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Attributes of a Successful Toptal Designer

Able to Ramp-Up Quickly

Toptal designers hit the ground running, and are able to get up to speed quickly in understanding the client's needs.


Our designers quickly adapt to the client's schedule and management style; this includes adjusting to their time zone and working hour preferences as needed.


Toptal designers pride themselves on responding quickly to the client and to the needs of their team. Even though operating in a remote environment, they're available live and communicate via the client's preferred channel (e.g. email, Zoom, etc.).


Our designers understand the importance of establishing and maintaining a strong relationship with their client, and thus are always consistent in their daily workflow, giving clients advance notice of any time away.


Toptal designers know to update clients regularly on their progress, as well as any potential issues or concerns. Because of their expertise, they're able to identify bottlenecks before they happen and suggest solutions.


Toptal designers are not just technically savvy, but are also well-versed in communicating with clients in clear and concise English. As a result, clients are comfortable in collaborating with them, and delegating work appropriately.


Toptal designers are passionate about their client's business, and work with speed and efficiency to get the job done as quickly as possible, while delivering with the highest quality.

Team Player

While Toptal designers are often asked to work on a very specific part of a project, they understand that they're a core member of the client's team and will work with others to facilitate project advancement.

Continually Improving

While our designers are the best of the best, there are always new skills and methodologies being introduced, and Toptalers are continually looking for opportunities to enhance their skillset.

Our Pool of Designers

We set the bar high, and our designers are, above all else, consummate professionals. Our clients expect the best, and we know that's what we're offering them.


Full-time Designers

Our full-time roles for designers are generally 40 hours a week. We always recommend clarifying expectations with clients upon project start.


Part-time Designers

Part-time designers at Toptal can have varied work hours and schedules, but generally work at least 20 hours a week. Here too, clarify expectations with clients upon project start.


Hourly Designers

Designers working on an hourly basis have widely varying work hours and schedules, with no weekly minimum.

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