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Alex Engzell

Director DesignerAdobe PhotoshopUI DesignAdobe IllustratorWeb UX DesignAdobe InDesignResponsive Web Design (RWD)iOSBrandingAndroidResponsivePitch DecksWebsites + 0 more

EstoniaToptal Member Since March 2, 2017

Alex has been a designer-of-the-year nominee for four years in a row, and he's won Breakthrough Designer of the Year in 2014, Swedish Designer of the Year in 2015, and Visual Designer of the Year in 2016. Words like powerful, stimulating, and daring come to mind—also beauty and magic. Engzell is a designer with a hefty number of awards, an impressive client list, and a philosophy. He practices what he preaches.

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Young Kim

Director DesignerAdobe PhotoshopAdobe IllustratorAdobe InDesignUI DesignWeb UIVisual DesignWeb DesignIcon DesignDigital Design + 0 more

United StatesToptal Member Since January 19, 2016

Young is a systematic thinker and a problem solver. He focuses on user-centric design, but is always looking to push the boundaries and try something new. He has experience working in both small digital agencies and top global digital advertising agencies like Razorfish Global, working with brands like Honda/Acura and Google. His work with PBS as art director recently won a 2016 Revere Award from the Association of American Publishers.

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Bruno Santiago

Director DesignerUX DesignUI DesignProduct DesignCreative DirectionBrand 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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Simon Moolman

Director DesignerAdobe PhotoshopAdobe IllustratorAdobe InDesignUX DesignUI DesignWeb DesignWeb App DesignAdobe Creative SuiteResponsive Web Design (RWD)BrandingArt DirectioniOS UI Design + 0 more

South AfricaToptal Member Since December 6, 2016

Simon has more than 11 years experience in the creative industry. He became an integral part of agencies such as MC Saatchi, VML, and Ogilvy—where he led various creative teams. He has worked with the world's largest brands and transformed emerging brands into competitive entities. His focus is interactive and experience design. He is constantly pursuing meaningful storytelling through design that makes a difference in people's lives.

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Rafael Castello

Director DesignerSketchUser Experience (UX)Adobe PhotoshopAdobe Experience Design (XD)AdobeApp UX + 0 more

FranceToptal Member Since May 19, 2017

Rafael received his undergraduate degree in Barcelona, Spain and his graduate degree in New York. He is currently based in New York and enjoys staying in touch with the latest and most relevant innovations in media, technology, art, and design. His aesthetic is influenced by notions of playfulness. Ultimately, Rafael’s goal is to create experiences that will help users see and connect with each other in real life.

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Thomas McKay

Director DesignerAdobe PhotoshopFigmaUX DesignUI DesignWireframingResponsive Web Design (RWD)Digital Product DesignPortal DesignWeb App DesignMobile Design + 0 more

United KingdomToptal Member Since April 8, 2016

Tom is a British web and mobile designer, specializing in crafting clean user interfaces and engaging user experiences. His background lies in product design, giving him a solid foundation in turning user and business requirements into elegant functional solutions.

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Tom Koszyk

Director DesignerAdobe PhotoshopSketch 3User Interface (UI)UI DesigniOS UI DesignWeb DesignMobile App DesignUser Experience (UX)Visual DesignResponsiveMobile DesignLogo Design + 0 more

PolandToptal Member Since December 11, 2015

Tom is a multidisciplinary designer focused on UX/UI. He communicates extremely well and is very passionate about his work. Before going independent he was the Head of Design of th Digital Department at Mullen LOWE Warsaw. His work has been featured on Behance, Abduzeedo, and CreativeBloq among others. He also teach UI/UX design at Envato and had pleasure to give few lectures at the Polish-Japanese Institute of Information Technology in Warsaw.

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Sergey Krasotin

Director DesignerAdobe PhotoshopAdobe IllustratorSketchiOSAndroidUX ResearchProduct DesignUsability TestingArt DirectionCreative DirectionWeb UXWeb UI + 0 more

GermanyToptal Member Since July 9, 2017

Sergey designs interfaces for websites, cars, and mobile and augmented reality apps. He has had the opportunity to work for clients such as UBS, Raiffeisen, Home Credit, Barclay's startup accelerator, Honeywell, Volkswagen Group, and more.

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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 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 design director for your project. Average time to match is under 24 hours.
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The Right Fit, Guaranteed

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

FAQs

  • How are Toptal design directors different?

    At Toptal, we thoroughly screen our design 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 design directors in less than 48 hours through Toptal?

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

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

    We make sure that each engagement between you and your design 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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    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.

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

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

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