Connell McCarthy

Connell McCarthy

UX Manager in Canada, He/Him

About

A multi-faceted Canadian Creative. Currently designing @ Shopify.

I call myself an all-encompassing creative because I love working on everything from design, photography, and motion design to development, interior design, and video editing. I have a passion for finding the blend between aesthetic and functionality.

Work Experience

2022 — Now
Ottawa, Ontario

I currently work on full scale go-to-market campaigns for the Retail Marketing UX team.

2019 — 2022
Ottawa, Ontario

I worked on our Marketing team to create beautiful go-to-market product campaigns, brand awareness initiatives, and other campaigns with teams from across the company.

2018 — 2019
Ottawa, Ontario

I started on Shopify's Employer Brand team - focussing on creative and innovative ways to entice talented people to join our team and showcase what it's truly like to work at Shopify.

2015 — 2018
Vancouver, BC

I had the pleasure to work at the Vancouver-based Monstercat; a new-age record label that is a convergence of a tech startup, media company, and independent label. Over the years I grew to the Head of Design role where I built up a team of 6 talented in-house designers, digital artists, and animators. My team and I created over 150 individual artworks yearly for our 3 release-a-week schedule. Each release required a full suite of marketing assets which entailed over 3 hours of unique animation yearly for nearly 60 artists from around the globe.

2013 — 2017
Ottawa, Ontario

In 2013 I designed and developed Track Submit, the start-up that connected artists with record labels, and helped labels receive and review over 150,000 demo submissions since its inception. As a society, we are surrounded by a culture that is often best represented through music. Track Submit allowed musicians and creators from all around the world to express their culture through their music, helping them market and expand their brand across the globe.

2013 — 2015
Vancouver, BC

Projects

2022

I’ve updated my little slice of the internet with a new look that’s more inline with my design tastes. Full of new features like — article likes, better shop integration, announcement banners, and improved readability.

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2021

I was asked to help design the online store for Shopify's first-ever magazine mid day Thursday November 4th. I ended up diving into Figma and quickly making a mockup of what I had in mind. I sent it over to the team and after some little tweaks it was approved and ready to go.

Friday I began building out the site, starting with a blank Theme Kit project. I worked over the weekend seeing as I had a week long off-site starting on the 8th, and then I was going on vacation the week afterwards. I built the majority of the site on the Saturday, and tackled the gradient and animation accessibility on Sunday. Made some final polishing adjustments during my train ride to Montreal on Monday the 8th, and the site was ready to go.

I'm really proud of how the project turned out, and we sold out within a day.

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2021

I used my passion projects to build a powerful, and consistent go to market campaign for Shopify Inbox.

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2020

I briefly worked on the Culture Tools team at Shopify, and was focused on creating an internal product design system. Unfortunately it never came to fruition, but the ground work was all there.

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2020

I helped create the suite of landing pages for our Point of Sale product at Shopify.

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Side Projects

Ongoing

My euphoric, ambient, and chill music project.

Ongoing

My dark electronic side project.

2021

I built an app that allows you to share monthly expenses with your partner, and keep track of everything with ease.

Writing

2022

How my home office has changed one year later. The things I’ve kept, and the things I’ve swapped out.

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2021

How I used my passion projects to build powerful creative for Shopify Inbox.

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2021

Building an expense sharing app over the holidays, as a non-developer.

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2020

Designing a productive space that’s conducive to creativity for both work, and personal projects.

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2020

In the middle of a worldwide pandemic, we decided it was a good idea to buy a house.

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