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Superside vs. Toptal

Superside gives you a dedicated design team, collaborative tech-enabled platform and high-quality creative outputs without any of the headache—all for the price of a single designer.

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Comparing Superside as the Toptal Alternative

Services offered

Services offered

Specializes in creative services such as graphic design, motion graphics, illustration, custom production (video, sound, photo), and campaigns and concepts for marketing and creative teams.

Specializes in creative services such as graphic design, motion graphics, illustration, custom production (video, sound, photo), and campaigns and concepts for marketing and creative teams.

Over 260 “specialized” skills for specific requirements with a primary focus on design for product teams.

Pricing

Pricing

Transparent, subscription pricing starts at $4,000 per month that can easily scale up (or down) to support the design needs of an entire enterprise organization.

Transparent, subscription pricing starts at $4,000 per month that can easily scale up (or down) to support the design needs of an entire enterprise organization.

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.

Onboarding

Onboarding

Collaborative onboarding process to understand your brand, current team structure, existing skills, and ongoing team needs. With a dedicated creative project manager, there is nothing lost between projects.

Collaborative onboarding process to understand your brand, current team structure, existing skills, and ongoing team needs. With a dedicated creative project manager, there is nothing lost between projects.

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.

Turnaround time

Turnaround time

12 to 48 hours

12 to 48 hours

24 hours

Communication

Communication

Stay in close contact with your dedicated creative project manager through the Superside platform, email, or Slack integration.

Stay in close contact with your dedicated creative project manager through the Superside platform, email, or Slack integration.

Directly with design freelancer over email and phone. You'll need to train them on your project management platform of choice.

Number of requests / revisions

Number of requests / revisions

Unlimited revisions based on hours available in your selected plans which can scale up or down based on needs. Several simultaneous projects are possible. Any unused hours roll over into the next month.

Unlimited revisions based on hours available in your selected plans which can scale up or down based on needs. Several simultaneous projects are possible. Any unused hours roll over into the next month.

Based on the availability of freelancer and design skillset.

Talent

Talent

Full-time employees and contractors, carefully vetted from over 57 countries in 19 time zones.

Full-time employees and contractors, carefully vetted from over 57 countries in 19 time zones.

You can choose whether they live in your timezone or not (resulting in price fluctuations).

A DesignOps Process That Scales, Not Just a Roster of Freelancers

A DesignOps Process That Scales, Not Just a Roster of Freelancers

Superside’s DesignOps process gives you a dedicated design team that helps with your immediate needs and scales as you grow. Operationalize design for reliable, high-quality assets with predictable pricing.

Toptal relies on its freelancers to communicate with you over email, or you can onboard them to a system of your choosing.


A Collaborative Creative Partner, Not a Recruiting Agency

A Collaborative Creative Partner, Not a Recruiting Agency

Superside gives you a creative production manager (CPM) who knows your brand, from fonts to logos and colors. They assemble the design specialists you need (e.g., motion designers, illustrators, etc.)  to get the creative assets you want.

Toptal features over 260 “design skills” on their page meaning you can get a WordPress designer to build your site, and then a motion graphic designer to help build out your ad inventory. However, therein lies the hidden costs of onboarding. Your WordPress designer isn’t an ads specialist, so even though you spent 2 weeks in a free trial onboarding the right candidate, you have to spend another 2 weeks hoping you can repeat the process with a motion designer.

Predictable Pricing, Not Extra Admin Work

Predictable Pricing, Not Extra Admin Work

Superside offers flexible subscription-based pricing customized to your unique needs. Get started with a full design team for the price of a junior designer. Unused subscription hours roll over into the next month. Got a big campaign coming up? Ramp up your Superside design team to suit your demands—from a simple infographic to an entire guide with promotional ads on every social channel.

With Toptal, you can hire hourly, part-time or full-time—and they charge a hefty commission thanks to their “rigorous” vetting process. However, the cost varies based on what you need.

Much Faster

20x

Faster than hiring creatives in-house
cut costs

50%

Reduction in average cost per asset
ship faster

70%

Lower turnaround time for digital assets
stress free

9.6

Average NPS rating from customers
Your Superside team plugs into your existing teams to increase output, faster.

Superside is made for

Your talented team is drowning in competing demands, working on tactical tasks, not strategic outputs. Boost your team’s morale, give them time to focus on impactful creative projects by adding capacity with round-the-clock design support with on-brand and on-time results.
With 20-30 sizes of banners, hundreds of places to buy your ads, and thousands of colour combinations to test, why build it all yourself? Superside gives you a range of designs to improve your ROAS by doing what you do best – testing the variations to know what drives revenue.
Different teams' needs are erratic and demand a lot of your time. Reimagine the way your organization gets design done with a proven design ops process that anyone on your team can use, even with those last-minute urgent design projects.
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Trusted by 450+ fast-growing companies and enterprises

“Superside makes it easy for Shopify's Growth team to get design done well and fast. Their platform is intuitive and enables speed, and the dedicated team model ensures everyone understands our brand and day-to-day needs deeply, allowing for scale.”
Amir Jaffari
Amir JaffariShopify
Growth Lead

Compare Superside vs. Other Alternatives

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While we’ve worked diligently to ensure the accuracy of the information in this post, as we all know too well things can change quickly. As you’re making your choice, check each company’s website and reach out to them directly for the most up-to-the-moment information. If you’re Toptal, and we’ve made an error, reach out to us for corrections.

Superside is a revolutionary way for businesses to get good design done at scale.Trusted by 450+ ambitious companies, Superside makes design hassle-free for marketing and creative teams. By combining the top 1% of creative talent from around the world with purpose-built technology and the rigor of design ops, Superside helps ambitious brands grow faster. Since inception, Superside has been a fully remote company, with more than 700 team members working across 57 countries and 13 timezones.
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