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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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A Step-by-step Guide to Designing Custom Illustrations Without Any Drawing Skills

by Tidjane Tall

Many designers shy away from making their own illustrations because they don't have conventional drawing skills. We show you how to make custom illustrations, no sketching skills needed.

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The Super Simple Guide to Iconography

by Tidjane Tall

Digital icons replace descriptive words and sentences and optimize visual space, usability, and aesthetic. Learn to create 10 custom icons in less than 10 seconds each (we promise).

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Upgrade Your Analytics with These Dashboard Design Inspirations

by Santiago Baigorria

Dashboard anylitics are used by engineers, product teams, and executives because they offer valuable insights into the success of digital products. We've collected the web's most impressive examples.

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Let’s Redesign Facebook: 10 Inspirations to Get You Started

by Kent Mundle

Facebook is a popular product for designers to redesign, since virtually everyone knows the interface. But that makes it controversial, as most designers have strong opinions on how to improve it.

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The Art of Stealing: How to Become a Master Designer

by Michael Abehsera

Instead of envying other designers’ work, aspiring designers should look at it as the key to success. Copying work is an excellent way for new designers to hone their craft and improve their skills.

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Vehicle UIs of the Future Are Going to Be Amazing

by Muwuso Mkochi

The state of automotive UI design is widely criticized for being unintuitive, outdated, and unappealing. As a result, designers speculate about how those UI designs will improve in the near future.

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Everything You Need to Know About UX Sketching

by Nick Vyhouski

UX sketching is a crucial, yet often overlooked, aspect of UX design. It’s a very efficient way of communicating design while allowing designers to iterate multiple ideas before settling on one.

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Presenting Design Work: The Right Way

by Danielle Reid

The difference between getting the job or not often comes down to how design work is presented. Even great designers can miss opportunities because their portfolio isn’t up to snuff.

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