Alexander Katin

Alexander Katin

Product designer at Avito

I'm currently designing internal services for Avito.

Previously: I worked on Avito's design system, helped to create design tools at the startup, and made cities just a bit smarter at the data-science agency. Passionate designer, design engineer, and speaker. I work on no-nonsense products making people’s lives tangibly better.

I can help to establish a design system, work out a product strategy, conduct a user research, and create user interfaces both in design and development tools. Read further or take a look at my CV.

Working at the biggest Russian classified

Avito preview

I've designed several projects during my time at Avito. Right now I can only share some parts of my experience working on Avito's design system.

Designing for designers

Sympli preview

In 2017 I’ve joined a remote Sympli team as a product designer. My main task was shipping a beta of Versions — versioning system for Sketch designs, and improving overall user experience of the core app. That's how we did it

Making smarter cities

Chronotope preview

Moscow is a rapidly developing city with a huge demand for urban planning — architectural bureaus try to do extensive data research before embarking on a new costly project. Learn how we helped them

TookTook identity

TookTook Agency website

Watch the video

Together with Sergey Tarasenko we've made an animated identity for TookTook agency website. It was a fun dive into web animations done with vanilla JavaScript and couple of tiny libs. The client agency was soon acquired, and we were never able to finish the optimization.

Exploration of an everyday tool

Github repo / Medium article

I’ve designed and developed the plugin setting the proportions for all types of layers in Sketch. My main goal was to explore Sketch plugins’ ecosystem thoroughly.

Formr keeps working with latest Sketch updates mostly due to the simplicity of code, I guess. I've also wrote a comprehensive .

Classical art meets UI

Get Porto

In this quick side-project I've made a set of twenty Renaissance minimalistic portraits in a form of Sketch symbols library available open-source. This was a fun little exploration of classical forms living in a new digital space as great userpics’ placeholders.

Speaking and teaching gigs

How we removed unnecessary colors from production build”, 2019 — a talk at Avito Design Meetup

“Creating digital products”, 2019 — one day workshop for Product University

For 3+ years lead Processing courses for designers at BangBang Education, Moscow Coding School, and Yandex.

Everything else

Studied Interactive and New Media at the Moscow's biggest design school.

🏆 Still proud of the D&AD honorable mention for the BBC brief that I've got quite a while back in 2013.

 Coffee, 🎮 occasional gaming, 🚶 long walks.