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CEOs, CTOs, product managers, and project managers at top companies and start-ups work with Toptal user research freelancers to augment their design teams for app design, web design, and other design projects to achieve their business?needs.

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Deniz Ozakar

User Research Designer,?User Requirements,?User Interviews,?User Flows,?User Experience (UX),?Mobile,?User Personas,?OmniGraffle,??+ 0 more

TurkeyToptal Member Since June 6, 2016

Asli is a senior UI/UX designer and researcher with more than nine 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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Jenna Law

User Research Designer,?Sketch,?iOS,?Wireframing,?Visual Design,?UI Design,?UX Design,?OmniGraffle,?Adobe CC,?Product Design,?Brand Design,?User 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 of skills—of UI, UX, brand, and product design—has seen her exceed business and user expectations time and again. Jenna's process for success is to be always user-focused, experience-driven, and design-led.

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Tatjana Zavadja

User Research Designer,?User Interviews,?Product Design,?iOS,?UX Design,?Android,?Usability Testing,?Wireframing,?Prototyping,?Information Architecture (IA),?Responsive Web Design (RWD),?Lean UX,?Web Design,??+ 0 more

FinlandToptal Member Since April 2, 2018

Design strategist and product person with over five years of experience in designing various digital products including enterprise-level fintech and procurement solutions. Tatjana works well with small teams and startup founders to iterate quickly, test early, and deliver fast. Passion for entrepreneurship inspired her to organize UX Designers Camp, where she further polished her business, marketing, and leadership skills.

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Calin Balea

User Research Designer,?Figma,?Adobe Photoshop,?Adobe Illustrator,?UI Design,?Branding,?Rapid Prototyping,?Information Architecture (IA),?Product Design,?Logo Design,?Mind Mapping,?Responsive Web Design (RWD),?Responsive UI,??+ 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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Alejandro Velasco

User Research Designer,?Prototyping,?Visual Art,?UI Branding,?Responsive UI,?Sketch,?Product Design,?Digital Design,?Web Design,?UX Design,?Digital Product Design,?Adobe Illustrator,?Web App 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 Designer,?Sketch,?OmniGraffle,?UX Sketching,?UX Strategy,?Usability Testing,?Web Usability,?User Interviews,?UX Research,?User Journey Maps,?User Flows,?Personas,?Sitemaps,??+ 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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Strahil Hadzhiev

User Research Designer,?Adobe Experience Design (XD),?iOS,?User Interviews,?UX Design,?Usability 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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Chris Mismash

User Research Designer,?User Experience (UX),?Product Design,?Information Architecture (IA),?UX Strategy,?Technical Project Management,?SaaS Design,??+ 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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Amy Mew

User Research Designer,?Sketch,?InDesign CC,?Usability Testing,?Personas,?Mobile App UX,?User Journey Maps,?User Experience (UX),?Sitemaps,?Information Architecture (IA),?User Flows,?Wireframing,?Responsive 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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Gabriel Maldonado

User Research Designer,?Adobe Illustrator,?Adobe Photoshop,?Sketch,?iOS,?Wireframing,?Prototyping,?UX Design,?UI Design,?User Experience (UX),?Visual Design,?Product Design,?Digital 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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Weiyun Hsu

User Research Designer,?Axure RP Pro,?Figma,?UX Design,?iOS App Design,?Wireframing,?Information Architecture (IA),?Photoshop CC,?Prototyping,??+ 0 more

TaiwanToptal Member Since January 22, 2018

For the past five years, Weiyun has been working as a data-informed UX designer, mostly dealing with complicated services that create massive business growth and high user satisfaction. Weiyun's cross-cultural and international experiences—working with giant companies, global agencies, and promising startups—have provided her with a comprehensive perspective on product design.

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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


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


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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