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Tips and Considerations When Choosing a Typeface (with Infographic)

by Cameron Chapman

The right typeface can make a design, while the wrong one can definitely break it. There are a few things designers can keep in mind to make typeface selection easier and more focused.

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WebVR Part 2: Web Workers and Browser Edge Computing

by Michael Cole

WebVR is bringing virtual reality to our browsers, but how do we make sure we have enough computing power to deliver a good experience? How do we make the most of multi-core, hyperthreaded processors? In part two of our series, Toptal Full-stack Developer Michael Cole explains the basics of browser edge computing and the role of web workers.

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Haxe Review: Haxe 4 Features and Strengths

by Kevin Bloch

The quietly growing number of serious Haxe projects have something new to contend with: the first major compiler release in over three years. What does Haxe 4 bring to the table?

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The Complete Guide to Cross-cultural Design

by Jônatas Vieira

Cross-cultural design is not a walk in the park. To be effective, designers need to consider not only language differences, but cultural tendencies, values, customs, and taboos.

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How to Recreate the Resources of a Bloomberg Terminal for Free

by Elizabeth J. Howell Hanano, CFA

We polled the Toptal Finance Expert network to find out how they access Bloomberg terminal-quality data without paying $25,000. One website we uncovered looks and feels exactly like FactSet—and costs nothing.

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WebVR and the Browser Edge Computing Revolution

by Michael Cole

Virtual Reality (VR) is making inroads into various industries but is not mainstream yet. WebVR and edge computing have the potential to boost adoption and bring VR to a wider audience. In this series of articles, Toptal Full-stack Developer Michael Cole introduces you to the basics of WebVR and edge computing, complete with elaborate examples.

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Influencing the Influencers: Analyst Firms

by Pete Privateer

No technology company, whether early-stage or well-established, can escape noticing the immense impact analyst firms have on both customers and market. Influencing the influencers is part of a product management strategy.

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Designed, Sealed, Delivered – The Power of Logo Package Express

by Micah Bowers

We test the limits of Logo Package Express, a tool that claims to name, save, and organize every file needed for a logo package in under two minutes.

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Optimizing Website Performance and Critical Rendering Path

by Ilya Chernov

Does your web page’s rendering performance meet today’s standards? Bad rendering performance can translate into a relatively high bounce rate. In this article, Toptal Freelance Web Developer Ilya Chernov explores the things that can lead to high rendering times, and how to fix them.

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