports consultancy services.

Creating ecommerce web sites with online shopping, using php and Drupal CMS technology. Creating brands for some of the largest rugby, cricket and golfing sporting bodies across the globe.

Denvir Marketing - Design Manager

March 2006 - February 2007

My role involved managing the Denvir design department and offering clients both web and print design services. Create visually attractive and functional design solutions to support project teams, including websites, mailers, point of sale, brochures and complete exhibition designs.

Crombie Anderson - Web Designer

June 2003 - March 2006

Creating and designing CMS templates for an award winning design agency concentrating on usability & accessibility as the main focus.

Working with CSS to implement W3C compliancy rules. This also included designing with some Flash technology.

Pindar Net - Web Designer

June 2000 - March 2003

Designing bespoke, database driven websites for the Pindar company as well as the design & maintenance of the company intranet as well as animated banner adverts and micro sites for customers (Pindar main client).

Reservoir Research - Graphic Designer

March 1994 - February 1999

As part of the design department for an Oil & Gas company, the main duties were in creating promotional material such as brochures, leaflets, posters & multimedia presentations to promote and market the company outside of the uk.


Dates, courses and establishments attended:

Nielsen Norman Group | UX Training with Nielsen Norman Group

November 2015

Subjects:- Mobile User Experience, Personas: Turn User Data Into User-Centered Design, Measuring User Experience, Persuasive Web Design, Information Architecture.

Glasgow Caledonian University | BSc Applied Graphics Technology with Multimedia


Subjects:- Graphic design, Sequential imagery development, Multimedia technology, Communications & the internet, Human computer interface design.

Glasgow College of Building and Printing | HND Design for Print


Subjects:- Poster design, Leaflet design, Corporate identity & branding, Story boarding, Brochure design, Flyer design, Printing processes, Photography.

College of Cumbernauld | Design for Print


Subjects:- Analytical drawing, 2-D Design for print, T-shirt design, Screen printing, Portfolio preparation.


Visuals, links and PDFs can be provided on request.


Comfortable on both Macintosh and PC based systems:

Applications:- Sketch, Figma, visual studio code, Brackets, Dreamweaver, Adobe Photoshop, Git, Campaign Monitor, Mailchimp, Drupal, CSS, HTML, InDesign, Freehand, Illustrator, Premier, MySQL manager, Contribute, Visual Source Safe, Acrobat, Word, Excel.

Extensive knowledge and expertise designing with usability, and the creation of standards compliant, accessible websites.


  • "A big thank you to Paul. Who has designed our new Carron Valley Fishery website, which has given great feedback from our club members and generated a new lease of life to our business profile."
    - James Coyne, Carron Valley Fishery -
  • "From the initial consultation and design stages, through to final completion. Paul assisted and guided us to obtain the end result which was a really professional looking website that has received excellent feedback from the members."
    - Mike Bain, Grangemouth Golf Club -
  • "Paul is skilled in delivering digital solutions that answer the brief and support the brand. His knowledge and honest feedback in reviewing and developing solutions for my clients has been invaluable."
    - Craig Moir, 27bits -

Always open for freelance and collaborative opportunities.



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