Illia Strikhar, Designer in New York, NY, United States
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Illia Strikhar

Verified Expert  in Design


New York, NY, United States
Toptal Member Since
February 6, 2017

Illia is a UI/UX designer with a passion for crafting state-of-the-art online products with the purpose of helping people. With eight years of experience in product design, Illia can do everything from customer discovery and concept validation to designing low-fidelity prototypes, eventually turning them into pixel-perfect, goal-oriented designs.


Work Experience

Product Designer | UX/UI and Illustrations

2017 - PRESENT
Freelance Work
  • Crafted user-centered, performance-driven, business-oriented experiences for startups and larger companies.
  • Designed dozens of B2C and B2B products in fintech, productivity, real estate, advertising, eCommerce, HR, marketing, and healthcare. Led user research for UX and UI and consulted on copywriting, strategy, and implementation.
  • Collaborated with PMs and development teams at all points of the product cycle, from concept to final execution, on responsive marketing websites, dashboards, web apps, and iOS and Android apps.
  • Established connections between clients and products, getting to know them at levels beyond simple design requirements in an effort to understand the whole picture.
  • Conducted user interviews and design and competitor research.
  • Created user flows; clickable mockups; high-fidelity, pixel-perfect designs; and scalable UI guides.
  • Imported to a design-to-dev handoff tool with all the assets exportable as CSS or SVG to PNG files.
Technologies: Adobe Photoshop, Google Analytics, Mixpanel, Slack, Asana, Trello, InVision, Google, Zoom, CSS, Sketch, Product Design, Minimum Viable Product (MVP), Figma, Dashboard Design, Mobile UX, Mobile App UI, Responsive UI, Usability

UI/UX Designer

2023 - 2023
Global Apparel Partners, Inc.
  • Designed the MVP for the 3D knitting editor, including collaboration, asset management, comment system, and more.
  • Designed an Atomic design system using the updated Figma components and design tokens features.
  • Created a clickable Figma prototype to be shown to prospective clients and investors.
Technologies: SaaS, Figma, Dashboard Design, Web App Design, Web UI, Web UX, Visual Design, UX Design, UI Design, Product Design

Product Designer

2023 - 2023
Anna C. Niceta
  • Designed an MVP for a web-based event presentation software.
  • Designed a basic design system for the tool with typography, buttons, colors, etc.
  • Brainstormed with the founder on the scope of the MVP and created a user story map to hand over to the engineers.
Technologies: Web Design, Prototyping, Figma, Web App Design, Web UX, Product Design, UI Design, UX Design, Design Collaboration

Senior Product Designer

2022 - 2022
Hirement Inc
  • Designed a web app that allowed recruiters to move candidates through a recruiting funnel.
  • Produced a web app design that allowed candidates to prepare better for their interviews.
  • Created a basic style guide that included typography, color palette, and UI elements as components with various states.
  • Worked with the founder to design Hirement's MVP. He had a clear vision for what he wanted, so I created an outline for each screen, working in Figma to design the wireframes and eventually turning them into high-fidelity UI designs.
Technologies: Product Design, UX Design, UI Design, App Design, SaaS, B2B, Web Design, Dashboards, Figma, B2C, Prototyping

Senior Product Designer

2022 - 2022
  • Built a design system in Figma for an analytics platform, including colors, typography, spacing, and an extensive library of UI elements using components, variables, and tokens. Worked with engineers to implement it.
  • Developed and improved various dashboard flows. Ideated new navigation patterns, like popovers instead of modal screens, to improve the web app's navigation.
  • Redesigned an onboarding flow, including Atrium Playbooks, a quick new way to set up custom workspaces inside Atrium.
  • Created responsive landing pages, including the home and customer pages.
  • Improved user role management inside the Atrium web app, including how team segments and disciplines work.
  • Designed Saved Goals, a new feature that allows users to set custom team goals based on various parameters.
Technologies: Data Visualization, Dashboard Design, UI Design, UX Design, Figma, UX Research, Design Systems, Product Design, Responsive UI, Usability

Mobile iOS and Android UX Designer

2021 - 2022
  • Hired by the University of Minnesota Rochester (UMR) to design a web-based desktop portal for students to view upcoming classes and assignments, talk to peers and professors, and earn badges for various achievements (gamified education).
  • Worked with the UMR faculty and SpringML, a data analytics company managing the process, to develop screens to present to the UMR dean.
  • Interviewed students and faculty members and conducted competitor and design research.
  • Designed screens in Figma and a basic design system that included typography, color palette, and reusable UI components.
  • Created a Figma prototype, did extensive user testing, and conducted around 20 Zoom interviews with UMR students. I iterated the final version based on my findings and heuristic evaluation.
  • Adhered to UMR's style guide. The app had to look modern and sleek while coexisting with UMR's other web resources designed 5-10 years earlier.
Technologies: Admin Panels, Web App UX, Web App UI, Web App Design, Figma, Prototyping

UX/UI Designer

2016 - 2018
  • Worked remotely for a New York City-based digital design and development studio as a principal UX/UI designer.
  • Designed the UX and UI for Nifty, a cross-platform project management tool used by thousands around the world.
  • Designed products for web and mobile platforms for target functionality, including a delivery service, rehab on demand, a financial data management platform, a party planner, stage gear rental, coupons, and a food discovery service.
  • Spearheaded the UX design for an iOS social network for universities that lets students discuss local news, sell items, create events, and more.
  • Worked on the UX design and implementation for an iOS app and web dashboard as part of a tool that allows people to book and manage appointments with local businesses.
  • Developed the UX for an iOS app that helps people buy and sell gift cards.
Technologies: Slack, Dropbox, Adobe Photoshop, InVision, Sketch, Minimum Viable Product (MVP), Mobile UI, Dashboard Design, Product Design, Mobile UX, Mobile App UI, Responsive UI, Usability

Product Manager

2013 - 2015
STB TV Channel
  • Led the 3rd season of X-Factor Online (, the Ukrainian online franchise of a popular TV show and the most popular vocal talent contest in Ukraine.
  • Managed two domestic teams, including a cross-functional scrum development team and an editorial team.
  • Created product requirements and prioritized feature lists.
  • Conducted A/B testing and analysis of Google Analytics data and Hotjar product, sales, and marketing conversion funnels.
  • Contributed to X-Factor's achieving a 230% increase in conversions and a 60% reduction in record-your-song abandonment after a site redesign that provided a seamless and delightful video recording experience.
  • Conceptualized and led our team to create four new premium services that increased sales by 30%. X-Factor Online won the Propeller Digital Award in 2011 and 2012 as Ukraine's most innovative online product.
Technologies: Google Analytics, Hotjar, WordPress, Trello, Agile, Scrum, Minimum Viable Product (MVP), Product Design, Usability
2011 - 2013

Master of Science Degree in Business

National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy - Kyiv, Ukraine

2007 - 2011

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economic Theory

National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy - Kyiv, Ukraine


Zoom, Trello, Asana, Google Analytics, Adobe Photoshop, Sketch, InVision, Figma, UX Tools, Adobe Lightroom, Jira, Slack, Hotjar, CodePen, Canva


iOS, Mobile, Web, WordPress, Mixpanel, Dropbox, Webflow

Industry Expertise

Health, Healthcare, Marketing




Mobile UI, Mobile Design, Scrum, Web UI, Landing Pages, Interactive Dashboards, Admin Panels, Website Builders, User Interface (UI), Web App Design, Web UX, SaaS, Project Management, Task Management, SaaS Design, Android App Design, iOS App Design, Web App UX, Web App UI, Landing Page Design, Dashboard Design, Data Visualization, Usability, Minimum Viable Product (MVP), UX Design, MVP Design, Mobile App Design, UX Research, UI Design, Mobile UX Design, Web UX Design, Product Design, Web Design, Lead Generation, Design Systems, Responsive Layout, User Experience (UX), Mobile UX, Mobile App UI, Responsive UI, App UI, User Research, App UX, User Interviews, Design Research, Heuristics, Usability Heuristics, Usability Testing, Remote Usability Testing, Usability Analysis, Prototyping, UX Prototyping, UX Process, Web Usability, Mobile Advertising, Template Design, Music Industry, Interaction Design (IxD), Recruiting, Recruitment, Job Portals, Interviewing, Ticket Systems, Online Ticketing, Digital Tickets, Google, Agile, Advertising Design, Dashboards, Web Dashboards, Mobile Ads, Paid Advertising, Dental Care, Web Applications, B2C, B2B, Productivity, Business, Design, Booking, Web Marketing, University, Mobile Ticketing, Engineering, Engineering Software, App Design, Design Collaboration, Framer, Visual Design

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