As long as new things continue to emerge, advertisements will exist. The best advertising designers juggle many aspects of a project. The most important facets include producing a unique advertising strategy, utilizing stand out typography and memorable visuals with alluring contrast, proper hierarchy and consistency to tie everything together. The ultimate goal here is to deliver a message, perhaps including a catchphrase or slogan, which immediately captures the attention of your target audience. Sounds simple, right?

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Great advertising let’s people know what you’ve got to offer. Illustration by OrangeCrush.

Ad design is, in fact, a super complex area of marketing. Working with a professional advertising designer is important because the specialization itself takes serious training, skill and experience to implement interdisciplinary approaches. How else would it be possible to hype and inform about complex products and services through top visual and verbal communication? Designers research the most effective ways to connect with their intended target audiences and develop strategies accordingly to create successful campaigns.

Don Draper once said, “make it simple, but significant.” Well-designed advertising entices customers to stay and keep coming back. An advertisement showcases benefits of a product or service and leaves an impression through powerful graphic design, successfully executed when it’s simple, but significant.

The freelance pool for design is deep, but we’ve collected our favorite advertising designers for hire who have showcased stunning work.

How to get the best advertising design

Most people are familiar with the concept of hiring a freelance designer, but how do you find the right fit and get the best result possible?

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A cool and edgy ad design by Igor Vensko

You can find the perfect designer for your advertising design by browsing designer profiles and finding the right designer for your style, budget and brand. Think about the existing persona of the brand and how your future designer fits within that. You’ll be able to better describe what you need so the designer will create an ad based on your requirements. This option is perfect if you already have a concrete idea of what you’re looking for to get a campaign off the ground.

While hiring a freelance ad designer directly is certainly an option, it’s not your only option. If you need help coming up with design ideas or you want to see a bunch of different designers’ work before committing to work with one, consider hosting a design contest.

Learn more about advertising design contests –>

We recommend a design contest for anybody who wants help with ideation and feels it’s important to see a variety of design styles before committing to one.

But if you already have a pretty clear vision of what you want your ad to look, sound and feel like, choosing one freelancer and working with them directly is a faster way to complete your project.

The 10 best freelance advertising designers to hire in 2020

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    • Car, truck or van wrap
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    • Illustration or graphics
    • Business card
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    • Logo design
    • T-shirt
    • Social media page
    • Other web or app design
    • Logo & business card
    • Infographic
    • Flash banner
    • Web page design
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    • Stationery
    • Product packaging
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    • Other clothing or merchandise
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    • Magazine cover
    • Landing page design
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    • Cup or mug
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    • Book cover
    • Other book or magazine
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    • PowerPoint template
    • Other clothing or merchandise
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    • Logo design
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    • Email
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    • Other web or app design
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    • App design
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    • Logo & social media pack
    • Landing page design
    • Card or invitation
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    • Cup or mug
    • Business card
    • Banner ad
    • T-shirt
    • Product packaging
    • Other design
    • Other clothing or merchandise
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    • Landing page design
    • Brand guide
    • Logo & brand identity pack
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    • Card or invitation
    • Web page design
    • Poster
    • Other art or illustration
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    • Stationery
    • Signage
    • Landing page design
    • Book cover
    • Product packaging
    • Product label
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    • Brand guide
    • 3D
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    • Email
    • Product label
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    • Other packaging or label
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    • Other Graphic Design
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    • WordPress theme design
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    • Book cover
    • Banner ad
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    • Stationery
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    • Banner ad
    • Other design
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Other web or app design
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    • Icon or button
    • Product packaging
    • Other packaging or label
    • Other art or illustration
    • T-shirt
    • Product label
    • PowerPoint template
    • Other book or magazine
    • Merchandise
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    • Email
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    • Other web or app design
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    • Logo & social media pack
    • Product label
    • Poster
    • Other packaging or label
    • Other design
    • Logo design
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Email
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How did we choose these as the top advertising designers?

We know advertising design is important to get right because an ad directly influences your customers and clients, as well as how successful your product or service will be. Who could ever forget the lipstained “Got Milk?” campaign, or the empowering message Always set forth through #LikeAGirl? Ads are memorable for a reason, and here’s what we looked for when selecting the designers on this list:

1. Design quality

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A fun and colorful travel ad campaign design by SlowShow Design

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 the designer is accepted, they are 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. Ad design experience

A certain kind of magnetism needs to exist behind an advertising campaign for a brand to attract new customers, establish a following and generate revenue. While we’ve all been exposed to advertising in one way or another, it takes a professional designer to do it well. Just like writing a poem or an academic dissertation requires training, skill, and specialization, the same idea is applied to design.

The ad world has changed drastically, and continues to change every day. Ad designers who focus in on the ever-changing climate are those who are able to create lasting campaigns. 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 ad design.

3. Professionalism

Colorful illustrated banner advertisement design for software tool
Banner ad design by ConceptAlley

Of course you want someone with design skills, but you also want an ad 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 advertising designers are professionals in service as well as design.

Are you ready to hire an amazing freelance advertising designer?

The need for an experienced designer is more important than ever, with advertising bleeding into nearly every aspect of our lives. A professional ad designer brings intentionality and successful strategies to the table to get your product, brand, or idea in front of your desired audience. Whether your audience is niche or for the masses, ad designers have the skills (and power!) to convince with clarity.

Now that we’ve introduced our favorites, if you didn’t find these ten ad designers to be the bees’ knees, it’s worth taking your time to search for that perfect match.

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