NIKOLAI
KUCHKAROV
Lead Product Designer @ Youla
I'm a Product Designer currently residing in Moscow, Russia. I have deep expertise working on projects with millions of users. I'm fortunate to have worked with incredibly talented people in the biggest companies in Russia, such as Mail.ru Group and Avito.

Work experience

APRIL 2018 — PRESENT
Lead Product Designer
Youla.ru (Mail.ru group)
UX/UI
DESIGN LEAD
MOBILE
DESIGN ADVOCATE
WIREFRAMING
PROTOTYPING
VISUAL DESIGN
MOTION DESIGN
DESIGN SYSTEM INTEGRATOR
APRIL 2017 — APRIL 2018
Lead Product Designer
Avito.ru
Lead Product Designer in Mobile design team. In addition to the basic work, I oversee the visual and stylistic integrity of the whole product. Defined design guidelines and set communication between team members. I developed and supported our own (Avito Design-platform) design system based on the component approach. I was engaged in integration and cross-platform synchronization of the design platform.
UX/UI
DESIGN LEAD
MOBILE
WIREFRAMING
PROTOTYPING
VISUAL DESIGN
MOTION DESIGN
DESIGN INTEGRATOR
WEB
APRIL 2016 — APRIL 2017
Product Designer
Avito.ru
Work on Avito for mobile platforms. I executed wireframes, prototypes, and final design for the app. I developed design guidelines in collaboration with other team members.
UX/UI
MOBILE
DESIGN ADVOCATE
WIREFRAMING
PROTOTYPING
VISUAL DESIGN
MOTION DESIGN
MAY 2015 — APRIL 2016
Lead UX & UI Designer
Mail.ru group
I led the design for mobile apps. Responsible for platform design guidelines. Our achievements: Editors Choice Award, TopDeveloper and multiple featuring on Google Play.
UX/UI
DESIGN LEAD
PROTOTYPING
WIREFRAMING
VISUAL DESIGN
MOBILE
FABRUARY 2013 — MAY 2015
UX & UI Designer
Mail.ru group
Mostly I worked on ICQ Messenger for Android platform, Windows Phone and Windows 8. Other products that I worked on: Mail.ru Agent, MyChat and other internal products. I was responsible for User interface and UX.
UX/UI
GRAPHIC DESIGN
PROTOTYPING
MOBILE
DESKTOP
WEB
ILLUSTRATIONS
MAY 2012 — FEBRUARY 2013
Interaction Designer / Visual Designer
Proektmarketing +1
My tasks were very different. This could be a web design and interfaces, as well as video and interactive design. Most Agency clients were very large companies or government departments. Thus, the level of responsibility was very high. I am proud of each project in which i have been involved. One of the recent project was interactive presentation for the Russian Association of Innovative Regions in the framework of the Krasnoyarsk Economic Forum, at which the leaders of the country (including the president) and the governor were able to try our product.
UX/UI
INTERACTIVE DESIGN
GRAPHIC DESIGN
MOTION DESIGN
PROTOTYPING
DESKTOP
WEB
ILLUSTRATIONS
SEPTEMBER 2011 — FEBRUARY 2013
Technical Designer
Toasterec (IDM Agency)
Main scope of the work has been associated with a web interfaces. My job consisted of various kinds of visual graphics: icons, glyphs, visualization, creation of various prototypes, development of presentation materials, design Flash-presentation and application. I was engaged in the design and development for mobile platforms (web and native mobile applications). Most of the projects have been developed for large companies (medium and large businesses, real estate developers)
INTERFACES
WEB
GRAPHIC DESIGN
ILLUSTRATIONS
INTERACTIVE DESIGN
MOBILE
MAY 2011 — SEPTEMBER 2011
Web-Designer
F21 (Omega design)
I did full graphical support for web projects of our clients. I also did illustrations and other graphics for screens and printings. Developed corporate identity and presentation materials. I received an interesting experience since each project was totally different from the previous one, the rapid pace of work endlessly forced me to optimize my work processes.
WEB
GRAPHIC DESIGN
PRINT DESIGN
IDENTITY
ILLUSTRATIONS
SEPTEMBER 2010 — NOVEMBER 2010
Designer
Aptech World Wide
Design different promotional and advertising materials. I specialized in printing design, outdoor advertising, and graphic design.
PRINT DESIGN
IDENTITY
ADVERTISING
GRAPHIC DESIGN
PHOTO RETOUCH
SEPTEMBER 2007 — PRESENT
Designer
Freelance
I produce a stunning design for mobile apps and websites. Sometimes working on icons and illustrations.
UX/UI
ILLUSTRATIONS
WEB
DESKTOP
MOBILE
VISUAL DESIGN

Education

2014
British Higher School of Art and Design
UX&UI Intensive course, Product designer
2011
Yuri Gagarin State Technical University of Saratov
Specialist Degree at Advertisment
2011
Aptech World Wide
Designer, International university courses

Publications and Events

APRIL 2019 — JUNE 2019
Skillbox.ru
I hosted a section of Product design at Product Management course.
23 NOVEMBER 2018
RIW 2018
Attended as speaker on Russian Internet Week 2018.
7 JUNE 2017
Medium.com (Russian language)
Article about technical aspects of creating animations for Android platform
11 OCTOBER 2016
Medium.com (Russian language)
Article about technical aspects of creating animations for Android platform
20 NOVEMBER 2015
Habrahabr.ru (Russian laguage)
Article about the evolution of ICQ User Interface from 1996 to 2015
26 OCTOBER 2013 — 11 JANUARY 2014
Designtowindowsphone.com
Series of articles related to design for windows phone platform.
(Unfortunately web site is not available anymore. Ask me for details)
9 OCTOBER 2012
Smashingmagazine.com
Article about set of free icons related to movies and television.

Other projects

2019
Video
Self-initiative to produce a video about a new feature that I worked on. There is another video about stories on Youla.
2017
Browser extension
Self-initiative of a small team inside Avito. Avito helper is a browser extension that analyzes the viewed product on any site and displays a better price on Avito.
2015 — 2016
Tiny ICQ Client
Help with redesign. Created web site, and also produced video.
(Unfortunately web site is not available anymore. Ask me for details)
2014 — 2015
Photoshop Extension
Developed photoshop extension that makes process of creating assets for Android easier and faster.