Sergey Komardenkov

Interaction Designer

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Experience Education

UX and Interaction Designer | Lab Wonderfull
01/2016 – now
Leading user research and research analysis, building paper and digital UI prototypes. Working on projects for telecom companies, banks, and the City Council of Moscow. Preparing and delivering presentations for clients. Teaching Design Thinking methods at workshops.

Interaction Designer and Teacher | Playtronica
12/2015 – now
Designing new kinds of sound, haptic, and gesture interactions between people and objects in support of Playtronica’s motto “Things should sound!”. Teaching at tinkering and other workshops.

Interaction Design Student (~MA) | CIID IDP
01/2015 - 12/2015
Collaborations with IKEA, Barclays, and Copenhagen Municipality. Projects in multiple subjects and disciplines, including Service Design, Speculative Design, physical prototyping, and UI design.

Usability Engineer and GUI Designer | TSYS
09/2013 – 12/2014
Working on the improvement of overall UI design and usability for company's leading product (Card Payment Processing and Authorization software). Workflow design, UI design, UI prototyping (paper, Axure), usability testing.

Interaction Designer, Web Designer and Developer | Freelance
05/2012 – now
Tangible design project for a theater performance. Completed several web development projects which included user research, UI prototyping, web design, and programming.

Programmer and Database Architect | TSYS
02/2011 – 08/2013
Oracle database architect and programmer for the backend business logic. Other responsibilities included business and technical requirements analysis, writing technical documentation.

Software Engineer (Co-op) | IBM
09/2009 – 02/2010
Software developer for a new web component for Lotus products.

Student (BS) | Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY
09/2007 - 12/2010
B.Sc (with Highest Honors) in Information Technology

Awards, Talks, and Exhibitions:

  • Lecturing at the British Higher School of Art and Design, Moscow (2016)
  • Presenting "“Heat Harvest” and talking about Design Thinking at IDTechEx 2016 conference, Santa Clara, CA (2016)
  • Exhibition at Garage museum in Moscow
    with project "Sounding Slackline" (2016)
  • Exhibition at Polytech Science Festival in Moscow
    with project "Tesla Says" (2016)
  • Exhibition at Space 10 Innovation Lab
    with project "Heat Harvest" (2015)
  • RIT Outstanding Undergraduate Award (2010)
  • RIT Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences Dean’s List (2008-2010)

Places lived:

  • Rochester, NY
  • Easton, MD
  • Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Moscow, Russia


  • English (fluent)
  • French (fluent)
  • Russian (native)


  • Methods
    - Design Thinking
    - Human-Centered Design
    - Speculative Design
    - Brainstorming
    - Storytelling
    - Rapid Prototyping
    - Timeboxing
  • User Research
    - Interviewing
    - Ethnographic Research
    - Guerrilla Research
    - Usability Testing
    - Co-creation
    - Observations-Insights-HMWs-Ideas
  • Physical prototyping
    - Paper
    - Arduino
    - Laser cutting
    - Woodwork
  • Digital prototyping
    - Axure / Invision / Marvel
    - Keynote
    - Adobe Illustrator / Sketch
    - Javascript + CSS3 + HTML5
  • Plus
    - Programming (JS, PHP, PL/SQL)
    - Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, Premiere
    - Processing
    - Digital/Analog Photography
    - Videography
    - Theater Improvisation
    - Friendliness and sense of humor

Interests besides IxD:

  • Digital and Darkroom photography
  • Acting (theater)
  • Music (tenor saxophone)
  • Running
  • Travel
  • Dancing (lindy hop)