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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Information Architecture Principles for Mobile (with Infographic)

by Micah Bowers

By applying information architecture principles to mobile sites and apps, designers infuse content with much-needed structure and help users accomplish their goals with ease.

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The Power of Structure – A Guide to Design System Models

by Alejandro Velasco

Through trial and error, the makers of design systems have come to view their work as living products, not static documents. What can be learned from the design system models of large organizations?

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Compelling and Moving – A Guide to Motion Design Principles

by Micah Bowers

If interface elements fail to exhibit motion design principles, the results are jarring. In UX design, motion is more than a garnish. It is a force that extends the reach of visual communication.

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Evolving UX – Experimental Product Design with a CXO

by Miklos Philips

Chris Gibbins, chief experience officer (CXO) at Creative CX, explains how design experimentation can help businesses deliver better products, boost conversion, and increase revenue.

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Another Dimension, New Mastery – An Isometric Illustration Tutorial

by Majo Puterka

How can inexperienced illustrators build their skills (and hopefully land more clients)? Look no further than this refreshingly fun isometric illustration tutorial.

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Webflow Advantages for No Code Web Design – A Case Study

by Mayank Sharma

A new generation of no code web design tools promises to free designers from the tedium of traditional web development. We explore how to use Webflow to design and launch a startup company website.

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What Not to Do – The Beauty of Bad Product Design (with Infographic)

by Micah Bowers

Jacques Carelman’s bad product design was wonderfully absurd, but he wasn’t interested in humor for humor’s sake. We’re showcasing an infographic of his wildest inventions.

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Adobe XD vs Sketch – Showdown 2020

by Vincent Abou Ghazale

Two heavyweight contenders continue to battle it out to capture the top spot for the most favored design tool: Adobe XD vs Sketch. Which tool will rule them all? We explore the differences in a comprehensive design tool showdown.

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