I'm Anastasiya, a product designer with an eye for detail, analytical thinking & self-irony.
...and yes, I do sports in real life😄
My journey towards becoming a product designer was not per standard - it started with work, precisely a summer internship that just blew my mind - I fell in love with the field, the atmosphere, and the tech. I managed to learn a lot, started delivering quality design, and by the end of the internship was offered a permanent position. After a year of working there and exploring the field myself, I decided to get a Master's Degree in Human-Computer Interaction Design, and it really helped me reflect on my work experience and equipped me with knowledge of human psychology, behavior science, accessibility practices, and other closely related topics.
I am very much a big-picture thinker and enjoy working on products end to end, from ideation all the way to development.
💞Empathy is everything. Empathy is really important in the field of design - we design for people, right? However, I think that we sometimes forget to be empathetic towards people around us, and ourselves too. Empathy brings people together, allows us to show our vulnerabilities, and creates a non-toxic environment within a team, a family, or a group of friends.
🔍Never stop exploring. Learning on a regular basis is a must if you want to move forward not backward. And as it requires time, I often ask myself what I can do to support my body and brain to be more productive. I enjoy reading research papers that tap into aging, human lifestyle, and productivity and then sometimes I apply these discoveries to see whether and how they affect me. It's worth noting that I never do anything harmful or dangerous just because a scientist says so.
🤩Stay passionate. Passion for work is a huge driver, but it's so important to find other things that you can be passionate about. Why? Because passion is an internal resource as much as a driver, we need to switch from one passion to another to let our internal resources to restore. That's why I feel that we all need to have hobbies.