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Chris Thelwell

Based in UK

I've been a digital product designer in the UK for many years, juggling award-winning F1 projects, cool Google Chrome apps and the occasional European football championship. Recently I've been busy disrupting the design world down under as the Head of UX and Design at Envato before consulting around the world for large enterprises on design thinking and how they build new products and services.

UX and Design Leader

Recent Work

What students say

"Chris is, without doubt, one of the strongest mentors and teachers I have ever come across. His depth of knowledge and expertise in the area of UX (and frankly, all aspects of design) are unrivalled in my experience. He is a fantastic teacher who knows how to push - or lead - his mentees as the situation necessitates and my design skills significantly improved with his tutelage. Without his support, I doubt I would have completed the course. Looking through the public mentor feedback on other student's projects from different mentors I feel lucky to have been a student of Chris'. While Chris can't mentor every single student, I personally believe he could dramatically improve other mentor's skills if given the right opportunity to do so within Designlab. I have just now accepted a Sr. Product Owner role within a scaling startup where design is held in high esteem. Thank you to Designlab and Chris for assisting me in securing this next move."

- Nick Hynes, UX Academy

"Chris was my full time mentor, as well as my career coach on my request. I can honestly say I wouldn't have ended up with a portfolio I am so proud of without his guidance. Chris helped me out with questions, concerns, professional advice and most importantly knew when to step in and help me, and when to stand back and let me figure things out by myself. He always responded to all my questions in less than 24 hours, and most importantly, he was reliable. He's great at thinking outside the box, and I feel like he gave me that confidence to have fun with my work!"

- Meghana Bowen, Career Services v1

"Chris is very good at guiding you, also sometimes pushing you a bit, in order to get you to where you do your very best. "

- Idun, UX Research & Strategy

"Chris was a fantastic mentor. He not only provided feedback within hours, but it was very detailed and constructive. Always ready to share his real-life experiences and provide great explanations, examples and tips. Having such an experienced mentor made it very encouraging and gratifying. Very grateful to have been his mentee and have had the opportunity to learn from him. "

- Paula Rodríguez, Design 101 v1

"Very committed, encouraging and supportive."

- Janat Samanya, Design 101 v1

"Very helpful and knowledgeable."

- Elliott Davidson, Design 101 v1

"Chris provided great feedback and guidance throughout the course."

- Jason Steinshouer, UX Research & Strategy

"Chris has been a brilliant mentor! Always gave constructive feedback that enabled me to refine and improve my submissions and I have learned and taken so much from each of the weekly mentor sessions. Top notch!"

- Danny Watchorn, UX: Interaction Design

"Without Chris I would not have made it even half-way in this course, he guided me when lost and provided help and feedback all the way, constantly inspiring and challenging me to think again and learn more. Thank you!"

- Unni Wihlborg, Design 101 v1

"Chris was absolutely amazing. 5 stars is nowhere near enough! I am so grateful for the support and advice he's given me over the last few months, both on this course and the UX course I previously took with him. He's got a huge depth of experience and is really generous with it. That meant he was able to move between really practical design details right though to high level mentoring around management and even career progression all on the same call. His mentoring has been massively helpful in my development as a designer, but also on a day to day level in my current job. He's given me really effective and tailored feedback to the work, that's really helped me progress. (He's also very straight with you which is really important and appreciated. That meant I've been able to move on faster.) On top of that, he's a really nice guy :) Thanks very much Chris! "

- Kieron Kirkland, Design 101 v1

"Chris is an incredible mentor. I still can't exactly explain how, but he's an expert at guiding you in the right direction without telling you what to do. I learned so much more than I expected, that I signed up for another course with him. Thanks Chris, see ya next week!"

- Rob Sailors, UX: Interaction Design

"Great sessions! Really useful thoughts and input and great to get the benefit of his many years of experience. Also really appreciate his flexibility and skill in discussing lots of different areas of UX work, including, but not restricted to, the course materials. "

- Kieron Kirkland, UX Research & Strategy

"Chris was absolutely fantastic throughout the whole course. He consistently provided me with great critiques of my designs and always encouraged me to think more about my choices. The quality and frequency of his feedback enabled me to get the absolute maximum out of the course and improve as a designer. He was always happy to share his knowledge and experience about all areas of the design world, beyond the course itself and this was particularly useful. He was always available and willing to help with critiques and any questions I might have about projects or real-world scenarios. I can't thank him enough for all of his patience and help. Thank you, Chris."

- Dan Andrews, Design 101 v1

"Fantastic mentor. I have learned so much and can't thank him enough. "

- Robert Muresian, Design 101 v1

Past Students

Erik Young

Ho Chi Minh City, Not Specified



Keat Teoh

Brooklyn, NY

Nikita Ramchandani

New York, NY

Traci Williams

Chicago, IL

Judy Kosowsky

Modiin, Israel

mathieu riviere

Stockholm, Stockholm

Nazish Mirekar

London, Middlesex

Alexandra Karlinsky

New York, NY

George Charnley

London, London

Jill Bressler

Kerhonkson, NY

Colin Cooper

Austin, TX

Logan Williams

Philadelphia, PA

James Underwood

Seattle, WA

Lizzie Ryan

Harpers Ferry, WV

Diana Palfalvi

London, London

Sangeetha M.G

Bangalore, Karnataka

Joseph Pan

New York, NY

Jocelyn Lin


Audrey Quek

Rotterdam, Zuid Holland

Jose Hernandez

Woodbury, MN

Roman Babenko

Rueschlikon, Zurich

Renee Fok

Melbourne, VIC

Tasha De Los Angeles

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Kiran Woochit

London, Edmonton

April Petry


Brad Krise


Dennis Heaton

New York, NY

Peter Zadecki

Brooklyn, NY

Meghana Bowen

Washington, DC

Riccardo Veronese

Bristol, Somerset

Olga Bolshchikova

San Jose, CA

Nicole Palafox

Mokpo-shi, Jeollanamdo

Sarah Loh

Wellington, NZ

Lucia Ziyuan Wang

Singapore, -- Country other than USA or Canada --

Dominic Ong

Singapore, N/A

Victoria Tow

Monroe Township, NJ

David Jordan

Manchester, N/A

Shelly Oh

Rutherford, NJ

Nataliia Pylypchuk

Cluj-Napoca, Cluj

Katja Kortelainen

Helsinki, Helsinki

Andrew Gibson

Fort Wayne, IN

Holly Parker

Berlin, Berlin

Conor Boylan

Brooklyn, NY

Paula Rodríguez

London, England

Rebecca Bar-Eli

Flushing, New York

Kevin Hwang

Potomac, MD

Andrea Ho

Coquitlam, British Columbia

Janat Samanya

Birmingham, West Midlands

Danny Watchorn

Portmarnock, Co Dublin

Anton Rose

Johannesburg, Gauteng

Adam Saik

Guelph, ON

Jon Morgan

Exeter, Devon

Hanyuan Zhang

New York, NY

Dan Andrews

Englewood, FL

Eric Meyers

Jersey City, NJ

Tombany Beylerian

London, Greater London

Unni Wihlborg

Stockholm, Sweden

Rob Sailors

Farmers Branch, TX

Vjaceslav Horbac

liberec, liberecky Kraj

Kieron Kirkland

london, london

Katie Hickson

ROMSEY, Hampshire

Carmen Lu

Sydney, NSW

David Gostelow

Melbourne, VIC

David Baird

Croydon, NSW

Natalie Toh

Cremorne, NSW