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. Over 17 years of UX design, user research and design management experience.
Sep 2016 to date
Product designer & researcher
at Jobbatical
Jobbatical connects IT-professionals with work adventures at startups around the globe. As a product designer here, I am responsible for the user experience design and research strategy, focusing on both sides — user needs and business objectives. My work involves designing interfaces for the talent audience looking for opportunities abroad, as well as the design of employer tools for our business clients, helping them manage incoming applications and make the hiring process more efficient.
Jan 2007 to date
UX design lead, Co-owner at Simple SamplerTallinn–Kiev
Founded by my partner and me in 2007, Simple Sampler is a small UX and interaction design consultancy working with a worldwide clientele. We design user interfaces for complex web-based systems, desktop and mobile applications, social services and games. We also help startups with product vision and design strategy in general.
Apr to Oct 2008
Lead product designer
at Badoo
Badoo is a major European dating-focused social networking service with over 400 million of users. In March 2008 I temporarily joined their team in order to accomplish 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 expansion of their user base.
May 2006 to Jan 2007
Director of user experience
at Sonopia
Sonopia was a US startup with R&D center in Kiev. 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 team of 5 interaction designers. Our team was creating complex interfaces for reach web applications and for cross-platform mobile client, as well conducting all 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.
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