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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Compelling and Moving – A Guide to Motion Design Principles

by Micah Bowers

If interface elements fail to exhibit motion design principles, the results are jarring. In UX design, motion is more than a garnish. It is a force that extends the reach of visual communication.

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Evolving UX – Experimental Product Design with a CXO

by Miklos Philips

Chris Gibbins, chief experience officer (CXO) at Creative CX, explains how design experimentation can help businesses deliver better products, boost conversion, and increase revenue.

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Another Dimension, New Mastery – An Isometric Illustration Tutorial

by Majo Puterka

How can inexperienced illustrators build their skills (and hopefully land more clients)? Look no further than this refreshingly fun isometric illustration tutorial.

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Webflow Advantages for No Code Web Design – A Case Study

by Mayank Sharma

A new generation of no code web design tools promises to free designers from the tedium of traditional web development. We explore how to use Webflow to design and launch a startup company website.

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What Not to Do – The Beauty of Bad Product Design (with Infographic)

by Micah Bowers

Jacques Carelman’s bad product design was wonderfully absurd, but he wasn’t interested in humor for humor’s sake. We’re showcasing an infographic of his wildest inventions.

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Adobe XD vs Sketch – Showdown 2020

by Vincent Abou Ghazale

Two heavyweight contenders continue to battle it out to capture the top spot for the most favored design tool: Adobe XD vs Sketch. Which tool will rule them all? We explore the differences in a comprehensive design tool showdown.

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Design Constraints Are Not Restraints – They Stoke Creativity

by Micah Bowers

Design constraints are clues. They help designers triangulate between the problems, resources, and criteria inherent in every project and prevent precious time wasted on extraneous design ideas.

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Remote Brand Strategy Workshops: The Ultimate Step-by-step Guide

by Charlie Osborne

Brand strategy workshops align stakeholders and set the tone for the work that follows. Better still, they produce brands that go beyond aesthetic appeal to achieve business goals.

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