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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Digging Deeper: A Practical Guide to Creative Empathy for Product Design

by Brian Pagán, MSc, PDEng

Master creative empathy techniques to help you understand what other people want and need, then apply these skills throughout the design process to create products that resonate with people.

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How Product Designers Can Use Gamification for Good

by Alexandre Brito

Gamification in product design is a powerful tool for engaging users, but it can also cause significant harm if left unchecked. With good intent and ethical strategies, designers can create gamified products that balance user health and client requirements.

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Helping AI See Clearly: A Dashboard Design Case Study

by Fellype Silva

In this dashboard design case study, Toptal UI expert Fellype Silva describes how he built a user interface that improved the image recognition capabilities of automated AI systems.

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Delight Users With These Mobile App Design Best Practices

by Damola Taiwo

Following these strategies will ensure your mobile product delivers an optimal experience.

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Multilevel Menu Design Best Practices

by Andris Suipe

Navigation can be a UX minefield. Apply these guidelines to design intuitive multilevel menus that increase findability and offer a consistent experience across devices.

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Leveraging Fitts’ Law: User Interface Design Principles for E-commerce

by Alexandre Brito

Apply this midcentury mathematical law to e-commerce UI design and convert visitors into customers.

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Retain Users With These Mobile App Onboarding Inspirations

by Michael Abehsera

Mobile app onboarding is fraught with frustration and friction, but it doesn't have to be this way. Learn from these exquisit onboarding examples specifically designed to engage and retain users.

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The Danger of Dark Patterns (With Infographic)

by Michael Craig

Are manipulative design techniques undermining your product and leading users to make bad decisions? Here’s how to avoid dark patterns and create ethical products that enhance customer trust.

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