Nick is a senior UI/UX designer with eight years of professional experience specializing in designing applications for startups. He is used to working remotely and has his tools and processes tailored to meet the demands of a fast-paced lean workflow and an unpredictable startup environment. He believes that design is not about deliverables and beautiful pixels but about solving problems and achieving business and user goals.
Managed and was responsible for all aspects of product design starting from gathering requirements and competitor research to running ideation workshops with the team, conducting design QA and usability testing.
Defined the overall concept and designed the overall experience of the two-sided marketplace.
Created the overall visual direction of the platform.
Designed the core elements of the key components of the platform such as onboarding, inbox, and the notification system.
Led team meetings.
Hired and managed fellow designers.
Technologies: Sketch, InVision, Pen and Paper, Whiteboard, JIRA
Lead UX Designer
2015 - 2016
Designed all aspects of the multi-channel experience of eVote voting platform.
Defined the core concept, designed core flows, and interactions.
Developed eVote's visual style across web and mobile platforms.
Designed iOS and Android mobile applications.
Created high-fidelity wireframes, screen flows, and specifications.
Built creative concepts, sketches, diagrams, and storyboards for stakeholders and developers.
Technologies: InVision, Sketch, Balsamiq, Real Pen and Paper
Senior UI/UX Designer
2014 - 2015
Constructed user experience of an entire platform.
Devised UX guidelines.
Crafted a new visual design for the Strevus applications.
Defined UI/UX guidelines, a form wizard, and templates for converting IRS tax forms into a digital format.
Worked directly with developers and testers to make design ideas happen in code.
Technologies: InVision, Sketch, JIRA, Photoshop
Founder | Lead UX Designer
2012 - 2015
Acted as head of a team of designers which was responsible for the overall branding concepts.
Led and designed the product and strategy development.
Gave and managed the art direction.
Managed the communications with clients and customers.
Designed the user interfaces for iOS and web applications.
Technologies: InVision, Photoshop, Illustrator, Pen and Paper
Lead UX Designer
2012 - 2013
Head-hunted, interviewed, hired, and trained the new designers.
Gave art-direction and provided competitive analysis.
Developed the mobile apps interface design: wireframing, visual design, flow, and the interactive prototypes.
Negotiated with clients and did requirements gathering.
Technologies: Photoshop, Illustrator, Balsamiq
2009 - 2012
Worked with stakeholders to understand their customers and built business models to create design solutions to further those goals.
Defined the architecture, navigation, user flows and experiences, and information and interaction designs that effectively and directly solve customer needs.
Produced the creative concepts, sketches, diagrams, and storyboards for stakeholders and developers.
Created the design solutions that address business, brand, and user requirements.
Collaborated with web developers to deliver the final product.
UX sketching is a crucial, yet often overlooked, aspect of user-experience design. Sketching is a very efficient way of communicating design ideas while allowing designers to try out a multitude of options and iterate them before settling on one.
In this post, Toptal Freelance Designer Nick Vyhouski explains UX sketching step by step and outlines a range of tips and techniques used by leading designers.
Nick is a mentor in the Toptal Global Mentor’s Program.
This program is a partnership between Toptal and General Assembly to provide high
quality mentorship for students from minority and low income backgrounds who are
looking to begin their careers as professional designers. Nick
shows commitment to diversity in tech by mentoring a General Assembly student every
week for a year, covering everything from design tips and tricks to advice on making
it in the industry.
Bachelor's degree in Media and Communication: Visual Culture
2009 - 2016
European Humanities University - Vilnius, Lithuania
Completed credits towards a bachelor's degree in Multimedia Design
2007 - 2008
Institute of Modern Knowledge - Minsk, Belarus
Completed credits towards a bachelor's degree in Marketing
2005 - 2006
Belarus State Economic University - Minsk, Belarus