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Toptal is a marketplace for top creative directors. Top companies and start-ups choose Toptal creative direction freelancers for their mission critical design projects.

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Clients Rate Toptal Creative Directors4.8 / 5.0on average across 23 reviews as of Oct 23, 2020

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Muwuso Mkochi

Creative Direction DesignerArt DirectionWeb DesignUI DesignUser Interface (UI)BrandingMobile App DesignAdobe Creative SuiteProduct DesignVisual DesignUser Experience (UX)Corporate IdentityeCommerce Design + 0 more

CanadaToptal Member Since January 25, 2016

Muwuso is a multidisciplinary designer with a focus on product design, brand development, and digital strategy. Over the past decade, he has led design in-house and remotely for some of the world's leading agencies and brands. The evolution of technology always inspires him, its influence on human behavior, and the resulting impact on environments and micro-cultures: societal and business.

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Dickon Kent

Creative Direction DesignerSketchAdobe SuiteAdobe PhotoshopWeb UXApp UXDigital DesignResponsive Web Design (RWD)WordPressResponsive UIUX FlowsUser ScenariosProposal Design + 0 more

United StatesToptal Member Since February 23, 2018

With 23+ years of remote experience, Dickon is a digital leader in UX, product design, digital strategy, and team management. He has conceived, planned, managed, designed, and built digital products for brands such as 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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Tomass Sola

Creative Direction DesignerSketchUser Interface (UI)Mobile App DesignWeb DesigniOS App DesignWeb App DesigniOSAdobe PhotoshopUI DesignWeb UX + 0 more

LatviaToptal Member Since August 8, 2016

Tomass specializes in functional and beautiful user experiences for the web and mobile applications. He strives to bridge user needs and business goals to deliver the most creative and strategic UX and design solutions. Tomass communicates extremely well with his clients and has worked in teams of all sizes.

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Jun Kim

Creative Direction DesignerAdobe PhotoshopResponsiveAdobe IllustratorWeb DesignAdobe InDesignMobile UIBrandingAndroidiOSUser Interface (UI)User Experience (UX)Wireframing + 0 more

South KoreaToptal Member Since April 11, 2016

Kim has been leading design projects for over a decade with clients worldwide, including Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Europe, the US, and South Korea. He has designed sophisticated yet simple UI/UX systems and led international teams. More importantly, Kim has extensive industry experience in both agency and corporation environments and has collaborated with multicultural teams from both government and private sectors.

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Pierre E. Poulin

Creative Direction DesignerSketchAdobe CCArt DirectionUI DesignUI AnimationProtoypingHigh-fidelity Prototypes + 0 more

CanadaToptal Member Since June 5, 2019

From the internet bubble in the late 90s until today's responsive and mobile UI, Pierre's work has always been at the avant-garde of the ever-evolving digital landscape. For the last 20 years, his no-nonsense approach to design somehow always managed to meet clients' strategic objectives all the while remaining highly remarkable. Typography is the driving force behind most of his work.

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Christina Barsan

Creative Direction DesignerAdobe PhotoshopAdobe IllustratorAdobe InDesigniOSAndroidWireframingMobile App DesignWeb DesignArt DirectionUsability TestingeCommerceDigital Design + 0 more

United StatesToptal Member Since August 4, 2016

Christina is a digital designer and creative director with over 15 years of experience as a visual thinker, problem solver, manager, collaborator, and lover of technology. She constantly seeks to help her clients create the ideal brand for their business that’s aligned with their big vision.

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Mike Slone

Creative Direction DesignerSketchWebsitesUser Experience (UX)AgileiPhonePitch DecksUX DirectionWebsite RedesignsApp UXInformation Architecture (IA)Mobile UIResponsive UI + 0 more

United StatesToptal Member Since March 14, 2017

Mike is a highly experienced and successful product, UX, UI, visual, and branding designer with many years of experience creating large- and small-scale designs. He has worked for global clients in many industries including ExxonMobil, Reebok, Taco Bell, Nike, and many others. Mike has also provided his design leadership and experience to startups in healthcare, higher education, and SaaS companies.

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Liz Young

Creative Direction DesignerWeb DesignArt DirectionBrand IdentityBrand GuidelinesCorporate BrandingWeb UIAdobe Creative SuiteBrandingUser Interface (UI)User Experience (UX) + 0 more

United KingdomToptal Member Since March 26, 2018

Elizabeth is a seasoned creative director with 18+ years specializing in branding, digital, and UX/UI design. She has worked with the likes of Universal Records, PUMA, and numerous SMEs to deliver high-level creative solutions that suit their specific needs. An intrinsically curious collaborator, problem solver, and lover of tech; she is experienced in eCommerce, SaaS, human-centered design thinking, and future-proofing for all environments.

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Sam Flaherty

Creative Direction DesignerIllustrator CCInDesign CCPhotoshop CCWeb UIDigitalWeb DesignBrandingArt DirectionDigital DesignMockupsAdobe CC + 0 more

United KingdomToptal Member Since January 30, 2016

Sam is a graphic designer, art director, and creative thinker with over a decade of experience working globally with like-minded clients—such as Google, Citibank, and others—to ensure that they’re communicating with their audiences in the clearest, most effective way possible. He joined Toptal because he's interested in freelancing and wanted to work with the best talent and clientele.

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David Fotherby

Creative Direction DesignerPhotoshop CCIllustrator 2017Adobe After EffectsUI DesignUX DesigniOS App DesignWeb DesignMobile Web DesignArt DirectionWeb App DesignIconographyLogo Design + 0 more

United StatesToptal Member Since February 7, 2017

David has created exceptional, user-centered products for some of the top Fortune, healthcare, retail, and entertainment businesses worldwide. His approach of putting the user at the center of product design ensures that clients have a clear insight into their market potential and the technical requirements needed.

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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 Creative Directors through Toptal

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

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

FAQs

  • 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 100,000 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. Start now.

  • 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. Start now.

  • 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. Start now.

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