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

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Anna Vasyukova

Research DesignerAdobe IllustratorUI DesignSketchUX DesigniOSUser FlowsUX ResearchProtoypingUser Experience (UX)User Interface (UI)Mobile App DesignWireframing + 0 more

ArmeniaToptal Member Since October 11, 2016

Anna is a UX designer with over ten years of experience in the field. She helps companies meet the needs of digital consumers by creating experiences that cover both user needs and business goals. Anna specializes in user research, ideation, prototyping, wireframing, and UI design. She is a good communicator and listener who has explored the boundaries of user experience both at startups and large enterprises.

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Mike Slone

Research DesignerSketchWebsitesUser Experience (UX)AgileiPhoneCreative DirectionPitch DecksUX DirectionWebsite RedesignsApp UXInformation Architecture (IA)Mobile UI + 0 more

United StatesToptal Member Since March 14, 2017

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

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Lis Fernandez Ojeda

Research DesignerAxure RP ProSketchUX DesignMobile DesignVisual DesignUser Interface (UI)User Experience (UX)Information Architecture (IA) + 0 more

ArgentinaToptal Member Since July 20, 2015

Lis has over five years of experience working as a product designer specializing in designing mobile experiences and more than three years of expertise as a user experience specialist. She has designed meaningful mobile experiences for companies such as Almundo.com, Personal Telecom, and Aeropuertos Argentina 2000 throughout her professional career. Lis is a team player with great communication skills that are utilized on every project.

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Alejandro Velasco

Research DesignerPrototypingVisual ArtUI BrandingResponsive UISketchUser ResearchProduct DesignDigital DesignWeb DesignUX DesignDigital Product DesignAdobe Illustrator + 0 more

SpainToptal Member Since March 29, 2017

Alejandro is a passionate designer—a former industrial designer turned digital over the years—taking advantage of his skills in user-centered designs and interests in technology and digital image rendering. He's been working in the user interface field for more than eight years—specializing in working with teams to create visual and interaction languages. Nowadays, he's helping startups build their identities through their interfaces.

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Saurabh Mathur

Research DesignerSketchProduct DesignPhotoshop 2017UI DesigniOSAndroidWebUser Interface (UI)User FlowsUX ResearchWireframingWeb UI + 0 more

GermanyToptal Member Since March 2, 2017

Saurabh is a UX/UI designer with over 14 years of experience— designing for platform-specific iOS and Android apps and the responsive web. He excels at helping with product strategy, micro-copy, and motion prototyping (Principle, FramerJS). He's also worked with multiplatform Scrum teams using the Agile approach. In his career, Saurabh's worked at SlideShare (LinkedIn) and Babbel and co-founded two startups in the B2C/B2B space.

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Heiko Sacher

Research DesignerUser Experience (UX)Information Architecture (IA)User FlowsHigh-fidelity MockupsiOS App DesignScreenflowsAndroidiOSDigital StoryboardsUX PrototypingUX ResearchSketch + 0 more

United StatesToptal Member Since March 2, 2017

Heiko has more than two decades of experience with planning, managing, and executing UX designs for industry leaders like Apple, Motorola, Google, and Skype/Microsoft. His mobile user interfaces, messaging experiences, and immersive media interactions have shipped in millions of phones, tablets, and apps.

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Jenny Shen

Research DesignerSketchRapid PrototypingiOSAndroidDigital Product DesignUX DesignUI DesignPrototypingUser ResearchMobile DesignSaaS DesignUsability Testing + 0 more

TaiwanToptal Member Since December 5, 2016

Jenny is a UX lead with a decade of experience creating world-class digital products that generate revenue and win customers. She specializes in international markets and has designed for users in 30+ countries in APAC, EMEA, and the Americas. She has helped over 40 companies solve business and user problems with UX research and design sprints. Past clients include Tencent, Babylon Health, Lakers, FILA, Neiman Marcus, Crate&Barrel, and Randstad.

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Jenna Law

Research DesignerSketchiOSWireframingUser ResearchVisual DesignUI DesignUX DesignOmniGraffleAdobe CCProduct DesignBrand DesignUser Experience (UX) + 0 more

United StatesToptal Member Since April 20, 2017

Jenna is an award-winning director of design. She has partnered with clients such as Microsoft, Jaguar, UK Government, GSK, Jack Daniels and more for over 13 years. Her unique hybrid skills—of UI, UX, brand and product design—has seen her exceed business and user expectations time and again. Her process for success: user-focused, experience-driven, design-led.

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Chris Mismash

Research DesignerUser Experience (UX)Product DesignInformation Architecture (IA)UX StrategyUser ResearchTechnical Project ManagementSaaS Design + 0 more

United StatesToptal Member Since August 31, 2017

As a creator of software-based products for almost two decades, Chris has worked on some truly amazing projects. His passion for putting the customer first has resulted in products used by millions. Along the way, Chris has been noted as a member of innovators 40 people under 40, had products noted as “Excellent 4/5” from PC Mag, and have built award-winning consumer products.

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Katrina Talley

Research DesignerInformation Architecture (IA)UX StrategySketchWeb DesignInteractive DesignUX Research + 0 more

United StatesToptal Member Since November 16, 2015

Katrina is an innovative user experience and interaction designer with more than a decade of experience in product design for the web, desktop, mobile, and embedded applications. She creatively translates complex problems into elegant, usable solutions that exceed expectations and across devices. She approaches product design with a broad experience, a big picture focus, and a passionate user advocacy.

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Abe Serrano

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

United StatesToptal Member Since March 30, 2016

As a lead UX strategist and designer, Abe operates at the convergence of business, design, and technology to partner with enterprise, B2B, and B2C companies to align business objectives to user needs and define a clear pathway to desired outcomes. He is a creative leader with a human-centered, lean UX methodology that results in thoughtful design systems that scale across user archetypes and devices.

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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 Researchers through Toptal

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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 Researcher for your project. Average time to match is under 24 hours.
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Work with your new Design Researcher for a trial period (pay only if satisfied), ensuring they're the right fit before starting the engagement.

FAQs

  • How are Toptal Design Researchers different?

    At Toptal, we thoroughly screen our Design Researchers 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 Researchers in less than 48 hours through Toptal?

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

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

    We make sure that each engagement between you and your Design Researcher 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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