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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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30 Days of Design – A Branding Case Study

by Ivona Petrovic

We’ve all picked up design projects that required us to deliver outstanding results under severe time constraints. This branding case study breaks down the process of how to accomplish it effectively.

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Augmented Reality vs. Virtual Reality vs. Mixed Reality – An Introductory Guide

by Tidjane Tall

Despite having many things in common, virtual, augmented, and mixed reality are not the same. Learn the essential differentiators and design considerations for these promising cousin technologies.

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What Is UX Design? Common Misconceptions and UX Myths

by Miklos Philips

What is UX design? This article dispels the myths and lays bare the many misconceptions surrounding the discipline by looking at what UX design is and what it is not.

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How to Effectively Navigate Egos in Design

by Bree Chapin

Many a promising project can be stymied by unyielding personalities, inflexible attitudes, and big egos. Learn to navigate these tricky waters with grace and professionalism.

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Think S.M.A.R.T. When Defining Business Goals for Your Next UX Project

by Matteo di Pascale

Designers must frame a problem and identify a solution while also impacting the client’s bottom line. The S.M.A.R.T. framework helps designers stay goal-oriented and increase their success rate.

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Prototyping with Real Data – A Framer Tutorial

by Wojciech Dobry

Prototyping with real data can be compared to building something out of LEGO: Instead of working with imaginary, loose shapes, we can use existing components out of the box and build something real.

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TV UI Design: Working with White Space

by Pascal Potvin

White space is an often overlooked and underutilized element in many TV UI designs. However, using white space intentionally improves comprehension and focus and enhances the user’s experience.

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Future UI Design Without Buttons

by Wojciech Dobry

Why do we still use buttons in our user interfaces? Technology has come so far and offers so many possibilities, there is no longer any reason to force our users to click the tiny rectangles we call "buttons."

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