Most people don’t understand how important UI really is… until their site buttons look like the cockpit of a spaceship! The best UI designers know exactly how to solve this problem. The UI, or “User Interface,” is the space where people interact with a digital device—when dealing with websites, software and apps using on-screen buttons and gesture controls. And without a well-designed UI, your users might as well be interacting with a wall.

Interface design is a specific design skill, so it’s best to hire a freelance designer who specializes in UI specifically. So we’ve compiled a list of the top freelance UI designers below, all ready for hire!

How to get the best UI design

If you’re using a template site-builder or WYSIWYG editor, your options for creating the perfect UI design are typically bare minimum. That’s not their fault, though; they have to accommodate a broad range of sites, software and apps, so their UI features must be general. But if you want your UI to fit your project like a glove, with controls so intuitive users forget they’re even using them, you’ll need one custom-built by a professional UI designer.

Working one-on-one with a freelance designer is the best way to get a tailor-made UI. You can have a back-and-forth dialogue and test out variations before giving feedback. If you rely on general or generic controls, there will also be a gap between what your users want to do, and what they can do.

The 10 best freelance UI designers to hire in 2022

  1. 1
    • Logo design
    • Logo & business card
    • Clothing or apparel
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Stationery
    • Landing page design
    • Brand guide
  2. 2
    • Web page design
    • App design
    • Logo design
    • Landing page design
    • Banner ad
    • Facebook cover
    • WordPress theme design
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Other web or app design
    • Icon or button
    • Social media page
    • Product label
    • Other Graphic Design
    • Other design
    • Business card
  3. 3
    • Web page design
    • Landing page design
    • Book cover
    • Flash banner
    • Other design
    • Other business or advertising
    • WordPress theme design
    • Product label
    • Social media page
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Other art or illustration
    • Banner ad
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Other web or app design
    • Logo design
  4. 4
    • Other web or app design
    • App design
    • Web page design
    • Icon or button
    • WordPress theme design
    • Other design
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Landing page design
  5. 5
    • App design
    • Web page design
    • Email
  6. 6
    • Other web or app design
    • App design
    • Web page design
    • Landing page design
    • Icon or button
    • Other business or advertising
    • Logo design
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Other design
    • Brochure
    • PowerPoint template
    • Other art or illustration
    • Business card
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Brand guide
  7. 7
    • App design
    • Web page design
    • Other web or app design
    • Logo design
    • Other art or illustration
    • Landing page design
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Icon or button
    • Brochure
    • Logo & brand identity pack
  8. 8
    • Web page design
    • Other web or app design
    • Banner ad
    • Landing page design
    • Social media page
    • WordPress theme design
    • Brochure
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Other design
    • Other business or advertising
    • Business card
    • Signage
    • Facebook cover
    • Cup or mug
    • App design
    • Logo & hosted website
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Icon or button
    • T-shirt
    • PowerPoint template
    • Logo design
    • Email
  9. 9
    • Banner ad
    • Web page design
    • Other web or app design
    • Logo design
    • App design
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Other business or advertising
    • Product label
    • Logo & hosted website
    • Logo & business card
    • Landing page design
    • Business card
    • Brochure
    • Book cover
  10. 10
    • Web page design
    • Other web or app design
    • Landing page design
    • WordPress theme design
    • App design
    • Banner ad
    • Other business or advertising
    • Social media page
    • Other design
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Icon or button
    • Brochure
    • Stationery
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Logo & hosted website

How did we choose these as the top UI designers?

Connecting with an interface is what brings your site, software or app to life—otherwise it’s just a screenshot. That’s why we looked at distinct criteria to choose only the best UI designers for this list:

1. Design quality

When a designer joins 99designs, an expert from our team goes through their portfolio and considers the conceptual thought, technical execution and knowledge of design principles evident in their work. If their work meets our quality standards, the designer is assigned one of three levels:

  • Top Level
  • Mid Level
  • Entry Level

These levels are displayed on designer portfolios, so you can easily see if you’re working with someone with lots of experience and design chops, or someone that is up-and-coming.

2. UI design experience

Your buttons and controls need to look good, for one. But in addition to graphic design, UI design draws on many different fields, from computing to psychology, so not just any designer can handle it. We examined more than just overall design skill for these 10 designers, and specifically vetted each one on this list to make sure they had sufficient expertise with UI design.

3. Professionalism

Of course you want someone with design skills, but you also want a UI designer who communicates with you throughout the process, delivers on time and is generally good to work with. So we took past customer experiences into account to make sure all of our recommended UI designers are professionals in service as well as design.

Are you ready to hire a top freelance UI designer?

A custom-UI turns your project into something people love to use, not just tolerate. If you want to give your controls a personal look — and feel—you need an experienced UI designer. Hire one of the ten best freelance UI designers above now!

Want more UI designer choices?

If you want to see more UI designers than the ones on this list, you can browse our community of designers, even filtering by those who specialize in UI.

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