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Andrijana Mrkela

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CroatiaToptal Member Since May 15, 2017

Andrijana is an experienced UX and UI specialist with a demonstrated history of working in the industry. Skilled in digital strategy, wireframing, UX design, UI design, and prototyping, she is a keen problem solver and creative thinker. Andrijana's designs are driven by data, ensuring she delivers an immersive experience to the targeted audience.

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Christina Barsan

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United StatesToptal Member Since August 4, 2016

Christina is a digital designer and creative director with over 15 years of experience as a visual thinker, problem solver, manager, collaborator, and lover of technology. She constantly seeks to help her clients create the ideal brand for their business that’s aligned with their big vision.

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Marti Bruno

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United StatesToptal Member Since January 7, 2019

Martí is a senior UI/UX designer based in New York. For the past several years, Martí's been designing digital products for the following industries: banking, hospitality, fashion, healthcare, pharmaceutical, automotive, and software. His past clients include Hewlett-Packard, Hilton Hotels, Deutsche Bank, Seat, Grifols, Asics, The Ritz-Carlton Group, Al Rajhi Bank, First Abu Dhabi Bank, and Northeastern University.

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Medhat Mekky

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EgyptToptal Member Since September 20, 2018

Medhat is an innovative user experience designer who's spent over the past 14 years spearheading projects that leave a lasting impact on digital products. He has a portfolio of over 20 projects demonstrating versatility in a wide range of industries and digital platforms. Along with being attentive to emerging trends and business needs, Medhat brings a positive demeanor with a palpable passion for designing intuitive user-centered experiences.

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Matthew Mandravelis

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United StatesToptal Member Since March 23, 2016

Matthew is a 30-times, award-winning, lead-product UX/UI designer, advisor, and creative director with more than twelve years of hands-on experience. He's worked with leading Fortune 500 brands and startups, including Disney, Samsung, Sony, Adidas, BMW, Lufthansa, to bring impact via innovation. Matthew's mission is to deliver the most efficient, engaging, innovative, and high-quality experience with an emphasis on user experience.

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Corey Lewis

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United StatesToptal Member Since June 27, 2016

Corey is a passion-driven UX/UI designer who specializes in crafting digital solutions for websites and mobile apps. He possesses a keen eye for designing modern, aesthetically pleasing user experiences. Corey has designed for leading companies, including Disney, Harley, FOX, Genentech, 1800Dentist, Teach, ABC, and Yosemite. His agile experiences in product management, research, and UX/UI allow Corey to produce highly effective products.

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Valeria Vozzheva

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PortugalToptal Member Since November 22, 2016

Valeria is a UX designer who translates business goals into user satisfaction. She believes at the core of every successful product is a user-oriented strategy. Being inspired by innovation, Valeria enjoys dealing with new tools and methods. Valeria works proactively, and beyond mere practical execution, she can also assist in the actual definition of the requirements early on throughout the project.

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Christine Esoldo

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United StatesToptal Member Since February 22, 2016

Christine is a UX designer with an MFA in product design. She has 15 years of experience in a range of companies, including CrowdStrike, Lowe’s Home Improvement, and Dell. She specializes in health/wellness and data management products, and uses design thinking processes to discover user needs, define value and fit with proofs-of-concept and MVPs, and iteratively improve/redesign products through testing and experiments.

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Dainius Valiunas

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SpainToptal Member Since March 11, 2016

Dainius is a digital product designer with more than 11 years of experience. His work was used more than 500 million times totally. Dainius enjoys creating minimal, clean interfaces with a strong focus on good user experience and usability. Dainius has a good knowledge of front-end code and experience of leading a development team, so collaboration is always easy and smooth.

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Eduard Hoxha

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United StatesToptal Member Since September 25, 2016

As a creative leader with over 15 years of experience, Eduard's expertise encompasses a variety of mediums and communication channels, working across a wide range of both client industries and creative teams. He's passionately creative, quality-driven, and motivated to create the best design solution. Combined with an in-depth approach to research and analysis, he's able to focus on the target audience and engage design in the most effective way.

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Tom Kendrick

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United KingdomToptal Member Since January 27, 2018

Tom is a UX designer based in Newcastle with a background in industrial design. He specializes in creating tangible, user-centered design solutions and has a wealth of experience developing websites, web apps, and apps. He loves building brands from the ground up while also being comfortable working within tight specifications for blue-chip clients. His minimalist approach to design allows him to create elegant and intuitive digital experiences.

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Guide to Hiring a Great E-Commerce Website Designer

Several factors determine the overall success of an eCommerce website; for example, product quality, shipping costs, trustworthiness, and customer service. However, great user experience design is also key to providing customers with a satisfying experience. It will not only convert potential clicks into actual eCommerce transactions but also cause customers to come back time and again.

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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.

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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.

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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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    At Toptal, we thoroughly screen our E-Commerce website designers 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.

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The Ultimate Guide to Designing eCommerce Websites

In 2017, eCommerce sales in the US alone are estimated to reach around $434 billion.

Several factors determine the overall success of an eCommerce website; for example, product quality, shipping costs, trustworthiness, and customer service. However, great user experience design is also key to providing customers with a satisfying experience. It will not only convert potential clicks into actual eCommerce transactions but also cause customers to come back time and again.

Here is a comprehensive guide to designing great eCommerce websites, complete with examples.

Trustworthiness

First and foremost, it is important to design a website that shoppers feel they can trust. Most shoppers are concerned about privacy and whether the site will protect their personal data by providing a secure transaction. If the website does not feel trustworthy, they will simply choose to shop elsewhere.

ASOS ecommerce website

ASOS shares pertinent information about the business and secure payment solutions in the footer.

Here are some methods that will communicate trustworthiness:

  • Include an overview of the business:
    • General information
    • Photographs of people behind the business
    • Contact information
    • Links to social media
    • A FAQ page
  • Publish store policies and make sure they are not too difficult to find:
    • Shipping and return policies
    • Outline of the return process and what products can be returned
    • An easy-to-access privacy policy that covers shoppers’ personal and financial information (this is crucial)

Write in plain language and avoid legal or internal policy jargon.

  • Share product reviews: Provide product reviews to help shoppers understand more about the product; this will help alleviate any concerns they may have. Take it a step further by offering product reviews along with additional information about the reviewers, or by summarizing the reviews. This step can help make it easier for shoppers to get the full benefit of others’ opinions.
  • Use a secure server: Shoppers expect that their personal information will stay secure while they purchase online. SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) certificates authenticate the identity of a website and encrypt information that needs to remain safe. It is an essential sign that indicates checkouts are secure. Assure shoppers that their data is protected by implementing SSL and displaying SSL certificate badges.

ecommerce trust seals

Some examples of trust seals
  • Add recognized trust seals: A trust seal verifies the legitimacy and security of a website. Some trust companies even add an extra layer of protection by offering some insurance if the transaction turns out to be fraudulent. Using recognized trust seals convinces potential shoppers of a secure transaction process, which leads to increased sales.
  • Show attention to detail: Make the website look legitimate and professional by avoiding typos, missing images, broken links, 404 errors, and other mistakes.

Design Considerations

The look and feel of a website is the main driver of first impressions. Research concludes that people will determine whether they like a website or not in just 50 milliseconds.

Here are some essential user interface design tips:

  • Follow the brand identity: The branding should be apparent throughout the website. Choose colors that reflect the brand, and set the style in order to make clear what type of products are sold. Ensure that brand experience is consistent across all channels, whether online, in-store, or on a mobile device. This will help build a strong brand-customer relationship.
  • Adopt visual hierarchy: The most critical content should be displayed above the fold. In some cases, using less whitespace to bring items closer together is better than pushing critical content below the fold.
  • Do not over-design: Limit font formats such as font face, sizes, and colors. When the texts looks too much like graphics, it will be mistaken for an ad. Use high-contrast text and background colors to make the content as clear as possible.
  • Stick to known symbols: Use icons or symbols that are easy to identify. Unfamiliar icons will only confuse the shoppers. A good way to avoid any possible confusion is to provide labels for icons.
  • Avoid popup windows: Popup windows are a distraction. Even if they contain valuable information, shoppers are more than likely to dismiss them immediately—once gone, even if they want to, it’s hard for shoppers to find the information again.

mobile ecommerce design

Navigation is about how easy it is for people to move around the website and finally take action. The eCommerce shopping experience should be seamless so shoppers do not drop off halfway through the process. Some key aspects of eCommerce website design for easy navigation include:

Categories

The top level of navigation should show the set of categories that the site offers. Group products into categories and subcategories that make sense. Category labels work best as single words that describe the range of products so that shoppers can scan through them and instantly understand what they represent.

If the shoppers cannot find the product, they cannot buy the product—build a search function that helps them easily find what they are looking for:

  • Make it omnipresent: Put the search box on every page and in familiar locations. The box should be visible, quickly recognizable, and easy to use. Standard positions to implement the search box are the top right or top center of the pages, or on the main menu.
  • Support all kinds of queries: Searches need to support all types of queries such as product names, categories, and product attributes as well as customer service related information. It’s a good idea to include a sample search query in the input field to suggest to shoppers the use of the various functions.
  • Have auto-complete functionality: Auto-complete functionality makes it easier for shoppers to find what they are looking for and increases sales potential by suggesting things within the area they are already searching.

ecommerce design filtering search results

Sportsgirl allows sorting and filtering of search results.
  • Allow sorting and filtering of results: Let shoppers sort search results based on various criteria (best sellers, highest or lowest price, product rating, newest item, etc.) as well as eliminate items that do not fit within a certain category.

Filters

The more choice given, the harder it is to choose. Help shoppers find the right products by implementing filters. It will help them narrow their choices and jump to their desired product range directly.

Quick View

A “quick view” reduces the time it takes for shoppers to find the right product by eliminating unnecessary page loads. Typically, the product details are displayed in a modal window over the viewed page. Do not try to show all the product details; instead, include a link to the full product page to view complete details. Also, be sure to include a prominently positioned “Add to Cart” button as well as a “save to wishlist” functionality.

ecommerce design with quickview

Quick view modal from Urban Outfitters

Special Offers

Shoppers always look for special offers, discounts, or best deals. Make exclusive offers visible so shoppers know about them. Even if the price differences aren’t that great, the psychological sense of saving some money creates an illusion of having an upper hand.

Product Page Design

When shoppers successfully find the product they want, let them find out about the product. Design a product page that creates an experience that is as similar to an in-person shopping experience as much possible, by including lots of images, detailed descriptions, and any other useful and related information about the product. Let’s take an in-depth look at what this means.

Product Images

ecommerce design product detail page

MR PORTER's product images include a zoom feature and even a video.

With eCommerce, shoppers cannot touch, feel, or try out the product. Instead, everything depends exclusively on what they see online. This is why providing product images that clearly exhibit all aspects of the product is critical. Here is a checklist for perfect product images:

  • Use a white background: The background for product images should not distract or conflict with the product itself. A white background works best because it allows the product to stand out and works with almost any style or color scheme.
  • Use high-quality, large images: Good images sell the product. High-quality images catch shoppers’ interest and show them exactly what they are buying. Having large images lets shoppers zoom up and examine a product in fine detail.

mobile ecommerce design

eCommerce mobile app by Alex Khoroshok
  • Use various images: Display the product from a number of different angles and include closeups in order to provide a more complete sense of the product. A 360-degree view, where they can move the product around, is a good way to provide an experience close to physically going into the store and engaging with it. VR eCommerce is the next wave of this experience.
  • Use a video: Videos have the ability to deliver a lot of information in a short amount of time. Use a video to show the product in use, and to provide as much functional information as possible.
  • Be consistent: Use images that are consistent across multiple pages and are also in line with the look and feel of the rest of the website. This will keep everything looking clean and uncluttered. The main product image should be the same across all areas of the site, such as product highlights or in the featured items section.

Product Information

Give shoppers detailed information about the product so they can make an informed purchase decision. Show availability, options for different sizes or colors, dimensions, a size chart, materials used, total cost, warranties, and more. The fewer remaining questions they have about a product, the more likely they are to make a purchase.

ecommerce product detail page

HODINKEE shows detailed product information.

Product Scarcity

According to the scarcity principle, humans place a higher value on an object that is scarce and a lower value on those that are abundant. Create a sense of urgency in the sales process by showing scarcity—display how many products are left, grey out sizes that are out of stock, or show sale deadlines. Scarcity will motivate potential buyers to take action.

Increasingly, companies are using advanced psychological research, and in order to drive more engagement and purchases, have turned what used to be an art into a science. Persuasive design in eCommerce is a very effective way to garner more purchases.

ecommerce product detail page

THE ICONIC offers real-time stock information.

Display similar products that shoppers might also like that work well with the current product or products that others purchased. This can be displayed on a product detail page or in the shopping cart and will help guide shoppers to the products that meet their needs and potentially encourage them to continue shopping—a great way to cross-sell related products.

ecommerce product recommendations and related products

French Connection displays complementary and recommended products.

Shopping Cart

The shopping cart is essential, as it is where shoppers review their selected products, make the final decision, and proceed to checkout. The primary goal of the shopping cart is to lead shoppers to checkout. Below are tips on designing a shopping cart that is user-friendly and which will encourage shoppers to purchase further.

  • Clear call to action (CTA): The primary call to action on the shopping cart page should be the checkout button. Use bright colors, plenty of clickable areas, and simple language to make the checkout button visible, straightforward, and easy to use.
  • Provide adequate feedback: Make sure when a product is added to the shopping cart that it is immediately and clearly confirmed. Shoppers get confused by inadequate feedback, such as showing inconspicuous confirmation text. A good idea is to use animations, as movement attracts the human eye.
  • Use a mini cart widget: Allow shoppers to add products to their cart without leaving the page they are on by using a mini cart. It also allows them to navigate, discover, and add more products. Mini cart widgets should always link to the full-page shopping cart.

ecommerce shopping cart wireframe

Shopping cart by ovothings.com
  • Display product details: Displaying details like product names, images, sizes, colours, and prices in the shopping cart helps the shoppers remember each product as well as compare products. Link products in the cart back to their full product pages so that shoppers can review more details when necessary.
  • Make the cart easily editable: The ability to remove, save for later, or change details like size, color, or quantity should be easy to access.
  • Avoid the surprise of unexpected shipping costs and taxes: Unexpected shipping costs are one of the leading reasons shoppers abandon their shopping carts. Place shipping options and taxes with precise calculation of the costs and an expected delivery date up front.

Checkout Design

A stylish and trendy design does not determine a successful eCommerce website. The success is simply measured by the number of completed purchases. Here are a few ways to build a well-designed checkout page, which will contribute to a successful conversion:

  • Offer various payment options: Different shoppers have different preferences when it comes to making payments. Cater to as many payment options as possible (contingent on the target audience) to expand the customer base and to make it easy for shoppers to complete their order.
  • Keep it simple: Minimize the number of fields and steps to complete the purchase. Using shipping address as billing address by default is a good way to minimize the number of fields—ideally, design a single-page checkout where shoppers can view their cart and enter delivery and payment information.

ecommerce checkout design

Crumpler has a single-page checkout with an option to shop as guest.
  • Make registration optional: Forcing shoppers to create an account prior to their first purchase will drive the shoppers away. Give them an option to register after the purchase is complete and highlight the benefits of registration when asking them to register. Benefits include faster checkout thanks to personal information like saved shipping address or payment information as well as access to exclusive offers that are only available to registered members.
  • Use clear error indications: There is nothing more frustrating than not being able to make a purchase and having to guess at why. Instead of showing the errors after a form is submitted, make error notifications that come up in real time. Place clear and concise error messages directly above or next to the item that requires correction, so shoppers will notice them immediately.

ecommerce checkout UI design

Lululemon shows that a three-step process is all it takes to complete a purchase.
  • Keep them on track: When using a multi-page checkout, include a progress bar that shows how many more steps are left to complete the purchase. This will eliminate any ambiguity and assure shoppers they are on the right track. When the purchase is complete, display an order confirmation and order status with shipment tracking.
  • Offer support: Include a live chat or contact number throughout the checkout process, so when shoppers have questions, they can quickly get answers rather than having to leave the site and go elsewhere.

Summary

When designing an eCommerce site, it is not just about building a website but also creating an online shopping experience that will convert passive shoppers into paying customers. Use this guide to make essential design decisions in order to build a website that is professional, attractive, user-friendly, and makes shoppers come back for more time and again.

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