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Toptal is a marketplace for top remote user research designers. Top companies and start-ups in Chicago choose Toptal User Research freelancers for their mission-critical initiatives.

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Chris Ciesielski

User Research DesignerSketchAxure RP ProResponsive UIUser Experience (UX)Usability TestingUX Prototyping + 0 more

United StatesToptal Member Since June 16, 2017

Chris is a UI/UX designer with a wide breadth of experience in designing, researching, and testing enterprise-level applications. With ten years of freelance experience delivering projects for customers big and small, he is perfectly comfortable with all aspects of design, from speaking with customers to designing wireframes, and tweaking code.

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Jeff Bryant

User Research DesignerAdobe Creative SuiteUser InterviewsAxure RP ProUser PersonasUX FlowsInformation Architecture (IA)UX PrototypingUX DocumentationPersonasAdobe Experience Design (XD)MobileRapid Prototyping + 0 more

United StatesToptal Member Since October 28, 2018

Jeff's time in the army designing battle scenarios for soldiers training for Iraq was the unlikely beginning to a UX career that has produced award-winning mobile applications, multilingual enterprise applications, and user-centric products owned by millions around the world. However, his most significant contribution belongs to the hundreds of students and UX professionals he had the honor to mentor throughout his 15+ year design career.

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Deborah Dennis

User Research DesignerUser FlowsProduct DesignUser Experience (UX)Web App UXUser InterviewsUsability TestingUX AuditsUser Interface (UI)Complex Application User Interfaces (UI)WireframingSaaS DesignPrototyping + 0 more

United StatesToptal Member Since September 27, 2016

Deborah is a UX design and research expert in analyzing users' needs and crafting creative and engaging interaction designs. She is well versed in making complex products into simple easy to use interfaces. Deborah has designed mobile, web, and SaaS apps for Visa, Apple, Intel, Autodesk, Symantec, and multiple startups. Deborah is a collaborative leader skilled in building relationships, influencing, and presenting as well as setting priorities, strategy, and design direction.

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Kate Dupon

User Research DesignerSketchAdobe SuiteUX StrategyAgileUsability TestingUX DesignUI DesignProject Management + 0 more

United StatesToptal Member Since January 10, 2016

Kate has a love for strategy and understanding the user's needs, wants, and motivations which allows her to create seamless enterprise web and mobile and software application designs. She understands web development and user-centric design proficiently and enjoys finding meaningful solutions.

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Erin Stewart

User Research DesignerBalsamiq MockupsUX AuditsSketchWeb UXWireframingWeb UIUser RequirementsSaaSResponsiveSaaS DesignMobile WebSoftware as a Service (SaaS) + 0 more

United StatesToptal Member Since November 20, 2015

Erin has over ten years of experience in product design and agile product management, leading various responsive web and native app projects for eCommerce, B2C, and B2B organizations. She works with the US and global organizations ranging from startups to large Fortune 500 companies to create inspired and innovative products. She also enjoys helping build out new, agile product teams and is well versed in Agile, Scrum, and Kanban.

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Garren DiPasquale

User Research DesignerIllustrator CCSketchUser Experience (UX)Information Architecture (IA)Photoshop CCBlockchain + 0 more

United StatesToptal Member Since January 12, 2017

Garren is a product design and UX strategist who has deep experience in the financial industry and is passionate about bringing truly human experiences to fintech and enterprise technologies. With more than 18 years of design experience, Garren's focus is on holistic user-centered design practices. He creates solutions to problems for clients and businesses and gives life to great brands, interactions, and experiences.

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Eileen Tong

User Research DesignerUser Experience (UX)UIUXMobile UI DesigniOSAndroidUsability TestingResponsiveUX Design + 0 more

United StatesToptal Member Since March 4, 2016

Eileen is a skilled UX designer and researcher with six years of experience. As a senior product designer at McKinsey & Company, she implemented a self-serve analytics system for internal staff that resulted in an unprecedented 40% increase in downloads in the first week of launch with no marketing. She has driven company success in the healthcare, disaster relief, food services, and eCommerce sectors. Eileen's professional experience is backed by a master's in human-computer interaction.

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Rob Devaney

User Research DesignerAdobe PhotoshopAdobe After EffectsOmniGraffleAxure RP ProSketchAdobe IllustratoriPadFigmaProduct DesignUser Interface (UI)Dashboard DesignWeb Design + 0 more

United StatesToptal Member Since October 28, 2015

Rob is an award-winning New York City-based senior UX/UI designer with over 15 years experience designing products for some of the biggest companies in the world. Clients include ESPN, MetLife, Goldman Sachs, Cisco, The Hartford, Discovery Channel, Siemens, The United States Women's Ski Team, Fitch Ratings, Wolters Kluwer, Red Bull, Bain, GlaxoSmithKline, dozens of startups, and many more.

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Artur Maklyarevsky

User Research DesignerSketchUser Experience (UX)User Interface (UI)Product DesignUX ResearchCreative DirectionDashboard DesignPrototypingMobile DesignProject ManagementInformation Architecture (IA)Data Visualization + 0 more

United StatesToptal Member Since May 26, 2017

Artur has built a few startups over the last ten years, and he's also helped others create their designs via his studio, Design2Dev. He has an extensive background in iterative UI/UX, IxD, and solving problems creatively. Since 2000, he's also worked with a plethora of Silicon Valley agencies as a lead designer and art director. Artur has a master's degree in interactive telecommunications from ITP-NYU Tisch School of the Arts.

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LaiYee Ho

User Research DesignerSketchPresentation DesignAdobe IllustratorProduct DesigniOSWireframingWebUX DesignUser Experience (UX)Web App UX + 0 more

United StatesToptal Member Since December 19, 2019

LaiYee is a sophisticated designer who studied information science and DEA (Design and Environmental Analysis) at Cornell University, where she co-founded Cornell UX Design. She is the co-founder of Delve, a tool for qualitative researchers and writes articles for UXPA Magazine and the Delve blog. LaiYee led teams in creating smart homes at Wink and helped launch Amazon's first version of the Amazon Fire TV.

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Roxanne Ravago

User Research DesignerSketchiOSProduct DesignWeb DesignResponsive Web Design (RWD)UX DesignUI DesignVisual DesignWireframing + 0 more

United StatesToptal Member Since October 6, 2017

Roxanne has contributed to teams in a variety of roles throughout her professional history and now focuses on strategic design thinking, product design, UX/UI/IxD, and visual identity. In taking an unconventional path and learning to learn, she has gained valuable skills and confidence navigating and leading through uncertainty.

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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

How to Hire User Research Designers Near Chicago

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A Toptal director of design will work with you to understand your goals, technical needs, and team dynamics.
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Within days, we'll introduce you to the right user research designer for your project. Average time to match is under 24 hours.
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Work with your new user research designer for a trial period (pay only if satisfied), ensuring they're the right fit before starting the engagement.

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