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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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Quintin Carlson

User Research DesignerSketchAndroidiOSWebUser Experience (UX)User Interface (UI) + 0 more

United StatesToptal Member Since June 10, 2018

Quintin is an experienced product designer and researcher who has worked in a diverse set of industries. He has years of experience shipping consumer apps to millions of daily users at companies like Quizlet and Evernote. Quintin also excels in building complex enterprise platforms for everything from logistics to finance to publishing. He's skilled at owning all aspects of the process from research to visual design.

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Patrick DiMichele

User Research DesignerSketchMobileUser Experience (UX)Web DesignRapid Prototyping + 0 more

United StatesToptal Member Since June 21, 2018

Patrick is a Chicago-based designer focused on impact. He’s lead successful digital projects for big corporations, tiny startups, and many healthcare, education, and nonprofit organizations. For most of his projects, he mainly works on research, UX design, workshop facilitation, and project strategy; and typically, he partners with a visual designer or a developer for projects that require pixel-perfect aesthetics or functional code.

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Sean Schraeder

User Research DesignerAdobe CCUser Experience (UX)User InterviewsUsability TestingHigh-fidelity PrototypesInteractive PrototypesWireframingInformation Architecture (IA)UX Design + 0 more

United StatesToptal Member Since July 19, 2018

With over 10 years of professional experience designing solutions for people and industries including healthcare, finance, eCommerce, B2B, non-profit, and education, Sean empathizes with both the end user and other members of a project including stakeholders and developers. His approach includes implementing lean design systems and processes that promote best practices in an efficient, data-informed manner.

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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 PrototypingAdobe Experience Design (XD)MobileRapid PrototypingFigmaUser Flows + 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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Scott Benson

User Research DesignerPhotoshop CCFigmaSketchAdobe Experience Design (XD)Axure RP ProProduct DesigniOSWireframingDigital Product DesignApp UXiOS App DesignWeb UX + 0 more

CanadaToptal Member Since April 6, 2017

Scott has over a decade of experience in UX/UI design and front-end development—working on everything from large-scale government and public sector sites to applications for startups and small businesses. He's also completed his user experience (UX) certification with Nielsen Norman Group and is a Google Analytics certified professional. Scott brings a strong background in strategy, research, design, and development to every project.

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Andres Esquivel

User Research DesigneriOSPhotoshop CCUser Experience (UX)SketchResponsive Web Design (RWD)User Interface (UI)FigmaBrandingAdobe IllustratorWeb DesignAdobe InDesignArt Direction + 0 more

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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Alex Gilev

User Research DesignerData VisualizationBrandingSoftware as a Service (SaaS)SaaS DesignSketchWeb App DesignWeb App UXUser Experience (UX)FigmaWeb App UIResponsive Web Design (RWD)UX Design + 0 more

United StatesToptal Member Since September 26, 2015

Alex is a user experience strategist who helps companies innovate in UX to maximize their competitive advantage. Having a background in behavioral psychology, strategy, and product gamification allows Alex to understand what really motivates people to use a product. Clients include PayPal, Johnson & Johnson, and Compeed. His work has been featured in OpenView, HackerNoon, MIRO, Baremetrics, YCombinator, and Startup journal.

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Amy Eastment

User Research DesignerPrototypingGame DesignWireframingUX DesignUsability TestingInformation Architecture (IA)Data VisualizationUser Experience (UX)PersonasLean UXSketchFigma + 0 more

United StatesToptal Member Since August 30, 2016

Amy is a UX design consultant with over a decade of experience collaborating with startups to build cutting-edge products in both B2B and B2C. She tackles tough design problems with empathy, enthusiasm, curiosity, and a sense of humor. Having worked as an engineer, product manager, user researcher, and now a designer, she is familiar with the challenges of the product life cycle and adapts her approach to meet every client's unique needs.

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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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Within days, we'll introduce you to the right user experience researcher for your project. Average time to match is under 24 hours.
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Work with your new user experience researcher for a trial period (pay only if satisfied), ensuring they're the right fit before starting the engagement.

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