Hello, I'm


Hello, I'm Ykat.

I'm a Visual Designer & Web Developer born and raised in Moscow, Russia and currently residing in the SF Bay Area.

I like to think about projects holistically and thoroughly enjoy the process of bringing a unique back-end feature to life through code and visual design.

I also just really love jQuery plugins.

B.A. in Design - University of California, Davis. - 2012
Front-End Web Development - General Assembly 2013
Web Development Immersive - General Assembly San Francisco 2013

Extracurricular Activities:
Marathon movie nights, mushroom foraging & hiking, hanging out with my 3 cats.

Guilty Pleasure:

Full-Stack Developer


  • PostgreSQL
  • Ruby on Rails
  • Sinatra
  • Capybara
  • RSpec
  • Git/Github


  • JavaScript
  • jQuery
  • HTML
  • CSS
  • Twitter Bootstrap/Zurb Foundation
  • Backbone.js

Visual Design

  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Digital & Film Photography
  • Branding & Identity
  • Motion Graphics
  • Creative Direction

"I'm Smitten"

Smitten is a mobile time-and-space based "missed connections" app that allows you to leave "sparks" (notes) to the cute girl who makes your coffee every morning at the corner shop, or that handsome man who smiled at you on the subway yesterday morning.

Status: Live

URL: www.smitten.us

Team Members: Baylee Feore, Yekaterina Novikova, Gabriel Dominguez, Eric Mooney

Github: bayleefeore/smitten

Smitten builds virtual conversations that mirror real-world intersections of time and space. Smitten captures location data from Facebook check-ins and three different areas of the app. Users create sparks when they feel a moment and can "check in" to update their feed to only shows sparks created in the same radius of time and location where they also were throughout their check in history. When a user sees a spark that they think has been written about themselves, they can message the poster, who remains anonymous until they choose to message back.