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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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Maximalist Design and the Problem with Minimalism

by Danae Botha

We live in an era that exalts minimalist design above all other forms of creative expression, especially maximalism. But what is the cost of our obsession with graphic simplicity?

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Breaking Down the Principles of Design (with Infographic)

by Cameron Chapman

Understanding the principles of design and how they interact is vital for both new and expert designers. Implementing them purposefully is key to creating visually appealing, functional designs.

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Web Animation In The Post-Flash Era

by Ana Gregurec

Modern web animation technology has matured significantly. However, designers should tread carefully and only add animation to a website if it meaningfully enhances the user experience.

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Level Up – A Guide to Game UI (with Infographic)

by Micah Bowers

Like websites or mobile apps, video games have common UI components that help players navigate and accomplish goals. Discover the four classes of game UI in this level-warping infographic.

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Subject Line – How to Approach Email Design

by Cameron Chapman

Email design is an important area of expertise for designers, especially those who want to work with larger brands, creative companies, and others who shy away from ready-made templates.

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Don’t Listen To Customers – Why User Research Matters

by Shane Ketterman

We shouldn’t listen to what customers say. Instead, we should focus on what they do. Deeper user research will allow us to find out the true needs, wants, and motivations of our customers.

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Are All Trends Worth It? The Top 5 Most Common UX Mistakes Web Designers Make

by Bojan Janjanin

Are the hazards worth it when designers turn into web design trend-chasers? Web design trends, if not considered carefully and implemented with caution, could lead to several common UX mistakes.

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Improve Engagement with These SaaS UX Design Best Practices

by Jeremy Schweitzer

SaaS apps are among the most complex software written, but there are UX principles that can make any SaaS product a success. Learn to reduce churn and engage users with UX best practices for SaaS.

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