10x

faster turnaround than traditional creative agencies

100+

design and marketing
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65%

lower cost than in-house creative teams

Comparing Designity As the Toptal Alternative

A trustworthy creative partner with flexible pricing that beat Toptal

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Logo graphic for Designity at the head of a table showing how we are different from Freelancers, In-House Design teams, and traditional creative agencies.
Pricing & Plans
Plan prices range from $3,150 – $8,495 per month, depending on whether you select monthly, quarterly, or annual pricing.
Based on skill level, market fit, and demand. Hourly wages start at $70 per hour to $6,000 per month. You must hire more freelancers for other specializations as needs change.
Creative Direction
A designated Creative Director with 10+ years of experience in creative strategy, project management, team leadership, and quality assurance.
Only work directly with a design freelancer over email and phone. You will need to train them on your project management platform of choice. Revisions are down to the designer's preferences.
Trial Period?
Yes. Two-week trial for available for monthly plans, three-week trial available for quarterly plans, and a four-week trial is available for annual plans.
No. Initial deposit required unless you don't make a hire. First hire has a trial of up to two weeks, but you get billed unless you don't like the experience with the first designer.
Creative Team
Vetted US-based Creatives to eliminate issues with language barriers and time zones. Only the top 3% of candidates are accepted.
At Toptal you can choose whether they live in your timezone or not (resulting in price fluctuations).
Guaranteed Deadlines
Yes! Plus transparent timelines, unlimited project requests & revisions, with no fees.
Turnaround times are around 24 hours, but no guarantee.
Skill Limitations
No limits! We’re the one-stop shop for all your design and marketing projects, including graphic design, copywriting, web development, video production, 3D VR design, digital marketing campaigns, and more.
Toptal offers only 260 “specialized” skills for specific requirements with a primary focus on design for product teams.
Collaboration
On an ongoing basis, your Creative Director will conduct weekly status calls, monthly check-ins, and 90-day formal reports. This way you always know your ROI.
Directly with design freelancer over email and phone. You'll need to train them on your project management platform of choice.
Onboarding Speed
Start your first project in as little as three days after signing up. Or book a free design consultation right away before starting your trial.
Limited onboarding through a director of design who will work with you to understand goals, technical needs, and team dynamics before handing you off to your designer. New projects may require bringing new designers up-to-speed.
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A Design System That Guarantees Success

Creative Collaboration Inside a Fully Managed Design Process

Creative Director

Designity assigns you with a compatible Creative Director who manages projects and ensures consistent creativity and quality.

Top 3% of Creatives

Unlike Toptal, our Creatives are all US-based, each one going through a thorough vetting process. No more language barriers or time zone frustrations!

Five-Star Quality

Designity’s fully managed design process, combined with your expert Creative Director, guarantees reliable quality and communication.

Fast Turnaround

Designity is the only tech-enabled design platform that guarantees transparent timelines and efficient turnaround times.

One-Stop Shop

Unlike Toptal we offer coding development, copywriting & content creation, 3D & VR design, templatized design, Canva design, newsletter design, and so much more.

Flexible Pricing

Designity offers monthly, quarterly, or annual payment plans with no long-term commitment.
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Supporting the Next Generation of Creatives.

Designity is more than a collaborative creative platform. Every client plan includes an emerging Creative with fresh ideas who will be mentored by your Creative Director to gain real-world experience.
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A Two-Week Trial to Demonstrate the System

No Up-Front Payment Required

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Get Assigned to Your Dedicated Creative Director.

With Designity, when you start your trial, you’ll be matched with a compatible Creative Director who will be your single point of contact, project manager, chief collaborator, and quality assurance specialist. Your Creative Director is fluent in strategizing design and marketing projects and directs every idea and Creative along the way.
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Collaborate With Your Cross Functional Team.

Say goodbye to Toptal's service limitations! With Designity you’ll have a kick-off call with your Creative Director to brainstorm, discuss your first project, and refine the creative brief. Your Creative Director will assemble your team from our vetted US-based Creative community and supervise them to bring your projects to life without any hassle. Whether it’s design, coding, copywriting, digital marketing strategy, or 80 other categories, we’ll have you covered.

Follow the Managed Process to Complete Your Project.

Break free from Toptal's platform to discover a new world of collaboration and transparent project management. You’ll have a comprehensive timeline showing phases, deadlines, and the Creatives who will be collaborating on your project. Communication guidelines and recurring weekly video calls ensure seamless connectivity as part of the collaborative blueprint designed for your success.
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Creative Process Case Studies

Creative Directors Make the Difference

Design is very important to us. Having that lack all of a sudden made it quite significant. Besides having a fresh outside look from different people, the trial was a big factor to start working with Designity. It gave me and the team more confidence.
Mai Shi
Mai Shi
Marketing Director
Kung Fu Tea
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FAQ

What is Toptal?

Toptal is a talent marketplace that connects businesses with highly skilled freelancers and professionals in various fields, including software development, design, finance, project management, and more. Toptal prides itself on providing access to a network of top-tier talent, with a rigorous screening process to ensure the quality and expertise of its freelancers. It offers a platform for clients to find and hire freelancers for their specific project needs, providing a streamlined and efficient process for talent acquisition.

What is the difference between Toptal and Designity?

Toptal is a talent marketplace offering a broad range of freelance professionals across various fields, while Designity specializes in design services with a fully managed process and a designated Creative Director. Toptal provides a platform for direct engagement with freelancers, whereas Designity takes a more hands-on approach, offering comprehensive design and marketing services with personalized project management.

Why should I use Designity over Toptal?

Using Designity over Toptal can be advantageous if you specifically require design and marketing services with a fully managed process and the support of a designated Creative Director. Designity offers a comprehensive suite of creative services beyond design, such as copywriting, web development, and video production. This specialized focus and hands-on approach ensure a tailored and seamless experience for your design projects.

What are 5 key benefits to using Designity over Toptal?

The key benefits of using Designity over Toptal include a fully managed design process with a dedicated Creative Director providing guidance and quality assurance, a comprehensive suite of design and marketing services beyond just design, access to a curated network of top creative talent, guaranteed deadlines for project delivery, and transparent communication throughout the project. These advantages ensure a streamlined and personalized experience, a wide range of creative capabilities, reliable timeliness, and effective collaboration, setting Designity apart from Toptal.

What project types does Designity offer that Toptal doesn't?

Designity offers a broader range of project types compared to Toptal. In addition to design services, Designity covers various project types such as copywriting, web development, video production, 3D VR design, and digital marketing campaigns. This diverse offering allows Designity to cater to a wider range of project needs beyond the scope of design alone, distinguishing it from Toptal in terms of project type coverage.

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