Seasoned product design lead with a focus on building design and research teams in product companies. I mostly specialize in complex business tools and services. 19 years of UX design, user research and design management experience.
Nov 2018 to date
Head of Product Design at PaxfulTallinn
At Paxful I’m responsible for leading and growing our product design team, defining UX strategy, and setting up UX & user research processes and practices across all our products and platforms. On the awesome journey of transitioning the engineering-centric startup into the user-centric product company.
Jan 2007 to date
Design Director, Co-owner at Simple SamplerTallinn–Kiev
Founded by my partner and me in 2007, Simple Sampler is a boutique UX and interaction design consultancy working with a worldwide clientele. We design user interfaces for complex SAAS systems, desktop and mobile applications. We help companies to define the user experience strategy and seamlessly align it with their business strategy. 250+ completed projects over the last 12 years.
Sep 2016 to Oct 2018
Product Design & User Research Lead
at Jobbatical
Jobbatical is a global marketplace for worldwide career opportunities, that connects IT-professionals with work adventures at startups around the globe. As a design team lead there, I was responsible for overseeing the design and research strategy, focusing on both sides — user needs and business objectives.

Built Jobbatical’s product design and user research team. Established the iterative user research framework, that ensured making data-informed decisions at all stages of product development. Lead all the user interface design initiatives for the talent audience looking for opportunities abroad, as well as the design of Jobbatical Employer Tools for business clients, helping them to manage incoming applications and make the hiring process more efficient.
Mar to Nov 2008
Lead product designer
at Badoo
Badoo is the largest social discovery network in the world with over 420 million users. In March 2008 I temporarily joined the team in order to plan and oversee the implementation of a full-scale user interface redesign, which involved not only user experience issues, but also product vision redevelopment in whole. The redesign project was finished by November and resulted in rapid revenue growth as well as in the expansion of Badoo user base.
May 2006 to Jan 2007
Director of User Experience
at Sonopia
Sonopia was a US startup with an R&D centre in Kyiv. Company’s mission was to provide organizations, groups or clubs with the opportunity to create branded mobile service and build a mobile and web community of supporters and members.

As a Director of User Experience, I was leading the UX design & research process in Sonopia, managing the team of 5 interaction designers and 2 user researchers. Our team was creating complex interfaces for data-reach web applications and cross-platform mobile client, as well as conducting all the necessary user research activities.
May 2005 to May 2006
User Interface Designer
at Art. Lebedev Studio

Art. Lebedev Studio is the oldest and the most famous design company in Russia and Ukraine. As a user interface designer, I was creating interfaces for web-based systems, software and industrial design projects, involving such activities as user research, user tests planning and conducting, the analysis of user testing results, the development of low- and high-fidelity prototypes and other interaction design activities. Besides taking part in projects for external clients I was involved in some of Studio’s internal interaction design projects.
Nov 2004 to May 2005
Freelance UX Consultant Kiev
Participated in interaction design projects for Ukrainian and Russian software, web- and game design companies as an independent UI/UX consultant.
Nov 2001 to Nov 2004
User Interface Designer
at Usethics
Usethics was the first Russian usability company (founded in 2001), and remains probably the most respected among them. As a UI designer I started my professional path there. I participated in user interface design and usability research projects for complex information systems of all types (web-based and desktop-based). Plus, published several UX related articles.
Email: kirill@slavetski.com · 

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