Are you looking to hire freelance graphic designers to create, revamp or clean up an amazing website? Or are you just looking for inspiration?
At Hubstaff, our team is made up of remote and freelance talent so we’re always on the lookout for inspiring, impressive graphic design websites. It’s important for us to find talent this way, as it expands the talent pool beyond geographic location, and allows us to test our time tracking and project management software ourselves.
What are the best websites to outsource graphic design?
When you’re looking to outsource graphic design, check out sites like Hubstaff Talent, Dribbble, Behance and LogoPond that allow you to search by type of work or experience. Plus, the 30 awesome graphic design portfolios mentioned in this post (keep reading!).
How do I choose a good graphic designer
Wondering how to find and select a graphic designer for your project? Here are a few steps to consider.
- What is your project? Knowing exactly what is needed (branding, presentations, posters) will help you narrow your focus.
- Know your timeline. Do you have 6 weeks or 6 months? This can influence who to contact if their site says they book at least two months out, for example.
- Know your budget. Make sure you have funds allocated and don’t expect free work. Having a budget in mind can also narrow your search.
- Start your search. We’ve rounded up a list of top designers to get you started, but don’t forget about other popular talent platforms.
- Check out their work and clients. It’s not always important to have experience in your industry, but some clients appreciate when designers who have worked in the space before (health care, financial, etc.). If you have a specific look in mind, you’ll also want to make sure that the designer’s portfolio reflects it. For example, if you’re looking for an illustrator but their portfolios don’t have any illustration work or that skill listed on their profile, it might not be the right choice.
Where can you find freelance graphic designers? Let’s look at some of the best.
Where can you find freelance graphic designers? Let’s look at some of the best.
Check out these brilliant graphic design portfolio websites from professionals around the world. Get inspired by their work as a fellow creative professional, or find a designer to help you with your brand. Either way, there’s a lot of impressive work to check out.
1. Veerle Pieters / Duoh!
Notable Clients/Projects: Smashing Magazine, ‘Collections’ WordPress theme design, MailChimp email newsletters
Veerle began her design career in print with logos, brochures, and stationery. In 1995, she added website design, user interface and multimedia development to her skill set. She chooses her projects based on how well she connects with the companies and has worked on ExpressionEngine 2.0’s GUI as well as the Library of Congress. Currently, she’s working as a graphi and web design agency, Duoh!, based in Deinze, Belgium.
2. Jon & Leigh Hicks
Notable Clients/Projects: Spotify, Skype, Opera Software, Mozilla Corporation, MailChimp
Jon Hicks is well-known for rendering the Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird logos. He is currently the desktop design lead at Opera and runs Hicksdesign along with Leigh Hicks. He began accepting freelance work again in 2010. As understandably busy as they are, clients are asked to send in timescale, budget and scope if they’re interested in working together.
3. Maya Ealey
Notable Clients/Projects: Lyft, GetAround, Asana, Taulia
Maya is a designer and illustrator who has worked with Lyft and Asana, where she’s currently a brand designer. Her portfolio includes full campaigns, packaging, logos and branding, and more. She’s based in the San Francisco Bay Area.Check out @MayaEaley and other design portfolios in this post! Click To Tweet
4. Dilshan de Silva
Notable Clients/Projects: Fiber Vision Networks, API 4 DEV (web listing of commonly used APIs and documentation), Niteguide
Dilshan is a freelance web designer and developer based in Melbourne, Australia. He has more than eight years of industry experience building responsive websites that stand out with a focus on user experience. In addition to his design services, he also offers SEO, content management and copywriting.I just learned about some freelance graphic designers like @ddesilva80 on @Hubstaff's blog! Click To Tweet
Notable Clients/Projects: Uber, G-Network AG, Google Earth, Google Guidelines
Founded by designer and creative director Roger Oddone, Oddone is a San Francisco-based brand studio. The group specializes in creating brand identities for forward-thinking businesses. Beyond the impressive portfolio, Oddone has been mentioned in Fast Company, Wired, Mashable and more.
6. Edwin Tofslie / BUILT
Notable Clients/Projects: Halo2.com, Old Spice, Burger King, Nike, Adidas
Edwin was formerly the Lead Product Designer at Snapguide, Creative Director at Summit and Art Director at EVB & AKQA. Now, he’s the co-founder of BUILT, an independent design & digital product consultancy. He designs for his client’s needs and approaches each project with a fresh perspective. Edwin has brand experience with multiple companies, such as ABC, Adidas, AOL, Burger King, Ford, Fox, Google, HBO, Icebreaker, Juicy Fruit, Kashi, Leap Frog, Microsoft, Nike, Old Spice, Pepsi Cola, Quiksilver, Red Bull, Subaru, Sunkist, The Body Shop, Wrigley’s, Xbox and more.
7. Daniel Lasso
Daniel is a graphic designer out of Popayán, Colombia. His illustrative and graphic design work has a detailed, refined look to it. Daniel works on branding, packaging, illustration projects and more.
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8. Matt Hamm
Notable Clients/Projects: Universal Music, Realmac Software, Net Magazine, Nexmo
Matt is a highly experienced designer and illustrator from the UK who specializes in web design, character illustration, branding, and graphic design. He is the co-founder and creative director of Supereight Studio Ltd.I just read about @matthamm and other talented freelance graphic designers! Click To Tweet
9. Douglas Hughmanick / ANML
Notable Clients/Projects: Yummly, Parts Unknown, AutoDesk, Ebay, Hewlett Packard, Monster Energy, Tesla, Yahoo, ESPN
Douglas is a creative working with talented partners to provide creative concept development, visual design, user experience, and front-end development services. He has seven years of agency experience leading the creative vision of a company. Currently, he’s leading ANML, a design and strategy firm in the heart of Silicon Valley.
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10. Alice Lee
Notable Clients/Projects: Google, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Sequoia Capital, Macy’s, Postmates, Slack
Alice lives and works in San Francisco as an independent artist and illustrator. She’s previously worked for Dropbox, where she joined as the second illustrator on the team, and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.
11. Jack Daly
Notable Clients/Projects: Invision, Loch Lomond Brewery
If you’re into brand illustrations, Jack’s portfolio does not disappoint. As the principal illustrator at Invision, Jack creates stunning illustrations that capture scenes from life and work. Oh, and there’s also an occasional beer can design. Check it out.
12. Zhenya Rynzhuk
Notable Clients/Projects: Supera, High Time
Zhenya creates mobile apps, websites, and brand identities. She’s based in New York, where she creates digital experiences for retail clients, artists, and more. Zhenya has also been an Awwwards judge, and is one of Dribbble’s trending designers.
13. Jose Alonso
Notable Clients/Projects: San Diego Italian Film Festival, Ernest Hemingway Floors, Hello Kitty, Ceres Juices
Jose has more than 12 years of experience as a creative processional. He has a degree in architecture and has worked on projects ranging from architectural and furniture design to photography to graphic and interactive design. He utilizes all available communication channels to engage his clients’ target audiences. Jose is a creative director in San Diego.I found out about the creative @alonsocreative on the @Hubstaff blog! Click To Tweet
14. Danny Knaack
Notable Clients/Projects: Stichwerk Hamburg, WordPress theme, Windows 8 night mode concept
Danny is web / UI designer based in Germany. He is also a front end developer, ensuring he understands the intricacies of website design down to the coding capabilities. Danny is currently employed as a senior web designer but also has an impressive portfolio of personal and freelance projects.I just discovered a cool graphic designer! @dannyknaack Click To Tweet
15. Pat Dryburgh
Notable Clients/Projects: Finstripe, Perch, On Stage Dance Studio, Lake Steilacoom, Cocoatech
Pat is a freelance designer who has worked with startups and small businesses since 2004. When starting out he wasn’t paid for his work. But did web design as a passion. He was working 40 hours a week at a local print and web design shop when he began taking on additional clients. His clients range from leading soda brands to a local design studio. He has worked as a senior UX designer, built websites, and designed and created marketing materials. The services he offers include freelance website design, re-design, album artwork and web consulting.
16. Amy Hood
Notable Clients/Projects: Google, 20th Century Fox, Target, The Greatest Showman (logo), La Floresta, Skip, Gents Ginger Ale
Amy is the co-founder and creative director of Hoodzpah, a branding and design agency in Newport Beach, CA. This impressive portfolio includes everything from custom typefaces to full brand identities, and a client list that includes Google, 20th Century Fox, and Target.
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17. Adham Dannaway
Notable Clients/Projects: Campaign Monitor, Growth Giant, Freelancer.com
Adham is a UX/UI designer and front end developer from Australia. He focuses on intuitive, beautiful interface designs, interaction design, website design and branding/logo design with expertise in HTML/CSS, Photoshop, Illustrator, WordPress and jQuery. His work has been featured in various books, magazines and websites internationally. He has also been mentioned in “Smashing Book 2” and “Web Designer Magazine.”I just discovered the awesome website of @AdhamDannaway today! Click To Tweet
18. Josh Sullivan
Notable Clients/Projects: Ebay, Facebook, NASA, Chevrolet
Josh is an art director, web designer, and developer who has more than 7 years of experience in the design industry. He provides unique solutions to vexing design problems. As the lead product designer at Treehouse, Josh is adept at designing for unique brands and capturing different brand personalities.
19. Carla Ferfolja
Notable Clients/Projects: Coca-Cola Mexico, Peugeot Argentina, Microsoft, Visa
Carla is a freelance graphic designer and art director with a degree from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. She has worked in design and marketing since 2002 when she was a web designer for a digital marketing agency. Within 5 years she became a design project leader with customers from around the world. In 2007 she managed design for the Fox Latin America Channel and in 2008 became the senior web designer for the MTV Networks Latin America team.Check out @carli_f and other cool freelance graphic designers! Click To Tweet
20. Denise Chandler
Notable Clients/Projects: J. Richard Hill, House of Children, One Greenville, Keerti Films
Denise creates beautiful and functional websites for small businesses. She offers website design that can be guided by the client, responsive web development, newsletter design, and social media services. Her passion for design started in 2003 with a web page built in Word. She has worked as a full-time designer for a web design company and has since moved to full-time freelancing. Denise has also designed her own fonts and icon sets for sale.Love the designs of @deniselchandler! I discovered a bunch of cool artists on @Hubstaff's blog Click To Tweet
21. Shawn Johnston
Notable Clients/Projects: Mystery Cafe, Bowen Island Beer, Lonetree Cider
Shawn believes in building systems, not layouts. He uses WordPress to create fine-tuned and flexible websites to support his clients’ business needs. His work stands out as a result of using a combination of UX design, content strategy and beautiful graphics. In 2010 he started out as a full-time design freelancer and WordPress developer and then founded his own agency in 2012. Shawn has more than 18 years of experience in the design industry.Read great things about @forgeandsmith! Click To Tweet
22. Ryan Scherf
Notable Clients/Projects: Stripe, Drip, Living Earth, numerous e-commerce sites and apps
Ryan is a full stack designer who has been in the design industry since 2006. He has a particularly strong background in UI design and has built multiple Stripe integrations. He believes that design can never be too simple, the look of a design is different from the feel, and persistence trumps talent.Learn about the very cool designer @ryanscherf and other great freelancers Click To Tweet
23. Ryan Putnam
Notable Clients/Projects: MessageBird, Stripe, Pinterest, Call Your Rep
Ryan is an illustrator, art director, and potter. In addition to his work for Stripe and Pinterest, Ryan has an online store for his prints, ceramics, and artwork.
24. Flurin Müller
Notable Clients/Projects: Edelgenuss, Ronald McDonald House of San Diego, Daniel Albrecht
Flurin designs and builds tailor-made, attractive websites with a focus on user experience. He offers requirement engineering to support clients with their project planning and strategy alignment. He is familiar with both the design industry and web development. In other words, he is familiar with the rules of web design.I just checked out @Outstander on @Hubstaff's blog and love his work! Click To Tweet
25. Julian Laval
Notable Clients/Projects: Pictually.me, European Space Agency Appathon, University of Bristol Computer Science Society
Julian is a student in the Computer Science department at the University of Bristol who creates user and browser-friendly websites and web apps. He has launched his own startup and is passionate about programming and dabbling in design. He has worked as the lead UX/UI designer for multiple companies and has built numerous websites as a contractor.
26. Marly Gallardo
Notable Clients/Projects: Adobe, Apple, ESPN, Fortune, The Guardian, IBM, Inc. Magazine, Intel, Jon Batiste, Microsoft, McCann
Marly is an Ecuadorian illustrator based in New York. Her conceptual, striking visuals have earned her international attention. Looking through her portfolio, it’s easy to see why. Her work spans illustration, painting, character design, editorial design, and more. Check it out.
27. Kev Adamson
Notable Clients/Projects: Sony, Warner Music, AT&T, Bet Fair, Hilton, IcelandAir, University of Westminster
Kev is a freelance web designer, illustrator, graphic designer and animator with 13 years of experience in the freelance design industry. He also has a diploma and degree in graphic design, a lot of good ideas and an unwavering passion for all things creative.
28. Vera Voishvilo
Vera is a freelance designer and illustrator in Minsk, Belarus. Vera’s portfolio includes illustration, animation and web design projects for law firms and e-commerce stores. You can check it all out — along with book illustrations and more — on Dribbble below.
29. Rene Agudelo
Notable Clients/Projects: Hubstaff, Adidas, Strava, El Dorado Cafe
You might recognize Rene’s style if you’ve visited the Hubstaff website or blog before. As a graphic, web and digital designer, Rene creates illustrations and branding for companies ranging from software to hospitality. Based in Bogotá, Colombia, Rene works remotely for international companies.
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Hubstaff Talent connects freelance graphic designers and clients with efficiency and finesse. It’s a free directory for companies looking to outsource remote talent across the globe. There are no markups and no fees for freelancers or business owners. That means graphic designers get exactly what their client pays them. Search through 1500+ graphic designers and graphic design companies or get bids on your job.
This free platform displays a graphic designer’s hourly rate, skills, experience, availability, resume, and languages spoken. Graphic designers also have the option to add a short “about” description to provide more information on themselves. Profiles can be filtered by skill, availability, years of experience, or country. You can also run a search for keywords or phrases.
Best of all, it’s completely free for job and talent seekers. With its easy search and detailed info, it’s easy to get in touch with the best person for the project.
This post was originally published October 25, 2016, and updated March 2019.