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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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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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What Google and Adobe Can Teach Us About Feature Creep

by Luciano Vizza

Most designers know that feature creep is a big problem. One extra feature might not sink the ship, but it doesn’t take long for one feature to become twenty features, sinking the entire project.

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Design for Reality, Not Glory

by Michael Abehsera

Designers often choose ego over reality when creating redesigns to boost their portfolio and career. Instead, they should focus on small and local businesses, and—more importantly—always be learning.

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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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Get Inspired with These Data Visualizations

by Kent Mundle

If data isn’t shown properly, it’s essentially useless. No one wants to spend hours trying to interpret data. But clever, interactive, intuitive visualizations can massively differentiate designers.

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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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