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Toptal is a marketplace for clients to find top user experience researchers from around the world. Each Toptal freelance UX research consultant is thoroughly vetted and trusted by top companies for their most critical UX research design projects.

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Esperanza Garcia

UX Research DesignerSketch 4FigmaInterface DesignUX FlowsWeb UIWireframingUX DesignUI DesignResponsiveUX ResearchAxure RP ProProduct Design + 0 more

New ZealandToptal Member Since June 20, 2018

Esperanza is an experienced UX/UI designer who has worked on a variety of projects spanning web and mobile applications for a variety of clients and industries including real estate and health care. She enjoys working with organizations of all sizes from startups to enterprises and everything in between.

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Katrina Talley

UX Research DesignerInformation Architecture (IA)UX StrategySketchWeb DesignInteractive DesignUX Research + 0 more

United StatesToptal Member Since November 16, 2015

Katrina is an innovative user experience and interaction designer with more than a decade of experience in product design for the web, desktop, mobile, and embedded applications. She creatively translates complex problems into elegant, usable solutions that exceed expectations and across devices. She approaches product design with a broad experience, a big picture focus, and a passionate user advocacy.

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Zeltonique Damon

UX Research DesignerAdobe Experience Design (XD)SketchAdobe CCUX ResearchUX PrototypingUser Task FlowsUser Journey MapsLow-fidelity PrototypesSitemapsWireframingDigital Product DesignWebsite Redesigns + 0 more

South AfricaToptal Member Since March 19, 2017

Zeltonique's primary goal as a product designer is to help create awareness for inclusive design within the industry. As a product designer, she lives by the fact that innovative design starts and ends with understanding the users’ feelings, thoughts, and challenges. With years of experience in the consulting industry, Zeltonique has gained a wide range of skills and expertise in UX and UI design. She approaches every challenge with enthusiasm.

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Mini Kim

UX 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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Arthur Badalian

UX Research DesignerSketchAdobe PhotoshopAdobe Creative SuiteWordPressUser Experience (UX)User Interface (UI)UX ResearchWeb DesignWeb UX DesignWeb UXPersonasUX Strategy + 0 more

United StatesToptal Member Since November 25, 2018

Arthur is an advertising strategist with a deep passion for design-led solutions. His master’s in advertising coupled with UX/UI design allows him to intuitively blend user-centric design with proof-of-concept strategies to create immersive experiences. He excels in rapidly growing, innovative organizations and enjoys solving problems rooted in research and storytelling. His aim is to help people spend less time clicking and more time doing.

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Lara Chikhani

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LebanonToptal Member Since January 10, 2017

Along with having 11 years of experience in UX design, Lara is an independent consultant who works with startups, agencies, and established businesses—helping them build better products that are customer-centric. She also mentors and trains university students and professionals how to apply proper UX techniques to the products they are making.

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Marco Righetto

UX Research DesignerUX ResearchProduct DesignUI DesignMVP DesignInformation Architecture (IA)UX StrategyiOS App Design + 0 more

SpainToptal Member Since December 28, 2018

Marco creates positive changes via human-centered innovation. A well-rounded designer, he's honed his skills at international consultancies (Fjord and IDEO), a boutique digital product agency (Hanzo), a data-driven startup (SumAll), and his own social good project, Streetlives. He specializes in designing products and service that drive organizational, business, and societal impact. His work has been recognized by IxDA, EYA, and Adobe.

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Hardeep Majithia

UX Research DesignerOmniGraffleAxure RP ProAndroidWireframingUX TestingRapid PrototypingUX ResearchAgile UXUser FlowsUX DesignMobile App UX + 0 more

CanadaToptal Member Since January 3, 2017

Hardeep is a design specialist with eight years' experience in UX and strategy. He has contributed to award-winning, customer-focused digital projects and has worked alongside market leaders such as British Airways, TfL, and Barclays. With a diverse, innovation-led skill set, he has designed effective solutions for both tactical and strategic UX challenges. In addition, his creative and collaborative style has complemented teams of all sizes.

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Lander Muruaga

UX Research DesignerSketchPhotoshop CCAxure RP ProiOSAndroidUser Experience (UX)Information Architecture (IA)WireframingUsability TestingUX SpecificationsUX ResearchUX Sketching + 0 more

SpainToptal Member Since July 14, 2019

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

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Jay Oldaker

UX Research DesignerSketchResponsive UIiOSFlinto PrototypingUX DesignInformation Architecture (IA)WireframingJourney MappingAgile UXUI DesignFigmaPrototyping + 0 more

United StatesToptal Member Since September 1, 2016

Jay is a user experience and product design veteran. For the past 14 years, he's worked on web and mobile applications spanning healthcare, social media, entertainment, and the environment for venture-backed startups and Fortune 500 companies. With an extensive background in Agile UX and design thinking, Jay's work has been featured in books and publications across the web.

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James Tucker

UX Research DesignerSketchAdobe IllustratorAdobe PhotoshopPrototypingUX ResearchWireframingUX DesignUI DesignWeb App UXMobile App DesignInformation Architecture (IA)User Flows + 0 more

United StatesToptal Member Since May 30, 2018

James is an idea machine and master problem-solver when it comes to user interfaces. He is passionate about making users love the product because of the naturally intuitive adoption the user has with the UI. James fuses cognitive science techniques with clever interaction design to make products people love.

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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.

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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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Within days, we'll introduce you to the right UX researcher for your project. Average time to match is under 24 hours.
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  • How are Toptal UX Researchers different?

    At Toptal, we thoroughly screen our UX 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 UX Researchers through Toptal?

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

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

    We make sure that each engagement between you and your UX 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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