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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What Is Strategic Design Thinking and How Can It Empower Designers?

by Kent Mundle

Strategic design thinking is one of the ways freelance designers can leverage their abilities to provide maximum impact on significant projects while having to work on a short-term, impact-limiting basis.

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The World Is Our Interface: Design Beyond The Screen

by Danielle Reid

From typewriters to touchscreens and beyond, UI design is evolving to improve user experience and boost productivity. Find out what the next generation of connected devices will bring to the table.

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

by Bojan Janjanin

There are many modern web trends which offer a lot of visual appeal, while largely ignoring user experience. Let's look at some of the most common UX mistakes and discover a more balanced equation.

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Designing The UHD 4K Web Of Tomorrow, Please Start Today

by Nermin Hajdarbegovic

Despite having four times as many pixels per inch on a 4K display, there are still legacy applications that do not look good. Learn why this happens and what to do in order to make improvements.

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The Industry Could Do Without Pixel Density And PPI Marketing

by Nermin Hajdarbegovic

Despite the advances in displays, increasingly larger smartphones feel like a triumph of cunning marketing over sensible engineering. Meant to improve user experience, the opposite may be happening.

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Web Animation In The Post-Flash Era

by Ana Gregurec

We often use allegory to make an idea easier to understand. But using animation may be a better way to get the message across. Learn the value of animation and why it should be leveraged.

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Usability And The Art Of Portfolio Design: A Toptal Design Talk

by Darko Stanimirović

Examine how renowned studios such as Ro-Lu use online portfolios to push design boundaries in order to balance both usability and experimentation. Are portfolios an appropriate approach?

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