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Jared Booye

Creative Direction DesignerUI BrandingWeb UIMobile UIDigital DesignPresentation DesignUI DesignWeb App UIWeb App DesignVisual DesignResponsive Web Design (RWD)User Experience (UX)User Interface (UI)

United StatesToptal Member Since September 1, 2021

Jared has over 15 years of experience leading design teams to create products for global brands. He has employed and led over 100 creatives and directed hundreds of global scale marketing, digital design, branding, and motion projects. As the founder of multiple agencies, he has produced designs for international brands such as Ericsson, Fox, Incase, VM Ware, and others. He believes good design strikes the perfect balance of usability and aesthetic and has the power to shape the future.

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Todd Tibbetts

Creative Direction DesignerAdobe Premiere ProAdobe PhotoshopAdobeFigmaUX DesignWeb DesignProduct DesignUI DesignAndroidiOSVisual DesignWireframing

United StatesToptal Member Since December 11, 2021

Todd has been a full-time creative professional his entire career. He is a UX designer, Figma expert, video editor, and AI art enthusiast with a one-person studio in Seattle. Todd does app design, motion graphics, web design, UX design, app prototyping, presentations, and illustration. He's trustworthy, fun, friendly, on time, and on budget. His enthusiasm and love of design are infectious.

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Bill Hoffman

Creative Direction DesignerAdobe CCAdobe Premiere ProAdobe After EffectsAdobe Photoshop2D AnimationMotion Graphics3D AnimationVisual DesignBrandingBrand DesignMotion DesignAnimation

United StatesToptal Member Since January 11, 2022

Bill is a two-time NATAS Emmy® Award-winning editor, producer, and motion graphic designer. He is a seasoned post-production veteran with managerial and mentoring experience. The scope of his career encompasses short and long-form broadcast television, commercial and promo spot work, corporate video, sports, streaming, and live events. Clients include Warner Bros., Discovery, National Football and Hockey Leagues, Microsoft, Starbucks, Vanguard, Hyundai Capital, and all major television networks.

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Chris Blanz

Creative Direction DesignerFigmaAdobe PhotoshopAdobe IllustratorUser Experience (UX)User Interface (UI)Product DesignLogo DesignPlatform DesignUX StrategyMobile UXMobile App UIResponsive Web Design (RWD)

United StatesToptal Member Since March 8, 2021

Chris creates user-friendly digital experiences that inform, instruct, and inspire. He can serve multiple roles for a single project, including UX strategist, UX designer, UI designer, and copywriter, creating everything from concept sketches to high-fidelity, interactive prototypes. As a hands-on team leader, Chris has created award-winning campaigns for brands like Band-Aid, Cracker Barrel, ExxonMobil, Johnson & Johnson, Unilever, MIT, The Washington Post, LEGO, and National Geographic.

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Phil Pham

Creative Direction DesignerFigmaAdobe PhotoshopPrototypingUser Interface (UI)Mobile UXWireframingResponsive UIMobile UIWeb DesignProduct DesignAdobe CCCommunication

United StatesToptal Member Since August 24, 2022

Phil is a senior product design leader with a decade of experience specializing in UI, UX, product, responsive web design, and brand identity design. He's had the privilege of designing for Fortune 500 Companies, startups, multi-billion dollar companies, and innovative organizations like Uber, FedEx, Harvard, Vistaprint, and more. Phil works well under time constraints, has exceptionally high craftsmanship, and communicates clearly to meet objectives and exceed expectations.

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Dayo Tinkerman

Creative Direction DesignerUser Interface (UI)SaaS DesignFigmaBrand DesignSaaSDashboard DesignUI DesignProduct DesignHigh-fidelity MockupsSoftware as a Service (SaaS)UX DesignVisual Design

CanadaToptal Member Since October 27, 2021

Dayo is a senior product designer that has worked with the Government of British Columbia and the Guinness Book of Records on user experience, creative design, and product design. He has over five years of experience creating functional products with appealing user interfaces. This includes UI for mobile and web, dashboard analytics design, and sectors such as fintech, healthcare, eCommerce, and real estate. His core skills include UX design, UI design, and creative direction.

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Carlos Fernando Cabrera

Creative Direction Designer3D AnimationBrand DesignIllustrationBrand LogosProduct DesignMotion GraphicsAdobe IllustratorAdobe PhotoshopAdobe Premiere ProPitch DecksStationery DesignBrand Guidelines

GuatemalaToptal Member Since September 2, 2022

Carlos is a professional 3D artist and graphic designer with experience creating impactful and attractive visuals for international brands, musicians, and corporations. He's been praised for his detailed images and high-quality brand visuals and for being a resourceful, self-motivated, efficient, and skilled leader. Carlos has solid experience managing high workloads and delivering excellent results on time while keeping close communication with the client.

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Tatiana Castro

Creative Direction DesignerPhotoshop CCResearchIllustration3D TexturesVisual DesignArt DirectionAdobe Photoshop

Costa RicaToptal Member Since September 20, 2022

Tatiana is a licensed architect, art director, and 3D artist with over a decade of industry experience. She has produced high-end design, art, and CGI for industries like architecture and interior design, marketing and eCommerce, video games and card games, crypto art and NFT, and GameFi/Web3/Metaverse. Tatiana has worked at AAA companies like Accenture and Gensler and collaborated with world-renown brands like Clinique, Pandora, Puma, Nike, Nissan, Volkswagen, Bose, Electrolux, and KitchenAid.

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Kevin Korpi

Creative Direction DesigneriPhoneVisual DesignMobile UXInterface DesignMVP DesignMobile UX DesignWireframingPrincipleSketchUser Interface (UI)Adobe PhotoshopUser Experience (UX)

United StatesToptal Member Since January 4, 2018

Kevin is a product designer and writer who works and plays in the hills of the Pacific Northwest. Over the past 20 years, he's contributed to messaging-based, conversational experiences with Microsoft Research; Android, ads, and analytics with Google; connected action cameras with Contour; devices and reading experiences at Amazon; and consumer, financial, and enterprise products in the US and Japan.

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Ludvik Herrera

Creative Direction DesignerWeb DesignFigmaAdobe Experience Design (XD)Adobe PhotoshopAdobe IllustratorArt DirectionUX DesignSVGUI DesignDesign SystemsWordPressData Visualization

United StatesToptal Member Since January 19, 2022

Ludvik is a creative catalyst, hands-on strategist, and experience designer. Through research and user-centric design principles, he applies the design thinking methodology. Ludvik crafts intuitive user experiences, creates and enhances branding, makes engaging digital products and visual presentations, and architects atomic design systems. He is insatiably curious, loves to learn, and often finds improvement and innovation on any challenge. Ludvik enjoys sharing knowledge and helping others.

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Karla Renteria Garcia

Creative Direction DesignerIllustrator CCAfter Effects CCPhotoshop CCVisual DesignDigital DesignUX DesignUI DesignAdobe Creative SuiteBrandingBrand DevelopmentArt DirectionLogo Design

MexicoToptal Member Since November 21, 2022

Karla has been a seasoned designer for ten years, with a background in engineering and creating visually engaging experiences for global campaigns. As a visual and UX designer, she has thrived in fast-paced environments, collaborating with cross-functional teams. She is an accomplished art director and team leader, driven by her creativity and expertise in motion graphics. Karla has worked for major tech companies and startups, balancing tight deadlines with high-quality results.

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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.

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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