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Toptal is a marketplace for top remote illustrators. Top companies and start-ups in Chicago choose Toptal Illustrators design freelancers for their mission-critical initiatives.

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Rachael Posnak

Illustrators DesignerSketchMobile App DesignWeb DesignProduct DesignIcon DesignVisual DesigniOSUser Experience (UX)User Interface (UI) + 0 more

United StatesToptal Member Since January 20, 2016

Rachael is a product designer with a focus on UI with over ten years of experience. She specializes in user-centric design that makes products feel alive and personable. Her skills cover areas from wireframes and prototypes to pixel-perfect visual designs. Her client list includes Mint.com, Survey Monkey, Paysa, AFAR Media, Francis Coppola Winery, Hallmark Cards, Google, and Glassbreakers.

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Margo Lunsford

Illustrators DesignerBrandingUXWebProject ManagementAdobe Creative SuiteSketchArt DirectionDigital Design + 0 more

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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Patty Castaneda

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MexicoToptal Member Since April 6, 2016

Patty is a nomadic UI/UX designer who codes a bit and gravitates towards creative strategy, branding, front-end coding, AB testing, and illustration. She's worked with companies such as Kissmetrics, Dice, Roc Nation, and more. She designs for user needs and is fond of JTBD for user research and atomic design for iterative prototyping. She believes that people don't want to buy a quarter-inch drill, they want a quarter-inch hole (TL).

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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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Benoît Chabert

Illustrators DesignerAdobe IllustratorRapid Interactive PrototypingSketch 3Balsamiq MockupsAxure RP ProiOSAdobe PhotoshopVisual DesignWireframingSquarespaceUser Experience (UX)User Interface (UI) + 0 more

United StatesToptal Member Since November 23, 2015

Benoît Chabert has been creating digital apps for the past seven years. Since 2014, he has been leading product designs for startups—helping them create a unified design system and acquire new users. Benoît can do everything from low-fidelity prototypes, user flows to designing pixel-perfect layouts that adapt to any digital device.

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Micah Bowers

Illustrators DesignerAdobe IllustratorAdobe PhotoshopBrandingLogotypeLogo DesignUX DesignCorporate IdentityUI DesignUser Experience (UX)Digital Design + 0 more

United StatesToptal Member Since January 3, 2016

Micah uses brand design and illustration to tell stories on behalf of his clients. He believes that design must identify a need, stir a desire for change, and shed light on a path that is uniquely helpful, hopeful, and human.

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Max Burnside

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United StatesToptal Member Since October 5, 2016

Max has worked with clients such as Nike, Facebook, John Frieda, and Monster.com. Most recently, he led design at AdHawk from 20 people growing to over 100 employees, through multiple acquisitions of companies, completely redesigning its iOS app as well as creating the brand and UI design for its latest product, FlooringStores.com.

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Michael Dedrick

Illustrators DesignerSketchiOSUser Experience (UX)User Interface (UI)WireframingArt DirectionBlockchainInteractive PrototypesiOS UI DesignAndroid UI DesignBrandingMobile App Design + 0 more

United StatesToptal Member Since September 6, 2016

In Michael's world, users always come first. He possesses the proven ability to develop highly-effective strategic marketing collateral for high-end clients, including Apple, IBM, L’Oreal, Fidelity, Bud Light, Home Depot, Costco, and Walmart. He's committed to connecting with clients and users—and bringing their vision to life effectively across a broad, far-reaching spectrum of media.

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Angela Ji

Illustrators DesignerAdobe Creative SuiteiOSAdobe SuiteWireframingLogo DesignBrandingArtificial Intelligence (AI)User Experience (UX)Mobile DesignUser Interface (UI)UX ArchitectureWeb App UI + 0 more

United StatesToptal Member Since January 29, 2016

Angela is a full-stack UI/UX product designer, multidisciplinary designer, and creative director with over 15 years of experience She's an expert in UI, UX, mobile design, web design, responsive design, marketing design, advertising, branding, presentation design as well as experience in designing for integrated marketing strategy, social media campaigns, sales/business initiatives, and more.

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Linsey Peterson

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United StatesToptal Member Since June 16, 2017

Linsey has been designing websites, apps, and digital products for seven years for various agencies, startups, and most recently freelancing. She specializes in branding, UI design, and visual design and also has capabilities in UX and brand strategy. Linsey has a lot of experience managing and completing projects remotely as well. She'd love to partner with you in your project, helping you achieve your goals through digital strategy and design.

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A Hiring Guide

Guide to Hiring a Great Illustrator

Now more than ever, illustration is used online to bring ideas, products, and services to life. Hiring an illustrator is a giant step toward connecting target customers with your organization’s unique attributes. Finding the right illustrator can be a challenging process, especially if you don’t know what to look for. This hiring guide explains the value of illustration, what the illustration process entails, and how to hire an illustrator that your organization can partner with for years to come.

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Testimonials

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

How to Hire Illustrators Near Chicago

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Talk to One of Our Industry Experts

A Toptal director of design will work with you to understand your goals, technical needs, and team dynamics.
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Work With Hand-Selected Talent

Within days, we'll introduce you to the right illustrator for your project. Average time to match is under 24 hours.
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The Right Fit, Guaranteed

Work with your new illustrator for a trial period (pay only if satisfied), ensuring they're the right fit before starting the engagement.

Tap Into World-Class Talent

  • Trusted Experts Only

    Trusted Experts Only

    All of our talent are seasoned experts who ramp up quickly, readily contribute as core team members, and work with you to minimize onboarding time.

  • The Right Fit

    The Right Fit

    We have a knack for matching you with the right fit. Start working with your new hire on a no-risk trial period, paying only if satisfied.

  • Scale as Needed

    Scale as Needed

    Hire in under 2 weeks and scale your team up or down as needed, no strings attached.

  • Seamless Hiring

    Seamless Hiring

    We handle all aspects of billing, payments, and NDA’s. Let us take care of the overhead while you focus on building great products.

  • Flexible Engagements

    Flexible Engagements

    Choose the engagement type that suits your needs — hourly, part-time, or full-time — with the ability to change anytime.

  • Expert Talent Matching

    Expert Talent Matching

    Focus on your project and enjoy support from your dedicated account executive and expert talent matcher.

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