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Ana Carina Gallo

Art Direction DesignerPhotoshop CCAdobe InDesigniOSBrandingCreative DirectionMoodboardUI DesignBrand GuidelinesBrand IdentityPitch DecksVector Logos + 0 more

United StatesToptal Member Since September 18, 2016

Ana has almost fifteen years of design and art direction experience under her belt working with global and domestic brands like Coca Cola, sbe, Nationwide, Ikea, Sears, and Bud Light. As a former developer, she understands the importance of function in every detail of design. Her top influences are Scandinavian/Dutch design, vagabonding, paper engineering, minimalism, Visionaire, Kidrobot, and Wes Anderson.

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Gabriel Maldonado

Art Direction DesignerSketchiOSWireframingPrototypingUX DesignPhotoshop CCUI DesignIllustrator CCUser Experience (UX)UXVisual DesignProduct Designer + 0 more

United StatesToptal Member Since January 14, 2019

Gabriel has an MBA in digital media management and spent a year overseeing the planning and execution of the first native mobile app for Sears Corporation. He specializes in UX/UI human-centered design solutions on internal and external platforms, offering maximum visibility and efficiency for clients. He also enhanced the CareerBuilder's client platform based on extensive design research and UX/UI best practices.

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Chris Blanz

Art Direction DesignerAdobe PhotoshopAdobe IllustratorUser Experience (UX)User Interface (UI)Creative DirectionProduct DesignUXUIUX StrategyMobile App UXMobile App UISaaS + 0 more

United StatesToptal Member Since February 2, 2021

Chris creates user-friendly digital experiences that inform, instruct, and inspire. He can serve multiple roles for a single project, including UX strategist, UX designer, UI designer, and copywriter, creating everything from concept sketches to high-fidelity, interactive prototypes. As a hands-on team leader, Chris has created award-winning campaigns for brands like Band-Aid, Cracker Barrel, ExxonMobil, Johnson & Johnson, Unilever, MIT, The Washington Post, LEGO, and National Geographic.

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Casey Weeks

Art Direction DesignerAdobe IllustratorAdobe PhotoshopMarvel AppSketchAdobe InDesignAdobe Experience Design (XD)User Experience (UX)User Interface (UI)Creative DirectionProduct DesignGame DesignPublication Design + 0 more

United StatesToptal Member Since March 12, 2018

Casey is a software UX/UI and marketing website interaction designer with 10 years of professional experience and 20 years of overall experience. He is skilled in creating productive, user-friendly interfaces for complex back-end data structures as well as front-end customer-facing interfaces and websites. He's adept in gathering qualitative feedback through ethnographic interview methodologies to build user-centric mental models.

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Lex Valishvili

Art Direction DesignerUser Experience (UX)User Interface (UI)BrandingDashboard DesignSketchAdobe Experience Design (XD)Adobe CCAdobe PhotoshopRapid Interactive Prototyping + 0 more

United StatesToptal Member Since May 3, 2017

Lex is a human-centered designer specializing in creating digital experiences that provide clear and interactive user experience, communicate a desirable message, and bring business results. With over six years of UX/UI, product design, and branding experience, Lex strives to incorporate his knowledge and understanding of the design world and UX into every project. Previous clients range from early-stage startups to McKinsey & Company.

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Harold Weaver

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United StatesToptal Member Since February 2, 2021

Harold is a product designer and usability expert, with over 15 years of multi-disciplinary experience in digital and cross-channel services. At Wells Fargo, he designed a debt-to-income ratio calculator that helps clients increase their ability to secure a loan and has over 200,000 users per month. He works with product management and leads teams of designers, researchers, and developers to create beautiful solutions that meet business goals, customer needs and provide exceptional experiences.

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Michelle M Petrie

Art Direction DesignerSketch 4Adobe PhotoshopAdobe IllustratorAdobe InDesignAdobe Creative SuiteiOSUser Experience (UX)IllustrationUI BrandingWeb UIBrand DesignBrand Guidelines + 0 more

United StatesToptal Member Since October 15, 2018

From the beginnings of the internet, Michelle has launched campaigns, companies, products, and gone through more evolutions in technology than she can remember. Whether print or emerging technologies, her biggest strength lies in streamlining large amounts of information into driving ideas, above the bar visual solutions and brand advocacy.

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Felipe Villarreal

Art Direction DesignerBrandingeCommerceLogo DesignUser Experience (UX)Visual Design LanguageMobile App DesignUI DesignSketchAdobe PhotoshopAdobe IllustratorIconographyPowerPoint Design + 0 more

United StatesToptal Member Since May 3, 2018

Felipe is a multidisciplinary designer who is a maker at heart. Felipe has managed the creative process for over fourteen years as a professional creative within the advertising, digital, graphic, and service design industries. Specializing in UI/UX, visual design, branding, and art direction, Felipe is driven by a passion for clean and functional design.

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Kelsey McMahon

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United StatesToptal Member Since July 18, 2019

Kelsey has over a decade of experience in design, UI/UX, and product management. She has helped startups work their way into the marketplace and been on teams for Fortune500 companies. Kelsey has experience in all areas of product development, from initial concept to shipping fully functional products to the market. She can help you create the best experience for your end-user and also for your company.

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Jake Kahana

Art Direction DesignerPhotoshop CCUX DesignIllustrator CCUI DesignInDesign CCDigital Product DesignWeb DesignVirtual Reality (VR)BrandingResponsive Web Design (RWD)Web UXWeb UI + 0 more

United StatesToptal Member Since June 9, 2017

Jake is an award-winning designer who uses storytelling, art, and technology to instigate positive social change and build stronger businesses. He's worked with a range of Fortune500 companies, major nonprofits, government agencies, and startups. Over the last ten years, Jake's work has helped these companies change their public image, reach broader audiences, and impact more lives. He'd love to collaborate with you on your next big challenge.

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Serge Zuev

Art Direction DesignerAdobe CCUser Interface (UI)BrandingWireframingSketchFigmaBrand ManagementWeb DesigneCommerce + 0 more

United StatesToptal Member Since February 6, 2016

Serge is a seasoned art director with +20 years of experience. He's been directing a global team of product designers and UX research professionals in five different countries, also working with executive teams of various organizations to translate corporate goals into a user experience roadmap. Serge is keen on driving change and improving areas related to outcome-driven innovation, design thinking, UX/agile methodologies, and other organizational processes.

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Michael is an incredible designer, and has been a great fit for our project. He just gets it in a way that can’t be taught. My goal was to pay Toptal to find me a high quality designer for my project, and that is exactly what happened. It was easy. Being able to see the portfolio work on Toptal’s platform is what gave me the infomation I needed to choose Michael. I have nothing but good things to say about Toptal and am looking forward to using Toptal for other projects in the future.

Edward Daniel, Co-Founder

improvemygun.com

I've worked very closely with Martina for over a year and have to say she is one of the best people I have ever worked with. Instead of simply following instructions blindly, she thinks through the task at hand, becoming a thought partner to help with whatever the project may be. Besides being super talented at design, she possesses specific qualities that make her exceptional to work with given the fast paced nature of being a startup. I would definitely recommend her to anyone looking for a talented, professional designer who doesn't need much direction to hit the ground running.

Sahil Khanna, Sr. Manager, Marketing

LeanTaaS, Inc.

Darko did a great job figuring out the user architecture for our concept, which led him to produce terrific wireframes. His knowledge of usability and design was a perfect match for the outside voice we needed to help jumpstart our project. We would certainly recommend him and work with him again in the future.

Rich Danker, Founder

Prose Market

Carlos has the unique talent of blending both quantitative and qualitative research to keenly identify UX challenges and opportunities. He thinks methodically, emphatically, and holistically to produce data-driven strategies and well-executed designs. Over the past 8 years of working with fully or partially distributed teams, Carlos manages working remotely far better than anyone I've encountered because of his strong communication and presentation skills. He is the first on my list the next time I need a UX designer.

Michelle Krogmeier, Project Manager

Union Station

Rafael is an amazing designer. His aesthetic sense is spot on, and he seems to be able to anticipate our needs before we even know what they are. He's taken the time to understand both our company and our clientele, and his solutions are consistently in-line with our values, interests, and our customers' needs. He delivers on time (if not earlier), works quickly, is well organized, and very effective. He's a pleasure to work with, and we're very happy to have found him through Toptal.

Ethan Brooks, CTO

Langlotz Patent & Trademark Works, Inc.

Toptal gave us access to the best designers out there. They’re not easy to find. Those designers integrated very quickly with our existing teams. They very quickly understood our business case and the value of our solution. Toptal really allowed us to focus on building the best possible product and save a lot of time on the typical administrative pains that goes with it -- specifically, finding the best talent. Toptal designers were very responsive, always online -- and that made life very easy for us. We have ambitious goals on how to grow the application and already Toptal has been a key contributor to that success.

Thierry Jakircevic, General Manager, Digital Solutions, Bridgestone Head Office, Tokyo

Bridgestone Corporation

We had an amazing experience working with our Toptal designer. In only two weeks, we accomplished what would've taken most companies 3 months to complete. We also enjoyed working with the Toptal team to make sure we were paired up with the right designer that would fit both our company culture and working style.

Ted Blosser, Head of Sales and Customer Success

WorkRamp

Dean blew us away. He ranks right up there as one of the top five designers of the hundreds I have worked with in the past. He listened, was totally professional, and came up with a 3D rotating cube design completely on his own. We didn't even ask for it, and yet it has become the centerpiece of our app and how users engage with it right off the bat. What he produced inspired all of us at Votify, and put us on track for launch and investor funding.

Michael Lawrence, Founder & CEO

Votify LLC

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