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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What Is Strategic Design Thinking and How Can It Empower Designers?

by Kent Mundle

Designers are not mere pixel pushers. If they improved communication and employed their skills more effectively through strategic design thinking, they could make a bigger impact with their work.

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Yours Truly, Freelance Design Advice

by Micah Bowers

It wasn’t easy, but you looked uncertainty in the eye and made the biggest bet of your career. Now what? We’ve got an encouraging word for new freelancers and anyone who’s braved self-employment.

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How to Structure an Effective Typographic Hierarchy

by Cameron Chapman

Since designers work with so much text-based content, creating an effective typographic hierarchy—one that clearly shows what information is most important—is a vital skill for designers to master.

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How to Leverage Thematic Analysis for Better UX

by Shane Ketterman

Thematic analysis, an approach used to analyze qualitative data, is central to credible research and can be used to improve UX design by uncovering user needs, motivations, and behaviors.

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Looking at Ro-Lu: A Usability Case Study

by Darko Stanimirović

How do designers balance a website’s originality with its user-friendliness? Do they retreat to the safety of what is acceptable and risk the design falling flat, or implement a risky but unique design?

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Words and Actions – A Guide to Microcopy

by Milan Jovanovic

Without interface copy, there’d be UX chaos on a global scale. Thankfully, we can use words whenever we want, but how do we use them well? These easy-to-use principles lead to convincing microcopy.

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Pinterest for Designers – An Overview

by Cameron Chapman

When it comes to social media for designers, the first site that comes to mind is Instagram. But designers shouldn’t overlook the second-most-popular image-based social network: Pinterest.

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Form and Function – A Guide to the Top Wireframe Tools

by Shane Ketterman

Wireframes at various fidelities are an important deliverable that facilitate the UX design process as it moves through its phases. This guide provides an overview of the top tools most designers use.

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