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Clients Rate Toptal Design Strategists4.9 / 5.0on average across 1,261 reviews as of Jun 21, 2024

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Jennifer Lee

United States
Toptal Member Since August 12, 2022

Jennifer is a content strategist with over 15 years of writing experience. Her work bridges the gap between strategy and execution, with projects ranging from audits and roadmaps to content design, UX writing, and SEO. A creative ideator with the ability to explain complex concepts in simple ways, Jennifer creates unparalleled content to drive more relevant experiences.

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Busayo Odesanya

Canada
Toptal Member Since October 14, 2021

Busayo is a design lead with 6+ years of experience in end-to-end design strategy and execution of SaaS and developer tools at scaleup companies. Busayo has strategically positioned Unity Version Control as the cloud-based storage solution for 1.5 million creators using Unity Editor, Asset Manager, Muse AI (closed beta), and Build Automation for real-time 3D application development and cloud-based versioning. Unity VCS has been featured at Unite 2022 and GDC 2023.

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Erik Wedeward

Germany
Toptal Member Since March 31, 2022

Erik is an experienced digital strategist, design lead, and researcher with years of diversified experience. Focused on user-centered innovation, he solves business problems using a human-centered design approach, from user research and design strategy to defining detailed product and service visions. Erik values collaboration with his clients and defines products or services to satisfy clients' needs and requirements.

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Mariano A. Goren

Mexico
Toptal Member Since May 30, 2017

As a product strategy consultant, Mariano's been helping both Fortune 500 and startups to unite design and technology efforts around a common vision anchored in user needs. With more than 25 years of experience in digital business, he's able to understand and define the big picture, and then jump into the details to deliver. He's also a Singularity University mentor, serial entrepreneur, and teacher influencing 18 000+ students through his book and courses.

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Lander Muruaga

Spain
Toptal Member Since September 18, 2019

Lander is a UX design expert with over 15 years of experience helping companies conceptualize, design, and launch easy-to-use products and services through research and strategy. He works worldwide with corporations, governments, and startups helping them grow their products and services.

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Melissa Patenaude

United States
Toptal Member Since May 17, 2017

Melissa has over 17 years of experience in design (UI/UX, visual, product, and identity) as well as art direction and strategy. She's worked for Fortune 500 companies and startups in various fields, including B2B, developer tools, retail, food, education, and finance. Melissa's passionate about the relationship between people, technology, and culture and is dedicated to creating experiences that charm people from the digital world to daily life.

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Tom Welters

Germany
Toptal Member Since December 9, 2022

Tom has specialized in designing digital products from concept to production, focusing on synthesizing user experience and business strategy. With a diverse design and social science background, he developed a habit of looking for the bigger picture, building a vision of how every aspect of a user experience feeds into a larger user journey and product strategy. He loves solving complex design challenges while maintaining a beautiful, user-centric visual language.

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Howard Phillips

United Kingdom
Toptal Member Since October 15, 2020

Howard is a brand strategist and designer with over eight years of experience in business strategy, art direction, brand, digital design, and 2D and 3D animation. He specializes in distinctive visual identities, informed by a strategy workshop, and uses 3D where appropriate to enhance a brand's visual narrative and legitimacy. He is passionate about producing brands that stand out from the crowd, achieve business goals, and communicate compelling narratives.

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Louisa Armbrust

United States
Toptal Member Since May 29, 2018

Louisa is an experienced UX designer and researcher in product and service design for health, education, business intelligence, and other industries. She is skilled in user research, UX concepts and strategy, information architecture, UX design, UX audits, and usability testing. Louisa cares about why people do things, how they can do those things better, and what we can all do to care for each other, have more fun, and get more out of life.

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Jonathan Lumb

United Kingdom
Toptal Member Since March 3, 2020

Jonathan is a highly experienced UI/UX product designer with over 14 years of industry expertise. He is an award-winning designer renowned for his mastery in crafting strategy-driven UI/UX solutions. He transforms complex requirements, business objectives, and user goals into elegantly designed products and experiences. Jonathan's keen collaborative skills have allowed him to successfully partner with cross-functional teams across the globe.

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Anton Roolaart

Netherlands
Toptal Member Since September 4, 2019

Anton is an award-winning creative UX leader with more than 20 years of experience designing user experiences. He is skillful in UX strategy, design, processes, user research, and prototyping, promoting design thinking methodologies. Anton's previous clients spring from various industries, including JPMorgan Chase Bank, Pfizer (site intelligence for clinical trials), Newmind (legal firm), Epidemic Sound (music licensing), Sirius Energy (alternative energy), Monex (fintech), Hilton, and more.

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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.

Ethan Brooks

CTO

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

  • How are Toptal Design Strategists different?

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

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

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

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

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    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.

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    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.

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    Flexible Engagements

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

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    Expert Talent Matching

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

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