Hire the Best Illustrators Near San Jose

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Levi Csanyi

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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Chris Blanz

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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Carlos Fernando Cabrera

GuatemalaToptal Member Since September 2, 2022

Carlos, an accomplished 3D artist and graphic designer, brings a wealth of experience crafting compelling visuals for global brands and corporations. Praised for his meticulous attention to detail and top-tier brand visuals, he is recognized as a resourceful, self-motivated, and efficient leader. Carlos excels in managing demanding workloads and delivering exceptional results on time, fostering close client collaboration throughout the process.

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Rory McGuigan

United StatesToptal Member Since March 22, 2017

Rory is a customer-obsessed design leader with deep experience building best-in-class teams that deliver exceptional work. Strategic and solutions-oriented, with a 20 year track record that exceeds expectations, Rory is a high-EQ, low-ego cross-functional leader adept at problem-solving and building strong relationships. He is willing to roll up sleeves every time to get it done.

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Kai Brunner

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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Alexis Courselle

United StatesToptal Member Since September 28, 2022

Alex is a senior conversion rate optimization (CRO) specialist fully equipped with hands-on knowledge of conversion strategy, A/B and MVT testing, search engine optimization (SEO), social media strategy and management, content creation, and design, including branding, illustrations, web UI/UX, video motion graphics, print and much more. Alex aims to catapult conversions to galactic levels.

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Michelle Casanova

United StatesToptal Member Since November 6, 2020

Michelle is a 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. Michelle approaches projects with creativity, user empathy, and problem-solving ingenuity that consistently bring great value to her clients.

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Ludvik Herrera

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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Marco Doerr

United StatesToptal Member Since June 23, 2023

Marco is an experienced product designer known for creating user-centric products from scratch. His international experience in Germany and the US has shaped his design approach—blending functionality, aesthetics, and user engagement. Notably, Marco has enhanced business performance at Dun & Bradstreet, boosted revenue at Realtor.com, and streamlined city navigation at Machine Zone.

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Isaac Kadosh

United StatesToptal Member Since September 19, 2017

Isaac is a UX strategist who helps startups and enterprises gain value and competitive advantage via product strategy and design. He's worked with a wide range of startups and brands like Wix, Dynamic Team Sports, Shop Your Way, Doogma, and two of the largest companies based in Chicago, IL: Sears and Walgreens. Isaac also defines product/UX strategies and designs user-centric experiences for eCommerce, healthcare, automotive, and SaaS.

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Steven Miller

CanadaToptal Member Since February 22, 2016

With years of experience in design and advertising, Steve is an art director and designer at Rethink, the world's second-largest independent advertising agency. He freelances for companies worldwide as a branding, visual, and UI/UX designer for clients of all sizes. Steve has had the pleasure of working for other advertising agencies such as DDB, Tribal Worldwide, Grand Creative, Colenso BBDO, and more. He communicates exceptionally well with his clients and has worked in teams of all sizes.

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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

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

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

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

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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CTO

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Within days, we'll introduce you to the right illustrator for your project. Average time to match is under 24 hours.
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    Choose the engagement type that suits your needs — hourly, part-time, or full-time — with the ability to change anytime.

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