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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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Who's at the Helm? – Dissecting the Qualities of Design Leadership

by Sara Vilas Santiago

Should designers lead? Can design leadership be defined? What leadership style gets the best results? We present six design leadership profiles and examine the pros and cons of each.

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A Design License Is Not the Answer

by Cameron Chapman

Design decisions can be complex, with potential legal and ethical ramifications. Designers have a responsibility to produce work that will not harm others, but is design licensing the best solution?

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Consistency Is Key – How to Build a Figma Design System

by Jason Gilmour

Figma has advanced features that are tailored to meet expectations for consistency during the design process. This tutorial outlines how a Figma component library can work well within a design system.

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Visual Shelf Life – Why Web Design Illustrations Go Stale

by Micah Bowers

Illustration makes the web a brighter place, but there’s a risk it will grow stale. We explain how designers can avoid imitation with web design illustrations that give clients a competitive edge.

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Why Use Material Design? Weighing the Pros and Cons

by Cameron Chapman

Google’s Material Design guidelines have become the signature look of their websites and apps. Still, there are plenty of use cases outside of Google’s platforms where Material Design is also a solid choice.

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Gray Matter – What Is a Mind Map in the Design Process?

by Calin Balea

Mind maps are widely used as a thinking tool. Designers can use them to organize ideas into an arrangement for clarity as well as untangle system complexity to make things more understandable.

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Safe by Design – An Overview of UX Security

by Mayank Sharma

Interface designers: A disregard for UX security places users at risk—financially, professionally, and emotionally. Learn why security is a crucial aspect of interface design.

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UI Trends 2020: What's in Store?

by Olha Bahaieva

The best UI trends are visually appealing while improving the usefulness and overall UX of a digital product. 2019 introduced some amazing UI design trends that will continue to be seen through 2020.

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