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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 Guide to Effective User Onboarding Best Practices

by Cameron Chapman

User onboarding best practices help designers create an onboarding experience that works well from the start. Knowing which onboarding pattern works best for each type of app puts designers ahead.

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30 Toptal Designer Tips on Working Remotely and Design

by Wojciech Dobry

While presenting unique opportunities, working as a remote freelance designer also poses special challenges. Some of Toptal’s top designers share their expertise on the remote working designer lifestyle and managing the design process.

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Brands Still Matter – Brandless Boom to Bust

by Micah Bowers

The future of branding was no brand at all, and Brandless represented the best the movement had to offer. Until it didn’t. What happened? We share takeaways that no designer or business should ignore.

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Pixels of Influence – Breaking Down Persuasive Design Principles

by Michael Craig

There’s a lot for people to consider when making decisions. Used properly, persuasive design principles are a powerful tool for building meaningful products that help people make better decisions.

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Solutions, Not Art – The True Business Value of Design

by Andres Esquivel

Designers who focus on the business value of design will make themselves more indispensable to companies because businesses aren’t buying design; they are buying outcomes.

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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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