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

  1. 1
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 67 )
    • App design
    • Icon or button
    • Web page design
    • Other web or app design
    • Sticker
    • Other design
    • Logo design
    • Book cover
    • Other business or advertising
    • Infographic
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Poster
  2. 2
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 250 )
    • 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
  3. 3
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 95 )
    • Logo design
    • Character or mascot
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Other design
    • Logo & business card
    • Brochure
    • Product packaging
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Product label
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Other art or illustration
    • T-shirt
    • Stationery
    • Clothing or apparel
    • WordPress theme design
    • Web page design
    • Menu
    • Logo & hosted website
    • Landing page design
    • Infographic
    • Icon or button
    • Business card
    • Banner ad
  4. 4
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 40 )
    • Logo design
    • Logo & business card
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Character or mascot
    • Icon or button
    • App design
    • Product label
    • Stationery
    • Other packaging or label
    • Other design
    • Other business or advertising
  5. 5
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 101 )
    • Logo design
    • Logo & business card
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Logo & social media pack
    • T-shirt
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Character or mascot
    • Sticker
    • Stationery
    • Clothing or apparel
    • Social media page
    • Signage
    • Product packaging
    • Product label
    • Other Graphic Design
    • Other design
    • Other business or advertising
    • Business card
  6. 6
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 24 )
    • Logo design
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Icon or button
    • Character or mascot
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Signage
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Brand guide
    • Other Graphic Design
    • Logo & business card
  7. 7
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 23 )
    • Logo design
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Other design
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Banner ad
    • Book cover
    • Other business or advertising
    • Icon or button
    • Logo & business card
    • Web page design
    • Email
    • Business card
    • Product packaging
    • Product label
    • PowerPoint template
    • Other book or magazine
    • Landing page design
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Brochure
  8. 8
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 102 )
    • Book cover
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Logo design
    • Other Graphic Design
    • T-shirt
    • Print or packaging design
    • Social media page
    • Other art or illustration
    • Icon or button
    • Product label
    • Other business or advertising
    • Other book or magazine
  9. 9
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 141 )
    • Book cover
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Poster
    • Magazine cover
    • Other book or magazine
    • Logo design
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Other art or illustration
    • Typesetting
    • Product label
    • Other web or app design
    • Typesetting with imagery
    • Stationery
    • Signage
    • Other design
    • Icon or button
    • Character or mascot
  10. 10
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 115 )
    • Book cover
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Poster
    • Character or mascot
    • Banner ad
    • Other design
    • Icon or button
    • Product packaging
    • Other book or magazine
    • Other art or illustration
    • Social media page
    • Other clothing or merchandise
    • Logo design
    • Facebook cover
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • T-shirt
    • Sticker
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Merchandise
    • Infographic
    • Card or invitation
    • Other web or app design
    • Product label
    • Other packaging or label
  11. 11
    Top Level
    4.8
    ( 6 )
    • Web page design
    • App design
    • Other web or app design
    • WordPress theme design
    • App
  12. 12
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 21 )
    • Logo design
    • Logo & business card
    • Other design
    • Product label
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Stationery
    • Other Graphic Design
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Card or invitation
    • Book cover
    • T-shirt
    • Social media page
    • Poster
    • Other web or app design
  13. 13
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 71 )
    • Web page design
    • WordPress theme design
    • Logo design
    • Landing page design
    • Other design
    • App design
    • Banner ad
    • Other web or app design
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Social media page
    • Other business or advertising
    • Facebook cover
    • Logo & hosted website
    • Logo & business card
    • Icon or button
  14. 14
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 89 )
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Product label
    • T-shirt
    • Other clothing or merchandise
    • Logo design
    • Card or invitation
    • Clothing or apparel
    • Other art or illustration
    • Product packaging
    • Book cover
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Email
    • Other web or app design
    • Other business or advertising
    • Web page design
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Other packaging or label
    • Other design
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Poster
    • Other book or magazine
    • Logo & business card
    • Infographic
    • Cup or mug
    • Character or mascot
    • Business card
    • Banner ad
  15. 15
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 36 )
    • Logo design
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Business card
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Web page design
    • Logo & business card
    • Brochure
    • Sticker
    • Stationery
    • Product packaging
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Product label
    • PowerPoint template
    • Other art or illustration
    • Landing page design
  16. 16
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 30 )
    • T-shirt
    • Web page design
    • Logo design
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Poster
    • Book cover
    • WordPress theme design
    • Product packaging
    • Other web or app design
    • Other design
    • Landing page design
    • Card or invitation
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Stationery
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Product label
    • Merchandise
    • Magazine cover
    • Email
    • Clothing or apparel
    • App design
    • Logo & business card
  17. 17
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 41 )
    • Logo design
    • Logo & business card
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Product label
    • T-shirt
    • Stationery
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Other web or app design
    • Business card
    • WordPress theme design
    • Product packaging
    • Other design
    • Other business or advertising
    • Other art or illustration
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Clothing or apparel
    • Card or invitation
    • Brochure
    • Poster
  18. 18
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 22 )
    • Logo design
    • Product label
    • Sticker
    • Other design
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Product packaging
    • Other art or illustration
    • Other packaging or label
    • Other business or advertising
    • Facebook cover
    • Character or mascot
  19. 19
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 20 )
    • Logo design
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Logo & hosted website
    • Logo & business card
    • Product packaging
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Product label
    • Web page design
    • T-shirt
    • Sticker
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Landing page design
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Car, truck or van wrap
  20. 20
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 30 )
    • Logo design
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Logo & business card
    • Signage
    • Icon or button
    • Book cover
  21. 21
    Top Level
    4.8
    ( 31 )
    • Logo design
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Logo & business card
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Other art or illustration
    • Book cover
    • Stationery
    • Product packaging
    • Product label
    • PowerPoint template
    • Poster
    • Other packaging or label
    • Other design
    • Other business or advertising
    • Other book or magazine
    • Clothing or apparel
    • Card or invitation
    • Brochure
  22. 22
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 19 )
    • Logo design
    • Logo & business card
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • T-shirt
    • Stationery
    • Social media page
    • Other design
    • Card or invitation
    • Business card
    • Logo & brand identity pack
  23. 23
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 23 )
    • Logo design
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Social media page
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Icon or button
    • Other design
    • Product label
    • Logo & hosted website
    • Logo & business card
    • Business card
  24. 24
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 26 )
    • Logo design
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Logo & hosted website
    • Logo & business card
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Stationery
    • Poster
    • Business card
    • Brand guide
  25. 25
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 31 )
    • Logo design
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Web page design
    • Social media page
    • Other design
    • Menu
    • Logo & business card
    • Business card
    • T-shirt
    • Stationery
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Product label
    • PowerPoint template
    • Other business or advertising
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Cup or mug
    • Brand guide
  26. 26
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 14 )
    • Logo design
    • Illustration or graphics
    • T-shirt
    • Other design
    • Other clothing or merchandise
    • Other art or illustration
    • Merchandise
    • Tattoo
    • Icon or button
    • Clothing or apparel
    • Sticker
    • Product label
    • Other Graphic Design
    • Other business or advertising
    • Other book or magazine
    • Logo & business card
    • Book cover
  27. 27
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 33 )
    • Web page design
    • Other web or app design
    • App design
    • Landing page design
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Other book or magazine
  28. 28
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 28 )
    • Product label
    • Poster
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Product packaging
    • Signage
    • Other packaging or label
    • Other business or advertising
    • T-shirt
    • Stationery
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Other art or illustration
    • Merchandise
    • Icon or button
    • Logo design
    • Facebook cover
    • Cup or mug
    • Other web or app design
    • Other design
    • Menu
    • Business card
  29. 29
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 22 )
    • Logo design
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Logo & hosted website
    • Logo & business card
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Business card
  30. 30
    Top Level
    4.9
    ( 92 )
    • Other design
    • Logo design
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Other business or advertising
    • Web page design
    • Illustration or graphics
    • PowerPoint template
    • Logo & hosted website
    • Other Graphic Design
    • Business card
    • Book cover
    • Social media page
    • Stationery
    • Poster
    • Other art or illustration
    • Banner ad
    • Product label
    • Other web or app design
    • Brochure
    • App design
    • Logo & business card
    • Landing page design
    • Email
    • WordPress theme design
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Other packaging or label
    • Other book or magazine
    • Card or invitation
    • Product packaging
    • Logo & brand identity pack

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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