A well-designed poster is important because it piques viewers’ interest in the subject it depicts. This is true for all posters, whether they’re for movies, festivals or concerts, cities, public transportation schedules and maps, or decorative posters. Even posters that serve a utilitarian purpose, like subway posters, have to be engaging and make their points clearly, often with minimal use of text so they reach the widest audience possible.

The best freelance poster designers create designs that communicate with viewers as directly as possible. Meet our top picks:

The 10 best freelance poster designers to hire in 2020

  1. 1
    Top Level
    4.9
    ( 124 )
    • Poster
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Book cover
    • Other business or advertising
    • Signage
    • Other design
    • Business card
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Brochure
    • Stationery
    • Logo design
    • Social media page
    • PowerPoint template
    • Other packaging or label
    • Merchandise
    • Menu
    • Card or invitation
    • Banner ad
    • Sticker
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Other art or illustration
    • Magazine cover
    • Landing page design
    • Facebook cover
  2. 2
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 93 )
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Poster
    • Banner ad
    • Business card
    • Brochure
    • Other design
    • Signage
    • Other business or advertising
    • Menu
    • Stationery
    • Other web or app design
    • Logo design
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Other book or magazine
    • Book cover
    • Card or invitation
    • Logo & business card
    • Infographic
    • Facebook cover
    • Car, truck or van wrap
    • Web page design
    • Social media page
    • PowerPoint template
    • Other packaging or label
    • Magazine cover
    • Email
    • 3D
  3. 3
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 180 )
    • Other web or app design
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Poster
    • Other business or advertising
    • PowerPoint template
    • Brochure
    • Other design
    • Logo design
    • Web page design
    • Signage
    • Banner ad
    • Infographic
    • Email
    • T-shirt
    • Facebook cover
    • Business card
    • Landing page design
    • Card or invitation
    • Other book or magazine
    • Brand guide
    • 3D
    • Stationery
    • Book cover
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Other clothing or merchandise
  4. 4
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 143 )
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Poster
    • Brochure
    • Signage
    • Other business or advertising
    • Stationery
    • Other design
    • Other web or app design
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Card or invitation
    • Logo design
    • Business card
    • Email
    • Product label
    • Book cover
    • Banner ad
    • WordPress theme design
    • Web page design
    • T-shirt
    • Sticker
    • Product packaging
    • Other book or magazine
    • Menu
    • Infographic
  5. 5
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 62 )
    • Book cover
    • Poster
    • Logo design
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Product packaging
    • Other design
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Other art or illustration
    • T-shirt
    • Other book or magazine
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Signage
    • Product label
    • Logo & business card
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Brand guide
  6. 6
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 168 )
    • Other design
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Signage
    • Other business or advertising
    • Poster
    • Banner ad
    • Print or packaging design
    • Other Graphic Design
    • Facebook cover
    • Brochure
    • Car, truck or van wrap
    • Menu
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Business card
    • Email
    • Logo design
    • T-shirt
    • Social media page
    • Other web or app design
    • Logo & business card
    • Infographic
    • Flash banner
    • Web page design
    • Sticker
    • Stationery
    • Product packaging
    • Product label
    • Other packaging or label
    • Other clothing or merchandise
    • Other art or illustration
    • Magazine cover
    • Landing page design
    • Icon or button
    • Cup or mug
    • Clothing or apparel
    • Book cover
    • Other book or magazine
  7. 7
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 200 )
    • Book cover
    • Poster
    • Other design
    • Logo design
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Brochure
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Magazine cover
    • Other business or advertising
    • Banner ad
    • Other book or magazine
    • Typesetting with imagery
    • Signage
    • Other art or illustration
    • Sticker
    • Facebook cover
    • Social media page
    • Other web or app design
    • Logo & business card
    • Business card
    • Logo & brand identity pack
  8. 8
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 306 )
    • Poster
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Other business or advertising
    • Banner ad
    • Product label
    • Signage
    • Infographic
    • Logo design
    • Brochure
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Other design
    • Web page design
    • Stationery
    • Social media page
    • Other art or illustration
    • Product packaging
    • Other web or app design
    • Business card
    • PowerPoint template
    • Icon or button
    • Facebook cover
    • Book cover
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Brand guide
    • T-shirt
    • Email
    • Typesetting with imagery
    • Other packaging or label
    • Other book or magazine
    • Car, truck or van wrap
  9. 9
    Top Level
    4.9
    ( 58 )
    • Poster
    • Banner ad
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Facebook cover
    • Other business or advertising
    • Signage
    • Email
    • Social media page
    • Infographic
    • Brochure
    • Logo design
    • Flash banner
    • Business card
    • Web page design
    • T-shirt
    • Sticker
    • Stationery
    • PowerPoint template
    • Other design
    • Merchandise
    • Book cover
  10. 10
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 273 )
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Signage
    • Brochure
    • Other business or advertising
    • Infographic
    • Banner ad
    • Other design
    • Poster
    • Logo design
    • PowerPoint template
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Stationery
    • Business card
    • Facebook cover
    • Social media page
    • Other art or illustration
    • Other web or app design
    • Landing page design
    • Web page design
    • Product packaging
    • Icon or button
    • Other packaging or label
    • Menu
    • Card or invitation
    • T-shirt
    • Product label
    • Other book or magazine
    • Magazine cover
    • Email
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • WordPress theme design
    • Sticker
    • Other clothing or merchandise
    • Merchandise
    • Logo & business card
    • Car, truck or van wrap
    • Brand guide
    • Book cover

How did we choose these as the best poster designers?

Being named one of the top freelance poster designers is no small feat. Our in-house team carefully hand-vets all the designers on our platform to find the ones we think are the best of the best. Here’s how we choose our top 10:

Quality

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Every designer on 99designs is sorted into one of three categories:

  • Entry level
  • Mid level
  • Top level

Our top 10 poster designers are top level designers. To achieve top level status, a designer has to have a strong portfolio full of pieces that have satisfied past clients and a history of being a consummate professional in all client interactions. Top level poster designers also consistently create original, engaging poster concepts and execute them with strong technical skills.

Experience with poster design

It’s probably obvious, but we’ve gotta make it clear: to be one of the top poster designers, a designer has to have a portfolio full of successful poster designs. You might be a great app designer or an amazing illustrator, but that doesn’t mean you have the skills to be a top notch poster designer.

Professionalism

Professionalism is key to being named one of the top poster designers. A designer who creates great designs, but doesn’t have a reputation for communicating and working well with clients won’t make the cut. To us, professionalism means:

  • Responsiveness
  • A willingness to listen and incorporate constructive criticism
  • Clear communication

What to think about when hiring a poster designer

Creating an effective poster takes skill. Sure, poster designers can also be great artists, but being a talented artist doesn’t mean somebody is a good poster designer. When evaluating portfolios consider:

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  • Are you intrigued? If you saw their work on a wall would you stop to look.
  • Have they done posters like the one you’re commissioning before? If you need a poster for a music festival, don’t choose a designer whose portfolio only contains movie posters
  • Have they designed posters for your intended audience? If you’re targeting an affluent, educated audience, you need a poster that speaks to them, rather than one that speaks to the blue collar crowd. Similarly, posters for children and teens look different from posters aimed at adults, and if you need a poster that’ll connect with people from many different cultures, your poster is going to look a lot different from one designed for a local audience
  • Do you get all the information you need from the posters in their portfolio? For example, if you’re looking at a movie poster, do you see the title, director and producers’ names, and release date clearly? Does this information come through naturally, or do you have to search for them?

Are you ready to hire a fantastic poster designer?

We chose our top poster designers based on their record of creating awesome, effective posters for clients. To connect with your audience and communicate clearly and directly, hire a top freelance poster designer who’s proven they have the technical skills and sense of style to design posters that work.

If you don’t find what you’re looking for in our top 10, search our platform for a poster designer who can create the poster you need.

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