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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A Rant Against Pretty App Designs

by Miklos Philips

Some designers make the mistake of designing products for their own vanity, focusing on the veneer instead of designing great UX. But designing for usability and delight brings greater benefits.

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How to Create Custom Loading Animations to Decrease Bounce Rates

by Tidjane Tall

Nobody likes staring at an empty screen while content loads. A well-crafted animation helps people stay engaged while they wait. This tutorial will show how loading animations can be done with ease.

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Design for Emotion to Increase User Engagement

by Miklos Philips

When done well, emotional design increases engagement and can elicit an emotion that will deliver a positive response in users.

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How to Quickly Turn Boring Icons into Original Masterpieces

by Tidjane Tall

Why use the same tired icon sets for every single project? Follow this guide to learn how to add visual depth and intrigue to your icons and make them unique to the product they represent.

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10 Videos All Designers Should Watch

by Bree Chapin

From the great industrial designer Dieter Rams explaining his principle of design to Adam Grant discussing the habits of original thinkers, we’ve curated a list of our favorite design videos.

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A Step-by-step Guide to UI Animation with Principle and Sketch

by Tidjane Tall

Animated UI elements improve the user experience, but how exactly are they made? These short tutorial videos demonstrate the most effective animation techniques using Principle for Mac.

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Anticipatory Design: How to Create Magical User Experiences

by Miklos Philips

Anticipatory design is the UX technique of simplifying processes and responding to user needs one step before they actually express those needs, simplifying user decisions and leading to magical experiences.

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15 Testimonial Pages to Inspire Future Customers

by Jon Vieira

Testimonial pages are a key to increased conversion rates—if they're done right. Check out this collection of testimonial page inspiration created by different designers from around the world.

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