Your logo is the face of your company. When people see it, you want them to understand the quality of your products or services, and the values of your organization. And you want them to remember you. But how do you go about getting something as emblematic as the Starbucks mermaid or the Target bullseye? You have your logo created by a top-notch logo designer.

To help you find someone who can take your big ideas and condense them into the perfect mark for your brand, we’ve compiled a list of the top logo designers for hire.

How to get the best logo design

Most people are familiar with the concept of hiring a freelance designer. But this isn’t the only way of getting graphic design done. Anyone thinking of creating a logo should consider a logo design contest.

A Logo Design Contest gives you options. By killpixel::24/7.

In a design contest, you write a brief describing what you are looking for, and designers from all over the world submit concepts unique to your brief. You then choose finalists, give feedback to hone the designs and ultimately pick your favorite logo. If ideation and seeing a variety of different design styles is important to you, we’d recommend a design contest.

Learn more about logo design contests ->

On the other hand, if you already have a clear idea of the style and direction you’d like to take your logo, hiring a freelancer is a great choice!

The 10 best freelance logo designers to hire in 2021

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    • Logo design
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    • T-shirt
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Poster
    • Other art or illustration
    • Banner ad
    • Signage
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Other web or app design
    • Other design
    • Other clothing or merchandise
    • Merchandise
    • Logo & brand guide
    • Email
    • Clothing or apparel
    • Character or mascot
    • Business card
    • Album Cover
    • 3D
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    • Illustration or graphics
    • Product packaging
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Other business or advertising
    • Brochure
    • Infographic
    • Email
    • Product label
    • Logo design
    • Other packaging or label
    • Banner ad
    • Other design
    • Other art or illustration
    • Business card
    • Typesetting
    • Signage
    • Menu
    • Other book or magazine
    • Poster
    • Other web or app design
    • Typesetting with imagery
    • Card or invitation
    • PowerPoint template
    • Other clothing or merchandise
    • Book cover
    • Stationery
    • Web page design
    • Sticker
    • Social media page
    • Logo & business card
    • Icon or button
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Zoom background design
    • T-shirt
    • Merchandise
    • Clothing or apparel
    • Brand guide
  3. 3
    • Logo design
    • Other design
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Logo & business card
    • Business card
    • Stationery
    • Web page design
    • Logo & hosted website
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Other business or advertising
    • Product packaging
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Brochure
    • Brand guide
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Signage
    • Product label
    • Poster
    • Other web or app design
    • Other packaging or label
    • Other Graphic Design
    • Logo & brand guide
    • Landing page design
    • Custom Wordpress Themes
    • Clothing or apparel
    • Banner ad
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    • Logo design
    • Brochure
    • App design
    • Other business or advertising
    • Banner ad
    • Web page design
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Signage
    • Book cover
    • Other design
    • Business card
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Product label
    • Poster
    • Other web or app design
    • Logo & business card
    • Infographic
    • Social media page
    • PowerPoint template
    • Other clothing or merchandise
    • Logo & brand guide
    • Stationery
    • Product packaging
    • Print or packaging design
    • Logo & hosted website
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Icon or button
    • Clothing or apparel
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    • Logo design
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    • Logo & hosted website
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    • Illustration or graphics
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    • Product packaging
    • Product label
    • PowerPoint template
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    • Clothing or apparel
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    • Logo design
    • Logo & business card
    • Other design
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Stationery
    • Web page design
    • Print or packaging design
    • Logo & brand guide
    • Landing page design
    • Icon or button
    • Brochure
    • WordPress theme design
    • T-shirt
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Other Graphic Design
    • Other art or illustration
    • Car, truck or van wrap
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    • Logo design
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Logo & business card
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Product label
    • Logo & brand guide
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Product packaging
    • Business card
    • Other design
    • Icon or button
    • Other business or advertising
    • Merchandise
    • T-shirt
    • Brand guide
    • Sticker
    • Other web or app design
    • Other packaging or label
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Other art or illustration
    • Character or mascot
    • Banner ad
    • Signage
    • Logo & hosted website
    • WordPress theme design
    • Typesetting with imagery
    • Stationery
    • PowerPoint template
    • Poster
    • Podcast
    • Menu
    • Facebook cover
    • Cup or mug
    • Clothing or apparel
    • Brochure
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    • Logo design
    • Product label
    • Product packaging
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Logo & business card
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Other packaging or label
    • Business card
    • T-shirt
    • Sticker
    • Brand guide
    • Menu
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Brochure
    • Web page design
    • Other clothing or merchandise
    • Other business or advertising
    • Banner ad
    • Stationery
    • Other design
    • Social media page
    • Other web or app design
    • WordPress theme design
    • Poster
    • Other book or magazine
    • Other art or illustration
    • Logo & hosted website
    • Infographic
    • Icon or button
    • Clothing or apparel
    • Car, truck or van wrap
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    • Logo design
    • Other design
    • Logo & business card
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Other business or advertising
    • Logo & hosted website
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    • Logo design
    • Other design
    • Logo & business card
    • Web page design
    • Illustration or graphics
    • T-shirt
    • Icon or button
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Product label
    • Business card
    • Tattoo
    • Stationery
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    • Other business or advertising
    • Clothing or apparel

How did we choose these as the top logo designers?

A logo is a small symbol with big importance. We know how important it is to get it right, and we want to make sure you feel good about who you’re working with. Here are the things we looked for when selecting designers to go on this list:

1. Overall design quality

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by onripus

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. They then assign the designer 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. Logo design experience

Writing a poem and writing an academic dissertation both require training and skill, but many writers specialize in one or the other, not both. It’s the same thing with design. In addition to looking at overall quality, we specifically vetted each designer on this list to make sure they had experience with and specialized in logo design.

3. Professionalism

Of course you want someone with design skills, but you also want a logo 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 logo designers are professionals in service as well as design.

What to think about when hiring a logo designer

Your logo will be the cornerstone piece of your brand identity. As you’re reviewing portfolios here are a few things you want to consider:

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by ultrastjarna
  • Style. This can be so impactful to how potential customers identify your brand. Designers often specialize, so if you want a modern line art logo, make sure you hire someone who has examples of modern line art in their portfolio.
  • Impact. When you look at the designs do you immediately get a feeling for the personality of the brand (serious or fun, sophisticated or playful?).
  • Industry specialization. Some designers have more experience in one industry than another. This can work to your advantage or disadvantage; if you’re an accountant who targets young people, a traditional accountant logo designer might be the wrong fit. On the other hand, if you’re a retail shop, you may want to work with someone who understands how to use a logo to draw in customers to a brick and mortar.
  • What else do they do? While being a logo specialist is important, you might have ongoing design needs. If you do, consider if the designer also does websites or brochures. Most logo designers can also help you build out your entire brand style guide.

Are you ready to hire an amazing freelance logo designer?

Whether you want a sweet watercolor logo for your kid’s clothing store, or an edgy, modern mark for your tech startup, a great logo designer can be the difference between something that’s fine, and something that makes potential customers say “wow.”

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