Who is Kirill Vechtomov?
I was born in USSR, survived the Perestroika (Nah, it wasn’t that bad eh), moved to Vancouver, Canada with my wife and 7-month old son in pursuit of a better future; our daughter was born here and became a Canadian citizen before we did =)
Because of the way my brain is wired, I don’t stop finding experience problems in software and life. My interest in web design started in 2000 when I was tinkering with Adobe, HTML, and CSS to code simple information websites by hand for friends and friends of friends. After spending many sleepless nights fighting different browsers’ compatibility, I quickly realized that front-end development wasn’t something I enjoyed that much, so I shifted my focus as a freelancer to graphic design and branding.
Making websites more visually appealing was more interesting to me, but it lacked meaning – something wasn’t right. I started researching more about related disciplines in the online world and stumbled upon “usability”. Immediately I remembered one of the first books I read on web design years ago, Don’t Make Me Think → by Steve Krug. It hadn’t excited me that much when I first read it – I guess I wasn’t ready – but when I re-read it, it blew my mind. The dots connected and I was happy that my search for meaning wasn’t in vain. The next eye-opening book for me was The Design of Everyday Things → by Don Norman. (This is another must-read I recommend to starting UX-ers who ask for my advice). Since then I’ve been learning, practicing and teaching the user-centred design mindset and the importance of great user experience to product success.
I graduated (with Honours) from Far-Eastern State Technical University, Russia with the ability to design and implement complex information and computer systems. Those five years gave me a good foundation in Computer Science and Business and an appreciation for the nuances and challenges of stakeholders and participants around an organization, which makes me more empathetic when working with other teams.
- Certified Usability Analyst → (Human Factors International) | See certificate (pdf, 117 Kb).
- Certified Scrum Product Owner → (Scrum Alliance) | See certificate (pdf, 260 Kb).
- Design Systems Masterclass → (Brad Frost / DesignBetter.co / Invision)
- From Ideas To Action → (IDEO)
- Rapid Prototyping by Google → (Udacity)
- Design Thinking → (Nielsen Norman group)
- Communicating Design → (Nielsen Norman group)
- User Experience for the Web → (Open 2 Study)
- User Experience Strategy → (UBC)
- Project Management for Digital Communications → (UBC)
- Creating and Managing the Analytical Business Culture → (UBC)
- Mobile UX Design (BCIT) | See course outline (pdf, 191 Kb)
- Relational Database Design and SQL → (BCIT)
People strong in the Achiever theme have a great deal of stamina and work hard. They take great satisfaction from being busy and productive.
People strong in the Learner theme have a great desire to learn and want to continuously improve. In particular, the process of learning, rather than the outcome, excites them.
People strong in the Analytical theme search for reasons and causes. They have the ability to think about all the factors that might affect a situation.
People strong in the Strategic theme create alternative ways to proceed. Faced with any given scenario, they can quickly spot the relevant patterns and issues.
People strong in the Futuristic theme are inspired by the future and what could be. They inspire others with their visions of the future.
INTJ Personality (“The Architect”)
«Rules, limitations and traditions are anathema to the INTJ personality type – everything should be open to questioning and reevaluation, and if they see a way, INTJs will often act unilaterally to enact their technically superior, sometimes insensitive, and almost always unorthodox methods and ideas».