Yana Mylnikova, Designer in Zürich, Switzerland
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Yana Mylnikova

Verified Expert  in Design


Zürich, Switzerland
Toptal Member Since
July 27, 2022

Yana is an experienced designer with a broad background in user research, behavioral patterns, and product innovation rooted in visual design. Her passion lies in envisioning and creating exceptional products within enterprise solutions, and she strongly believes in the meaningful impact this digital transformation has on both individuals and business success.


Work Experience

UX Designer

2023 - PRESENT
  • Facilitated multiple design thinking workshops and led design sprints intending to develop a new product direction while focusing on core user experience.
  • Created highly interactive digital prototypes, prepared testing sessions to evaluate research and business assumptions, conducted and analyzed user interviews, and delivered research insights.
  • Trained PMs and other product stakeholders in rapid prototyping techniques and wireframing methods, empowering UX and continuous discovery work across the organization.
Technologies: Figma, Dovetail, Miro

Lead UX/UI Designer

2023 - 2023
Recare Deutschland GmbH
  • Performed UX audit and redesigned the core search flow allowing health workers to find care providers for the patients. Reduced friction and complexity, optimizing the main task with data from user interviews, BI intelligence, and prototype tests.
  • Redesigned client-facing file management system, significantly improving the intuitive usage of loading and sharing sensitive patient data for all actors involved while keeping the legal compliance aspects in check.
  • Created a new chat functionality connecting care providers and clinics to facilitate interpersonal communication and fulfill the business objective of eliminating fax and phone calls from the user flow.
  • Documented changes to the design system in a comprehensive way.
Technologies: Product Design, Figma, Marketplace Design, Leadership, Design Leadership, Design Systems, Prototyping, Design Ops, Web App Design

Lead Designer

2020 - 2022
Deloitte Digital
  • Owned the design process from research to implementation for a native iOS application empowering 1,500+ SME insurance agents to conduct 86% more efficient meetings completely paperless, close deals 36% faster, and meet their performance targets.
  • Led Agile-based UX and front-end development team in implementing Salesforce Community Cloud customer-centric portal for tracking and managing utility services in more than 80,000 urban households.
  • Led design and front-end development for Salesforce eCommerce B2B2C platform relaunch, efficiently connecting luxury goods providers with global retail operators.
  • Delivered research, design, and ongoing UX support for a native iOS health app providing valuable insights on physical and mental well-being layered with work-related data for corporate employees.
Technologies: InVision, Sketch, Adobe Experience Design (XD), Figma, Zeplin, Visual Concepts, Mobile eCommerce, iOS UX Design, Agile Delivery, iOS UI Design, Graphic Design, B2B, Business to Business to Consumer (B2B2C), B2B2C, Dashboards, Product Design, Presentation Design, Interactive Prototypes, White Labeling, API Integration, User Research, Interface Design, Mentorship & Coaching, Mentorship, UX Mentoring, User Onboarding, Onboarding, UX Review, Annotated Wireframes, Competitor Analysis & Profiling, Competition Research, Usability Analysis, UX Architecture, Web App UX

Senior Designer and Art Director

2016 - 2020
  • Developed digital product concepts for content marketing projects, created wireframes and prototypes in close collaboration with the development team, and managed projects from brief to production.
  • Took responsibility for strategy, conception, and implementation of creative design concepts for branded content and native advertising.
  • Advised in-house marketing team on all matters of design, branding, and corporate identity guidelines.
Technologies: Adobe Experience Design (XD), Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, InDesign CC, Sketch, InVision, Visual Concepts, Graphic Design, Dashboards, Product Design, Presentation Design, Marketing Design, Interface Design, Mentorship & Coaching, Mentorship, User Onboarding, Annotated Wireframes, Competitor Analysis & Profiling, Competition Research, Advertising, Print, Paid Advertising

UI and Graphic Designer

2014 - 2016
  • Ideated, created concepts, and delivered final interface design specs for a major medical software company in the UK.
  • Implemented a new brand identity for Cooltra, a 2-wheel mobility leader in Europe, in print and online marketing assets, signage, and presentations for four international offices in Spain, Italy, Brazil, and France and 100+ rental points.
  • Created editorial layouts and supported marketing activities for TopRuss, a monthly luxury fashion magazine in Spain.
  • Increased online visibility by 45% and improved the company's image through the brand identity redesign and social media advertising consulting for BLL Concierge and Relocation.
Technologies: Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Sketch, Visual Concepts, Graphic Design, Product Design, Marketing Design, Interface Design, Competitor Analysis & Profiling, Competition Research, Advertising, Print

Graphic Designer

2013 - 2014
Brand Culture
  • Built a brand identity guide, including colors and typography, visual language, photography, logo usage best practices, and other assets.
  • Supported design projects by organizing photo shoots and events, concepting, and production.
  • Created clear, stylish presentations elevating new brands and enriching their design languages.
  • Collaborated with social media editors to tell the most visually engaging stories for audiences around the globe.
Technologies: Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Graphic Design, Marketing Design, Competition Research, Print

Junior Graphic Designer

2012 - 2013
  • Collaborated closely with the apparel design and product management teams on creating and defining branding guidelines for apparel collections.
  • Designed creative artworks and prints for special collections that were rooted in the DNA of the brand.
  • Collaborated with the CMF and design team to define and design elements that would connect products from apparel, footwear, and accessories from a graphical design language.
  • Hunted the latest trends in print and transfer technologies.
Technologies: Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Graphic Design
2010 - 2013

Diploma in Graphic Design

Istituto Europeo di Design - Barcelona, Spain


User Research: Methods and Best Practices

Interaction Design Foundation


UX Design Course

Zürcher Hochschule der Künste


Human-computer Interaction Certificate

University of California San Diego


Figma, Sketch, Adobe Experience Design (XD), Lightning Design System, Zeplin, InVision, Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, InDesign CC, Microsoft Power BI, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Miro


Apple, iOS, Salesforce, Salesforce Experience Cloud, Apple Watch, SharePoint, Mobile, Dovetail


Visual Design Language

Industry Expertise



Visual Design, Typography, Art Direction, Communication, UX Design, Wireframing, Usability Testing, UI Design, Information Design, UX Audits, Testing, App UI, App UX, Web App UX, Web App UI, Product Design, Dashboards, Web Dashboards, B2B, Graphic Design, Agile Delivery, iOS UX Design, iOS UI Design, Design Systems, Rapid Prototyping, Visual Assets, Information Architecture (IA), User Requirements, Responsive UI, Prototyping, UX Prototyping, Mobile App Design, Mobile UI, Mobile UX, Dashboard Design, Responsive Web Design (RWD), Web Design, User Interface (UI), Mobile Design, Web App Design, Marketing Design, Interactive Prototypes, Interface Design, UX Wireframes, UX Research, iPad, DataViz, eCommerce, Customer Experience, B2B2C, User Testing, Customer Portals, B2C, Data Visualization, Front-end Development, Proof of Concept (POC), Customer Journeys, Front-end Design, Web UI, Web UX, Mobile eCommerce, eCommerce UI, User Journeys, Business to Business (B2B), User Experience (UX), MVP Design, Minimum Viable Product (MVP), User Flows, User Journey Maps, Annotated Wireframes, Research, Presentation Design, White Labeling, User Research, Mentorship & Coaching, Mentorship, UX Mentoring, User Onboarding, Onboarding, UX Review, Heuristic Analysis, Competitor Analysis & Profiling, Competition Research, Usability Analysis, Print, Paid Advertising, UX Architecture, Salesforce Community, Business to Business to Consumer (B2B2C), Design Thinking Facilitation, User Interviews, Infographics, Branding, Photography, Copywriting, Usability, Home Services, eCommerce UX, User Personas, Front-end, Product Delivery, Wearable Technology, Digital Transformation, Tracking, Value Stream Mapping, Customization, Global Risk, Global Strategy, Ecosystem, UX Strategy, CX Strategy, Visual Concepts, Mobile UX Design, Data Collection, Gamification, Mobile UI Design, Native Mobile Apps, Mobile App UI, Mobile-first Design, Mobile Web Design, Web UI Design, Web UX Design, Desktop Web Design, Minimalism, Responsive UX Design, Analytical Dashboards, Mobile App Development, Design Thinking, API Integration, Web Applications, Landing Pages, Landing Page Design, Startups, High-level Maps, Mockups, Data-informed Visual Design, Blockchain Platforms, Healthcare IT, Budget Management, Project Budget Management, ESG, Data Reporting, Qualitative Reports, Interviews, Marketplace Design, Leadership, Design Leadership, Design Ops

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