Why so tough anyway?

For over a decade I've been creating visual concepts for websites, promo-campaigns, and designing large-scale projects. In my work, I always strive to satisfy users' needs with an aim for the perfect combination of human-centered design decisions and business goals. Even if it takes a few extra-miles.

 
 
I don't have much studio shots. Zero, to be precise. Just a few selfies. Yet here's one candid picture of me casually hanging out nearby Mercado de San Miguel dressed in a kilt and wondering about whereabouts of the Alcázar in Madrid... wait, what is that? Is that a smoothie? Oh my god...

I don't have much studio shots. Zero, to be precise. Just a few selfies. Yet here's one candid picture of me casually hanging out nearby Mercado de San Miguel dressed in a kilt and wondering about whereabouts of the Alcázar in Madrid... wait, what is that? Is that a smoothie? Oh my god...

 
 

Experience

I grew up as a professional doing different projects for startups and agencies in Russia and Kazakhstan. Ever since the very early noughties, I've always been fascinated with all those iconic websites like Mjau-Mjau, Conclave Obscurum, Flying Puppet, and Yugo Nakamura's Yugop. One day I realised I'd like to do the very same, and with that in mind I started my career as a junior web-designer at Infobox Web Studio.

A few years later I was working with clients from G2B/G2C, and even G2G area. Some of those projects can be found on my Behance. After that, I spent nearly three years in Almaty, Kazakhstan, where my main focus switched to the interface design. I designed an intranet management system for Samsung, a very first version of Innovation Academy for Deloitte Kazakhstan (they were merged into a global portal later on), and eventually I was hired by Sklad.com to work on the interfaces for the marketplace, and develop their side project Da.kz shortly thereafter.

In 2013 I moved back to Saint Petersburg and joined Deasign team as a senior designer. They invited me to help them design Time:Bay, and a vast amount of digital campaigns and websites.

Currently I still reside in this glorious city, helping friends building and developing KinoKlaster

 

Skills

As a designer, I have a deep understanding of the complexities of agile and waterfall methodologies, and UML. Not to mention my keen eye for highly neat web typography, eye-catching æsthetics, and the overall prefection (dammit!). My weapons of choice are Axure RP, Flying Logic, Sketch (and whatever comes with that), Adobe: InDesign + Photoshop + Illustrator, and basically any tool for creating UML diagrams. New toys at this moment are Principle and Adobe xD. Aside from that I'm not afraid of user stories and case scenarios, CJMs, MVPs, and other charming abbreviations some people tend to love.

 

Some of Major things I enjoy in my life

Literature — @ Goodreads

Ever since my childhood I've been visiting local library every other day after school, to check if there's anything left unread. I enjoy the quirky language of Tennessee Williams, sophisticated yet lighthearted humour of John Steinbeck, and, yes, stories of 87th Precinct, guilty as charged. Of all the Russian writers I prefer Ilya Ilf, Anatoly Mariengof, and Vladimir Nabokov. My favourite novel of all times is “One Hundred Years of Solitude” by Gabriel García Márquez. An ultimate goal in life is to finish Joyce's “Ulysses” and “Finnegans Wake“ one day — just like i did with Frazer's “The Golden Bough“.

Music — @ Last.fm

At the age of 8 I was literally recruited to join elementary school music section to learn how to play a wide range of brass instruments. Shortly after that I signed in to the music school to the trumpet class, and graduated eight years later. I didn't make it far to be a professional classic musician, but even so I enjoyed playing highly avant-garde improvisational gigs a few times with my fellow musicians.

Sports

Honestly, I'm not fond of team sports, running, all the games involving ball, and the irony, too. Yet somehow I became a rugby fan, and never miss a single match of Rugby Championship, mostly rooting for Los Pumas (and English Roses at rare times and different championships). Last spring I joined our local club to kick the ball, learn how to scrummage and stuff.

And various æsthetic choices

Balenciaga — before modern times • Pieter Hugo • Alexander McQueen • Paul Rand • Satoshi Kon • Saul Bass • Thierry Mugler's runway shows of the 1990s • Hussein Chalayan • Mikhail Vrubel • Kenya Hara + MUJI • Juliet of the Spirits • Bob Fosse • Aya&Bambi • Humiecki & Graef • Makoto Shinkai • Lynnfox • Inez & Vinoodh, of course • Butoh • Zinaida Serebriakova • KDDI au Design Project • Peter Zumthor • Chris Cunningham • M/M Paris • Tamara de Lempicka • Simplicissimus