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Calin Balea

User Research DesignerFigmaAdobe PhotoshopAdobe IllustratorUI DesignBrandingInformation Architecture (IA)Product DesignLogo DesignMind MappingResponsive Web Design (RWD)Responsive UIDigital Product Design + 0 more

RomaniaToptal Member Since November 29, 2017

Calin is a product designer, lean UX practitioner, and branding specialist with over five years of experience working with both startups and large companies. He's done end-to-end product design from concept and strategy to usability testing to visual design. Calin works well with small teams and startup founders to iterate quickly, test early, and deliver fast.

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Gabriel Maldonado

User Research DesignerAdobe IllustratorAdobe PhotoshopSketchiOSWireframingPrototypingUX DesignUI DesignUser Experience (UX)Visual DesignProduct DesignDigital Product Design + 0 more

United StatesToptal Member Since January 14, 2019

Gabriel has an MBA in digital media management and spent a year overseeing the planning and execution of the first native mobile app for Sears Corporation. He specializes in UX/UI human-centered design solutions on internal and external platforms, offering maximum visibility and efficiency for clients. He also enhanced the CareerBuilder's client platform based on extensive design research and UX/UI best practices.

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Tatjana Zavadja

User Research DesignerUser InterviewsProduct DesignUX DesignUsability TestingWireframingPrototypingInformation Architecture (IA)Lean UXiOS App Design + 0 more

FinlandToptal Member Since April 2, 2018

Tatjana is a UX and product designer with over five years of experience creating web and mobile applications, many from scratch. Her additional skills range from business and marketing to negotiation and leadership. Tatjana uses both metrics and contact with users to improve the experience while taking into account the business side as well. Recently, she's been researching crypto and blockchain topics.

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Alejandro Velasco

User Research DesignerVisual ArtResponsive UISketchProduct DesignDigital DesignWeb DesignUX DesignDigital Product DesignAdobe IllustratorWeb App DesignFreelance Design + 0 more

SpainToptal Member Since March 29, 2017

Alejandro is a passionate designer—a former industrial designer turned digital over the years—taking advantage of his skills in user-centered designs and interests in technology and digital image rendering. He's been working in the user interface field for more than eight years—specializing in working with teams to create visual and interaction languages. Nowadays, he's helping startups build their identities through their interfaces.

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Mini Kim

User Research DesignerSketchOmniGraffleUX SketchingUX StrategyUsability TestingWeb UsabilityUser InterviewsUX ResearchUser Journey MapsUser FlowsPersonasSitemaps + 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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Weiyun Hsu

User Research DesignerAxure RP ProUX DesignWireframingInformation Architecture (IA)Photoshop CCPrototyping + 0 more

TaiwanToptal Member Since January 22, 2018

For the past four years, Weiyun has been working as a UX designer—mostly dealing with complicated financial services that create massive business growth. She always takes on ownership and stands both with the users and business. She has cross-cultural and international experiences that, along with working with giant companies and global agency, have benefited her with a comprehensive perspective on user behavior.

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Jenna Law

User Research DesignerSketchiOSWireframingVisual DesignUI DesignUX DesignOmniGraffleAdobe CCProduct DesignBrand DesignUser Experience (UX)Web Design + 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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Strahil Hadzhiev

User Research DesignerAdobe Experience Design (XD)iOSUser InterviewsUX DesignUsability Testing + 0 more

United KingdomToptal Member Since January 23, 2019

Strahil is the proud owner of a small but powerful design/development studio in Sofia, Bulgaria. His focus is mainly on design and project management in addition to UX and UI. Before that, he spent eight years in Los Angeles, California working on various projects in the entertainment industry, including work for Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox, Viacom, Infiniti, Nissan, Sony, and others.

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Amy Mew

User Research DesignerSketchInDesign CCUsability TestingPersonasMobile App UXUser Journey MapsUser Experience (UX)SitemapsInformation Architecture (IA)User FlowsWireframingResponsive Web Design (RWD) + 0 more

United StatesToptal Member Since September 22, 2017

Amy is a UX designer and researcher with over 15 years of professional experience working with advertising and branding agencies on projects for small startups to Fortune 500. She has worked in-house and remotely with multidisciplinary teams of all sizes to help guide a product’s functionality, development, content, and layout into an engaging, rewarding experience. Amy is always on the lookout for exciting and innovative collaborations.-

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Chris Mismash

User Research DesignerUser Experience (UX)Product DesignInformation Architecture (IA)UX Strategy + 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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Deniz Ozakar

User Research DesignerUser RequirementsUser InterviewsUser FlowsUser Experience (UX)MobileUser PersonasOmniGraffle + 0 more

TurkeyToptal Member Since June 6, 2016

Asli is a senior UI/UX designer and researcher with more than eight years of experience in mobile, web, and IoT design projects. She has handled all the steps of the design process from user-centered design research, interaction design, and user interface design to user testing, but her strength is in UX design. She has worked for many industries ranging from telecommunications, banking, eCommerce, online betting, mobile games, and health.

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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

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

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A Toptal director of design will work you to understand your goals, technical needs, and team dynamics.
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Within days, we'll introduce you to the right user experience researcher for your project. Average time to match is under 24 hours.
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Work with your new user experience researcher for a trial period (pay only if satisfied), ensuring they're the right fit before starting the engagement.

FAQs

  • How are Toptal User Experience Researchers different?

    At Toptal, we thoroughly screen our User Experience Researchers 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 User Experience Researchers through Toptal?

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

  • What is the no-risk trial period for User Experience Researchers?

    We make sure that each engagement between you and your user experience researcher 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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    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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    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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    Hire in under 2 weeks 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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    Choose the engagement type that suits your needs — hourly, part-time, or full-time — with the ability to change anytime.

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