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Craig Willers

United Kingdom
Toptal Member Since December 2, 2021

Craig is an experienced UI/UX design leader and creative director with a 25+ year track record driving growth and fostering customer-centric cultures. Craig is skilled in leading multicultural teams, delivering creative direction, and creating effective customer journeys. He has proven expertise in user-centered design and project management and is accomplished in achieving significant results and exceeding expectations. Craig is a rare blend of design disciplines, candor, and business acumen.

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Bill Greaves

United Kingdom
Toptal Member Since January 19, 2017

Bill is a senior creative professional with degrees in graphic design (BA) and marketing communication (MA). With over 20 years of experience, he has worked in hands-on creative leadership roles across various disciplines, including creative direction, strategic brand development, product design (UX/UI), website design and development, graphic design, motion graphics, and marketing.

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Pavel Pekanov

Russia
Toptal Member Since July 14, 2020

Pavel's been delivering branding, UI/UX, visual/product design, and creative direction since 2004. He served as the head of design at a fintech unicorn, where he ran all of the company's creative efforts that helped settle a $100-million round. Pavel is interested in gaming, crypto-banking, internet banking, and fintech and designs with complex interfaces that are human-oriented and straightforward. Pavel is the second runner-up in Hacker Noon Contributor of the Year - Product Development 2020.

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Anne Clark

United States
Toptal Member Since March 7, 2018

Anne is a creative director and senior digital product designer with 20+ years of experience and skills in visual design and UX. She's built digital products, design systems, marketing campaigns, and mobile apps. Her work with 40+ agencies includes Frog, McCann, Publicis, Havas, Digitas, JWT, Droga5, and Razorfish. Anne's clients have included JP Morgan, Birchbox, Sony Music, BMW, and A&E. As a co-founder of Sein Analytics, she built the company's financial analytics SaaS product.

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Inti Rey

Croatia
Toptal Member Since May 24, 2018

With over 20 years of experience in product and UI/UX design and creative direction, including experience as a digital-agency owner, Inti has extensive experience in full-cycle product design. An entrepreneurial attitude and considerable multidisciplinary skills make him a systematic thinker and a proactive problem solver with a positive attitude and passion for creating innovative, intuitive, and delightful experiences.

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Bruno Santiago

Canada
Toptal Member Since November 22, 2017

Bruno is an award-winning design-oriented product strategist with a passion for digital transformation challenges. Over the past 30 years, he has gained experience in the following industries: fintech, travel, automotive, fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG), and fashion. Bruno has both been part of and led creative teams for top agencies (Wunderman, JWT, Isobar) serving global clients (such as Microsoft, Unilever, Mars, and Sony).

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Anna Krych

United States
Toptal Member Since March 15, 2018

Anna is a creative professional with extensive hands-on experience in a broad range of industries and media. She has worked with brands like The New York Times, Harland Clarke, Shape, Victoria’s Secret, A&E, and many others. She helps organizations of all sizes realize their business goals with thoughtfully crafted design solutions.

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Nassos Kappa

United Kingdom
Toptal Member Since January 18, 2021

Nassos is a sought-after product designer and design director with 20 years of experience in branding and interface design. He brings human-centered design from concept to validation and information architecture and from user experience to interface design and marketing, managing costs and risks. Nassos' multifaceted work is at the forefront of innovation, balancing design, technology, and digital culture to develop products and services that deliver positive social impact.

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Liz Young

United Kingdom
Toptal Member Since March 29, 2018

Elizabeth is a highly experienced creative director who has defined experiences for global brands like Universal Records and PUMA while transforming many more. With expertise in branding, social media content, digital design, and UI/UX, she has helped launch startups in Silicon Valley and create integrated brand and website designs for well-established DTC, new tech, and premium sportswear brands. Elizabeth takes a holistic and reductive approach, balancing design strategy with functionality.

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Dickon Kent

United States
Toptal Member Since February 28, 2018

With 23+ years of remote experience, Dickon is a senior digital leader in UX, product design, digital strategy, and team management. He has conceived, planned, managed, designed, and built digital products for Disney, OPI, Paramount Pictures, and the Television Academy, servicing over 50 million users. Dickon's award-winning work has been twice nominated for a Webby as well as having been a Webby honoree.

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Andre Gomes Mendes Sentieiro

Portugal
Toptal Member Since December 18, 2018

Andre has been a team manager for over 10 years. He embraces creative challenges and uses design as a tool for solutions. He believes that sometimes the solution can be strategic, but other times it may include designing a new identity or a platform. What matters to Andre is identifying the solution first and then choosing the right tool to implement it.

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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.

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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

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

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

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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  • How are Toptal creative directors different?

    At Toptal, we thoroughly screen our creative directors to ensure we only match you with talent of the highest caliber. Of the more than 200,000 people who apply to join the Toptal network each year, fewer than 3% make the cut. You’ll work with design experts (never generalized recruiters or HR reps) to understand your goals, technical needs, and team dynamics. The end result: expert vetted talent from our network, custom matched to fit your business needs.

  • Can I hire creative directors in less than 48 hours through Toptal?

    Depending on availability and how fast you can progress, you could start working with a creative director within 48 hours of signing up.

  • What is the no-risk trial period for Toptal creative directors?

    We make sure that each engagement between you and your creative director begins with a trial period of up to two weeks. This means that you have time to confirm the engagement will be successful. If you’re completely satisfied with the results, we’ll bill you for the time and continue the engagement for as long as you’d like. If you’re not completely satisfied, you won’t be billed. From there, we can either part ways, or we can provide you with another expert who may be a better fit and with whom we will begin a second, no-risk trial.

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