Julia Shkatova, Designer in Berlin, Germany
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Julia Shkatova

Verified Expert  in Design


Berlin, Germany
Toptal Member Since
June 1, 2020

Julia is a senior product designer based in Berlin, Germany, with more than eight years of experience. She enables companies and teams to build user-centered and scalable experiences through systems thinking, empathy, and pleasing aesthetics. Over the past eight years, Julia has collaborated with various companies, from established enterprises to new ventures.


Work Experience

Lead Product Designer

2021 - PRESENT
MusicHub GmbH
  • Designed and launched Stats Dashboard, with 52.3% of users checking their analytics at least weekly.
  • Improved user sign-up and introduced user onboarding to delivered release conversion, with 27.95% of the newly registered users submitting their release on their first day.
  • Exited the beta phase and launched the subscription service with 12.26% of registered users subscribing to a paid plan.
Technologies: Figma, Mixpanel, Miro, Intercom, Maze, Typeform.io

Digital Designer

2015 - PRESENT
  • Consulted early-stage startups on the market and competitor analysis, UI/UX benchmarking, persona creation, user journeys, and brand framework.
  • Collaborated with stakeholders and designed MVPs to validate product ideas.
  • Designed and directed mobile, web, and desktop apps from scratch.
  • Designed numerous brand guidelines for both digital and physical products.
  • Built user scenarios, user stories, and user flows for digital product improvements based on qualitative user research.
  • Created product prototypes for ideas validation and tested them with users using moderated and unmoderated testing technics.
  • Built responsive websites on Webflow to enable small teams to scale.
Technologies: Usability, Adobe CC, Webflow, Sketch, Figma

User Experience Design Specialist

2018 - 2021
  • Worked on a design system that was built in Figma and regularly updated to align with the engineering team.
  • Designed complex features for the work management and collaboration platform.
  • Designed and built product marketing landing pages using Figma and Webflow.
  • Completely redesigned brand and app's look and feel to fit the enterprise brand.
  • Designed and built a help center using Webflow CMS.
  • Conducted user research and user testing sessions for new features.
Technologies: Adobe CC, Sketch, Figma

Product Design Intern

2017 - 2017
  • Improved knowledge of app development for IOS.
  • Designed mobile applications, specifically MVPs.
  • Designed an educational app, Mentoroom, that was featured on Behance.
Technologies: InVision, Sketch

Junior Visual Designer

2016 - 2016
  • Created social media design templates.
  • Designed marketing compaigns.
  • Designed UI and marketing elements for product webpages.
  • Supported the product team with UI design for online loan calculators.
  • Supported the marketing team that was distributed in several countries.
Technologies: Adobe After Effects, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop
2014 - 2018

Bachelor's Degree in Multimedia

University of Economics - Prague, Czech Republic

2017 - 2017

ERASMUS (Student Exchange) Program Participant in Communications

Aarhus University - Aarhus, Denmark


Figma, Adobe CC, InVision, Adobe After Effects, Sketch, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere Pro, UsabilityHub, Validately, Maze, Miro


Webflow, Webflow CMS, Music Streaming, MacOS, Mixpanel

Industry Expertise

Travel & Leisure


Usability, Web Design, User Flows, Product Design, User Onboarding, Dashboard Design, Responsive Layout, UI Guidelines, Digital Product Design, UX Design, UI Design, Design Systems, Mobile UX, Mobile UX Design, Music Industry, iOS App Design, Educational Platform Design, Web App Design, Standard Template Library (STL), Sharing Economy, Brand Design, Workforce Management (WFM), Project Management, Visual Design, Video Streaming, Forms, Carbon, Mobile App Design, Product Branding, User Research, Remote User Testing, Branding, Notion, Intercom, Typeform.io, Jitter

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