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Toptal is a marketplace for top Design Strategists. Top companies and start-ups choose Toptal Design Strategists freelancers for their mission-critical design projects.

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Kasey Randall

Design Strategists DesignerIcon DesignUI DesignRapid Interactive PrototypingMobile DesignUsability TestingUX StrategySitemapsSketchAdobe Experience Design (XD)Android UI DesignData VisualizationWireframing + 0 more

United StatesToptal Member Since August 18, 2018

Through the transformative power of design and technology, Kasey crafts and elevates digital products with a smart, human-centered process. He creates thoughtful digital experiences by way of design thinking methodology, experimentation, and high fidelity interface design. Being experienced in best design and usability practices clients have relied on Kasey to deliver impactful, end-to-end design solutions across mobile, web, and software.

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Rodolfo Biglie

Design Strategists DesignerAdobe IllustratorSketchVisual DesignInterface DesigniOS UI DesignArt DirectionIllustrationWireframingAdobe Experience Design (XD)iOSAndroidUX Prototyping + 0 more

Czech RepublicToptal Member Since May 25, 2016

Rodolfo's approach to design is focused on deeply analyzing and understanding the problems and needs of any given project; then executing in a way that strategically, logically, functionally, and visually delivers the desired results.

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Mini Kim

Design Strategists DesignerSketchOmniGraffleUX SketchingUser ResearchUX StrategyUsability TestingWeb UsabilityUser InterviewsUX ResearchUser Journey MapsUser FlowsPersonas + 0 more

United StatesToptal Member Since July 19, 2018

Mini has worked with a diverse array of clients for over a decade in New York City. She enjoys learning about different industries and their unique challenges having worked with healthcare, finance, and technology companies amongst others. Mini believes strongly that UX is about collaboration between the business, users, and technology. In every project, she uses various UX methods and deliverables to get the best results.

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Benjamin van Gelder

Design Strategists DesignerSketchUser Experience (UX)User ResearchUser Journey MapsMobile App UXUX TestingPersonasUX StrategyUser FlowsIdeation WorkshopsProduct Design + 0 more

SpainToptal Member Since September 19, 2019

Benjamin has worked with leading companies such as ING, BNP Paribas, Banco Santander, or McKinsey—helping his clients to innovate through design by translating people’s needs into products or services. Partly creative, partly strategic, he’s a skilled UX/UI designer who specializes in improving UX by being, at the same time, the voice of customers and clients. Benjamin was also a TEDx speaker in Madrid, talking about design thinking in education.

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Csaba Hazi

Design Strategists DesignerSketchiOSUX StrategyUser Experience (UX)Visual DesignMobile App Design + 0 more

HungaryToptal Member Since February 28, 2018

Csaba is a UX strategist and designer with more than seven years of experience who helps companies develop great products, works with nonprofits to create value, writes about UX, and trains the future generation of designers. He's published a down-to-earth, detailed handbook on UX that became a best seller on Amazon. His ultimate goal is to use his problem-solving skills to design products and build up businesses that make a difference to people.

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Michael Craig

Design Strategists DesignerUser Experience (UX)WireframingInformation Architecture (IA)Product DesignUX Strategy + 0 more

United StatesToptal Member Since October 29, 2016

Michael is an experienced product designer who’s partnered with tech companies, startups, and education companies to help them grow their business. His research-driven design process has resulted in purposeful user experiences that delight users.

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Chris Mismash

Design Strategists DesignerUser Experience (UX)Product DesignInformation Architecture (IA)UX StrategyUser Research + 0 more

United StatesToptal Member Since August 31, 2017

As a creator of software-based products for almost two decades, Chris has worked on some truly amazing projects. His passion for putting the customer first has resulted in products used by millions. Along the way, Chris has been noted as a member of innovators 40 people under 40, had products noted as “Excellent 4/5” from PC Mag, and have built award-winning consumer products.

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Jenny Shen

Design Strategists DesignerSketchiOSAndroidUX DesignUI DesignMobile App DesignUsability TestingProduct DesignInformation Architecture (IA)UX ResearchLean UXUX Strategy + 0 more

TaiwanToptal Member Since December 5, 2016

Jenny is an award-winning UX strategist who helps global enterprises create new business value with innovation, global expansion strategy, and customer-winning UX design. She has worked with startups and brands including Neiman Marcus (US), Crate&Barrel (US), Randstad (NL), and Babylon Health (UK). She specializes in defining product/UX strategy and designing user-centric experiences for travel, eCommerce, and SaaS businesses.

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Jenna Law

Design Strategists DesignerSketchiOSWireframingUser ResearchVisual DesignUI DesignUX DesignOmniGraffleAdobe CCProduct DesignBrand DesignUser Experience (UX) + 0 more

United StatesToptal Member Since April 20, 2017

Jenna is an award-winning director of design. She has partnered with clients such as Microsoft, Jaguar, UK Government, GSK, Jack Daniels and more for over 13 years. Her unique hybrid skills—of UI, UX, brand and product design—has seen her exceed business and user expectations time and again. Her process for success: user-focused, experience-driven, design-led.

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Jahan Hussain

Design Strategists DesignerSketchAfter Effects CCInDesign CCPhotoshop CCAdobe IllustratorMobile App DesignUX DesignUX ResearchUI DesignBrandingWeb DesignUser Experience (UX) + 0 more

United KingdomToptal Member Since June 29, 2018

Jahan is a designer from London, England who creates value for multi-nationals, startups, and the in-betweens by utilizing his problem-solving ability and a user-centric design process. He has years of experience including founding a boutique design consultancy and working with brands such as M&S, Nestle, King's College London, and Biogen. Jahan strategizes, designs, builds, and cultivates impactful, end-to-end solutions across the digital world.

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Jacob Thomas

Design Strategists DesignerUX StrategyInformation Architecture (IA)UX PrototypingUI Design + 0 more

IndiaToptal Member Since May 13, 2018

Jacob has over a decade of experience designing websites, apps, and other digital properties. Recently, he's led the design strategy for a neural automation AI platform, commisioned by a global IT firm. He's worked on mission-critical projects with other leading companies like Microsoft, Pizza Hut, KFC, KPMG, and McKinsey. He is also a computer engineer and likes to code data-laden interactive prototypes for more effective user testing.

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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

Hire Design Strategists Seamlessly with 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 Design Strategist for your project. Average time to match is under 24 hours.
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The Right Fit, Guaranteed

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

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 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.

  • How fast can I hire Design Strategists 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 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.

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 Design Strategists are in High Demand.

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