Is there any article of clothing that says “casual cool” better than a hoodie? We think not. And while there’s nothing wrong with a generic zip-up, if you really want to stand out from the crowd and make an impact, a custom-designed hoodie is the way to go.
Working with a top freelance hoodie designer is a great way to create a one-of-a-kind piece for your business (or for yourself!) that will have everyone who sees it asking “OMG…WHERE did you get that hoodie?!”
How to get the best hoodie design
Now, most people are familiar with the concept of hiring a freelance designer. But what you might not be familiar with is the concept that hiring a freelance designer isn’t your only option for getting killer graphic design work. There’s another option out there that can be a great option for to bring your custom hoodie to life—and that’s a hoodie design contest.
Here’s how it goes down with a design contest: you write a brief describing what you are looking for in your hoodie design and designers from all over the world submit concepts unique to your brief. You choose the best as finalists, give feedback to hone the designs and ultimately pick your favorite hoodie design. If you’re not sure what you’re looking for in your hoodie and want to see a bunch of different ideas and styles, a design contest is the way to go.
On the other hand, if you’re pretty clear on the style and direction you’d like to take your hoodie, you can go straight to hiring a freelancer! Here are our picks for the best hoodie designers for hire:
The 10 best freelance hoodie designers to hire in 2018
How did we choose these as the top hoodie designers?
You can’t rock just any hoodie—if you want your sweatshirt to make an impact, it has to be unique, well-designed, and on-brand. And the key to getting the right hoodie? The right designer. Here’s what we looked for when choosing the designers to feature on this list:
1. Design quality
When a designer joins 99designs, an expert from our team goes through their portfolio samples and considers the conceptual thought, technical execution and knowledge of design principles evident in their work. Once they’ve reviewed a designer’s work, they then assign them one of three levels:
- Top Level
- Mid Level
- Entry Level
A designer’s level is displayed right on their portfolio, so you can easily see if you’re working with someone with years of experience or a newer designer who’s up-and-coming.
2. Hoodie design experience
Directing a children’s comedy and a serious documentary both require a ton of training and skill in filmmaking, but most directors tend to specialize in one or the other—not both. With design it’s the same concept. Most designers specialize in a specific area, so in addition to looking at overall quality, we specifically vetted each designer on this list to make sure they had experience with and specialized in designing shirts or hoodies.
When choosing a hoodie designer, obviously design skills are a must. But you also want to work with a hoodie designer who communicates with you throughout the process, delivers their designs on time and is easy to work with. That’s why we took past customer experiences into account—that way, we can make sure all of our recommended hoodie designers not only have the design chops to manage your project, but have the professionalism necessary to provide a top-notch client service experience.
Are you ready to hire a sweet freelance hoodie designer?
Custom hoodies are (ridiculously comfy) art you wear on your body. And in order for that art to be the perfect representation of yourself or your business, you need the right designer.