Graphic designers touch nearly everything we see, from the billboards you drive by on the way to work, to the packaging of your toothpaste, to the website you’re looking at right now (hello!). If you own a business, chances are at some point you will require some sort of graphic design work. And while it can be tempting to DIY or rely on a friend with photoshop, hiring a freelance professional is usually the way to go.

A professional graphic designer will not only make your logo, website or brochure look great, but they’ll also make sure it gets you results.

The different options for graphic design work

There are multiple ways to get graphic design done online, and depending on what you’re looking for, one may be more suited to your needs.

Design contests

Design contests are great for ideation! You create a brief and designers from around the world pitch you concepts specific to your project. You pick your few favorites and work with those designers to hone the look, feel and message. And then you pick one (or more) as the winner.

We recommend design contests for logos, t-shirts, book covers, landing pages and anything else where you have clear, set deliverables (e.g. one logo) and want to generate multiple ideas to help you find the perfect design.

Decided a design contest is right for you? Get one started today!->

Working directly with a freelancer

Working one-to-one with a freelance designer is the best option when you’ve got a complicated project, or if you are very clear on what you want. This method allows you to iterate on one project until it’s exactly right, or to expand scope as needed.

We recommend working directly with a freelancer for websites, app designs, book layout, illustrations and any projects where there are a large amount of deliverables (e.g. many web page designs) or there are complex details that need to be explained.

Want to work directly with a freelancer? Read on!

The 10 best freelance graphic designers to hire in 2019

Top Level
5.0
( 320 )
  • Logo design
  • Logo & brand identity pack
  • Logo & business card
  • Logo & social media pack
  • Product label
  • Illustration or graphics
  • Business card
  • Product packaging
  • Other design
  • Icon or button
  • Brand guide
  • T-shirt
  • Other business or advertising
  • Merchandise
  • Other web or app design
  • Other packaging or label
  • Other art or illustration
  • Character or mascot
  • Banner ad
  • WordPress theme design
  • Typesetting with imagery
  • Sticker
  • Stationery
  • Poster
  • Postcard, flyer or print
  • Menu
  • Facebook cover
Top Level
5.0
( 338 )
  • Book cover
  • Banner ad
  • Other book or magazine
  • Other design
  • Other web or app design
  • Postcard, flyer or print
  • Product packaging
  • Facebook cover
  • Logo design
  • Signage
  • Other business or advertising
  • Other art or illustration
  • Business card
  • Social media page
  • Product label
  • Other packaging or label
  • Logo & business card
  • Illustration or graphics
  • Brochure
Top Level
5.0
( 111 )
  • Logo design
  • Logo & brand identity pack
  • T-shirt
  • Product label
  • Logo & business card
  • Book cover
  • Logo & social media pack
  • Illustration or graphics
  • Business card
  • Card or invitation
  • Other business or advertising
  • Merchandise
  • Menu
  • Sticker
  • Product packaging
  • Poster
  • Other design
  • Cup or mug
  • Web page design
  • Social media page
  • Signage
  • Postcard, flyer or print
  • Other clothing or merchandise
  • Other art or illustration
  • Car, truck or van wrap
  • Brand guide
Top Level
5.0
( 106 )
  • Logo design
  • Logo & brand identity pack
  • Stationery
  • Product packaging
  • Logo & social media pack
  • Product label
  • Web page design
  • Other design
  • Other web or app design
  • Menu
  • Logo & business card
  • Clothing or apparel
  • Business card
  • Brochure
  • Social media page
  • Postcard, flyer or print
  • Other art or illustration
  • Merchandise
  • Illustration or graphics
  • Icon or button
  • Banner ad
Top Level
5.0
( 210 )
  • Book cover
  • Product label
  • Postcard, flyer or print
  • Product packaging
  • Logo design
  • Poster
  • Other design
  • Brochure
  • Signage
  • Other packaging or label
  • Other business or advertising
  • Facebook cover
  • Landing page design
  • Other web or app design
  • Other art or illustration
  • Merchandise
  • Card or invitation
Top Level
5.0
( 222 )
  • Logo design
  • Banner ad
  • T-shirt
  • Illustration or graphics
  • Logo & brand identity pack
  • Other business or advertising
  • Icon or button
  • Brochure
  • Logo & business card
  • Product label
  • Other web or app design
  • Other design
  • Other art or illustration
  • Character or mascot
  • Typesetting
  • Logo & social media pack
  • Signage
  • PowerPoint template
  • Postcard, flyer or print
  • Infographic
  • Stationery
  • Poster
  • Other packaging or label
  • Facebook cover
  • Clothing or apparel
  • Business card
  • Web page design
  • Typesetting with imagery
  • Sticker
  • Social media page
  • Product packaging
  • Other book or magazine
  • Merchandise
  • Menu
  • Landing page design
  • Car, truck or van wrap
  • Brand guide
  • Book cover
Top Level
5.0
( 87 )
  • T-shirt
  • Illustration or graphics
  • Infographic
  • Web page design
  • Other art or illustration
  • Postcard, flyer or print
  • Other design
  • Logo design
  • Card or invitation
  • Icon or button
  • Sticker
  • Clothing or apparel
  • Signage
  • Other web or app design
  • Merchandise
  • Book cover
  • Other clothing or merchandise
  • Logo & business card
  • Landing page design
  • Character or mascot
  • Brochure
  • Banner ad
  • Social media page
  • PowerPoint template
  • Other business or advertising
  • Other book or magazine
  • Business card
  • Poster
Top Level
5.0
( 233 )
  • Car, truck or van wrap
  • Signage
  • Other business or advertising
  • Other design
  • Logo design
  • Business card
  • Postcard, flyer or print
  • Illustration or graphics
  • Stationery
  • T-shirt
  • Sticker
  • Poster
  • Other web or app design
  • Other art or illustration
  • Logo & business card
  • Facebook cover
Top Level
5.0
( 137 )
  • Logo design
  • Logo & brand identity pack
  • Logo & social media pack
  • Logo & business card
  • T-shirt
  • Product label
  • Illustration or graphics
  • Clothing or apparel
  • Character or mascot
  • Business card
Top Level
5.0
( 293 )
  • Logo design
  • Illustration or graphics
  • Character or mascot
  • Logo & brand identity pack
  • Other design
  • Logo & social media pack
  • Logo & business card
  • Other art or illustration
  • T-shirt
  • Clothing or apparel
  • Product label
  • Web page design
  • Postcard, flyer or print
  • Other web or app design
  • Merchandise
  • Sticker
  • Signage
  • Icon or button
  • Poster
  • Business card
  • Product packaging
  • Other business or advertising
  • App design
  • Social media page
  • Other clothing or merchandise
  • Logo & hosted website
  • Infographic
  • Card or invitation
  • Brochure
  • Brand guide
  • Banner ad
  • 3D

How did we choose these as the top graphic designers?

At 99designs, our goal is to connect you with the best designer for your project. We want to make sure you have the information you need to confidently select that graphic designer. When choosing the top graphic designers for this list, we looked at a couple of things:

1. Design skill

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All designers on 99designs have their portfolios reviewed by our in-house design experts. This team looks at design concepting, technical execution and knowledge of design principles and assigns the designer to one of three levels:

  • Top Level designers are experienced creative professionals
  • Mid Level designers have shown good examples and are working on establishing themselves as experts
  • Entry Level designers show promise, but are just starting to develop in their careers

Each designers portfolio will show you their level so you have a better understanding of who you’re working with when choosing a designer.

2. Professionalism

Design chops are obviously important when you’re a designer. But so is professionalism. Which is why we also take responsiveness, communication skills and client happiness into account when rating our designers. You can be assured you’re not just getting a skilled artist, but also a professional.

What to think about when hiring a graphic designer

Choosing the perfect designer is fun, but can also be daunting. You want to make sure you hire someone who gets your project and your brand, and can help you elevate it. Here’s what you need to do to pick the right person:

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  1. Focus on the portfolio: This is a designer’s resume. You’ll want to look at the type of graphic design they do (you probably don’t want to hire a logo designer to do book illustrations) as well as the style they specialize in (are their designs cutesy? Modern? Tough?).
  2. Make sure you have clear goals: You may love vintage etchings, but is that style going to make clients feel welcome and comfortable at your dental practice? Understand the needs of your project and pick a designer based on those as opposed to your personal taste.
  3. Know what you need and how much you can spend: It’s fun to fantasize about the future of your business and pin beautiful images of your ideal website. But make sure you’re being realistic. What’s your budget? Timeline? What (exactly) do you need? Talk to designers to make sure they get what you’re going for, and you agree on the price.

Are you ready to hire an amazing freelance graphic designer?

Whether you need a 3d product prototype or the brochure to advertise it at a convention, you’re going to need some graphic design. Hiring the right graphic designer can help you stand out from the crowd.

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