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

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Marco Angeles

Design Thinking Experts DesignerSketchAdobe IllustratorAdobe InDesigniOSMobile App DesignUser Interface (UI)User FlowsUser Experience (UX)Lean UXAdobe Creative SuiteWireframingDigital Design + 0 more

PhilippinesToptal Member Since November 22, 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, the 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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Abe Serrano

Design Thinking Experts DesignerSketchUser Experience (UX)Digital Product DesignVisual DesignWeb DesignAdobe PhotoshopPrototypingInternet of Things (IoT)User Research + 0 more

United StatesToptal Member Since March 30, 2016

Abe has spent the past 14 years designing digital solutions for clients such as TED, XPRIZE, Samsung, and ExxonMobil. As a versatile UX/UI designer, Abe has a keen sense of understanding business objectives and defining a clear pathway to achieve desired outcomes. Clients hire him for his lean UX methodology, human-centric approach to design, creative leadership in teams of all sizes, and his ability to get things done.

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Daniela Pretorius

Design Thinking Experts DesignerAdobe IllustratorSketchUser Interface (UI)User Experience (UX)Digital Product DesignArt Direction + 0 more

PortugalToptal Member Since January 7, 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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Gabriel Maldonado

Design Thinking Experts DesignerAdobe IllustratorAdobe PhotoshopSketchiOSWireframingPrototypingUX DesignUI DesignUser Experience (UX)Visual DesignProduct DesignDigital Product Design + 0 more

United StatesToptal Member Since January 14, 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 UX/UI human-centered design solutions on internal and external platforms, offering maximum visibility and efficiency for clients. He also enhanced the CareerBuilder's client platform based on extensive design research and UX/UI best practices.

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Jay Oldaker

Design Thinking Experts DesignerSketchResponsive UIiOSFlinto PrototypingUX DesignInformation Architecture (IA)WireframingJourney MappingAgile UXUI DesignFigmaPrototyping + 0 more

United StatesToptal Member Since September 1, 2016

Jay is a user experience and product design veteran. For the past 14 years, he's worked on web and mobile applications spanning healthcare, social media, entertainment, and the environment for venture-backed startups and Fortune 500 companies. With an extensive background in Agile UX and design thinking, Jay's work has been featured in books and publications across the web.

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Oleksandr Perelotov

Design Thinking Experts DesignerSketchFigmaDigital Product DesignUX DesignMobile App DesignProduct DesignUsability TestingUI DesignVisual DesignInformation Architecture (IA)iOSAndroid + 0 more

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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Marco Righetto

Design Thinking Experts DesignerUX ResearchProduct DesignUI DesignMVP DesignInformation Architecture (IA)UX StrategyiOS App Design + 0 more

SpainToptal Member Since December 28, 2018

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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Bruno Silva

Design Thinking Experts DesignerSketchAdobe PhotoshopAdobe SuiteUser Interface (UI)Visual DesignBrandingMobile DesignIllustrator CCBrand DesignPresentation DesignMobile UIMobile UI Design + 0 more

IrelandToptal Member Since September 23, 2018

Bruno is a senior product designer with a passion for creating intuitive, simple, and beautiful designs that delight users. Since 2007, Bruno has worked on a diverse range of projects and teams of all sizes. He 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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Mini Kim

Design Thinking Experts DesignerSketchOmniGraffleUX SketchingUser ResearchUX StrategyUsability TestingWeb UsabilityUser InterviewsUX ResearchUser Journey MapsUser FlowsPersonas + 0 more

United StatesToptal Member Since July 19, 2018

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 believes strongly 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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Strahil Hadzhiev

Design Thinking Experts DesignerAdobe Experience Design (XD)iOSUser InterviewsUser ResearchUX DesignUsability Testing + 0 more

United KingdomToptal Member Since January 23, 2019

Strahil is the proud owner of a small but powerful design/development studio in Sofia, Bulgaria. His focus is mainly on design and project management in addition to UX and UI. Before that, he spent eight years in Los Angeles, California working on various projects in the entertainment industry, including work for Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox, Viacom, Infiniti, Nissan, Sony, and others.

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John Challis

Design Thinking Experts DesignerAdobe PhotoshopAdobe IllustratorSketchVisual DesignAdobeWebMobileDashboard DesignData VisualizationMobile UI DesignProduct DesignUser Interface (UI) + 0 more

SingaporeToptal Member Since November 28, 2016

John is an experienced product designer with skills in creating end-to-end user-centric experiences from concepts and research to wireframes and hi-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. He has experience collaborating with remote development and product management teams.

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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

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A Toptal director of design will work you to understand your goals, technical needs, and team dynamics.
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Within days, we'll introduce you to the right Design Thinking Expert for your project. Average time to match is under 24 hours.
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The Right Fit, Guaranteed

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

FAQs

  • 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 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.

  • How fast can I hire Design Thinking Experts through Toptal?

    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 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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  • 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.

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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.

  • 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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