Miklos Philips

Head of User Experience

New York, NY, USA
I’m driven by a deep level of empathy for people, passion for the quality of my craft, persistent curiosity, and the drive for continuous improvement.

Work Experience


Principal Lead, Product Design and Lead Design Blog Editor

Toptal only accepts the top 3% of UX Designers in the world onto its platform.

Each freelance Toptal UX designer is thoroughly vetted and trusted by top companies for their most critical UX design projects including Airbnb, JPMorgan, Zendesk, Artsy, IDEO, Pfizer, Gucci and many more.
December 2016 - New York, United States

Double Verify

Head of User Experience

Overseeing user experience design for the platform.
September 2017 - August 2018 New York, United States


Principal User Experience Designer

I implemented a redesign of the entire user experience of the platform which increased positive NPS. I collaborated with members of the UX team (researchers, interaction designers, visual designers), product managers and engineers in creating the most efficient, user-friendly products across this advertising-tech platform. My process included conducting user-research and testing, I have introduced new UX tools and processes that increased team efficiency 3x, crafted a company-wide UI Styleguide and UI stencil libraries.
August 2015 - September 2017 New York, United States

Rubicon Project

Lead User Experience Designer

Responsible for leading the user experience design on the global advertising-tech platform. During my tenure I designed the UX on a new flagship product that received raves for its innovative interface. Used lean UX methodology: user research and iteration of designs using prototypes and user testing.
June 2013 - July 2015 California, United States

Guitar Center

Lead User Experience Designer

Delivered improved user experiences across various desktop and mobile e-commerce projects that resulted in increased engagement and completed purchase metrics. Worked extensively on innovative internal black box initiatives with the vision to drive consumer engagement. Worked on redesigns of many internal applications such as a universal order system, onlineóbrick-and-mortar syncing applications and consumer-facing micro-sites.
October 2010 - October 2012 California, United States


Principal User Experience Designer

Greatly improved conversion rates on an array of consumer, partner and dealer facing digital marketing projects via better UX Architecture and Interaction Design.
May 2012 - June 2013 California, United States


Lead User Experience Designer

Designed the “Mobile Locator” desktop and mobile apps. Collaborated closely with product management to successfully architect user experiences across desktop and mobile applications. Introduced new user experience designs across applications which increased adoption in the marketplace and lifted sales.
October 2007 - October 2010 California, United States

Paul Ekman Group

Lead User Experience Designer

Designed an entire training program for recognizing “Micro Expressions”. My designs significantly contributed to sales of a dozen interactive iPad Apps to the NYPD, Homeland Security, and many others. Paul Ekman is a world-renowned expert in the scientific study of emotions and facial expressions.
October 2002 - October 2009 California, United States


Adobe Creative Cloud, Axure Pro, Balsamiq, Empathy Maps, Experience Maps, Interaction Design, InVision, OmniGraffle, Personas, Prototyping, Sketch, User Journey, User Research , User Testing, User-centered Design, UX Strategy, Visual Design, Wireframing,

Design Blog Editor

Serving as Design Blog Editor @ Toptal: https://www.toptal.com/designers/blog