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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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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Dark UIs. The Good and the Bad. Dos and Don’ts.

by Miklos Philips

Dark-themed UIs can be dramatic, stylish, and elegant. But despite the many benefits, they come with a slew of challenges and potential pitfalls that every designer would be wise to keep in mind.

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Adobe XD vs. Sketch – Which UX Tool Is Right for You?

by Sérgio Estrella

After years without a dedicated UX tool and the space owned by Sketch, InVision, and Figma, Adobe started developing XD. Let's look at XD and how it compares with Sketch, the market’s dominant choice.

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Button Design Over the Years – The Dribbble Timeline

by Wojciech Dobry

Digital design and UIs are evolving at an incredible pace, and the styling of buttons along with it. The Dribbble Button Timeline shows us how button styles have developed over the past decade.

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The 10 UX Deliverables Top Designers Use

by Miklos Philips

Regardless of the environment, UX professionals need a set of deliverables to help facilitate communication, document work and provide artifacts. Here are 10 of the most common UX deliverables.

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