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Justin Chung

Illustrators DesignerLogo DesignDashboard DesigniOS App DesigniOSInformation Architecture (IA)Mobile UIUser FlowsWeb App DesignResponsive UISketchInVisionPrinciple

United StatesToptal Member Since June 19, 2019

For over 12 years, Justin has partnered with startups and corporations to create world-class brand designs and innovative digital product experiences. He has worked with global brands such as Honda, Toyota, JPMorgan Chase, AT&T, and The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. He has also collaborated closely with startups in multiple verticals, including hospitality, health, finance, social media, gaming, and marketing.

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Dustin Morales

Illustrators DesignerFigmaSketchAdobe CCInVisionUser Interface (UI)iOSMobile UIVisual DesignBrandingIdentity DesignWeb DesignUser Experience (UX)

United StatesToptal Member Since October 7, 2021

Dustin is an award-winning multidisciplinary designer who's endlessly driven to create intuitive products and brands that users fall in love with. Over the last 15 years, he has been delivering unique digital experiences for global companies and startups. Dustin's clients hire him for his strategic mindset, collaborative leadership, creativity, and effectiveness. He's worked for Amazon, Nestle-Purina, Petco, Nickelodeon, Redbull, NBA, KTM Motorcycles, Disney, and was co-founder of Petnet.

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Max Burnside

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United StatesToptal Member Since October 5, 2016

Max has worked with clients such as Nike, Facebook, John Frieda, and Monster.com. Most recently, he led design at AdHawk from 20 people growing to over 100 employees, through multiple acquisitions of companies, completely redesigning its iOS app as well as creating the brand and UI design for its latest product, FlooringStores.com.

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Zack Baumel

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United StatesToptal Member Since July 29, 2019

Zack is a lead product designer and Webflow developer with nearly two decades of experience leading design for global startups and Fortune 100 companies like Caterpillar, Rivian, Marriott, and more. Zack designs comprehensive design processes, web and mobile platforms, and complex design systems for large and small teams.

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Deborah Dennis

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United StatesToptal Member Since December 6, 2016

Deborah is a UX design and research expert, analyzing users' needs and crafting creative and engaging interaction designs for over 20 years. Well-versed in transforming complex products into simple, easy-to-use interfaces, Deborah's worked for 11 companies via Toptal in the last eight years. She's been a design lead for Colgate's SaaS, Silicon Valley Bank, Caterpillar IoT, ASU Pocket, Dermalogica Face Mapping, SterlingNOW, and OUTFRONT Media's digital ads app.

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Michael Dedrick

Illustrators DesignerBrand IdentityPrincipleUX StrategyUser InterviewsUser FlowsWeb DesignOmniGraffleInteractive PrototypesBrandingAndroid UI DesignAnimationIcon Design

United StatesToptal Member Since October 19, 2016

In Michael's world, users always come first. He possesses the proven ability to develop highly-effective strategic marketing collateral for high-end clients, including Apple, IBM, L’Oreal, Fidelity, Bud Light, Home Depot, Costco, and Walmart. He's committed to connecting with clients and users—and bringing their vision to life effectively across a broad, far-reaching spectrum of media.

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Craig Aucutt

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United StatesToptal Member Since May 31, 2016

Craig is a brand and experience designer who loves to help create strong brands, versatile products, and worthwhile digital experiences that delight and inspire. Previously, he worked at Autodesk, PlanGrid, Evernote, Punch, Edmodo, and InfoScout. Craig also attended the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and Marquette University, where he studied visual communication and advertising.

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Kai Brunner

Illustrators DesignerFigmaAdobe PhotoshopAdobe After EffectsAdobe Creative SuiteInformation Architecture (IA)WireframingRapid Interactive PrototypingUI DesignUX DesignMobile UIMobile App DesignWeb UX Design

United StatesToptal Member Since September 20, 2022

Kai is a seasoned product design leader specializing in enterprise web and mobile applications that consumerize the user experience of complex systems. He has 15+ years of design experience in funded startups and was four years top product in Gartner MQ and Forrester Wave. Kai develops design partnerships inside and outside the organization for effective collaboration and continuous feedback.

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Levi Csanyi

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United StatesToptal Member Since May 20, 2022

Levi has over 20 years of experience in user-centered design from high-level processes to design delivery. He's a proven track record of driving highly complex projects across many business units and disciplines and solid expertise in implementing cutting-edge technology in fast-moving and highly innovative Agile or Lean environments. Levi's strong leadership and organizational skills span coaching and mentoring designer teams in UX and UI design with excellent business partnering skills.

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Michelle Casanova

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United StatesToptal Member Since November 6, 2020

Michelle is a seasoned UI/UX design lead, visual designer, and strategic thinker with experience in product design, digital design, advertising, and research. She has over 750+ successful projects under her belt across multiple brands, products, and industries and is highly proficient in Figma, Adobe Creative Suite, and numerous other industry tools. She approaches projects with creativity, user empathy, and problem-solving ingenuity that consistently bring great value to her clients.

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Micah Bowers

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United StatesToptal Member Since January 3, 2016

Micah uses brand design and illustration to tell stories on behalf of his clients. He believes that design must identify a need, stir a desire for change, and shed light on a path that is uniquely helpful, hopeful, and human.

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A Hiring Guide

Guide to Hiring a Great Illustrator

Now more than ever, illustration is used online to bring ideas, products, and services to life. Hiring an illustrator is a giant step toward connecting target customers with your organization’s unique attributes. Finding the right illustrator can be a challenging process, especially if you don’t know what to look for. This hiring guide explains the value of illustration, what the illustration process entails, and how to hire an illustrator that your organization can partner with for years to come.

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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 Illustrators Near San Diego

1

Talk to One of Our Industry Experts

A Toptal director of design will work with you to understand your goals, technical needs, and team dynamics.
2

Work With Hand-Selected Talent

Within days, we'll introduce you to the right illustrator for your project. Average time to match is under 24 hours.
3

The Right Fit, Guaranteed

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

Tap Into World-Class Talent

  • 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

    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

    Hire in under 2 weeks and scale your team up or down as needed, no strings attached.

  • 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

    Choose the engagement type that suits your needs — hourly, part-time, or full-time — with the ability to change anytime.

  • Expert Talent Matching

    Focus on your project and enjoy support from your dedicated account executive and expert talent matcher.

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