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Showcase Your Skills – How to Make a Portfolio

by Miklos Philips

Many designers grapple with how to create the perfect portfolio. By following best practices and the advice of industry professionals, they can craft portfolios that make their skills shine.

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A Splash of EarlGrey – UI Testing the Toptal Talent App

by Ciprian Balea

Created by Google as an in-house testing tool, EarlGrey was open-sourced in 2016, and it quickly gained a sizable following in the iOS developer community. In this article, Toptal Senior QA Automation Engineer Ciprian Balea explains why the Toptal talent app is tested using EarlGrey and demonstrates why you should consider it, too.

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Numbers Shouldn't Lie – An Overview of Common Data Visualization Mistakes

by Micah Bowers

When designers prioritize compelling imagery over accuracy, data visualizations deceive. To communicate data with integrity, designers must avoid common data visualization mistakes.

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Spring Security with JWT for REST API

by Ioram Gordadze

The Spring Security framework is the de facto industry standard when it comes to securing Spring-based apps, but it can be tricky to configure. In this article, Toptal Software Engineer Ioram Gordadze demonstrates how you can implement it without wasting too much time.

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Web Layout Best Practices: 12 Timeless UI Patterns Analyzed

by Cameron Chapman

Following web layout best practices while incorporating timeless UI patterns produces digital experiences that delight users and stand the test of time.

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Compelling and Moving – A Guide to Motion Design Principles

by Micah Bowers

If interface elements fail to exhibit motion design principles, the results are jarring. In UX design, motion is more than a garnish. It is a force that extends the reach of visual communication.

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The State of the Music Industry in 2020

by Jimmy Stone

The music recording industry presents a great example of how businesses must continually transform and adapt to change. After piracy and unbundling drove 15 years of revenue decline, the global industry has returned to growth, primarily due to streaming.

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Create a Publication Chain with Pandoc and Docker

by Phillip Edwards

Pandoc is a software package capable of converting documents into various formats, and since it’s available as a Docker image, it’s easy to run. In this article, Toptal Site Reliability Engineer (SRE) Phillip Edwards demonstrates how you can easily create a robust publication chain using Pandoc, Docker, and a pinch of Markdown.

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The Advantages of Hiring a Fractional CFO

by Natasha Ketabchi

A fractional CFO is an experienced finance professional who brings extensive business management expertise to a company on a part-time or project basis. Hiring one at the right time can add significant long-lasting value to a business.

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