Getting and receiving feedback—without losing your cool—is an art. This article explains how to encourage your audience to give you quality feedback that begins with preparing a killer presentation that highlights the key problems to solve, walks your audience through your thinking, and foments constructive discussion.Continue reading →
In the not-so-distant past, completing a design according to a designer’s vision was a nightmare. There was a huge gap (or cold war) between developers and designers; now, that war is finally coming to an end.
In this article, Toptal lead design editor Michael Abehsera talks about the prototyping tools that are spearheading the disappearing gap between design and development.Continue reading →
Every blog publisher hopes to turn their blog into an effective marketing and sales tool. But how do you design a high-conversion funnel for your blog?
Toptal designer Peter Davis offers some helpful examples and describes a series of steps you can take to make it a success.Continue reading →
Learn to turn Comic Sans and other hated fonts into beautiful logotypes in seven easy steps.Continue reading →
UX and usability testing analysis is a critical skill. How do you go about collecting data and analyze results? Here’s a way to stay sane during the process.Continue reading →
Two eCommerce sites were losing customers due to poor UX. A small set of UX improvements were made that greatly enhanced the sites’ usability and boosted sales.Continue reading →
Toptal designer Bronwen Rees explains how in persuasive design, social and psychological triggers can be utilized to influence user behavior.Continue reading →
The next wave of IoT will connect millions of devices. The skills needed in this new paradigm will shift from component thinking to whole systems thinking.
In this article, Toptal designer Sergio Ortiz writes about the Internet of Things, its design implications, how it will change the way businesses operate, and how we see the world—and how to help make homes, cities, and factories smarter and more efficient.Continue reading →
What can be done easily and inexpensively to substantially improve your product designs? User testing. User testing digital product designs is imperative if you are to design “useful” products.
This six-part process by Toptal designer John Roose describes how the insights you gain from observing how actual users use your product are well worth it.Continue reading →
Flipkart, India’s leading eCommerce marketplace, questioned why they were losing customers and asked themselves: How do you build a loyal customer base, increase engagement and solve the issue of app uninstalls? What behaviors should be studied to come up with a winning solution? The answer lay in designing a habit-forming experience.Continue reading →
In apps, the next big thing is almost always initially dismissed as a toy. Things like Snapchat and VR, initially targeting the gaming industry and teen markets, ended up blossoming into disruptive technologies.Continue reading →
Often, designers make the mistake of designing apps for their own vanity, focusing on the veneer instead of designing a great user experience. As Steve Jobs once said, “Most people make the mistake of thinking design is what it looks like.”
In this article, Toptal UX Designer ￼Miklos Philips discusses Jobs’s point of view and clarifies the importance of designing for people.Continue reading →
We are a throw-away society—products wear out far too quickly or are replaced by something shinier, newer, or more trendy.
In this piece, we look at designs that have stood the test of time and break down what made them successful. No matter what you’re working on, these guiding principles will help you stop designing disposables and begin creating designs that last.Continue reading →
You probably wouldn’t stare at a white screen on a site or app for more than a few seconds without a page load status or time indicator. A well-crafted loading animation helps you stay engaged while you wait. Toptal Design Editor Tidjane Tall will show you how Slack, Trello, and Flickr loading animations can be done with ease. You’ll be able to apply what you learn to create your own branded loading animation from scratch.Continue reading →
When done well, emotional design increases engagement and can elicit an emotion that will deliver a positive response in users.Continue reading →
Icons are critical to our designs, yet we download the same tired icon sets for every project.
To address this problem, Toptal Design Editor Tidjane Tall created this guide. In it, you’ll learn how to add visual depth to your icons, and make them unique to the product they represent.Continue reading →
From the great industrial designer Dieter Rams explaining his principle of design, to Adam Grant discussing the habits of original thinkers, we’ve curated the best of the best videos for designers. So sit back, and get cozy with some of our favorite design videos.Continue reading →
Interfaces that have animations and transitions provide a better UX for app users, and stimulate user engagement. It’s becoming increasingly important to understand how to add motion to your designs, which is why we wrote today’s tutorial.
In it, Toptal Design Editor Tidjane Tall demonstrates how to craft effective UI animation techniques, using Principle for Mac, in a series of short videos.Continue reading →
We can harness the power of constraints by consciously choosing to place strict limits on design options, and we needn’t look beyond our own smartphones to find compelling examples of how this works.Continue reading →
Anticipatory design is the UX technique of simplifying processes and responding to user needs one step before they actually express those needs, simplifying user decisions and leading to magical experiences.Continue reading →
Check out a collection of testimonial page inspirations created by different designers from around the world. Toptal designer Jônatas Vieira curated a selection of designs that each empowers its brand story.
Some of the screens are captured from live products, some are still in development, and some are purely concepts designed to push the bounds of what is even considered possible.Continue reading →