About me

avatar Hi! My name is Anastasia, I am a User Experience and Interface designer based in Vancouver, Canada.

I was born in Russia in a very creative and hardworking family: my grandmother was a kindergarten music teacher and singer, grandfather was an engineer, father is a former sailor and a welder virtuoso, and my mother is a teacher of crafts at school who mastered all things related to art and creative thinking.

Going through post-soviet times, our family did everything to survive. During this time, both my mother and father showed me true value of hard-working and staying positive no matter what. Being lazy and indifferent was (and is) just not appropriate in our family.

I was inspired by all these examples from the very beginning. Going through dance, art, and then music schools I became a very curious and open-minded person. When I got the opportunity to enter faculty of Physics at Volgograd State Social Pedagogical University, I gladly used it, enjoyed all kinds of classes and activities there, and later graduated with Bachelor’s degree.

I was lucky enough to find my love, and lifetime friends in the university. And even though I found my future family, unfortunately I didn’t see my future in Physics.

However, thanks to my curiosity, I discovered that information technology related things are very interesting to me. I tried many tasks (even solved tiny exercises in Assembler!), but what truly attracted me was web and its growth in future. So, over 10 years ago, after practicing HTML and Photoshop for some time I summoned all my courage, and went to interview for my first employer. This is where my professional journey started.

During my career, I worked solo and as a team member, on-site and remotely, doing the whole bunch of related to digital design tasks. I worked under account manager supervision, supervised other team members, and even was an account manager for myself and small teams I gathered being a freelancer. I created website designs, SaaS interfaces, built valid front-end code for web projects, completed websites based on WordPress from scratch, worked on catalogs, presentations, whitepapers, social media graphics, emails, retouched tons of photos for catalogs, or even created illustrations and 3d renders. I dug frameworks and every new design trend I met. Seeing something new and exciting, something I don’t know, I immediately start learning more about a subject. The more I learn the more I understand that I should learn even more. :) Plus, during all these years I was lucky enough to meet a lot of generous people who shared their knowledge and particularly “responsible” for who I am professionally, and I’m eternally grateful for that.

I learned how to stay motivated, organized, to be responsible, and not to afraid tough tasks. In Russia, we have a great proverb “Глаза боятся, а руки делают”, which translates into something like “Eyes are afraid, but hands are doing the job”. It means that even though work may seem difficult and major, you still should start doing that. You never know what you can do till you try. And once you start, work becomes easier and smaller, and not so scary anymore. Don’t be afraid of a job, just do it, and you’ll handle it! This Russian proverb could be my life motto.

That’s why now, having all this experience, I’m able to juggle my skills in order to deliver the most complete experience for projects I’m part of. Even though my concentration is UI/UX design, I’m always happy to activate some special potion (like photo retouching) out of my bag of skills for a project.

Besides everything digital, I’m really into IoT, and crazy about creating network of small things for my home, as well as about possibilities of using IoT approach in projects (for example, using Google Beacons). In my free time, I love watching Sci-Fi movies and TV shows, sewing, interested in photography, and also enjoy hiking around beautiful Vancouver with husband and friends.

If you feel I’m the person you would like to work with, please just let me know in any way you prefer!

Skills

What I can do.
  • User Experience
    From start (research, information architecture, wireframing) to continuing support (analysis and iteration).
  • Interface design
    Interfaces for websites and mobile applications from scratch or at support stage.
  • Front-end development background
    Coded front-end for websites in HTML + CSS/SCSS + Jquery, developed responsive Wordpress-based websites.

Tools

Software, tools and technologies I’m working with.
  • Google Services
  • Corel Draw
  • Apache
  • Android
  • Adobe Brackets
  • 3ds Max
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe Lightroom
  • Wacom
  • Coffee
  • Ubuntu
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Windows
  • Adobe After Effects
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Logitech devices
  • Dell
  • Invision
  • Slack
  • Trello
  • Pixate
  • Axure
  • Sketch
  • Apple

… and a bunch of more and more, like Balsamiq Mockups, Firebug, Font Squirrel, Adobe Kuler, Moqups, Asana, Redmine, Realtimeboard, Freshbooks, WordPress etc.

Testimonials

A few words from my dear clients.

  • Быстро и качественно работает! Спасибо!

  • We needed a webpage for our latest iPad app. We have held many, many design contests on 99designs with mostly positive results. Lucky for us, during this contest we found one of the best designers on this site (possibly in the world).
    Anastasia constantly exceeded our expectations with the quality of her work, her attention to detail, and her comprehensiveness. She gave us more than what we needed (and we didn’t even ask!). We can’t thank her enough for all of her hard work and her amazing creative skills.

  • Анастасия сделала готовую тему на WordPress для нашего сайта. Понравилось качество работы, все было выполнено в срок. Анастасия настоящий профессионал!!! Спасибо вам большое!!!

  • Качество работы, сроки, профессионализм на “отлично”. Доволен сотрудничеством.

  • Выражаем особую благодарность от ОО “Петербургские родители”.
    Всем рекомендуем – это профессионал своего дела и просто золотой человек!

Certifications and tests

If my portfolio is not enough. :)

Languages

Yes, I’m multilingual. :)
  • HTML 4/5
  • CSS3
  • SCSS
  • Javascript, jQuery (small scripts)
  • PHP (starter skills)
  • SQL (basics)
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