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Oleś Gergun is a product designer currently working at Star. He gained a degree of Master of Arts in Cultural Studies at Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. Subsequently, he became a designer through autodidact will, not least because of his interest in visual culture and creative coding.

In his product design practice, he applies acquired knowledge in the field of humanities, programming and type design. Being a critical mind and a dedicated practitioner, he offers an analytical and strategic approach.

He has expertise in a wide range of practices with horizontal deepening into digital products сreation:

(1) User experience design
Designing strategy- and research-oriented user journeys, applying conventional UI patterns, and inventing experimental ones, creating UI design language and tone of voice.

(2) Web development
HTML, CSS (incl. preprocessors Sass, Less), advanced JavaScript (ES5, ES6+), RestAPI, GraphQL, ReactJS (Context API, React hooks), NextJS, Node.js (basics, incl. Express.js)

(3) Type design
Paying attention to type as a fundamental to design. Exploring type forms of the past as well as of today’s street visual culture (predominantly of Eastern Europe origin).

Education & Courses

2007–2013
National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy
Master of Arts in Cultural Studies
Thesis on “Contemporary Art After Social Media”
Studying cultural phenomena in various societies and historical periods with critical approaches drawn including social theory, semiotics, art history/criticism, Marxism, archeology, ethnography, philosophy, political theory, history, media theory, film/video studies, communication studies, political economy

2021
Beetroot Academy
Advanced Javascript/React
Function scopes, closures, object oriented programming, prototypes, ES6, asynchronous Javascript, React (Classes and React hooks), Redux

Work experience

2021–now
Star
Product designer (full-time)
Heading a redesign containing new information architecture, user journeys & prototyping for a workplace management and booking platform

2021
ONY
UX Designer (contributor)
Creating user experiences, UI design and animations for commercial clients and studio projects

2021–now
Kyiv Type Foundry
Co-founder (part-time)
Shaping strategy, drawing retail typefaces, developing and supporting online webstore, opening new perspectives on Cyrillic-based heritage

2016–2020
Method Bureau
Design Lead (full time)
Leading a team of four designers in creating various client experiences: UI/UX design, branding and communication design. Taking part in creating client strategies and conducting workshops. Coordinating up to 3 projects simultaneously, communicating with clients including business owners.
Clients: Naftogaz of Ukraine, SkyUp Airlines, Kyiv School of Economics, Ukrainian Judiciary, International Renaissance Foundation, Aequo, Ukrainian Fashion Week, One Philosophy Group of Companies, Republic, Passage, Bolshakova Interiors

2015–2016
Trinetix
UI/UX Designer (full time)
Сreating enterprise CRM, HR & Coaching applications for Deloitte designed to automate processes within the company

2013
Havas Worldwide
Graphic Designer (full time)
Сreating communication designs, landings, branding concepts, generating ideas for advertising campaigns
Clients: Ukrsibbank, Forum Bank, Red Bull

2012
Art Arsenal
Graphic Designer (full time)
Implementing and complementing The International Art Biennale Arsenale 2012 visual identity