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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Juste Krisiune

United KingdomToptal Member Since June 15, 2017

For the last 10 years, Juste has led product design for startups and established brands in London, L.A., NYC, and San Francisco. Since 2013, together with a partner, she has been running a private digital design consultancy, Fox+Creator, based in London. Her clients have included Gett, PwC, Manhattan Consulate, and Future Finance. Her work was featured by .NET magazine and Communication Arts magazine and won Site of the Day from CSS Design Awards.

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Cameron Campbell

United StatesToptal Member Since November 9, 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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Yiqin Dai

CanadaToptal Member Since October 17, 2016

Yiqin is a UI/UX designer with eight years of experience in UI/UX design. She excels at understanding complicated systems, designing elegant solutions for tricky UX problems, crafting clean UI, and building design systems. Yiqin is a creative and communicative team player who's fun to work with.

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Alex Kukharenko

GermanyToptal Member Since May 31, 2017

Helping startups scale with cutting-edge design, Alex is a multidisciplinary product designer with skills in 3D and animation. As a product designer, he works with visual design, dashboards, UX design, 3D, and motion design. Alex is also a big fan of rapid prototyping since it gives designers many ways to validate the idea before implementing it.

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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

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.

Ethan Brooks

CTO

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 with 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.

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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 200,000 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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    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 talent within 48 hours and scale your team up or down as needed, no strings attached.

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    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.

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