Hire the top 3% of freelance startup design experts

Toptal is a marketplace for clients to find top startup designers from around the world. Each Toptal freelance startup design expert is thoroughly vetted and trusted by top companies for their most critical startup design projects.

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Cameron Campbell

Startup DesignerAdobe PhotoshopSketchWordPressWordPress DesignWordPress ThemesPortal Design + 0 more

United StatesToptal Member Since November 3, 2016

Cameron is a UI/UX designer with over seven years of experience helping brands like Microsoft, Skype, MTV, and the NBA create engaging web and mobile experiences. He specializes in web and product design for enterprise with a focus on conversion, usability, and accessibility. Cameron also has over 8 years of Front End Development experience and works with modern tools such as JavaScript and WordPress.

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Alex Kukharenko

Startup DesignerSketch 3User Experience (UX)Photoshop CCHigh-fidelity PrototypesiOSAndroidPrototypingWireframingPresentation DesignPowerPoint Design + 0 more

GermanyToptal Member Since May 18, 2017

Alex is a product designer, writer, and entrepreneur. As a product designer, he is able to work with visual design, experience design, and motion graphics. He is a big fan of rapid prototyping: it gives designers so many ways to validate the idea before writing the first row of code.

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Juste Krisiune

Startup DesignerSketch 3User Experience (UX)User Interface (UI)Product Design + 0 more

United KingdomToptal Member Since May 24, 2017

For the last 7 years, Juste has worked as a UX/UI designer with startups and established brands in London, Europe, and North America. Since 2013, together with a partner, she runs a private digital design and branding consultancy, Fox Créateur, in London. Her clients have included Gett, PwC, Manhattan Consulate, and Future Finance. Her work was featured by .NET magazine, Communication Arts magazine, and won Site of the Day from CSS Design Awards.

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João Pacheco

Startup DesignerAdobe PhotoshopUI DesignResponsiveWeb DesigneCommerceeCommerce Design + 0 more

PortugalToptal Member Since October 8, 2015

João is a digital designer based in Portugal. For the past few years, he's been moving from advertising and marketing to a product-oriented path, having worked in various roles ranging from UI to visual design. During this time, he's also developed some brands and worked on photography and video projects.

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Yiqin Dai

Startup DesignerAdobe PhotoshopSketchiOSUI DesignWeb DesignWireframingUX StrategyFigmaMobile App DesignSaaS Design + 0 more

CanadaToptal Member Since October 2, 2016

Yiqin is a UI/UX designer with five years of experience in producing beautiful and fully responsive products for clients like IBM and Dell. She also has led product designs for startups, where she focused on helping them to obtain funding and win customers. Yiqin specializes in visual design, interactive prototyping, and front-end implementation. She's also a communicative, responsive, and easy-to-work-with team player.

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Sergey Krasotin

Startup DesignerAdobe PhotoshopAdobe IllustratorSketchiOSAndroidUX ResearchProduct DesignUsability TestingArt DirectionCreative DirectionWeb UXWeb UI + 0 more

GermanyToptal Member Since July 9, 2017

Sergey designs interfaces for websites, cars, and mobile and augmented reality apps. He has had the opportunity to work for clients such as UBS, Raiffeisen, Home Credit, Barclay's startup accelerator, Honeywell, Volkswagen Group, and more.

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Ivan Aras

Startup DesignerAdobe PhotoshopAdobe IllustratorWebStormiOSAdobeBrandingUI DesignUser Interface (UI)Web Design + 0 more

CroatiaToptal Member Since December 11, 2015

Ivan is a senior UX/UI designer and UX engineer with nine years of experience in creating unique user experiences through simple, but effective user interfaces. He is in love with effectively implementing a beautiful and useful design into the final products.

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Joe Wyndham

Startup DesignerUser Experience (UX)Logo Design + 0 more

United KingdomToptal Member Since November 7, 2016

Joe is a London-based freelance Digital Designer specializing in branding, web design, and user experience design. He believes in crafting bold, original, and intuitive products. Joe's core values are simplicity in design, attention to detail, and an understanding of his clients’ needs.

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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 Startup Design Experts through Toptal

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Talk to One of Our Industry Experts

A Toptal director of design will work you to understand your goals, technical needs, and team dynamics.
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Work With Hand-Selected Talent

Within days, we'll introduce you to the right Startup Design Expert for your project. Average time to match is under 24 hours.
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The Right Fit, Guaranteed

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

FAQs

  • How are Toptal Startup Design Experts different?

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

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

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

    We make sure that each engagement between you and your Startup Design Expert 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.

Tap Into World-Class Talent

  • Trusted Experts Only

    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

    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

    Scale as Needed

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

  • Seamless Hiring

    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

    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

    Expert Talent Matching

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

Top Startup Design Experts are in High Demand.

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