Every time you look at a screen, you’re looking at digital design that was likely made by a freelance digital designer. Digital design is everything from web design to emails to banner ads. Getting digital design right is important because users expect apps, games and websites to look and feel intuitive, easy-to-navigate and cohesive.

Working with a skilled freelance digital designer ensures that your project will end up like the vision you had in your head—or even better! To help you find the best freelance digital designers to hire in 2020, we compiled this list of the top digital designers on our platform. Take a look at what our top performers are doing in digital this year!

How to get the best digital design

You’re probably familiar with the concept of hiring a freelance designer. But what you might not realize is that there are a few different ways you can do this. One way to find the right digital designer for your project is to host a design contest.

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A landing page is a type of design digital designers create. Design by DSKY

With a design contest, you write a brief that describes what you’re looking for. This brief lists the kind of project you’re working on, what you need it to do and any design details you have in mind, like a color palette or a certain kind of look and feel. Designers from around the world read your brief and submit design concepts based on the information you’ve provided. Then you choose finalists, give them feedback on their concepts and ultimately choose the one that you like best. If ideation help and seeing a variety of design styles is important to you, we recommend starting a design contest.

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But if you already have a pretty solid idea of what you want your finished project to look like, you can save yourself time by skipping the contest and hiring a digital designer who meshes with your style directly.

The 10 best freelance digital designers to hire in 2020

  1. 1
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 100 )
    • Web page design
    • WordPress theme design
    • Landing page design
    • Other design
    • Other web or app design
    • Other business or advertising
    • Icon or button
    • Email
    • Banner ad
    • App design
    • Logo design
    • Illustration or graphics
  2. 2
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 113 )
    • Web page design
    • WordPress theme design
    • Other design
    • Landing page design
    • Other web or app design
    • Other business or advertising
    • App design
    • Facebook cover
    • Stationery
    • Social media page
    • Poster
    • Logo & business card
    • Icon or button
    • Business card
    • Brochure
    • Banner ad
  3. 3
    • Web page design
    • Landing page design
    • WordPress theme design
    • Other design
    • Other web or app design
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Other business or advertising
    • Logo design
    • Brochure
    • Signage
    • Flash banner
    • Facebook cover
    • Email
    • Business card
    • Brand guide
    • Other book or magazine
    • Infographic
    • Icon or button
    • Poster
    • Logo & hosted website
    • Logo & business card
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Banner ad
    • Book cover
  4. 4
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 24 )
    • Web page design
    • Other web or app design
    • App design
    • Landing page design
    • Other design
    • Icon or button
  5. 5
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 45 )
    • Web page design
    • Landing page design
    • WordPress theme design
    • App design
    • Infographic
    • Other web or app design
    • Business card
    • Social media page
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Logo design
    • Banner ad
    • Logo & hosted website
  6. 6
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 84 )
    • Banner ad
    • Other web or app design
    • Landing page design
    • Web page design
    • Other business or advertising
    • Other design
    • Social media page
    • Infographic
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Product label
    • Stationery
    • Other Graphic Design
    • Other book or magazine
    • Logo design
    • Email
    • Book cover
    • Poster
    • Logo & hosted website
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Other packaging or label
  7. 7
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 12 )
    • Web page design
    • WordPress theme design
    • Landing page design
    • Business card
    • Stationery
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Other web or app design
    • Logo design
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Icon or button
    • Email
  8. 8
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 41 )
    • Web page design
    • Landing page design
    • Custom Wordpress Themes
    • Email
    • WordPress theme design
    • Banner ad
    • Other business or advertising
    • Other Graphic Design
    • Poster
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Other web or app design
    • Other design
    • Logo design
    • App design
    • Infographic
    • Brochure
    • T-shirt
    • Signage
    • Print or packaging design
    • Facebook cover
    • Book cover
  9. 9
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 50 )
    • Web page design
    • Landing page design
    • WordPress theme design
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Product packaging
    • Other business or advertising
    • Other web or app design
    • Signage
    • Other design
    • Facebook cover
    • Business card
    • Banner ad
    • Product label
    • Other book or magazine
    • Logo design
    • Car, truck or van wrap
    • Brochure
  10. 10
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 29 )
    • Web page design
    • Landing page design
    • WordPress theme design
    • Logo design
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Card or invitation
    • Social media page
    • Other web or app design
    • Facebook cover
    • Custom Wordpress Themes
    • Book cover
    • Banner ad

How did we choose these as the top digital designers?

We know digital design is critical to get right because if you get it wrong, you lose a ton of clicks. Or you never get those clicks to begin with. No matter what kind of design you’ve got, poor digital design will cost you the users’ attention and ultimately, the conversion you were after. So when we made our list of the best digital designers to hire in 2020, we looked closely at these three things:

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Attractive digital design keeps people on your site or using your app. Icon design by Pinch Studio

1. Design quality

When a new designer joins 99designs, one of the design experts on our team goes through their portfolio and looks for the conceptual thought, technical execution and knowledge of design principles present in their work. From here, the expert assigns the designer one of three levels:

  • Top level
  • Mid level
  • Entry level

When you look at a designer’s portfolio page, you can see their level right under their name. This way, you can quickly see whether they’re a designer with a ton of experience or somebody who’s still up-and-coming.

2. Digital design experience

Digital design and graphic design aren’t the same thing. Digital design is a broad area that requires lot of experience designing for digital screens. Keep this in mind when you’re searching for a digital designer—someone who bills themselves as an illustrator or print designer might not have all the skills to deliver the project you’re after. Beyond looking at each designer’s overall quality, we looked specifically at their experience with digital design. Only designers who specialized in digital design made the cut.

3. Professionalism

Being a top level designer and having specialized experience in digital design kept designers in the running, but only those with one more quality made it into our top 10: professionalism. We looked closely at each designer’s track record with meeting deadlines, communicating with clients and overall, being easy and pleasant to work with because we wanted to make sure every digital designer in our top picks is a consummate professional.

Are you ready to hire a freelance digital designer?

Whether you need a set of graphics to make your app come alive or a digital banner that gets your website all the clicks, you need to work with an experienced digital designer who can deliver exactly what you’re looking for. If you’re not certain one of our top 10 can do just that, search our platform to find the designer who can.

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