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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How to Approach Design for Developers

by David Genger

Developers often think of design as less important than functionality. But time developers spend learning design principles is saved in the future when working with designers or on their own products.

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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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Design Principles: an Introduction to Visual Hierarchy

by Kent Mundle

The theory of visual hierarchy is different from its practical application. More advanced concepts of visual perception are worth exploring because their mastery is key for great visual design.

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The Origins of Bad Logo Redesigns

by Micah Bowers

A logo redesign without controversy is like a workout with no sweat. It's possible, but is it impactful? We scrutinize high-drama logo updates and ask why they caught fire in the public arena.

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Getting Maximum Impact from a Minimum Valuable Product

by Cameron Chapman

While MVP methodology has been hailed by many as the “best” way to get a product to market quickly, there’s also been pushback—which is where the concept of a Minimum Valuable Product comes in.

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How to Manage a Design Diva (and Not Be One)

by Andi Omtvedt

The design diva is a disruptive personality type and a destructive force on a design team. How do we deal with this personality trait, and more importantly, how do we avoid becoming one ourselves?

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Expert Perspectives on the State of Design Education

by Micah Bowers

Aspiring designers have more educational opportunities than any time in history. Do the available options provide worthwhile design training, or are they simply clever money-making schemes?

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Mobile UX Design Principles and Best Practices

by Cameron Chapman

Designers only have a few seconds to catch the attention of mobile users before they abandon an app or site. Following established mobile UX design principles creates a better overall user experience.

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