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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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How to Hook eCommerce Shoppers through UX Design

by Bilal Mohammed

A leading eCommerce site was losing customers and asked: How do you build a loyal customer base, boost engagement and reduce app uninstalls? The solution was designing a habit-forming experience.

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Don't Try to Change the World, Design a Toy Instead

by Michael Abehsera

In apps, the next big thing is almost always initially dismissed as a toy. Things like Snapchat and VR, initially targeting the gaming industry and teen markets, ended up blossoming into disruptive technologies.

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A Rant Against Pretty App Designs

by Miklos Philips

Some designers make the mistake of designing products for their own vanity, focusing on the veneer instead of designing great UX. But designing for usability and delight brings greater benefits.

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Stop Making Garbage: A Guide to Designing Interfaces That Last

by Bree Chapin

We are a throw-away society but there are designs that have stood the test of time. We look at guiding principles that made certain designs successful and explore what made them timeless.

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How to Create Custom Loading Animations to Decrease Bounce Rates

by Tidjane Tall

Nobody likes staring at an empty screen while content loads. A well-crafted animation helps people stay engaged while they wait. This tutorial will show how loading animations can be done with ease.

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Design for Emotion to Increase User Engagement

by Miklos Philips

When done well, emotional design increases engagement and can elicit an emotion that will deliver a positive response in users.

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How to Quickly Turn Boring Icons into Original Masterpieces

by Tidjane Tall

Why use the same tired icon sets for every single project? Follow this guide to learn how to add visual depth and intrigue to your icons and make them unique to the product they represent.

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10 Videos All Designers Should Watch

by Bree Chapin

From the great industrial designer Dieter Rams explaining his principle of design to Adam Grant discussing the habits of original thinkers, we’ve curated a list of our favorite design videos.

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