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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B2B UX – Common Obstacles and Attainable Solutions

by Samuel J. Horodezky

Bad B2B UX is everywhere—but the situation is not hopeless. By understanding the pitfalls, and having a strategic user-centered design plan, designers can pave the way to saving enterprise software.

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Understanding Design Systems and Patterns

by Darcie G. Fitzpatrick

Learn about the evolution of design systems and how designers can adopt a holistic approach to systems thinking.

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Visual Designers vs. Graphic Designers – Who Does What and Why (with Infographic)

by Cameron Chapman

Because graphic design and visual design both focus on aesthetics, the line between the two disciplines is often blurred, especially when referencing digital designs (includes infographic).

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Zeplin Sketch Plugin – The Workflow Bridge Between Design and Engineering

by Emily Michels

Creating a dynamic, organized, and collaborative workflow between design and development teams is essential to building great digital products. This tutorial outlines how Sketch, working in tandem with Zeplin, can facilitate this collaboration seamlessly.

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Tips for a Productive Design Critique

by Alexandre Brito

Design critiques are a key part of the product design process that encourage collaboration and improve ideas. This guide will help designers conduct productive, efficient critiques for actionable feedback.

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Ditch MVPs, Adopt Minimum Viable Prototypes (MVPr)

by Alexandru Giuseppe Ispas

Learn the value of minimum viable prototypes (MVPr), a quick and affordable way to create, launch, test, and improve digital products based on real-world insights.

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Following Trends: Homage vs. Design Plagiarism

by Cameron Chapman

When looking for inspiration, designers should consider what they can add to the work of others. Where can they make it better? More useful? More elegant? More efficient?

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Prominent eCommerce Trends and Their Influence on Design (with Infographic)

by Miklos Philips

Many exciting trends in eCommerce are on the horizon, from AI and AR to chatbots and voice ordering. The future of eCommerce will be shaped by trailblazing tech and savvy UX design (with infographic).

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