Toptal Design Blog

The Toptal Design Blog is a hub for advanced design studies by professional designers in the Toptal network on all facets of digital design, ranging from detailed design tutorials to in-depth coverage of new design trends, techniques, and technologies.

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Why Internal Corporate Software Is So Frustrating (with Infographic)

by Micah Bowers

At the enterprise level, user mistakes can imperil thousands of employees, customers, and shareholders. With so much at stake, usability isn’t a luxury; it’s mandatory.

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How to Give Professional Design Feedback

by John Challis

When delivered well, constructive design feedback improves the design process and boosts team culture. Four professional designers discuss how to handle design feedback and collaborate productively.

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Breaking Down the Principles of Design (with Infographic)

by Cameron Chapman

Understanding the principles of design and how they interact is vital for both new and expert designers. Implementing them purposefully is key to creating visually appealing, functional designs.

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The Power of Figma as a Design Tool

by Ben Kopf

How does Figma improve the design process and outperform Sketch and other design tools when it comes to designer collaboration? Learn the big differences that every designer should know.

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Great Questions Lead to Great Design – A Guide to the Design Thinking Process

by Jorge Juan Perales

Great designers help teams and stakeholders make better decisions by using questions to identify opportunities, reveal underlying needs, and understand user context—all of which lead to better designs.

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Empty States – The Most Overlooked Aspect of UX

by Shane Ketterman

Empty states are often overlooked in UX design, but they can be drivers of substantial business benefits, and if done right, contribute to a more compelling user experience.

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Age Before Beauty – A Guide to Interface Design for Older Adults

by Sergey Polyuk

As people age, there are certain physiological and cognitive changes that are almost inevitable. Designers need to understand these changes to effectively master interface design for older adults.

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Design Strategy – A Guide to Tactical Thinking in Design

by Jahan Hussain

A strategic mindset helps designers develop a design strategy framework which contributes to improved client relationships and better user experiences, and aligns projects with business results.

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