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Toptal is a marketplace for top Design Consultants. Top companies and start-ups choose Toptal Consultant freelancers for their mission-critical design projects.

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Benjamin van Gelder

Consultant DesignerSketchUser Experience (UX)User ResearchUser Journey MapsMobile App UXUX TestingPersonasUX StrategyUser FlowsIdeation WorkshopsProduct Design + 0 more

SpainToptal Member Since September 19, 2019

Benjamin has worked with leading companies such as ING, BNP Paribas, Banco Santander, or McKinsey—helping his clients to innovate through design by translating people’s needs into products or services. Partly creative, partly strategic, he’s a skilled UX/UI designer who specializes in improving UX by being, at the same time, the voice of customers and clients. Benjamin was also a TEDx speaker in Madrid, talking about design thinking in education.

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Arthur Badalian

Consultant DesignerSketchAdobe PhotoshopAdobe Creative SuiteWordPressUser Experience (UX)User Interface (UI)UX ResearchWeb DesignWeb UX DesignWeb UXPersonasUX Strategy + 0 more

United StatesToptal Member Since November 25, 2018

Arthur is an advertising strategist with a deep passion for design-led solutions. His master’s in advertising coupled with UX/UI design allows him to intuitively blend user-centric design with proof-of-concept strategies to create immersive experiences. He excels in rapidly growing, innovative organizations and enjoys solving problems rooted in research and storytelling. His aim is to help people spend less time clicking and more time doing.

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Jonathan Vaughan

Consultant DesignerSketchUser Experience (UX)UX StrategyInformation Architecture (IA)UX DesignExperience MapsSitemapsUser InterviewsAdobe InDesignProduct Design + 0 more

United KingdomToptal Member Since September 14, 2019

From delivering a million pizzas in six months to the sale of the world’s most expensive car, Jonathan has accumulated a breadth of experience in the decade he’s worked in UX. He’s designed products and services used and loved by millions for Bentley, McDonald’s, Gucci, Expedia, and Unilever. As an award-winning experience director, he’s delivered world-class, multi-channel projects for R/GA, Huge, POSSIBLE, Publicis.Sapient and VMLY&R.

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Helen Wood

Consultant DesignerAdobe IllustratorAdobe PhotoshopSketchiOSUX FlowsApp UXUX DesignWeb UXUser ResearchUI DesignMobile UI DesigniOS UI Design + 0 more

United KingdomToptal Member Since May 6, 2019

Helen is a creative UX director with a true passion for design, UX, UI, and the overall customer experience. She has built and managed large UX teams for enterprise clients and still likes to do some hands-on work to stay relevant in the industry. She has often been brought into jobs to "rescue" problematic projects and has done so with great success.

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Tom Bloomfield

Consultant DesignerSketchOmniGrafflePhotoshop CCWebiOSProduct DesignUser Experience (UX)Mobile WebWeb UXUX StrategyPlatform DesignDigital Publishing + 0 more

United KingdomToptal Member Since August 26, 2019

Tom is a user experience lead who has defined experiences for global brands like Unilever and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and transformed many more in between. He has helped launch both startups in Asia and household names in the States. He takes a holistic approach to user experience, considering every interaction a user may have with a brand, from service to product design, and content strategy to motion.

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Ruven Riepert

Consultant DesignerUX StrategyUser InterviewsWireframingUX TestingProtoyping + 0 more

GermanyToptal Member Since June 13, 2019

Ruven is a passionate service design and UX expert with a strategic mindset and over 13 years of experience in the communication industry. He has an extensive background in UX design, strategy, and creative concepting. He has helped build impactful experiences and services in various UX roles for world-renowned brands as well as for niche market brands.

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Jenny Shen

Consultant DesignerSketchiOSAndroidDigital Product DesignUX DesignUI DesignPrototypingUser ResearchMobile DesignUsability TestingFigmaUX Research + 0 more

SingaporeToptal Member Since December 5, 2016

Jenny is a UX lead with a decade of experience creating world-class digital products that generate revenue and win customers. She specializes in international markets and has designed for users in 30+ countries in APAC, EMEA, and the Americas. She has helped over 40 companies solve business and user problems with UX research and design sprints. Past clients include Tencent, Babylon Health, Lakers, FILA, Neiman Marcus, Crate&Barrel, and Randstad.

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Brian Pagán, MSc, PDEng

Consultant DesignerAxure RP ProiOSAndroidUX DesignAgile UXInformation Architecture (IA)Journey MappingPersonasRapid PrototypingMobile App UXNarrative UXUser Experience (UX) + 0 more

NetherlandsToptal Member Since November 22, 2018

Brian is an award-winning human experience designer, working 17 years on digital products in healthcare, blockchain, IoT, and fintech. He's teamed up with companies like Philips, ING, Land Life Company, KLM, and GeoIQ. His specialties include digital prototyping, behavioral design, and UX strategy. A US expat, Brian has given talks and workshops in 11 countries. His first book, The Creative Empathy Field Guide, will be released this December.

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Alex Crockett

Consultant DesignerSketch 3iOSAndroidUser InterviewsUsability TestingUX WorkshopsIdeation WorkshopsUX AnalysisPersonasUser PersonasScenariosUX Scenarios + 0 more

United StatesToptal Member Since September 6, 2019

Alex is a UX designer with a decade of experience helping people achieve goals using human-centered design. From working on one of the first smart TVs to an eye-tracking system for one of the first smart cars, his work is thorough and thoughtful. In addition to innovation, Alex has worked on enterprise systems and consumer applications for companies like Microsoft Games Studios, the Guardian, Boingo Wireless, and Disney.

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Jenna Law

Consultant DesignerSketchiOSWireframingUser ResearchVisual DesignUI DesignUX DesignOmniGraffleAdobe CCProduct DesignBrand DesignUser Experience (UX) + 0 more

United StatesToptal Member Since April 20, 2017

Jenna is an award-winning director of design. She has partnered with clients such as Microsoft, Jaguar, UK Government, GSK, Jack Daniels and more for over 13 years. Her unique hybrid skills—of UI, UX, brand and product design—has seen her exceed business and user expectations time and again. Her process for success: user-focused, experience-driven, design-led.

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Lance Shields

Consultant DesignerSketchAdobe PhotoshopAdobe Experience Design (XD)Axure RP ProInDesign CCWordPressCreative DirectionUX DesignUI DesignBrandingProduct DesignUX Strategy + 0 more

United StatesToptal Member Since November 29, 2018

Lance is an award-winning design director, product designer, and UX strategist with an MBA. He has 20+ years experience doing hands-on UX/UI design and leading design and strategy at three global agencies, two Fortune 500s, and his own design agency. He has helped shape products and brands for Adobe, Red Bull, Visa, Zipcar, and ADP. His work has won multiple awards including Webby, W3, and Davey Awards. He loves solving complex design problems.

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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 Design Consultants 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 Design Consultant for your project. Average time to match is under 24 hours.
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The Right Fit, Guaranteed

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

FAQs

  • How are Toptal Design Consultants different?

    At Toptal, we thoroughly screen our Design Consultants 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 Design Consultants in less than 48 hours through Toptal?

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

  • What is the no-risk trial period for Toptal Design Consultants?

    We make sure that each engagement between you and your Design Consultant 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.

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