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Ana Medina

San Diego, CA, United States
Ana helps companies solve UX problems and create meaningful experiences through user-centered design. Her goal is to help brands connect with their users through delightful product interactions. Click to continue

Danielle Riley

Duarte, CA, United States
Danielle is a seasoned multi-disciplinary creative director with over a decade of experience building strategic, data-driven designs, advocating for the user, and leading creative teams. She specializes in crafting UX/UI designs and is a communicative collaborator who has worked in teams of all sizes. Click to continue

Brad Burke

Los Angeles, CA, United States
Brad is a passionate digital creative director and product designer with over eleven years of professional experience building brands and digital platforms. He's worked at some of the most highly awarded advertising agencies in the industry including R/GA, AKQA, Razorfish, and Saatchi & Saatchi. His client list includes Nike, Acura, Toyota, Vizio, and countless others. He focuses on designing delightfully intuitive products and experiences. Click to continue

Adam Connelly

Los Angeles, CA, United States
Adam has deep experience in interaction design, graphic design, digital marketing, social media, influencer marketing, and advertising. His past clients include Apple, eBay, Microsoft, Pixar, Levi's, Barbie, Kraft, Coors, Williams-Sonoma, PayPal, Nike, and Lululemon. He's visually voracious, obsessed with aesthetics, and just wants to make everything more beautiful. Click to continue

Mike Slone

Sparks, NV, United States
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. He has also provided his design leadership and experience to startups in healthcare, higher education, and SaaS companies. Click to continue

David Fotherby

Truckee, CA, United States
David has created exceptional, user-centered products for some of the top Fortune, healthcare, retail, and entertainment businesses worldwide. His approach of putting the user at the center of product design ensures that clients have a clear insight on their market potential and the technical requirements needed. Click to continue

Will Taylor

Los Angeles, CA, United States
Will Taylor is a versatile UI/UX design consultant with nearly a decade of experience. He has worked in various markets specializing in creating usable interfaces for web, mobile, and desktop platforms. In every project, Will contributes an understanding of platform-specific design principles and front-end knowledge as well as performing competitive/market analyses to gather information that best suits the specified target market. Click to continue

Kevin Broome

Vancouver, BC, Canada
Kevin has 15 years of experience working at both the boutique and the global levels of the communications industry. His goal is to offer collaborative and engaging solutions that are driven by strategy and story, and crafted to a business's or organization’s specific needs. Click to continue

Brandon R Johnson

Minneapolis, MN, United States
Brandon is a Digital Designer that has always had a passion for technology. He thrives on taking raw ideas and turning them into business solutions. Brandon has nearly 13 years of experience in interactive design. From marketing departments to top agencies, he has developed a broad skill set that is sure to suit any client. Click to continue

Austin Li

Nashville, TN, United States
Austin has worked in the digital design industry for the last five years, creating digital products and promotional material for local and global clients such as Mars, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, and Formica. He currently works as the Chief Creative Officer for Curu, and in the past has provided creative support to Ford Motor Company. Austin brings a passionate attitude and a willingness to learn to every project he works on. Click to continue
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President @ DecoratorsBest
“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.”
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Jay Tring
Technical Team Lead, CSR Connect, Australia @ CSR Limited
“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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President @ New Texas Investments
“Toptal has helped my business tremendously by finding, vetting, and recruiting the talent I need, at the right time. I’d definitely recommend it to others.”
Xavier Xicay
CEO & Creative Director @ Tuatara Corp
“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
“What attracted us to Toptal was that Toptal is sourcing its talent from a global pool. The selection process is very stringent. They’re sourcing the talent not only based on capabilities -- sourcing the best 3% -- but also based on cultural fit, which is really important to us. We had an amazing experience working with Toptal. Toptal helped us achieve our goals by bringing us very high-quality resources, on very short notice.”
Elmar Platzer
Digital Transformation Leader, CSR Australia @ CSR Limited
“With the pressure on and millions watching the Cleveland Cavaliers during the NBA Playoffs, Toptal delivered the talent and expertise needed to launch a brand new fan engagement platform.”
Conor Kenney
Director of Professional Services @ Cleveland Cavaliers
“Getting set up with Toptal and finding a new team member was so easy, I don't know why anyone wouldn't give it a try. Best of all, we no longer have to worry about finding great people to help with our projects!”
Mike Branch
President & CTO @ Harbor System Integrators, 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
“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