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Jeremy Wittig
Average rating: 5.0 45 reviews

We are a multi-faceted creative studio that designs premium brands and graphics based in Carlsbad, CA. We focus on the essential relationship between branding an…

TaylorMade Solutions
Average rating: 5.0 33 reviews

Web Design & Marketing Excellence!

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Adrial Designs
Average rating: 5.0 26 reviews

I'm a freelance graphic designer in Chapel Hill, NC with 15+ years in full-stack website design, logo design & print design. Let's talk.

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Red Leaf Design, Inc., Your Marketing Partner
Average rating: 5.0 20 reviews

Boutique creative group human connections in marketing through content creation and graphic design.

Ali Z
Average rating: 5.0 20 reviews

Quality Designs on Tight Timelines™

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Jack & Bean
Average rating: 5.0 17 reviews

Jack & Bean is an agile digital agency offering premier marketing services to help you grow your business, specializing in digital advertising, website developme…

Average rating: 5.0 13 reviews

Full-service design shop run by talented & creative digital nomads!

ChampKid Design
Average rating: 5.0 9 reviews

Focused on achieving the results you need to grow or launch your business. Your business can reach its full potential through the power of creative work to reach…

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Scott Anderson
Average rating: 5.0 8 reviews

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Average rating: 5.0 7 reviews

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Ramon Creates
Average rating: 5.0 7 reviews

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Average rating: 5.0 7 reviews

D2D-Design offer the full package when it comes to design from leaflet designs & business card designs right through to full website design and builds.

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Jonathan Rayson |
Average rating: 5.0 6 reviews

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One Pixel Creative
Average rating: 5.0 5 reviews

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Average rating: 5.0 5 reviews

Graphic design and print services for small business.

Jeffrey Gardner
Average rating: 5.0 5 reviews

I am a User Experience and Interface Designer. I work almost entirely with small businesses and startups. I design logos, icon sets, t-shirts, landing pages, and…

Figure Legend
Average rating: 5.0 4 reviews

Graphic Design and Layout Services for Academics

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Wai Chan
Average rating: 5.0 3 reviews

Design for print and web

The Crows Nest Creative
Average rating: 5.0 3 reviews

Web design, Graphic Design, Photography, and Videography.

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Matthew Lydon
Average rating: 5.0 3 reviews

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NK Web Services
Average rating: 5.0 2 reviews

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Just J. Tucker
Average rating: 5.0 2 reviews

I am a Branding Consultant specializing in giving small businesses king sized service.

Jordan Coates Design
Average rating: 5.0 2 reviews

Graphic design, branding, motion graphics, outdoor advertising

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Super Kinetic
Average rating: 5.0 2 reviews

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Devon Gilchrist
Average rating: 5.0 1 review

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Soul Graphics
Average rating: 5.0 1 review

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vwanga LLC
Average rating: 5.0 1 review

Creative Consulting

Wevelo LLC
Average rating: 5.0 1 review

Design studio for small businesses new and established. Focusing on web, interaction and graphic design.

Take Aim Studio
Average rating: 5.0 1 review

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by Sam George
Average rating: 5.0 1 review

Custom WordPress Website Design & Development

The Album Designer
Average rating: 5.0 1 review

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Olive Tree Studios
Average rating: 4.9 31 reviews

Full service marketing and website company.

Mazziotti Design
Average rating: 4.9 22 reviews

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Average rating: 4.9 13 reviews

Media Production company specialising in video production, graphic design and website creation.

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Melissa Stoebe Design
Average rating: 4.8 18 reviews

Creative and effective visual communication ideas and solutions

Troy Arnold
Average rating: 4.7 12 reviews

Web development & design, social media optimization & management, search engine optimization, graphic design, marketing, IT, photography and business development…

Chad Smith Graphic Arts
Average rating: 4.4 5 reviews

Graphic Design, Website Design, and Print Management

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Ink Wrap Shop
Average rating: 0 No reviews

Ink is the leader in award winning design, high quality vehicle wraps, wall graphics, window graphics and auto restyling.

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CAD Dimensions
Average rating: 0 No reviews

BIM Drafting Services

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Jetfire Creative
Average rating: 0 No reviews

Graphic design, web design, marketing, branding

By Eunice
Average rating: 0 No reviews

Fine art, calligraphy, and hand lettering products & services, with design & business operations services and consulting.

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Dominic Barbiran
Average rating: 0 No reviews

Graphic Design

Graphic Design
Eric Jerome Studios
Average rating: 0 No reviews

Full service design & marketing studio specializing in graphic design, branding, web development, video production and motion graphics.

Trend Setting Signs
Average rating: 0 No reviews

We are a digital studio of production and creation of printed media in small, medium and large format, covering a great variety of promotional and decorative mat…

Level Creative, LLC
Average rating: 0 No reviews

Level Creative is a creative design studio specializing in brand identity and promotional design. We partner with our clients to achieve creative and functional …

Sarah Toher
Average rating: 0 No reviews

Freelance Graphic Design

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Average rating: 0 No reviews

Freelance Industrial Designer

Engineering Des… Graphic Design
Ben Jackson
Average rating: 0 No reviews

Concept Artist & Illustrator

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MajesticDreams Studio LLC.
Average rating: 0 No reviews

Selling the best customer experience through creative services.

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Portobello & Empire
Average rating: 0 No reviews

Portobello & Empire is a modern and minimalistic clothing designing company, inspirations come from London classy looks and New York street etiquette.

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A broad range of talent that covers business and asset management consultancy, web design, development and hosting, graphic design and social media marketing.

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Natalie Venuto Hawkins
Average rating: 0 No reviews

Branding + visual + ux design

Crum Creative
Average rating: 5.0 28 reviews

Crum Creative provides Graphic Design services in Brookfield, Connecticut, ZipBooking since 2016.

Carla Scotto Design
Average rating: 5.0 27 reviews

Carla Scotto Design serves clients in Graphic Design, ZipBooking since 2017.

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76 District
Average rating: 5.0 18 reviews

Event Photographer, Headshot Photographyer, Event Videographer, Video Editor, Video Producer, Graphic Designer, Logo Designer, and Web Designer And Developer ser…

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Denah Emerson
Average rating: 5.0 13 reviews

Providing Graphic Design in the New York, New York area, ZipBooking since 2016.

132, LLC
Average rating: 5.0 10 reviews

132, LLC offers Web Design and Development in the Manvel, TX area since 2017.

Saskia Pomeroy
Average rating: 5.0 7 reviews

Saskia Pomeroy provides Graphic Design since 2017.

Graphic Design
Flat Black Commercial Visuals
Average rating: 5.0 7 reviews

Graphic Designer serving in Columbus, Ohio. Servicing clients through ZipBooks since 2016.

Diana Aguilar
Average rating: 5.0 7 reviews

Diana Aguilar Design provides Graphic Design and Web Design and Development services in Waukegan, IL. ZipBooks Pro since 2016.

Alison Iddings
Average rating: 5.0 7 reviews

Providing Graphic Design and Web Design and Development in North Carolina since 2016.

Epic IM - PwnStar LLC
Average rating: 5.0 6 reviews

Epic IM offers Graphic Design, Web Design and Development, and Web Hosting services in Forest Hills, NY. ZipBooks Pro since 2016.

Average rating: 5.0 6 reviews

Akanka offers Graphic Design and Web Design and Development services, ZipBooking since 2016.

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Wesley Pinkham
Average rating: 5.0 5 reviews

Providing Graphic Design in Orange, CA. Servicing clients through ZipBooks since 2016.

Alex Clauss
Average rating: 5.0 5 reviews

Providing Graphic Design in the Phoenix, Arizona area since 2016.

LOMA Print
Average rating: 5.0 5 reviews

Graphic Designer, Web Designer And Developer, and Print Media Shop serving in Texas. ZipBooks Pro since 2016.

G+W Design Co.
Average rating: 5.0 5 reviews

The Design Hub provides Graphic Design services in the Reno, Nevada area since 2015.

Claridge Media & Design
Average rating: 5.0 4 reviews

Providing Commercial Photography, Graphic Design, and Web Design and Development services in Wenatchee, WA, ZipBooking since 2017.

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Icon Creative Agency
Average rating: 5.0 4 reviews

Providing Graphic Design. Servicing clients through ZipBooks since 2017.

Graphic Design
Average rating: 5.0 4 reviews

ARTMAGIC LABS provides Video Production, Digital Marketing, Branding, and Graphic Design in the Nashville, TN area, ZipBooking since 2016.

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Average rating: 5.0 4 reviews

EVAN BROWN DESIGNS provides Graphic Design services in Washington since 2016.

Stefan Kwiecinski
Average rating: 5.0 4 reviews

Providing Aerial Photography, Corporate Videography, Branding, Graphic Design, Web Design and Development, and Web Hosting services in Kentucky. Joined as a ZipB…

Aerial Photogra… Corporate Video… Branding Graphic Design + 2
Mead Coaching & Design LLC
Average rating: 5.0 3 reviews

Mead Coaching & Design LLC serves clients in Business Consulting, Graphic Design, and Health Coach in Mead, CO. ZipBooks Pro since 2016.

Max Avedisian DBA Funky Rabbit Media
Average rating: 5.0 3 reviews

Providing Web Design and Development services in New Hampshire. ZipBooks Pro since 2016.

Michele Byrne
Average rating: 5.0 2 reviews

Michele Byrne provides Graphic Design services in NY, ZipBooking since 2016.

Preston Farr
Average rating: 5.0 2 reviews

Providing User experience design, Graphic Design, Mobile App/Software Development, Software Development, Web Design and Development, and Motion Graphics services…
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Graphic Designer, Web Designer And Developer, and Web Hosting Pro serving. Servicing clients through ZipBooks since 2017.

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Ruster Films
Average rating: 5.0 1 review

Ruster Films offers Corporate Videography, Event Videography, Video Editing, Video Production, and Graphic Design services in the Hialeah, FL area since 2017.

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Frank Adamo
Average rating: 5.0 1 review

Graphic Designer serving in the Jacksonville, Florida area. Joined as a ZipBooks Pro in 2017.

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Ty Best Designs
Average rating: 5.0 1 review

Ty Best Designs provides Branding and Graphic Design services. ZipBooks Pro since 2017.

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Merula Creative
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Merula Creative serves clients in Graphic Design. Servicing clients through ZipBooks since 2016.

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the other jesse
Average rating: 5.0 1 review

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Saralyn Smith
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Providing Event Photography, Custom Arts and Crafts, and Graphic Design in Center Conway, NH since 2016.

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Brett Garwood
Average rating: 5.0 1 review

Video Producer, Graphic Designer, and Web Designer And Developer serving in the Harleysville, PA area. Joined as a ZipBooks Pro in 2016.

Steven Fisher
Average rating: 5.0 1 review

Steven Fisher offers User experience design in UT, ZipBooking since 2015.

Sign Depot
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Sign Depot offers Graphic Design in Kentucky. ZipBooks Pro since 2016.

Key Graphic Design
Average rating: 4.9 18 reviews

Key Graphic Design provides Graphic Design services in the Clyde, TX area since 2016.

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Wildharted Designs
Average rating: 4.9 10 reviews

Providing Graphic Design, Logo Design, and Print Design services in Meadville, PA. Servicing clients through ZipBooks since 2016.

Average rating: 4.9 10 reviews

Graphic Designer and Web Designer And Developer serving in the Minot, ND area, ZipBooking since 2015.

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Innov8 Multimedia
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Travel, construction, retail, food, accounting, health care—pretty much every industry needs graphic designers to create logos, brochures, business cards, and many other projects for their branding and marketing.

So how do you find the perfect graphic designer? We’ve got you covered—follow these important and easy steps in order to find the right graphic designer to give your business the look that you want!

Where Do I Look?

The first step for finding a graphic designer is simple, but it can also be overwhelming: knowing where to search for a graphic designer.

If you want to hire a local graphic designer, you can use ZipBook Pros to help you find specific types of designers near you. Simply type in what kind of company you are looking for and your zip code, and results will appear with designers close by.

The results will also show the designers’ business locations, their contact information, and real customer reviews. For finding local graphic designers—and yes, we’re a bit biased—ZipBooks Pros is a great place to start!

For a more general search that could provide applicants from anywhere, then there are several solid online options:

Upwork: Upwork is currently one of the leading online marketplaces for hiring freelancers. Through Upwork, clients can connect and chat with freelancers and interview them. Upwork has a free membership option and paid membership platforms that come with extra features.

  • Pros: Upwork is very versatile in providing different types of projects—anywhere from voice talent to graphic design. And whether you are looking to hire for short-term or long-term projects, Upwork is also the place to go. Its interface is also easy to navigate, and the site provides clear instructions. Right on the homepage it tells you what you need to do to find, hire, work, and pay.
  • Cons: Though Upwork is a very organized website, its process for recruiting, interviewing and hiring can be very time consuming. So if you are in a hurry to hire a graphic designer, it might be a good idea to use another site. But if you have the time to spare, Upwork is a great source.

Crew: Crew, founded in 2012, is a fairly new online marketplace for freelancers and clients. Memberships are free, but there is a $100 deposit for approved projects. Crew is primarily geared toward finding freelance graphic designers and programmers.

  • Pros: Crew differentiates itself from other platforms by automatically providing you with three matches of freelancers for your project. This is feature is great if you are in a hurry since you won’t have to wait for freelancers to bid for your projects nor choose from an overwhelming amount of applicants.
  • Cons: Crew’s refund policy does not allow for membership or other fees to be refunded. So before you give them your money, make sure that you are fully invested in using Crew. Otherwise their refund policy could come back to bite you.

Dribbble: Dribbble is a popular social network for graphic designers to share their work, view others’ work, and get hired. Like other social media platforms, on Dribbble you can follow other people and like and comment on posts. If you are a designer, to join you have to be invited.

  • Pros: Dribbble is primarily a platform for designers to share their current work with other designers. Those seeking graphic design help can get on the platform as well, using their hiring option. The fact that potential employers can easily view view designers’ portfolios can really help speed things up if you know what you’re looking for. Plus, designers have to be invited to join the network which increases your chance of finding a quality designer.
  • Cons: There aren’t any free options for hiring through Dribbble, and its pricier to use than some other platforms. To post a design job listing, it costs $299 per month, and to scout designers a monthly pass is $199. So if your wallet can’t afford that much, use another platform that has an array of pricing options.

Freelancer: is an online marketplace for employers to find freelancers. The company is based in Sydney, Australia but functions globally, with the United States providing a large amount of its users. The platform functions by freelancers bidding on potential clients’ projects. Freelancer has free and paid memberships for clients and freelancers.

  • Pros: Freelancer is probably the best site to use if you quickly need to hire a graphic designer for a project. With over 21 million users, Freelancer has plenty of opportunities for clients and freelancers. Freelancer also has an instant chat system, which allows for quick and easy communication between you and the potential graphic designer.
  • Cons: The different membership options for Freelancer can be confusing at times. They have some free trials, but they also have an overwhelming amount of add-on options that can quickly accumulate in cost. For clients there is a free membership option and then Basic, Plus, Standard, and Premium plans. Each option greatly varies in its pricing and details. For instance, the Plus membership has a 30-day free trial, but if you forget to cancel the trial, you might end up having to pay $9.95 a month. Though Freelancer is an excellent source, make sure that you are aware of which membership options you select.

Along with checking out these different platforms, always make sure to list the graphic design job position on your LinkedIn page and company website so that the position directly links to your business.

What Are the Different Types of Graphic Design?

Okay, so you have some ideas of where to find graphic designers, but what specifically do you want them to do? There are so many different aspects of graphic design, but some graphic designers might be more skilled in certain areas than others.

So when you create a job posting, be sure to specify what kind of work you want the graphic designer to do. That way you only get applicants who are qualified for the specific work.

Overall, a graphic designer’s role is to display information in a distinct, memorable, and clear way. While this is the general goal of a graphic designer, there are different approaches for reaching this initiative. You could need designs for a logo, website, printout, or other possibilities. Here are some of the different types of designers you might need:

  • Brand Identity and Logo Designers: These designers clearly understand the purpose of your company. When they design or redesign your company logo, they have to do it in a way that accurately portrays who your company is, what it does, and why customers should use its services. A company’s logo is often the first thing that people see, so it is important that the logo is intriguing, informative, and recognizable on all types of platforms, including business cards or advertisements. To implement these goals, brand identity and logo designers use color, shapes, fonts, images, and other design techniques.
  • 3D Designers: One of the main reasons to hire a 3D graphic designer is for designing packaging. For packaging, the 3D designer needs to draw basic sketches, create designs using computer programs, and test the designs on actual mockups. This designer is also responsible for ensuring that the packaging protects the product and creating appealing designs that accurately represent the product and the company on the inside and outside of the package.
  • Website and Mobile Application Designers: These graphic designers design the pages, graphics, and formatting for the company’s digital platforms, including websites and mobile applications. They work closely with the technical developers to make sure that the designs are appropriate and functionable for the actual site or app. The designers also create work that is consistent and well-organized throughout the platforms. It is also beneficial if these designers have additional skills, such as coding. If they have this skill, then it can make the design process and collaboration with the technical team easier.
  • Layout and Print Designers: Layout and print designers are responsible for creating designs for the company’s printed materials, such as brochures, magazines, books, flyers, or instruction manuals. These types of materials often include a lot of text and graphics. So it is important that the designers have a keen eye for creating a good balance between the text and images that is appealing and easy to follow. Key skills for this type of design work also include typesetting and formatting.

Out of these types of graphic designers, identify which kind you need for your project and then start searching. If you are a start-up business and need a lot of different types of designs developed for your company, then it may be helpful to hire multiple designers or one very versatile graphic designer to help launch your business.

What Makes a Good Graphic Designer?

Now that you have listed the specific graphic design position, how do you select the best applicant for your project? First of all, it is important to require applicants to provide a portfolio so that you can actually see their work and not only read about their experience on a résumé or cover letter. When you view applicants’ portfolios, there are a few important design principles that you can keep in mind for recognizing a good graphic designer, even if you aren’t an expert on design.

A popular acronym (created by designer Robin Williams) that is used in the design world is CRAP, which stands for Contrast, Repetition, Alignment, and Proximity.

Contrast: Contrast is using designs that differentiate in color, font, size, or placement. Using contrast helps the viewer to identify what information is most important. For example, say a graphic designer is creating a magazine cover where the background color is black and it has a black and white photo on it. The title of the magazine is one of the most important parts of the cover, so the designer could put the title in a large font and in contrasting color, such as red, to make the title stand out.

Repetition: Repetition involves keeping consistency throughout the design with images, colors, formatting, shapes, fonts, and other design elements. When you have a consistent design, then the viewer can more easily process the presented information and better remember your brand. For instance, if a designer is creating an ad for a retail store’s swimsuit sale, then having the repetition of a sun motif will help the viewer remember that the sale is for summer swimsuits.

Alignment: Alignment is the careful placement of the words and images in a design. Proper alignment helps to organize the design’s information. Say a computer company needs to present the features of one of their new products on their website. Listing the features in a left-aligned bulleted list can help the viewer to see the information in a quick and clear manner.

Proximity: Proximity is the concept that associated aspects in a design should be placed close to each other in order to show that they are related. If contact information on a business card spreads from the top left corner to the bottom right corner of the card, then the reader will have a hard time combining all the contact information together.

So when you are viewing a designer’s designs, make sure that they first contain good examples of these basic principles. If designers use CRAP, then their work won’t be crap!

Unique Design Styles

Along with using CRAP, a desirable graphic designer has unique design styles. There are plenty of graphic designers out there, but many of them can follow the same design trends. It is good if a designer is versatile and has examples of a variety of design styles in their portfolio. You want your brand to stand out in a good way, so pick a designer whose work also pops out from other applicants’.

A Designer with Integrity

Lastly, a good graphic designer has integrity. With design, there are lots of copyright rules to follow when using others’ images, fonts, or designs. Some of these elements are used for stock and are in public domain. However, others require special permission and need to give proper attribution to the original source. If designers don’t follow specific rules, then they could get themselves and your business into legal trouble.

One tactic for ensuring a designer’s integrity is to ask the designer for a list of professional graphic design organizations that he or she belongs to. Many of these organizations, such as ico-D (International Council of Design), strongly advocate following best practices for design. Thus if a designer belongs to one of these organizations, then he or she is more likely to be aware and follow graphic design legal procedures.

How Much Should I Pay a Graphic Designer?

The rates that you find graphic designers charging on the internet can greatly vary—anywhere from $5 an hour to $300 an hour. But some people might be out there to scam you, or they might be inexperienced and are willing to take any work that they can get. For these reasons it is important to use trustworthy sites as mentioned previously in this article. Even then, you still have to be careful. The rates that designers list can be a good determiner of the quality of their work.

To get a general idea of what typical, not outrageous, rates are, on Upwork rates range between $20 and $150 an hour, and the average is about $45 an hour. There are many different factors that can determine a designers’ rate. One factor is the local market in which the designer is located. If a designer lives in a state that has high living costs, such as California or New York, then the designer might charge more than someone who lives in a less expensive area.

Levels of expertise is also a key factor for considering graphic design rates. Typically, the more experienced graphic designers are, the higher their rates will be. So if you are wanting quality work to be done, it might be beneficial to hire someone who charges the average rate or higher, while still being reasonable and remaining within your company’s budget.

Hourly vs. Project-Based

Additionally, graphic designers can charge for their services either with hourly or project-based rates. But which is the best method? Depending on what type or types of projects you are wanting the designer to do, one payment method might be better than the other.


If you have multiple projects that you want the graphic designer to accomplish, it is probably best to choose a designer who charges by the hour. That way the two of you don’t have to determine multiple prices for the tasks that need to be done, and you can instead pay the designer a consistent price for the total time that it takes him or her to complete the tasks.

When you are looking for a graphic designer, be specific of all the tasks that you need the designer to accomplish. Then have the designer give you an estimate of about how long it will take him or her to complete the tasks. Then you can get a general idea of how much you will be paying.

Once the designer tells you about how long the projects will take to complete, determine if that amount of time works for your company’s deadline. If it doesn’t seem like the designer will work fast enough for your needs, then it might be a good idea to find a different designer. But if the designer seems like a good fit, then make sure to set up a timeline with the designer and frequently follow up to see if he or she is on track.

You might also want to choose a designer with an hourly rate if the project is small and not very time consuming. That way you can quickly determine how much the project will cost instead of the designer having to take the time to create a quote.


Although hourly rates are good for certain circumstances, in most cases you will likely want a graphic designer who charges per project. With this method you can see upfront how much you will have to pay the designer, and you won’t have to pay more if the designer takes longer on the project than you expected.

Project-based rates are especially a good choice for when the projects are detailed and lengthy. Based on what the project includes, the designer can determine the cost by the intensity of the work that needs to be done for the project. With this method, you are being fair to the designer and the designer is being fair to you by giving you a flat price ahead of time.

Some of the different steps in a design project may include a consultation, the designer’s brainstorm process, the creation of the design, rounds of revision, and the final product. When communicating with the designer, be sure to identify all of the project’s steps—such as how many rounds of revisions you want the designer to complete—so that the designer can give an accurate quote that is fit for the project.

Once you have chosen which type of payment method works best for you and you have selected a graphic designer, communicate with the designer regarding the start date and schedule. Then the designer can begin creating, and you will soon have outstanding designs for your business!

Before you go about finding a graphic designer for your project, make sure to follow these steps:

  1. Try using sources such as ZipBook Pros, Freelancer, Upwork, Crew, or Dribbble to look for your right graphic designer.
  2. Know what type of graphic designer you need for your project, whether a brand identity and logo designer, a 3D designer, a website and mobile application designer, or a layout and print designer.
  3. Have a basic yet clear understanding of what constitutes a good designer. Make sure the designer uses CRAP (contrast, repetition, alignment, and proximity) in his or her designs, has a unique style, and has integrity in following graphic design good practices.
  4. Determine what kind of payment method works best for your project(s), whether hourly or project-based.

If you follow these steps, then you will be confident in having a graphic designer who can create excellent work and will help give your company brand the right look!

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Only plumber to return phone call and serviced within 18 hours.

Luanne Lipkin

7 months ago for Ian's Plumbing & mechanical services

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