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Toptal is a marketplace for top UX Strategists, experts, specialists, and talent. Each UX Strategist is thoroughly vetted and trusted by top companies for their most critical design projects.

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Andra Tirla

UX Strategy DesignerMarvel AppUX DesignUX FlowsUI DesignSaaS DesignWireframingMobile DesignPrototypingUX StrategyProduct DesignUser Research + 0 more

RomaniaToptal Member Since January 12, 2018

For over the past decade—as a product UX/UI designer—Andra's helped startups and enterprises create new products from scratch and define their UX strategy on their evolution from MVPs to successful products. She covers the entire project life cycle from user research and product strategy to flows, wireframes, UI, prototypes, and user testing. Andra's focus is on defining user experiences that increase customer acquisition and retention rates.

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Arthur Badalian

UX Strategy 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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Helen Wood

UX Strategy DesignerAdobe IllustratorAdobe PhotoshopSketchiOSUX FlowsApp UXUX DesignWeb UXUser ResearchUI DesignMobile UI DesigniOS UI Design + 0 more

United KingdomToptal Member Since May 6, 2019

Helen is a creative UX director with a true passion for design, UX, UI, and the overall customer experience. She has built and managed large UX teams for enterprise clients and still likes to do some hands-on work to stay relevant in the industry. She has often been brought into jobs to "rescue" problematic projects and has done so with great success.

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Sanchit Sharma

UX Strategy DesignerSketch 4FigmaiOS App DesignAndroid App DesignWireframingDashboard DesignPersonasUser InterviewsUX TestingUsability TestingUser FlowsUser Journey Maps + 0 more

IndiaToptal Member Since August 17, 2018

Sanchit is a UX and design ergonomist who makes thoughtful, easy-to-use products with beautiful digital experiences. Over the past four years, he has worked as a UX, UI, and product designer across the web and mobile applications in the healthcare, finance, eCommerce, and IT (service and product-based) industries. Sanchit believes in designs that surpass common obstacles and make lives simpler, especially in the field of ergonomics.

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Ruven Riepert

UX Strategy DesignerUX StrategyUser InterviewsWireframingUX TestingProtoyping + 0 more

GermanyToptal Member Since June 13, 2019

Ruven is a passionate service design and UX expert with a strategic mindset and over 13 years of experience in the communication industry. He has an extensive background in UX design, strategy, and creative concepting. He has helped build impactful experiences and services in various UX roles for world-renowned brands as well as for niche market brands.

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Rehan Saiyed

UX Strategy DesignerSketch 4Adobe CCBrandingUser Experience (UX)User Interface (UI)Information Architecture (IA)User FlowsUser Journey MapsUX StrategyUX ResearchData VisualizationAndroid + 0 more

AustraliaToptal Member Since April 21, 2017

Rehan designs experiences! His design solutions put humans at the center with a strategic, and pragmatic approach. Agile methodology is nested into his day-to-day design process. An independent designer for over 25 years, Rehan has developed skills to self-manage projects, and stakeholders across cultural, financial, and corporates spaces. His work has been recognized internationally with several awards and publications in design books.

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Mini Kim

UX Strategy 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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Lander Muruaga

UX Strategy DesignerSketchPhotoshop CCAxure RP ProiOSAndroidUser Experience (UX)Information Architecture (IA)WireframingUsability TestingUX SpecificationsUser ResearchUX Research + 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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Lance Shields

UX Strategy DesignerSketchAdobe PhotoshopAdobe Experience Design (XD)Axure RP ProInDesign CCWordPressCreative DirectionUX DesignUI DesignBrandingProduct DesignUX Strategy + 0 more

United StatesToptal Member Since November 29, 2018

Lance is an award-winning design director, product designer, and UX strategist with an MBA. He has 20+ years experience doing hands-on UX/UI design and leading design and strategy at three global agencies, two Fortune 500s, and his own design agency. He has helped shape products and brands for Adobe, Red Bull, Visa, Zipcar, and ADP. His work has won multiple awards including Webby, W3, and Davey Awards. He loves solving complex design problems.

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Marco Righetto

UX Strategy DesignerUX ResearchProduct DesignUI 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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Sasha Marchenko

UX Strategy DesignerSketchPhotoshop CCIllustrator CCiOSUser Experience (UX)User Interface (UI)Brand DevelopmentMobile App DesignResponsive Web Design (RWD)Logo DesignWireframingIconography + 0 more

United StatesToptal Member Since January 3, 2018

Sasha has over a decade of design experience in the San Francisco Bay Area and abroad for corporate and startup clients alike. She's currently the director of user experience at LiquidSpace—the largest corporate real estate network. Sasha is well-versed in design all-around but she specializes in defining UX strategies, user tests, and transforming complex technical requirements into intuitive, approachable designs.

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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

How to Hire UX Strategists through Toptal

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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 UX Strategist for your project. Average time to match is under 24 hours.
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Work with your new UX Strategist for a trial period (pay only if satisfied), ensuring they're the right fit before starting the engagement.

FAQs

  • How are Toptal UX Strategists different?

    At Toptal, we thoroughly screen our UX 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. Start now.

  • Can I hire UX Strategists in less than 48 hours through Toptal?

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

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

    We make sure that each engagement between you and your UX 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. Start now.

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