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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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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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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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Innovate with Purpose – An Overview of the Jobs to Be Done Framework

by Zbignev Gecis

Companies succeed because they offer products that people find irresistible, but what compels customers to buy? The Jobs to Be Done framework identifies the unmet desires that motivate all purchases.

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Evolving UX – Experimental Product Design with a CXO

by Miklos Philips

Chris Gibbins, chief experience officer (CXO) at Creative CX, explains how design experimentation can help businesses deliver better products, boost conversion, and increase revenue.

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The Power of Structure – A Guide to Design System Models

by Alejandro Velasco

Through trial and error, the makers of design systems have come to view their work as living products, not static documents. What can be learned from the design system models of large organizations?

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Coliving Trends for the Remote Work Lifestyle

by Kent Mundle

The freedom to travel is a boon to the remote work lifestyle, but finding the right type of housing can be a challenge. Luckily, a variety of coliving spaces now cater to different needs.

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Another Dimension, New Mastery – An Isometric Illustration Tutorial

by Majo Puterka

How can inexperienced illustrators build their skills (and hopefully land more clients)? Look no further than this refreshingly fun isometric illustration tutorial.

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