Fashion, advertising, sun repellent—hats wear many hats. Whether you need a hat for apparel merchandise, business marketing or even a personal project, the end goal is always the same: to create a beloved piece of clothing that people actually want to wear. But to create a hat worthy of that crown, you need to hire a top designer who caps the competition.

Below, we list the ten best freelance hat designers available for hire, and how to choose the one best for your brand.

How to get the best hat design

Most people know how to hire a freelance designer, but that’s not the only way of getting graphic design work done. If you’re considering creating a hat, you should also consider a hat design contest.

In a hat design contest, designers from all over the world submit original concepts based on your description of what you’re looking for. From there, you choose the finalists, give feedback to hone the designs and ultimately pick the hat design you like best. If you prefer to see a variety of styles before settling on a final decision, a design contest may suit you best.

Learn more about hat design contests –>

Of course, if you already have a clear idea of what you want your hat to look like, all you need to do is find the best freelance designer to bring your vision to life.

The 10 best freelance hat designers to hire in 2019

  1. Top Level
    5.0
    ( 160 )
    • T-shirt
    • Logo design
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Clothing or apparel
    • Merchandise
    • Other clothing or merchandise
    • Social media page
    • Poster
    • Other art or illustration
    • Product packaging
    • Logo & business card
    • Sticker
    • Other packaging or label
    • Tattoo
    • Signage
    • Product label
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Other design
    • Other business or advertising
    • Facebook cover
    • Cup or mug
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Book cover
  2. Top Level
    5.0
    ( 75 )
    • Clothing or apparel
    • Other clothing or merchandise
    • T-shirt
    • Car, truck or van wrap
    • Other design
    • Merchandise
    • Logo design
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Product label
    • Product packaging
    • Infographic
    • Business card
    • Poster
    • Sticker
    • Other art or illustration
    • Character or mascot
  3. Top Level
    5.0
    ( 75 )
    • T-shirt
    • Product packaging
    • Product label
    • Cup or mug
    • Clothing or apparel
    • Logo design
    • Other clothing or merchandise
    • Other design
    • Sticker
    • Other packaging or label
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Brochure
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Web page design
    • Signage
    • Other book or magazine
    • Merchandise
    • Book cover
    • Poster
    • Illustration or graphics
  4. Top Level
    5.0
    ( 44 )
    • T-shirt
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Clothing or apparel
    • Card or invitation
    • Logo design
    • Stationery
    • Product packaging
    • Poster
    • Other clothing or merchandise
    • Cup or mug
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Other packaging or label
    • Other design
    • Other art or illustration
    • Merchandise
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Banner ad
    • Email
    • Product label
  5. Top Level
    5.0
    ( 67 )
    • Logo design
    • T-shirt
    • Product label
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Product packaging
    • Clothing or apparel
    • Signage
    • Stationery
    • Poster
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Other business or advertising
    • Business card
    • Other clothing or merchandise
    • Logo & hosted website
    • Logo & social media pack
    • WordPress theme design
    • Typesetting with imagery
    • Sticker
    • Other design
    • Other book or magazine
    • Merchandise
    • Logo & business card
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Icon or button
    • Car, truck or van wrap
    • Banner ad
    • Book cover
  6. Top Level
    5.0
    ( 67 )
    • T-shirt
    • Clothing or apparel
    • Logo design
    • Cup or mug
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Other clothing or merchandise
    • Icon or button
    • Sticker
    • Other design
    • Merchandise
    • PowerPoint template
    • Logo & hosted website
    • Logo & business card
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Brand guide
    • Banner ad
  7. Top Level
    5.0
    ( 15 )
    • Logo design
    • Product packaging
    • Product label
    • Print or packaging design
    • T-shirt
    • Other packaging or label
    • Merchandise
    • Stationery
    • Other design
    • Other Graphic Design
    • Other business or advertising
    • Signage
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Other clothing or merchandise
    • Logo & business card
    • Sticker
    • Poster
    • Facebook cover
    • Cup or mug
    • Business card
    • Book cover
  8. Top Level
    4.8
    ( 10 )
    • T-shirt
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Clothing or apparel
    • Character or mascot
    • Merchandise
    • Sticker
    • Logo design
    • Tattoo
    • Logo & brand identity pack
  9. Top Level
    5.0
    ( 25 )
    • Logo design
    • Logo & business card
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • T-shirt
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Clothing or apparel
    • Other clothing or merchandise
    • Sticker
    • Web page design
    • Other design
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Other business or advertising
    • Merchandise
    • Icon or button
    • Car, truck or van wrap
    • Brochure
  10. Top Level
    5.0
    ( 28 )
    • Logo design
    • T-shirt
    • Clothing or apparel
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Icon or button
    • Other design
    • Other clothing or merchandise
    • Product label
    • Tattoo
    • Social media page
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Other packaging or label
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Facebook cover
    • Logo & business card
    • Logo & brand identity pack

How did we choose these as the top hat designers?

While some design specializations translate well into other fields, hat design is a bit isolated. It requires a range of skills including marketing, fashion design and working with three-dimensional fabric. With that in mind, here’s what we looked for in the designers on our list:

1. Design quality

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When a designer in any specialization joins 99designs, an expert from our team goes through their portfolio and analyzes their ability for conceptual thought, technical execution and the knowledge of design principles evident in their work. These reviewers then categorize the designer in one of three levels:

  • Top Level
  • Mid Level
  • Entry Level

We clearly display each designer’s level on their portfolio, so you can easily see if you’re working with someone with plenty of experience and design chops, or a fresh up-and-comer.

2. Hat design experience

Just because a designer’s good at fashion or making logos doesn’t mean they’ll be as effective at designing hats. That’s why, in addition to looking at overall quality, we specifically vetted each designer on this list for hat design. We made sure they not only had experience in designing hats, but also excelled at it.

3. Professionalism

Of course you want a top designer, but you also want a professional who communicates with you throughout the process, meets deadlines and is generally pleasant to work with. So we took previous customer experiences into account to ensure all of our hat designer recommendations are as exemplary in their service as they are in their design skill.

Are you ready to hire an top-notch freelance hat designer?

It takes more than just slapping on something clever to make a good hat. With the right designer, you can create more than just a salable item or a marketing tool—you can give your customers something they genuinely love to wear, rain or shine, indoors or out. Take a look at our top freelance hat designers and choose the one whose style speaks to you.

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