Hire the top 3% of freelance design leads.

Toptal is a marketplace for clients to find top design leads from around the world. Each Toptal freelance design lead is thoroughly vetted and trusted by top companies for their most critical design projects.

No-Risk Trial, Pay Only If Satisfied.

We've been blown away by the level of talent we've been able to hire through Toptal.

Brad Rozran, Optimizely

Trusted by leading brands and startups

Our Exclusive Network of Design Leads

Kirill Zhironkin

Design Lead

Kirill is a seasoned UX/UI designer and UX lead. Over the past decade, he has worked at SaaS companies, creative agencies, and startups—building, via a soli...d process of lean UX and validation, cloud-based software, eCommerce projects, and B2B/B2C services.  

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Mike Slone

Design Lead

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

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Mari Ettlinger

Design Lead

Mari is an award-winning end-to-end product, UX/UI, and visual designer who's successfully led teams (startups included) and projects all over the world for... over 15 years. She's designed responsive websites, web/native apps and consulted on design processes—audits, product design cycles, and product team workflows to make the product roadmap more cost and time effective. Notable clients include Pixar, Autodesk, Adobe, Marqeta, Wavefront, and NCM. 

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Monica Gussow

Design Lead

Monica is a multidisciplinary art director and designer bringing a decade and a half of experience to the table. She's spent the first part of her career de...signing for national magazines like People and CosmoGIRL. More recently, she's been building brands through visual design and art-direction—creating websites, identities, various digital and print collateral, and more. 

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Erin Stewart

Design Lead

Erin has over ten years of experience in product design and agile product management leading a variety of responsive web and native app projects for eCommer...ce, B2C, and B2B organizations. She works with organizations ranging from startups to large Fortune 500 companies to create inspired and innovative products. She also enjoys helping build out new Agile product teams and is well-versed in Agile, Scrum, and Kanban. 

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Aloïs Castanino

Design Lead

With over a decade of design experience and projects featured by Apple, Aloïs has helped businesses raise millions and takes pride in helping companies achi...eve flawless user experiences. He specializes in product strategy, user experience, and interface design. 

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Simon Brunet

Design Lead

Simon is a French digital product designer who takes joy in creating memorable experiences for ambitious ideas. He strives to bring something unique to all... his projects. He believes a tailored UX with a touch of magic (motion design, illustrations, and more) makes unforgettable products. 

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Jenny Shen

Design Lead

Jenny is an award-winning UX strategist who helps startups and enterprises create new business value with innovation, global expansion strategy, and custome...r-winning UX design. She has worked with startups and brands including Neiman Marcus, Crate&Barrel, Randstad, and eBuddy. She defines product/UX strategy and designs user-centric experiences for travel, eCommerce, and SaaS businesses. Jenny also teaches design at universities and conferences. 

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Hire Design Leads Seamlessly with Toptal

1
Talk to One of Our Industry Experts
A Toptal director of design will work you to understand your goals, technical needs, and team dynamics.
2
Work With Hand-Selected Talent
Within days, we'll introduce you to the right design lead for your project. Average time to match is under 24 hours.
3
The Right Fit, Guaranteed
Work with your new design lead for a trial period (pay only if satisfied), ensuring they're the right fit before starting the engagement.

FAQs

  • How are Toptal design leads different?

    At Toptal, we thoroughly screen our design leads to ensure we only supply experts of the highest caliber. Of the more than 100,000 people who apply to join the Toptal network each year, we accept fewer than 3%. You'll work with design experts (never generalized recruiters or HR reps) to understand your goals, technical needs, and team dynamics. The end result: expertly-matched talent from our network, hand-selected to fit your business needs.

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

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

  • How fast can I hire design leads through Toptal?

    Depending on availability and how fast you can progress, you could start your no-risk trial with a design lead within 48 hours of signing up. Most of our engagements start within 2 weeks of discussing your project with us.

Tap Into World-Class Talent

  • 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

    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

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

  • 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

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

  • Expert Talent Matching

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

Top Design Leads are in high demand.

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