Stas Kulesh, Designer in Kraków, Poland
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Stas Kulesh

Verified Expert  in Design


Kraków, Poland
Toptal Member Since
August 12, 2016

Stas is a full-stack designer with 15+ years of experience and 400+ projects designed and coded. He has led many projects for companies like Foursquare, Facebook, LEGO, Discovery Channel, Nickelodeon, TLC, and Tupperware. Working with startups is particularly thrilling for him. Stas designed and coded the initial application for the startup Zoomdata—allowing them to raise $1.1 million in 2012.


Work Experience

Creative Director

2009 - PRESENT
  • Designed and developed a multitude of products for local and international clients.
Technologies: JavaScript, CSS, HTML, Sketch, Visual Design, Marketing Materials

Lead Web Designer | Developer

2008 - 2009
  • Participated in several projects as a lead web designer and developer (JavaScript, PHP, and XHTML/CSS).
  • Created all sorts of identity works.
  • Developed Flash-based websites.
  • Wrote lots of jQuery scripts,.
Technologies: CSS, XHTML, PHP, JavaScript, Animated GIFs, Adobe Flash, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Fireworks, Adobe Creative Suite, Graphic Design, Marketing Materials

Web Designer | Developer

2006 - 2008
  • Worked on several projects as a lead graphic designer and programmer using PHP and XHTML/CSS. I also used Xara, Flash, and Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Created email templates, identity work, and a portfolio for Netactive itself.
  • Did content management.
  • Built templates for different types of CMS.
  • Developed Flash-based sites.
Technologies: CSS, XHTML, PHP, Animated GIFs, Xara Xtreme, Flash, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe ImageReady, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Creative Suite, Marketing Materials

Web Designer | Project Manager

2005 - 2006
  • Developed the identity of the company Novosoft LLC (
  • Designed the product web pages for Handy Password (, Office Backup (, and Handy Backup (
  • Designed the graphical user interface for Handy Password's software.
  • Created icons for Handy Backup's software and Office Backup's software.
  • Designed a software web-catalog for Softempire (
Technologies: Microsoft PowerPoint, Animated GIFs, Xara Xtreme, Flash, Adobe Creative Suite, SharePoint, Marketing Materials

Lead Graphic Designer | Web Designer | Game Designer | Developer | Project Manager

2002 - 2005
Exclusive Games
  • Collaborated with a team of developers to create shareware games.
  • Created 2D graphics, 3D graphics, animation using Alias Maya 6.0, and implemented the texturing and optimization of resources.
  • Worked on game design, 3D modeling, 2D graphics, animation, and all promotional materials (banners, website, CD-cover).
  • Created three games during 2003, including Tank-O-Box (, Electronica (, and Beat’N’Roll (demo-version).
  • Redesigned Pickman Saves the Kingdom game (
  • Worked on the game Tank-O-Box 1.0, which became one of 30 semifinalists in the rendering section of the Microsoft Imagine Cup 2004 contest—it was later released by Buka Publishing company and later won The Best Casual Game Award 2006 in Russia.
Technologies: Deep Exploration, Deep Paint 3D, Maya, Flash, Animated GIFs, Adobe Illustrator, ImageReady, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Creative Suite
1999 - 2004

Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science and Nuclear Physics

Novosibirsk State University - Novosibirsk, Russia


Startup School Advisor Track

Y Combinator


Figma, Evernote, Sketch, Illustrator CC, Trello, Jekyll, Asana, Sublime Text, Avocode, Zeplin, InVision, Adobe Photoshop, Sketch 3, Slack, After Effects CC, Gulp, Grunt, Bitbucket, GitHub, Confluence, Jira, Adobe Creative Suite, Adobe Fireworks, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Flash, Adobe InDesign, Flash, Xara Xtreme, Microsoft PowerPoint, Maya, Deep Paint 3D, Deep Exploration, BrowserStack, Apple Push Notifications, Adobe Experience Design (XD), Adobe After Effects, Pixelmator, Procreate, Framer Prototyping


CSS, HTML, JavaScript, Less, PHP, XHTML, Haml


Mobile, MacOS, Google Chrome, Android, iOS, OS X, SharePoint, Slackware, Sensu, Apple Watch, Apple, Mapbox

Industry Expertise

Healthcare, Human Resources (HR)


Web Design, Illustration, Branding, Prototyping, User Interface (UI), Mobile Apps, Mobile UI, Mobile UX, Product Design, Product Reviews, Responsive Web Design (RWD), User Journeys, User Stories, UX Design, User Experience (UX), Landing Page Design, Dashboard Design, UI Design, MacBook, Slack App, Graphic Design, Color Palettes, Visual Identity, Brand Identity, Motion & Animation Design, Motion Design, 2D Animation, Visual Design, Social Media Design, Brand Design, Marketing Materials, Digital Ad Design, Hand-drawn Illustrations, Blockchain Platforms, Crypto, Chrome Extensions, Data Visualization, Admin Panels, App Store, App Store Acceptance Process, Apple Watch Design, Safari Extensions, CSS3 Animation, Cryptography, Animation, Character Animation, Motion Graphics, Framer, iPhone, Abstracts, Animated GIFs, Adobe ImageReady, ImageReady, Websites, Mobile Web, Electrical Design, Electrical Engineering, Chatbots, Mobile Design, Wireframing, Web Development, Ruby on Rails (RoR), Slackbot, Live Chat, Human Resource Management Systems (HRMS), Customer Analysis, Teamwork, Extensions, Browser Plugins, Logo Design, Mobile Web Design, Desktop Web Design, Startups, PSD, Revamps, Upgrades, Art & Painting, Flat Design, NLU, Natural Language Processing (NLP), Natural Language Understanding (NLU), Sentiment Analysis, AngularJS, Angular Bootstrap, Google Cloud, Google Cloud Machine Learning, Google Cloud Sentiment, Google Cloud Natural Language, Product Hunt, JSON API, JSONP, Apps, Mobile App UI, Safety, Location Services, Real-time Locating Systems (RTLS), Location Tracking, Push Notifications, Silent Push Notifications, iOS App Design, APIs, Maps, Google Maps, Google Traffic, OpenWeatherMap, Mapbox Styling, Google Maps Styling, Machine Learning, Dark Design, Templates, Fun & Lifestyle, Social, Vectors, Vector Graphics, Vector Logos, Vector Images, SVG, Web Animation, Icon Sets, Icon Animation, UI Branding, Web UI, Web UX, Web Illustration, Vector Illustration, Vector Art, Book Design & Illustration, Vector Design, Currency Exchange, Cryptocurrency Development, Sass, Generative Pre-trained Transformers (GPT), ChatGPT, Game AI, Game Art, Generative Pre-trained Transformer 3 (GPT-3), Artwork, Landing Pages, Character Illustration, Character Design, Lean Startups, Computer Science, UI Development, Design, Art, Video Animation, Animated Videos, Art Books, Digital Bookstores, Storytelling, Visual Storytelling, Mobile Banking, Online Banking, Contact List Building, UI Motion, Videos, Video Tutorials, Promotional Videos, Feature Icons, Logo Intros

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