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Toptal is a marketplace for top Creative Strategists, experts, specialists, and talent. Each Creative Strategist is thoroughly vetted and trusted by top companies for their most critical design projects.

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Ced Funches

Creative Strategy DesignerAdobe Creative SuiteUser FlowsPrototypingBrand ManagementBrandingUI DesignUser Interface (UI)User Experience (UX)Brand DesignWeb UICreative DirectionAdobe Illustrator + 0 more

United StatesToptal Member Since March 27, 2019

Ced is a performance-driven creative marketing executive with deep experience in media, entertainment, and technology. He has a proven track record of successfully building, managing, and optimizing products and brands. Ced focuses on innovation, strategy, and data-driven insights across both traditional and digital-focused marketing to deliver results and business growth for Vox, The Verge, and Eater, to name a few.

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Jordan M. Clayton

Creative Strategy DesignerSketch 4iOSExperience MapsUser FlowsSitemapsInformation Architecture (IA)Wireframing + 0 more

United StatesToptal Member Since April 4, 2018

Jordan is a hands-on design leader who thrives at the intersection of product innovation and interactive marketing. With a diverse background in UX/UI design, he helps clients create powerful interactive solutions across various media. His clients have ranged from small nonprofit organizations to global Fortune 500 companies. With over 50 industry awards under his belt, he still feels the best is yet to come!

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Liene Geidane

Creative Strategy DesignerSketch + 0 more

LatviaToptal Member Since December 5, 2018

Liene creates fantastic digital experiences and products. She's led teams at a creative design agency—designing UX, UI, and mobile apps and developing innovative concepts. A career highlight was when Liene worked as a lead designer on a project making government services more accessible. For her work on that project, she received a national design award and also facilitated a cultural change within the organization.

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Boris Hrncic

Creative Strategy DesignerAdobe IllustratorBrandingLogotypeUI DesignWeb DesignRebrandingBrand GuidelinesIdentity DesignCorporate DesignCorporate Identity + 0 more

ArgentinaToptal Member Since February 3, 2017

Boris has participated in over 100 branding projects: honing his multi-disciplinary skills from design to development, marketing, and business. His versatility allows him to quickly adapt to a variety of projects and environments as well as provide diverse ideas. He specializes in developing clean and memorable brands with a holistic approach—considering how each design piece can engage with the audience and boost the business' results.

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Diana Padron

Creative Strategy DesignerSketchApp UXUX DesignUX ResearchAndroid UI DesignWeb App UX + 0 more

SerbiaToptal Member Since February 26, 2018

Diana is a passionate UX and UI designer who's dedicated to her craft. For her, good design has to be a mission. A drive to change lives for the better, otherwise, there's no reason behind it. Diana has worked with remote teams of committed UX and UI designers from all around the world. She's driven by the impact we can leave with each project.

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Cristina Stanescu

Creative Strategy DesignerAdobe PhotoshopAdobe IllustratorAdobe Experience Design (XD)User ResearchUser Interface (UI)User Experience (UX)Product DesignWireframingUser FlowsUser Task FlowsUX DesignProtoyping + 0 more

United StatesToptal Member Since March 18, 2018

Cristina is a product designer who has spent the last 15 years passionately studying and practicing design, arts, and architecture. She believes in all functional and beautiful things and her genuine wish is to create and support products that have a remarkable and positive impact on peoples' lives. In her spare time, Cristina loves to draw illustrations using a variety of techniques.

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Sara Vilas Santiago

Creative Strategy DesignerAdobe Creative SuiteAdobe InDesignUser Experience (UX)User Interface (UI)ResponsiveComplex Application User Interfaces (UI)PersonasIdeation WorkshopsSitemapsUser FlowsPrototypingBranding + 0 more

SpainToptal Member Since September 5, 2016

Sara has worked with over 100 multinational corporations, mostly in the financial sector. She specializes in enterprise product design and design leadership. Sara is always up for a challenge and ready to both help you with strategic decisions as well as going full hands-on for your design needs.

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Claudia Chow

Creative Strategy DesignerWeb UXApp UXVisual DesignResponsive Web Design (RWD)Web DesignMobile Web DesignPowerPoint Design + 0 more

United StatesToptal Member Since August 4, 2017

Claudia has over 15 years of experience designing digital products for agencies and startups. A former group creative director at Huge (a full-service digital agency headquartered in Brooklyn with offices worldwide), she’s also led the creative side for AOR clients like Comcast and JetBlue working with teams from 10 to 20. Her work has been recognized by CES, the App Store, and the Webbys.

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Ana Medina

Creative Strategy DesignerVisual Design LanguageSketch 3Adobe Creative SuiteiOSUX PrinciplesVisual DesignUser InterviewsUser FlowsWeb UIUsability TestingExperience MapsPersonas + 0 more

United StatesToptal Member Since March 20, 2017

Ana helps companies solve UX problems and create meaningful experiences through user-centered design. Her goal is to help brands connect with their users through delightful product interactions.

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Bruno Santiago

Creative Strategy DesignerUX DesignUI DesignProduct DesignCreative DirectionBrand DesignMVP Design + 0 more

CanadaToptal Member Since March 15, 2017

Bruno is an award-winning design-oriented product strategist, with a passion for digital transformation challenges. Over the past 20 years, he has gained experience in the following industries: Fintech, Travel, Automotive, FMCG, and Fashion.

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Lex Valishvili

Creative Strategy DesignerUser Experience (UX)User Interface (UI)BrandingDashboard DesignArt DirectionSketchAdobe Experience Design (XD)Adobe CCAdobe PhotoshopRapid Interactive Prototyping + 0 more

United StatesToptal Member Since May 3, 2017

Lex is a human-centered designer specializing in creating digital experiences that provide clear and interactive user experience, communicate a desirable message, and brings business results. With over six years of UX/UI, product design and branding experience, he strives to incorporate his knowledge and understanding of the design world and UX into every project. Previous clients range from early-stage startups to McKinsey & Company.

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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 Strategists through Toptal

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Talk to One of Our Industry Experts

A Toptal director of design will work you to understand your goals, technical needs, and team dynamics.
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Work With Hand-Selected Talent

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

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

FAQs

  • How are Toptal Creative Strategists different?

    At Toptal, we thoroughly screen our Creative Strategists 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 Strategists in less than 48 hours through Toptal?

    Depending on availability and how fast you can progress, you could start working with a Creative Strategist within 48 hours of signing up. Start now.

  • What is the no-risk trial period for Toptal Creative Strategists?

    We make sure that each engagement between you and your Creative Strategist 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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  • Trusted Experts Only

    Trusted Experts Only

    All of our talent are seasoned experts who ramp up quickly, readily contribute as core team members, and work with you to minimize onboarding time.

  • The Right Fit

    The Right Fit

    We have a knack for matching you with the right fit. Start working with your new hire on a no-risk trial period, paying only if satisfied.

  • Scale as Needed

    Scale as Needed

    Hire in under 2 weeks and scale your team up or down as needed, no strings attached.

  • Seamless Hiring

    Seamless Hiring

    We handle all aspects of billing, payments, and NDA’s. Let us take care of the overhead while you focus on building great products.

  • Flexible Engagements

    Flexible Engagements

    Choose the engagement type that suits your needs — hourly, part-time, or full-time — with the ability to change anytime.

  • Expert Talent Matching

    Expert Talent Matching

    Focus on your project and enjoy support from your dedicated account executive and expert talent matcher.

Top Creative Strategists are in High Demand.

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