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Brandon R Johnson

Minneapolis, MN, United States
Brandon is a Digital Designer that has always had a passion for technology. He thrives on taking raw ideas and turning them into business solutions. Brandon has nearly 13 years of experience in interactive design. From marketing departments to top agencies, he has developed a broad skill set that is sure to suit any client. Click to continue

Austin Li

Nashville, TN, United States
Austin has worked in the digital design industry for the last five years, creating digital products and promotional material for local and global clients such as Mars, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, and Formica. He currently works as the Chief Creative Officer for Curu, and in the past has provided creative support to Ford Motor Company. Austin brings a passionate attitude and a willingness to learn to every project he works on. Click to continue

Bruno Santiago

Toronto, ON, Canada
Bruno is an award-winning design-oriented product strategist, with a passion for digital transformation challenges. Over the past 20 years, he has gained experience in the following industries: Fintech, Travel, Automotive, FMCG, and Fashion. Click to continue

Kevin Broome

Vancouver, BC, Canada
Kevin has 15 years of experience working at both the boutique and the global levels of the communications industry. His goal is to offer collaborative and engaging solutions that are driven by strategy and story, and crafted to a business's or organization’s specific needs. Click to continue

Diego Aguilar

New York, NY, United States
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 former DJ, and an avid sneaker collector. He has worked and played with awesome clients and agencies including Google, Nike, Spotify, Motorola, Mars, Ford, AT&T, Verizon, R/GA, BBDO, Razorfish, and more. Click to continue

Tanya Junell

Ridgefield, United States
Tanya is a seasoned human-centered product design and UX strategist. She has over 12 years of experience in bringing human-centered design solutions to high growth edtech, lifestyle, financial, and entertainment brands. Click to continue

Fernando Lahoz

New York, NY, United States
Fernando is a New York-based interactive art director with more than nine years of experience working for major brands in the U.S. as well as for global advertising agencies. He combines his knowledge as an art director in the fashion and luxury industries with current tech and web design trends. He's helped multiple brands from the ground-up building their identity and full online presence. Click to continue

Danielle Riley

Duarte, CA, United States
Danielle is a seasoned multi-disciplinary creative director with over a decade of experience building strategic, data-driven designs, advocating for the user, and leading creative teams. She specializes in crafting UX/UI designs and is a communicative collaborator who has worked in teams of all sizes. Click to continue

Joshua Berman

Washington, DC, United States
Joshua is an art director and designer specializing in brand development, creative strategy, and naming. He strives to incorporate creative choice into a problem-solving decision and delivers clean, on-brand results with remarkable efficiency and wit. His clients include RCI, Georgetown University, and MPRM. Click to continue

Pascal Potvin

Ottawa, ON, Canada
With 12 years of experience in UI/UX and art/creative direction, Pascal has practiced, led, and built design teams in diverse environments—leaving him with a versatile skill set, strong work ethics, and a wide breadth of knowledge. He balances well between honoring users, achieving business objectives, and delivering immersive experiences. He's crafted experiences for Sony, Turner, TCM, TNT-TBS, Fox, NBA, NFL, Nickelodeon, Disney, and more. Click to continue
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Digital Transformation Leader, CSR Australia @ CSR Limited
“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.”
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CTO @ Langlotz Patent & Trademark Works, Inc.
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Mac Smith
President @ New Texas Investments
“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
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Technical Team Lead, CSR Connect, Australia @ CSR Limited
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President @ DecoratorsBest
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Mike Branch
President & CTO @ Harbor System Integrators, Inc
“I can't say enough about how happy and confident I am in working with Enrique. He brings an enthusiasm to his profession that is very refreshing, constantly surprising us with his depth of knowledge and his capability to not only complete the task, but to surpass our expectations. He presents us with solutions that we would not have thought about ourselves, and sees the problem better than we can explain it.”
Chad Berryman
Senior Technical Lead @ Zoomedia
“Always incredibly responsive, prompt, and flexible, Anna has done an outstanding job -- her work is exactly what we needed. Toptal has been a great experience for us due to the ease of getting a project going with quality talent at a cost that fits our budget. The automated online system for managing everything during onboarding was also impressive.”
Cody Wilke
Product Manager @ Crucial Life Sciences Data Solutions
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Director of Professional Services @ Cleveland Cavaliers
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