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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Consistency Is Key – How to Build a Figma Design System

by Jason Gilmour

Figma has advanced features that are tailored to meet expectations for consistency during the design process. This tutorial outlines how a Figma component library can work well within a design system.

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Visual Shelf Life – Why Web Design Illustrations Go Stale

by Micah Bowers

Illustration makes the web a brighter place, but there’s a risk it will grow stale. We explain how designers can avoid imitation with web design illustrations that give clients a competitive edge.

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Why Use Material Design? Weighing the Pros and Cons

by Cameron Chapman

Google’s Material Design guidelines have become the signature look of their websites and apps. Still, there are plenty of use cases outside of Google’s platforms where Material Design is also a solid choice.

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Gray Matter – What Is a Mind Map in the Design Process?

by Calin Balea

Mind maps are widely used as a thinking tool. Designers can use them to organize ideas into an arrangement for clarity as well as untangle system complexity to make things more understandable.

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Safe by Design – An Overview of UX Security

by Mayank Sharma

Interface designers: A disregard for UX security places users at risk—financially, professionally, and emotionally. Learn why security is a crucial aspect of interface design.

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UI Trends 2020: What's in Store?

by Olha Bahaieva

The best UI trends are visually appealing while improving the usefulness and overall UX of a digital product. 2019 introduced some amazing UI design trends that will continue to be seen through 2020.

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A New Brand with an Edge

by Taso Du Val

Today is an exciting day at Toptal: We are announcing a new logo to complete our new brand!

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Prominent Design Conferences 2020

by Miklos Philips

Even the sharpest designers need to explore new ideas, learn about new techniques, and draw inspiration from other creatives to stay on top. We present a list of the most prominent design conferences to consider attending in 2020.

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