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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.
Necessary Friction: The Theatrics of UX Security
Contrary to conventional wisdom, there are times when making products harder to use can be beneficial. Here’s how to use positive friction to enhance UX security and user trust.
Nenad is a digital product designer and security expert who specializes in identity verification, e-commerce marketplaces, and fintech platforms. He has led design teams at creative agencies, IT firms, and startups, and has presented at conferences and events, such as UX Belgrade.
Life in Motion: A Guide to Animating Mobile Data Visualizations
Animation can make data more comprehensible, engaging, and useful, especially on mobile. When animating data visualizations, designers should use motion design principles—and avoid common pitfalls.
Daniel is a senior product designer with more than 14 years of experience. Previously, he was the Principal Product Designer for the animation platform LottieFiles. His expertise includes UI/UX, mobile, and motion design, and his background as both a designer and an engineer gives him a unique perspective on technology and creativity.
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How to Choose the Best Colors for Industry Events
Color in industry event design informs, inspires, and builds lasting brand awareness. Discover color strategies that delight attendees and set your event apart.
Charlotte has more than 10 years of experience in visual design, UI design, and user research. She excels at creating captivating visuals that delight users and enhance digital and in-person experiences. Her past clients include Virgin Media, Disney Pixar, Nissan, Vauxhall, and Clinique.
NFTs for Designers: An Introduction
The global NFT market relies on designers to support artists, Web3 platforms and marketplaces, and major global brands. Toptal designer Gabor Molnar offers insights from his experience breaking into this emerging field.
Gabor is a 3D generalist and designer in the fast-paced world of crypto and NFTs. He is a creator of the NFT collection Omnimorphs and a consultant for other NFT brands. He is also a product designer with a background in business economics, user experience design, user interface design, and branding.
Designing GitHub’s Octoverse: A Data Visualization Case Study
Designer Gemma Busquets shares how she created a responsive website and 20+ engaging charts and graphs for the software development platform’s annual report.
Gemma is a designer and creative director with over 15 years of experience in UX, data visualization, and branding. She has taught data visualization for 7+ years at the university level and has directed a master’s degree program on the subject. Gemma’s portfolio includes collaborations with GitHub, Coca-Cola, Nike, Visa, and Seat.
Crucial Considerations for Aspiring Fintech UX Designers
Designing fintech products requires more than great UX/UI skills—you need to understand finance too. Here’s what designers need to know to get started.
Gints is a fintech product designer with deep financial expertise and a decade of experience designing websites, trading platforms, dashboards, and mobile apps for fintech companies, banks, forex, and crypto trading companies around the world.
Own Your Health: The State of Connected Medical Devices
At-home medical monitoring is on the rise, thanks to the growing ranks of IoT devices and the promise of fewer doctor visits. How can designers ensure that at-home products meet patients’ needs?
Lauren is a UX designer with over nine years of experience helping businesses build compelling products. In 2015, her team received an International Design Excellence Award for the Interactive Surgical Manager, a dashboard software system that helps hospitals manage surgical supplies. Lauren has also created interaction guidelines for Samsung Electronics and provides augmented reality solutions for an internationally renowned construction tech company.
Customer Journey Maps: What They Are and How to Build One
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