Head of
Design

I hold a master's degree in interaction design from L’Ecole de Design Nantes Atlantique and Ph.D. in design from Arts et Métiers ParisTech. I was also granted a postdoctoral fellowship from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

I am Pierrick Thébault, a product design generalist and proficient programmer.

I am domain agnostic and intervene at every step of the design process (from ideation to implementation) to deliver compelling product experiences. I am used to work at the intersection of technology, business and user experience and have learned how to grow and manage high-functioning teams.

A carreer
in design

During my career, I have learned to work within different contexts (R&D department, academia, startup, consultancy), both directly with clients and within a multidisciplinary team. As a design practitioner interested in the design of products that better support people in making decisions, I follow a constructive research approach where the creation of a system, artifact or media takes a central role and becomes the key means in building up knowledge. I leverage a wide range of qualitative methods and prototyping techniques to design usable, useful and desirable solutions.

Years of experience
designing user experiences

14

— collaborating with data scientists and machine learning engineers

4

— running a B2B SaaS
company

4

— building and managing
a product & brand design team

2

Experience

2018 — 2022   ·   Chief Product and Technology Officer

Product strategy and implementation of a CRM dedicated to real-estate professionals.

  • Management of 3 developers and 1 product designer,
  • Development of 2 applications (B2B+B2C) and various microservices (API/webhooks),
  • Architecture, implementation and deployment of a data platform (200,000+ processed leads),
  • Fundraising of 1 million euros.

2016 — 2018   ·   Chief Design Officer

Product and design strategy of privacy-enhancing search applications.

  • Management of a 11-members team (UX/UI designers, graphic/motion designers),
  • Deployment of a design system and a complete rebranding,
  • Redesign of the search engine (60 million visits / month),
  • 2 implemented proof-of-concepts of video and audio search (Universal Music, TF1),
  • 1 mobile application (iOS/Android) with 200,000+ downloads.

2015 — 2016   ·   Lead designer

Specification, design and implementation of horizontal and vertical big data solutions.

  • Co-supervision of multidisciplinary projects (design, data science, actuary, computer science) in collaboration with business lines or entities of the AXA Group,
  • 4 industrialized applications deployed in different countries,
  • Implementation of software assets (data visualizations, rules engine, dashboards),
  • Prototyping of new services (car telematics and internet of things).

2013 — 2015   ·   Design Researcher

Design and implementation of visualization tools for large urban datasets.

  • Multidisciplinary projects (design, mathematics, urban planning) in collaboration with international companies (banking, telecommunications, car manufacturing, etc.),
  • 2 transferred applications (Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, Ericsson Innovation Center),
  • 2 exhibited applications (Venice Architecture Biennale, Singapore National Museum),
  • Organization of user tests.

2009 — 2012   ·   Design Researcher

Design of applications for the Internet of Things and the Smart City.

  • Multidisciplinary projects (design, usability, computer science) in collaboration with several research units,
  • 3-month exchange in Bell Labs Belgium,
  • Participation to 3 European projects (iCore, Butler, DIYse),
  • Organization of creativity workshops and user tests.

2008 — 2009   ·   Freelance Designer

Design of user interfaces for professionals.

  • 2 projects of collaborative platforms, 1 e-commerce portal,
  • Design specifications (customer journey map, information architecture, wireframes, visual assets, boilerplates),
  • Foresight expert for Orange Labs.

Education

Talks & courses

IESA Arts and Culture
Workshop moderation
Paris
2018
DesignVsPolitique
Talk
Paris
2018
L’Ecole de Design Nantes Atlantique
Course
Nantes
2018
La Product Conf
Round table
Paris
2018
Datarama #2
Keynote
Nantes
2017
L’Ecole de Design Nantes Atlantique
Course
Nantes
2016
Forum Smart City La Tribune
Keynote
Toulouse
2016
Journées Techniques du Spectacle et de l'Evénement
Keynot
Paris
2016
Société des Ergonomes de Langue Française
Keynote
Marseille
2016
MyData
Round table
Helsinki
2016
Forum Smart City La Tribune
Round table
Bordeaux
2016
Ecole Supérieure d’Art et de Design d’Amiens
Course
Amiens
2016
Web2day
Panel moderation
Web2day
2015
RES #1
Keynote
Roubaix
2015
Complexi.cat
Keynote
Barcelona
2015
L’Ecole de Design Nantes Atlantique
Course
Nantes
2015
Business Design Lab
Panel moderation
Paris
2015
L’Ecole de Design Nantes Atlantique
Course
Nantes
2014
Massachusetts Institute of Technologies
Course
Cambridge
2014
Web2day
Round table
Nantes
2013
L’Ecole de Design Nantes Atlantique
Workshop moderation
Nantes
2013
*di*/zaïn
Talk
Paris
2013
Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs
Course
Paris
2012
Télécom Paristech
Course
Paris
2012
L’Ecole de Design Nantes Atlantique
Workshop moderation
Nantes
2012
CococoCamp
Round table
Paris
2012
Virtual Reality International Conference
Keynote
Laval
2011
B-Ware
Talk
Brest
2011
L’Ecole de Design Nantes Atlantique
Workshop moderation
Nantes
2011
Arts et Métiers Paristech
Course
Laval
2011
2nd International Workshop on Web of Things
Paper presentation
San Francisco
2011
1rst International Workshop on interacting with smart objects
Paper presentation
San Francisco
2011
B-Ware
Round table
Brest
2011
4th International Symposium on Leveraging Applications
Paper presentation
Heraklion
2010
Benchmark Group conference
Talk
Paris
2009
L'Ecole de Design Nantes Atlantique
Keynote
Nantes
2009
Imaging the Future Symposium
Keynote
Neuchâtel
2007

Projects &
Playground

Work in progress

WIP
WIP
2022

Public speaking
& consulting

I am open to short term consultancy jobs and public speaking opportunities. Feel free to drop me a line by email if you want to discussion potential collaborations.

Pierrick Thébault - 2023

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