Andrew Thompson

Visual, UX Designer & Design Thinker

2014 - Current

IBM Design

IBM - Watson Health Sr Design Lead for Design Excellence Team

Drive cohesion across market-segment design teams consisting of approximately 80 cross-disciplinary designers. Lead a biweekly UX/Viz Guild for the Watson Health design community.

IBM - Tiers of Expression / Watson Moments

Created an ‘expression fabric’ for the Watson ecosystem working directly with  Chief Experience Officer (CXO) & Design Principal. Created a calculation & visual foundation defining the core of these experiences. 

IBM - IoT Vertical Industries Design Team Lead

Directed a team of five cross-disciplinary designers. Delivered two MVP experiences, two POCs & mentored multiple designers, improving UI/UX across IoT. Lead biweekly design shares, increasing collaboration & transparency across the business unit.

IBM - Watson for Finance  Design Team Lead for Financial Operations & Performance Management

Lead an internationally distributed, cross-disciplinary team of over a dozen designers across two products & the Analytic Solution Design Guide. Directed a new design language effort, transforming FOPM products & later influencing the new IBM Design Language. Drove concept, production & delivery of a new UX/UI for IBM Controller. 

IBM - Safer Planet | Smarter Cities  Sr Designer

Responsible for drafting & delivering modern UIs for IBM Intelligent Operations Center (IOC). Coach & mentor to junior designers. Quickly resolved a critical situation working with key IBM client (New Jersey Transit Authority) to identify their needs, saving a $6m contract.

2011 - 2014


Sr. Design Consultant

Work directly with clients as part of the RoundArch-Isobar creative team, creating & delivering high-quality production graphics & experiences. Key client relationships included United States Air Force (USAF); HealthWays, & Brown Brothers Harriman.

2010 - 2011


UX / Visual Design

Collaborated with clients to meet web & mobile branding needs, as well as visual & experience needs. Key clients included Earlybird Creative; Gogobot, MNML, Uncommon, & Geochord.

2006 - 2013


Founder & Co-owner

Cofounded the OhNo!Doom art collective & Low-Brow art gallery in Chicago, showcasing local, national & international artists. Worked on every aspect of the business, including merchandising; curation of shows; hanging & handling art; artist/partner relationships, & staffing the store.

2005 - 2010

Motorola Mobile Consumer Experience Division

Design Lead for iDen Android Products

Owned the iDen Android product experiences. Devised new design languages; user experiences & interfaces for carriers; signature products, & standard devices. Worked closely with developers to implement & ensure the quality of all new applications & widget designs.

UI / Visual Designer

Responsible for high-quality graphics & icons optimized for mobile devices. Three-time contributor to 'Collections' design exercise exploring future mobile experiences. Conceptualized unique themes & designs for signature products. Lead the drafting & production of two major icon design languages.

2008 & 2010

Burger King Studios & Ford Fiesta Movement

Illustration & Art

I was hired for the Ford Fiesta Movement project. It is a promotional event celebrating the new Ford Fiesta. My role as part of a greater whole was to design a car wrap to promote the vehicle at events around the Chicago area. Mess Marketing approached me for Burger Kings Creative Studio campaign. BK Studio’s put on 3 main events involving select Chicago artist to create a mural, custom shoes & crown for the events. Our goal was to create original art work inspired by Burger King & apply it on a 20’x12’ wall.

2009 - 2011

Earlybird Creative

Visual Design & Illustration

Earlybird had originally came to me to help them design an avatar system for a software development project. The final product was 4 base avatar shapes with 9 different flesh tones & 2 special colors. There were 100’s of pieces of media developed around facial features, clothing, hair & accessories. I later freelanced with Earlybird Creative helping them to visually design a media management application for Windows & Mac OS’s.



Visual Design & UX

I have worked with this industrial designer numerous times since 2010 to design UI concepts for different products & clients including: Harley Davidson & Riddell. These designs have been for iOS & proprietary devices for those company’s.

2003 - 2005

Illinois Institute of Art Chicago

BFA Visual Communications

2000 - 2003

Baker College Muskegon

Associates in Business & Graphic Communications