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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The Art of Virtue Signaling: Why so Many Brands Get It Wrong

by Micah Bowers

Many brands overshoot the subtleties of virtue signaling. They preach, posture, and alienate the people they’re trying to impress. We explore how companies can bang their virtue drums better.

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Age Before Beauty – A Guide to Interface Design for Older Adults

by Sergey Polyuk

As people age, there are certain physiological and cognitive changes that are almost inevitable. Designers need to understand these changes to effectively master interface design for older adults.

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Exploring Multimodal Design – An Adobe XD Tutorial

by Frederik Goossens

Design tools like Adobe XD can be used by designers to prototype multimodal designs that improve the user experience through interaction mechanisms such as voice, touch, and haptic feedback.

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Mini Tutorials – Working with Figma Button Components

by Micah Bowers

In Figma, UI Components are all-powerful and unbelievably versatile, but how do they work? We demonstrate their power by focusing on one of the most common UI elements of all—the button.

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Coding for Designers – How Much Should We Know?

by Jônatas Vieira

Much of the design community is locked in debate over whether designers should code. Some favor seeking out the unicorns who can do both, while others claim they don’t exist or only get in the way.

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UX Research Techniques and Their Applications

by Michael Craig

UX research techniques and their applications will result in better designs that avoid costly mistakes such as cost overruns, guesswork, following best practices, and reliance on industry knowledge.

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The Dos and Don'ts of a Rebranding Strategy

by Jordan DeVos

Rebranding requires a lot of strategy. Some companies have done it well, others have flopped. Learn what works and what doesn’t in this list of lessons gathered from those who have rebranded.

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Design Talks: Better Designer and Developer Collaboration with Aarron Walter of InVision

by Miklos Philips

Designers often struggle to work with developers and vice versa. In this Design Talk, we explore how designers and developers can collaborate better in order to make them stronger and more capable.

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