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Sara Gonzalez

Edinburg, TX, United States
Sara is a multidisciplinary creative from south Texas. She serves as Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Create the Bridge, Inc. She works with digital tools to communicate ideas and stories. She's a director of art, a designer of interfaces, and a purveyor of all things functional and beautiful. Click to continue

Patty Castaneda

San Francisco, CA, United States
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, Appcelerator, 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). Click to continue

MK Cook

Boulder, CO, United States
MK has ten years of experience designing beautiful and usable interactions and interfaces. She has a reputation for doing great work quickly with abounding user empathy. She has a BA degree from UT Austin, an MFA degree from SCAD and six years of agency experience. Click to continue

Alfonso Ponce de Leon

New York, NY, United States
Alfonso focuses on branding, art-direction, graphic design, brand assessment, and illustration. He's worked on a wide array of projects spanning from identity design for clients in real estate, food, and culture industries to fashion brands and transportation logistics corporations. Click to continue

Peter Komierowski

Vancouver, BC, Canada
Peter is a visual designer working in Vancouver, British Columbia. He specializes in illustration, branding, identity design, and interface design. He believes that design is a process and that through research and exploration, the right solution will present itself. Click to continue

Micah Bowers

Vancouver, WA, United States
Micah is a brand designer and illustrator who aspires to elevate design to the level of a story. To reach people and forge lasting engagement, Micah 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. Click to continue

Rachael Posnak

San Francisco, CA, United States
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. Click to continue

Max Burnside

Los Angeles, CA, United States
Max is an experienced interaction designer with experience in startups and B2B companies. His clients include Facebook, Nike, RocNation, and John Frieda. He prides himself on employing his high standards for quality in design to bring his clients' visions to life. Click to continue

Balazs Vekes

Vancouver, BC, Canada
Balazs is a senior art director and graphic designer based in Vancouver, British Columbia. With 10 years of experience, he is focusing on brand identities, strategy, web, and digital product design, working with established agencies and inspiring startups around the globe. Click to continue

Linsey Peterson

New York, NY, United States
Linsey has been designing websites, apps, and digital products for five years for various agencies, startups, and most recently freelancing. She specializes in user experience, strategy, branding, UI design, and visual design. 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. Click to continue
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Co-founder and CTO @ KeepSafe
“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.”
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Head of Sales and Customer Success @ WorkRamp
“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.”
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Project Manager @ Union Station
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Elmar Platzer
Digital Transformation Leader, CSR Australia @ CSR Limited
“Toptal has helped my business tremendously by finding, vetting, and recruiting the talent I need, at the right time. I’d definitely recommend it to others.”
Xavier Xicay
CEO & Creative Director @ Tuatara Corp
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Catalin S. Balaci
Owner @ EvoBits Information Technology SRL
“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.
“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
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Conor Kenney
Director of Professional Services @ Cleveland Cavaliers
“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
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Technical Team Lead, CSR Connect, Australia @ CSR Limited