Sometimes people keep the bag longer than the product it carried. Whether they’re paper sacks to carry products home from a store, promotional totes for a brand or event, or fashionable handbags, personalized bags are more common now than ever before. Both environmentalists and marketers love them for the very same reason… they’re reusable.

But if you want your bag to be saved and remembered, it needs a stellar design. That’s why we went through our community of freelance designers and selected the best choices for bag & tote design. It doesn’t matter if you need a design for cloth, fabric or paper—these ten designers below have it in the bag.

How to get the best bag design

Typically, to hire a designer, you review the candidates and chose the one you like best. But for something that relies so heavily on visuals like bag & tote design, you might want to see a few options before deciding. That’s when design contests work best.

Design contests work like this: First, you describe what you’re looking for in a quick brief. Then, freelance designers from all over the world show you concepts based on what you wrote. After that, you pick your finalists and give them some feedback so they can fine-tune their submissions. Finally, you choose the one you like best. If you’re still unsure of what you want your bag or tote to look like, a design contest lets you see which ones you like.

Learn more about bag & tote design contests –>

However, if you already know what you want your bag design to be, you can just look below and choose a designer who matches your style.

The 10 best freelance bag & tote designers to hire in 2019

  1. 1
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 121 )
    • Logo design
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Logo & business card
    • T-shirt
    • Product label
    • Book cover
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Business card
    • Card or invitation
    • Other business or advertising
    • Other art or illustration
    • Menu
    • Poster
    • Merchandise
    • Sticker
    • Product packaging
    • Other design
    • Cup or mug
    • Web page design
    • Social media page
    • Signage
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Other clothing or merchandise
    • Car, truck or van wrap
    • Brand guide
  2. 2
    Top Level
    4.8
    ( 27 )
    • Other clothing or merchandise
    • Clothing or apparel
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Other design
    • Merchandise
    • Logo design
    • Other art or illustration
    • Cup or mug
    • Product label
    • Logo & business card
    • Card or invitation
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • T-shirt
  3. 3
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 166 )
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Logo design
    • Product packaging
    • Product label
    • T-shirt
    • Other clothing or merchandise
    • Other packaging or label
    • Merchandise
    • Other web or app design
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Clothing or apparel
    • Other art or illustration
    • Book cover
    • Web page design
    • Signage
    • Other design
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Logo & hosted website
    • Facebook cover
    • Character or mascot
    • Business card
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Poster
    • Icon or button
    • Other book or magazine
    • Landing page design
    • Cup or mug
    • Banner ad
    • Sticker
    • Social media page
    • Logo & business card
    • Other business or advertising
  4. 4
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 49 )
    • T-shirt
    • Logo design
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Logo & business card
    • Clothing or apparel
    • Sticker
    • Other clothing or merchandise
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Product label
    • Merchandise
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Brand guide
  5. 5
    Mid Level
    5.0
    ( 50 )
    • T-shirt
    • Product label
    • Poster
    • Product packaging
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Cup or mug
    • Book cover
    • Other design
    • Other packaging or label
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Signage
    • Other business or advertising
    • Sticker
    • Other clothing or merchandise
    • Logo design
    • Clothing or apparel
    • PowerPoint template
    • Other art or illustration
    • Business card
    • Banner ad
    • Typesetting
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Merchandise
    • Car, truck or van wrap
    • Brochure
    • Brand guide
    • Other book or magazine
    • Infographic
  6. 6
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 45 )
    • Logo design
    • Product packaging
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Other clothing or merchandise
    • Logo & business card
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Product label
    • Other book or magazine
    • Illustration or graphics
    • T-shirt
    • Cup or mug
    • Clothing or apparel
    • Sticker
    • Other web or app design
    • Other design
    • Other business or advertising
    • Other art or illustration
    • Logo & hosted website
    • Card or invitation
    • Business card
    • Brochure
    • Brand guide
    • Merchandise
  7. 7
    Top Level
    4.9
    ( 89 )
    • Logo design
    • Other design
    • Logo & business card
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Logo & hosted website
    • Product packaging
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Other clothing or merchandise
    • T-shirt
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Other art or illustration
    • Merchandise
    • Icon or button
    • Character or mascot
    • Other business or advertising
    • Card or invitation
    • Sticker
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Other web or app design
    • Book cover
    • Other Graphic Design
    • Business card
    • Brand guide
    • Web page design
    • Other packaging or label
    • Banner ad
    • Clothing or apparel
  8. 8
    Mid Level
    5.0
    ( 46 )
    • T-shirt
    • Product packaging
    • Product label
    • Other design
    • Signage
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Other business or advertising
    • Cup or mug
    • Merchandise
    • Clothing or apparel
    • Other book or magazine
    • Car, truck or van wrap
    • Other clothing or merchandise
    • Banner ad
    • Poster
    • Sticker
    • Logo design
    • Book cover
    • Other packaging or label
    • Stationery
    • PowerPoint template
    • Magazine cover
    • Facebook cover
    • Email
  9. 9
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 27 )
    • Logo design
    • Product label
    • Logo & business card
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Product packaging
    • Card or invitation
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Poster
    • Other clothing or merchandise
    • Cup or mug
    • Other art or illustration
    • Merchandise
    • Clothing or apparel
    • Other packaging or label
    • Other design
    • Logo & hosted website
    • Book cover
    • Banner ad
    • Business card
    • Other web or app design
  10. 10
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 77 )
    • 3D
    • Logo design
    • Other design
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Product packaging
    • Icon or button
    • Other clothing or merchandise
    • Other art or illustration
    • Merchandise
    • Character or mascot
    • Product label
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • T-shirt
    • Web page design
    • Signage
    • Other packaging or label
    • Other business or advertising
    • App design
    • Clothing or apparel
    • Card or invitation

How did we choose these as the top bag designers?

Bag design is more than just printing a picture on a bag. Some require business-focused design, others require fashion expertise, and all require getting the right size on a restrictive space. Unless your image is designed specifically for a bag or tote, you’re going to lose some of its effect in the end.

With that in mind, we chose the designers above based on a set of criteria attuned particularly to bag design. Here’s what we looked for:

1. Design quality

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First of all, at 99designs we vet every freelance designer that joins our community, regardless of their specialization. An expert from our team reviews their portfolio to gauge how well they apply conceptual thought, technical execution and knowledge of design principles. Our staff then assigns the designer one of three levels.

  • Top Level
  • Mid Level
  • Entry Level

Each designer’s level is shown in their portfolio, so you can easily see whether you’re looking at a frontrunner or a newcomer.

2. Bag or tote design experience

What makes a designer good at bag and totes? In a word, experience. On top of overall quality, we also looked at each designer’s history in bag design, selecting only those who ranked well in past bag design contests and who received excellent client feedback.

3. Professionalism

Being a good designer is more than just being good at design. We listened to what previous clients had to say and chose only designers that communicated well throughout the design process, met deadlines and were reportedly good to work with. These are just the bare essentials to be considered one of the best.

Are you ready to hire an extraordinary freelance bag or tote designer?

If you’ve ever gotten a bag too beautiful to throw away, you know first-hand the importance of bag design. If the ten best freelance designers above didn’t match you vision, you can still search through our pool of top designers for the style you envision.

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