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Ana Carina Gallo

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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 DesignerAdobe IllustratorAdobe PhotoshopSketchiOSWireframingPrototypingUX DesignUI DesignUser Experience (UX)Visual DesignProduct DesignDigital Product Design + 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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Margo Lunsford

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United StatesToptal Member Since April 27, 2020

For over 13 years, Margo has been making a difference in the world through effective design. The power of visual design and design research is what gets her up in the morning. She stays current learning user-centered design principles and design trends through design workshops, research, testing, and online resources. She loves to work with people that share her values in design, take risks in trying something new, and who are willing to put themselves out there.

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Carlos Cifuentes

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MexicoToptal Member Since June 29, 2016

With more than ten years of experience as a UX, UI, visual design, and branding consultant, who has worked successfully in several markets and countries, Carlos is skilled in helping marketing departments, startups, and corporations research, understand users and generate great experiences for clients through creativity, technology, branding, and communication. He has focused on branding, web design, mobile apps, MVPs, and blockchain.

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Andres Esquivel

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El SalvadorToptal Member Since May 24, 2019

Andrés is a lead product and web designer who specializes in brand positioning through design strategy. Judicious use of design can help companies to reach their next milestone, and achieving business goals is the essence of his design process. Consider working with Andrés on your next project—he's a sure asset to any team.

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Pierre E. Poulin

Art Direction DesignerSketchAdobe CCUI DesignCreative DirectionUI AnimationProtoypingHigh-fidelity Prototypes + 0 more

CanadaToptal Member Since June 5, 2019

From the internet bubble in the late 90s until today's responsive and mobile UI, Pierre's work has always been at the avant-garde of the ever-evolving digital landscape. For the last 20 years, his no-nonsense approach to design somehow always managed to meet clients' strategic objectives all the while remaining highly remarkable. Typography is the driving force behind most of his work.

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Danny Rubyono

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United StatesToptal Member Since January 9, 2016

Danny is a visual and motion designer with over 19 years of experience working with various creative agencies and motion design studios. He is also the owner of Duro Compagnie—a collective design boutique that specializes in motion graphics and visual communication. His strength lies in his ability to leverage his multi-disciplinary skillsets in 3D, print, animation, and user interface to create a purposeful and beautiful design/experience.

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Christina Barsan

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United StatesToptal Member Since August 4, 2016

Christina is a digital designer and creative director with over 15 years of experience as a visual thinker, problem solver, manager, collaborator, and lover of technology. She constantly seeks to help her clients create the ideal brand for their business that’s aligned with their big vision.

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Diego Aguilar

Art Direction DesignerAdobe CCSketchUser Interface (UI)Adobe PhotoshopBrandingCreative DirectionInteractive PrototypesUI BrandingWeb UIVisual DesignUX DesignDigital Design + 0 more

United StatesToptal Member Since October 7, 2015

Born in Bolivia. Made in New York. Diego is a veteran of all things digital. He's a builder of brand experiences and products, a DJ, and an avid sneaker collector. He has worked and partnered with an amazing list of clients and agencies including Google, Nike, Spotify, Motorola, Mars, Ford, AT&T, Verizon, R/GA, BBDO, Razorfish, and more.

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Mike Slone

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United StatesToptal Member Since March 14, 2017

Mike is a highly experienced and successful product, UX, UI, visual, and branding designer with many years of experience creating large- and small-scale designs. He has worked for global clients in many industries including ExxonMobil, Reebok, Taco Bell, Nike, and many others. Mike has also provided his design leadership and experience to startups in healthcare, higher education, and SaaS companies.

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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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