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.

Learn more about hoodie design contests –>

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

Top Level
5.0
( 118 )
  • T-shirt
  • Logo design
  • Illustration or graphics
  • Clothing or apparel
  • Merchandise
  • Other clothing or merchandise
  • Social media page
  • Product packaging
  • Poster
  • Other art or illustration
  • Logo & business card
  • Other packaging or label
  • Postcard, flyer or print
  • Other design
  • Facebook cover
  • Cup or mug
  • Logo & brand identity pack
  • Book cover
Top Level
5.0
( 5 )
  • Logo design
  • Clothing or apparel
  • Product label
  • Postcard, flyer or print
  • Illustration or graphics
  • Other packaging or label
  • Character or mascot
  • Logo & brand identity pack
  • Book cover
Top Level
4.9
( 7 )
  • Product label
  • Postcard, flyer or print
  • Logo design
  • Product packaging
  • T-shirt
  • Logo & business card
  • Illustration or graphics
  • Poster
  • Other packaging or label
  • Brochure
  • Other art or illustration
  • Sticker
  • Signage
  • Infographic
  • Card or invitation
Top Level
4.9
( 12 )
  • Other design
  • Logo design
  • Logo & business card
  • Logo & brand identity pack
  • T-shirt
  • Business card
  • Logo & social media pack
  • Facebook cover
  • Character or mascot
Top Level
  • Illustration or graphics
  • T-shirt
  • Merchandise
  • Signage
  • Other clothing or merchandise
  • Other design
  • Car, truck or van wrap
  • Postcard, flyer or print
  • Other business or advertising
  • Clothing or apparel
  • Other art or illustration
  • Tattoo
  • Product packaging
  • Product label
  • Poster
  • Logo design
Top Level
  • T-shirt
  • Illustration or graphics
  • Other clothing or merchandise
  • Other art or illustration
  • Clothing or apparel

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

hoodie design
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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.

3. Professionalism

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.

Want more hoodie designer choices?
Didn’t find the hoodie designer of your dreams on this list? Not a problem—we’ve got plenty more for you to choose from.