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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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Clients Rate Toptal Creative Strategists4.7 / 5.0on average across 45 reviews as of May 14, 2024

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Claudia Chow

United StatesToptal Member Since May 29, 2018

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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Bruno Santiago

CanadaToptal Member Since November 22, 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

United StatesToptal Member Since May 4, 2017

Lex is a human-centered designer who creates digital experiences that provide clear interfaces, communicate a desirable message, and bring business results. With over nine years of UI/UX, product design, and branding experience, Lex 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 and Company, Google, and Ford.

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Boris Hrncic

CroatiaToptal Member Since February 22, 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. Boris 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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Liene Geidane

SpainToptal Member Since April 30, 2019

Liene is an award-winning product designer with 8+ years of experience collaborating and designing user-friendly desktop, web, and native app experiences for companies in the USA, Australia, Singapore, and Hong Kong. With an MBA in business design, she has a successful track record of designing products for different industries, leveraging her expertise in business development, product design, and UI/UX. Liene has also founded multiple successful ventures herself.

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Jordan M. Clayton

United StatesToptal Member Since April 9, 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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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

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.

Ethan Brooks

CTO

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 with 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.

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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 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 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.

  • 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.

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    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 talent within 48 hours and scale your team up or down as needed, no strings attached.

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    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.

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    Expert Talent Matching

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

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