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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How to Build an Effective Design Framework (Includes a Free Sketch UI Framework)

by Wojciech Dobry

Design frameworks help designers work more efficiently by utilizing reusable UI components. We shed light on how to create and use one using Sketch symbols (includes a free Sketch UI framework).

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Great Questions Lead to Great Design – A Guide to the Design Thinking Process

by Jorge Juan Perales

Great designers help teams and stakeholders make better decisions by using questions to identify opportunities, reveal underlying needs, and understand user context—all of which lead to better designs.

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Brutalist Web Design, Minimalist Web Design, and the Future of Web UX

by Pascal Potvin

Web design is changing. Minimalist web design has been the reigning approach for years, but brutalist design is gaining in popularity. Despite its inelegant clutter and raw functionality, brutalist design may be taking over the web.

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Dashboard Design: Considerations and Best Practices

by Stelian Subotin

Dashboards are a unique and powerful way to present data-based intelligence using data visualization techniques. This post looks at the fundamental principles that lie at the heart of every successful dashboard design.

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Brand Illustration 101: Visualizing the Narrative

by Micah Bowers

A brand is a promise. This article outlines how illustrations are being used to express brand value and how businesses are investing substantial time and resources into extensive brand illustration systems.

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New Realities: VR, AR, MR, and the Future of Design

by Himanshu Bharadwaj

By leveraging new and emerging technologies like AI, AR, VR, and MR, designers have fresh and exciting opportunities ahead in designing future products.

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Evolving Emojis: Designing for the New Face of Messaging

by Julie Rega

Emojis are universal symbols of expression, transcending cultural and linguistic divides. As technology continues to advance, designers will be the ones to define the next evolution of human communication.

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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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