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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Why Small Words Matter – The Importance of Microcopy UX

by Chintan Bhatt

Small words matter. Effective UX microcopy can help UX designers create digital products that are more useful, engaging, and simple to use. Here are several examples of good (and bad) microcopy.

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Home Smart IoT Home: Domesticating the Internet of Things

by Kent Mundle

By adopting the smart home, are we forfeiting the security and intimacy our home—our most personal space—has given us over millennia?

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Branding Is Dead, CX Design Is King

by Micah Bowers

CX design encompasses EVERY interaction that a customer has with a business. By adopting a CX mindset, brand designers will learn to meaningfully engage customers at multiple touchpoints.

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Mini Tutorial – A Guide to Font Combinations

by Cameron Chapman

Effective font combinations are a hallmark of good design. It’s vital that designers master this skill if they want to create exceptional designs that set them apart from their contemporaries.

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Top Data Visualization Examples and Dashboard Designs

by Shane Ketterman

Data visualization and dashboard design is both an art and a science. The correct use of dashboard UX and graphical excellence principles turn ordinary graphics into extraordinary experiences.

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Design Talks: Remote Working as a Digital Nomad Freelance Designer

by Luboš Volkov

We chat with Toptal Design Lead Lubos Volkov—who’s worked remotely his whole career—about tips and strategies for balancing life, work, and the pleasure of a remote setting.

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The Complete Guide to UX Research Methods

by Miklos Philips

UX research provides invaluable insight into product users and what they need and value. Not only will research reduce the risk of a miscalculated guess, it will uncover new opportunities for innovation.

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Aesthetics and Perception – How to Approach User Experience Imagery

by Rian Dutra

Once designers better understand how people’s minds work with imagery, they are able to create better products that really make sense in a person’s life, while positively affecting the business itself.

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