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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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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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Personalized UX and the Power of Design and Emotion

by Chris Constandse

Personalization is all about communicating a message aimed directly at the individual user. Emotional design focuses on the overall emotional impact of design choices, including those that involve personalization. Combining the personal and the emotional is where the real magic happens.

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The Value of User Testing with Prototypes

by Gabriel Kirmaier

User testing, often confused with usability testing, is an overarching term which helps validate the need for a product. When used with prototypes and the right testing tools, it can help save a product from failure.

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Design’s Driving Forces – A Website Redesign Case Study

by Goran Ramljak

When is the most appropriate time to do a website redesign? This case study walks us through a website redesign for a high-end auto company and outlines key issues along the way.

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How to Transition from UX Designer to UX Consultant

by Micah Bowers

What does a UX consultant do? More importantly, what does it take for a UX designer to become a consultant and thrive?

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Design Foundations – A Guide to Visual Hierarchy (with Infographic)

by Cameron Chapman

Understanding and implementing visual hierarchy principles gives designers an advantage in creating persuasive designs that convey necessary information while creating a delightful user experience.

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Partners in Design – A Guide to Client Empathy

by Jay Oldaker

Being empathetic is not a selective practice. Designers know how to use empathy to uncover the behaviors and needs of a user. Those same methods and techniques can be used in client relationships.

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Design Tool Showdown – Adobe XD vs. Sketch (2019)

by Sérgio Estrella

Since its introduction in 2017, Adobe XD has matured when compared to its rival, Sketch. Looking at Adobe XD vs Sketch, is it time for a change?

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