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 2021

  1. 1
    • Book cover
    • Poster
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Other art or illustration
    • Album Cover
    • Other design
    • Other book or magazine
    • Logo design
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Product packaging
    • Banner ad
    • Signage
    • Other clothing or merchandise
    • Facebook cover
    • Business card
  2. 2
    • Other business or advertising
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Other design
    • Poster
    • Signage
    • Banner ad
    • Brochure
    • Logo design
    • Car, truck or van wrap
    • Illustration or graphics
    • PowerPoint template
    • Other packaging or label
    • Other art or illustration
    • Infographic
    • Business card
    • Product label
    • Other web or app design
    • Menu
    • Stationery
    • Social media page
    • Logo & business card
    • Logo & brand guide
    • Brand guide
  3. 3
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Other design
    • Other web or app design
    • Other business or advertising
    • Banner ad
    • Poster
    • Web page design
    • Facebook cover
    • Brochure
    • Social media page
    • Signage
    • Logo design
    • Landing page design
    • Email
    • Product label
    • Product packaging
    • Stationery
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Business card
    • Infographic
    • Book cover
    • Other art or illustration
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Other packaging or label
    • Other book or magazine
    • Icon or button
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Other Graphic Design
    • Card or invitation
    • WordPress theme design
    • Print or packaging design
    • PowerPoint template
    • Merchandise
    • Menu
    • Magazine cover
    • Logo & brand guide
    • Flash banner
    • Clothing or apparel
    • Button or icon
    • Brand guide
  4. 4
    • Product packaging
    • Product label
    • Poster
    • Logo design
    • Other packaging or label
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Other design
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Banner ad
    • Web page design
    • Book cover
    • Other business or advertising
    • Brochure
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Other book or magazine
    • Other art or illustration
    • Other web or app design
    • Landing page design
    • 3D
    • T-shirt
    • PowerPoint template
    • Magazine cover
    • Logo & business card
    • Logo & brand guide
    • Business card
    • Brand guide
  5. 5
    • Book cover
    • Poster
    • Other design
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Logo design
    • Brochure
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Banner ad
    • Other book or magazine
    • Magazine cover
    • Other business or advertising
    • Typesetting with imagery
    • Social media page
    • Signage
    • Other web or app design
    • Other art or illustration
    • Sticker
    • Product packaging
    • Facebook cover
    • Album Cover
    • Typesetting
    • Logo & business card
    • Clothing or apparel
    • Business card
    • Logo & brand identity pack
  6. 6
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Other business or advertising
    • Infographic
    • Signage
    • Brochure
    • Banner ad
    • Logo design
    • Poster
    • Other design
    • Illustration or graphics
    • PowerPoint template
    • Stationery
    • Business card
    • Social media page
    • Facebook cover
    • Other art or illustration
    • Web page design
    • Other web or app design
    • Landing page design
    • Product packaging
    • Menu
    • Icon or button
    • Product label
    • Other packaging or label
    • Card or invitation
    • T-shirt
    • Sticker
    • Other clothing or merchandise
    • Other book or magazine
    • Merchandise
    • Magazine cover
    • Email
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Brand guide
    • WordPress theme design
    • Podcast
    • Logo & business card
    • Car, truck or van wrap
    • Book cover
  7. 7
    • Signage
    • Other business or advertising
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Poster
    • Banner ad
    • Social media page
    • Infographic
    • Facebook cover
    • Podcast
    • Email
    • Other art or illustration
    • Landing page design
    • Car, truck or van wrap
    • Brochure
    • Book cover
    • Stationery
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Card or invitation
    • WordPress theme design
    • Web page design
    • Logo design
    • Product packaging
    • Other web or app design
    • Other design
    • Menu
    • Flash banner
    • Facebook ad
    • Business card
    • Brand guide
  8. 8
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Poster
    • Banner ad
    • Business card
    • Brochure
    • Other design
    • Signage
    • Other business or advertising
    • Menu
    • Logo design
    • Stationery
    • Other web or app design
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Other book or magazine
    • Book cover
    • Infographic
    • Card or invitation
    • Logo & business card
    • Facebook cover
    • Car, truck or van wrap
    • Magazine cover
    • Web page design
    • Social media page
    • PowerPoint template
    • Other packaging or label
    • Landing page design
    • Email
    • 3D
  9. 9
    • Poster
    • Banner ad
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Facebook cover
    • Other business or advertising
    • Signage
    • Email
    • Social media page
    • Infographic
    • Brochure
    • Book cover
    • Logo design
    • Flash banner
    • Business card
    • Web page design
    • T-shirt
    • Sticker
    • Stationery
    • Logo & social media pack
    • PowerPoint template
    • Other design
    • Merchandise
  10. 10
    • Poster
    • Magazine cover
    • T-shirt
    • Sticker
    • Book cover
    • Product label
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Product packaging
    • Other book or magazine
    • Other business or advertising
    • Menu
    • Logo design
    • Merchandise
    • Signage
    • Infographic
    • Brochure
    • Other clothing or merchandise
    • Character or mascot

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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