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Jay Oldaker

United StatesToptal Member Since September 2, 2016

Jay Oldaker is an experienced product designer and coach with a passion for helping others unlock their full potential. With more than 15 years of experience in the industry, Jay has developed a deep understanding of what it takes to create successful products that solve real-world problems. With a focus on collaboration, creativity, and innovation, Jay is committed to helping organizations achieve their full potential and create a meaningful impact in the world.

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Daniela Pretorius

PortugalToptal Member Since May 2, 2019

Daniela is a product designer with several years of experience creating products and interactive environments. Working closely with clients, she creates innovative, responsive solutions with the user always in mind. She also builds visually stunning solutions on a solid foundation of research and UX. Daniela loves a good challenge and learning anything that could potentially have a significant impact on people's lives.

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John Challis

SingaporeToptal Member Since December 14, 2016

John is an experienced product manager and designer with skills in creating end-to-end user-centric experiences from concepts and research to wireframes and high-fidelity deliverables. He's worked with companies at all different scales from startups to large corporations like IBM on both B2B enterprise SaaS and consumer-focused products. John has experience collaborating with remote development and product management teams.

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Marco Angeles

PhilippinesToptal Member Since November 29, 2016

Marco is in the business of solving problems by asking the right questions and prototyping. He gets fired up by getting stuff done, and he is innately curious about technology, human potential, and social impact. Marco is looking for venture-backed startups that would benefit from his expertise in product design and UX.

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Oleksandr Perelotov

UkraineToptal Member Since December 4, 2017

Oleksandr has 6+ years of experience in digital product design, including customer research, product discovery, prototyping, design sprints, information architecture, visual design, usability testing, and leading design teams. During his career, he's helped build products in healthcare, retail, finch, IT, education, and AI industries.

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Bruno Silva

IrelandToptal Member Since November 22, 2018

Bruno is a senior product designer passionate about creating intuitive, simple, and beautiful designs that delight users. Since 2007, he has worked on a diverse range of projects and teams of all sizes. Bruno brings a strategic approach to every stage of the design project lifecycle, including discovery research, brand identity, prototyping, user testing, user interface design, and user experience.

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Gabriel Maldonado

United StatesToptal Member Since March 28, 2019

Gabriel has an MBA in digital media management and spent a year overseeing the planning and execution of the first native mobile app for Sears Corporation. He specializes in UI/UX human-centered design solutions on internal and external platforms, offering maximum visibility and efficiency for clients. Gabriel also enhanced CareerBuilder's client platform based on extensive design research and UI/UX best practices.

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Mini Kim

United StatesToptal Member Since March 13, 2019

Mini has worked with a diverse array of clients for over a decade in New York City. She enjoys learning about different industries and their unique challenges, having worked with healthcare, finance, and technology companies, amongst others. Mini strongly believes that UX is about collaboration between the business, users, and technology. In every project, she uses various UX methods and deliverables to get the best results.

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Marco Righetto

SpainToptal Member Since April 15, 2019

Marco creates positive changes via human-centered innovation. A well-rounded designer, he's honed his skills at international consultancies (Fjord and IDEO), a boutique digital product agency (Hanzo), a data-driven startup (SumAll), and his own social good project, Streetlives. He specializes in designing products and service that drive organizational, business, and societal impact. His work has been recognized by IxDA, EYA, and Adobe.

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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.

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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

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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.

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  • How are Toptal Design Thinking Experts different?

    At Toptal, we thoroughly screen our Design Thinking Experts 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.

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

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

    We make sure that each engagement between you and your Design Thinking Expert 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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