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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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What Google and Adobe Can Teach Us About Feature Creep

by Luciano Vizza

Most designers know that feature creep is a big problem. One extra feature might not sink the ship, but it doesn’t take long for one feature to become 20 features, sinking the entire project.

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Turn Error Into Opportunity With These 404 Page Inspirations

by Jônatas Vieira

Although 404 error pages are generally disliked by companies that think they should never occur, designers should treat the 404 page as another opportunity to surprise and delight an audience.

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Design for Reality, Not Glory

by Michael Abehsera

Designers often choose ego over reality when creating redesigns to boost their portfolio and career. Instead, they should focus on small and local businesses, and—more importantly—always be learning.

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Delight Users at Checkout With These Payment Page Inspirations

by Kent Mundle

Payment interactions are incredibly important. They are the culmination of all other efforts to connect with users on a site or app, making it vital for designers to explore all possible options.

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The Definitive Guide to Building Apps for Kids

by Tanya Junell

Children today spend an average of three hours a day on digital devices. There’s a great opportunity, and a responsibility, for digital designers to influence tomorrow’s generations in a positive way.

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Let’s Redesign Facebook: 10 Inspirations to Get You Started

by Kent Mundle

Facebook is a popular product for designers to redesign, since virtually everyone knows the interface. But that makes it controversial, as most designers have strong opinions on how to improve it.

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Get Inspired with These Data Visualizations

by Kent Mundle

If data isn’t shown properly, it’s essentially useless. No one wants to spend hours trying to interpret data. But clever, interactive, intuitive visualizations can massively differentiate designers.

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Write or Fade Away as a Designer

by Michael Abehsera

Freelance designers need to take advantage of any way they can to better leverage their skills to enhance their career. Writing is one of the highest ROI skills designers can master.

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