Have you ever used a site or app where everything just felt right. You had no trouble finding anything and the controls were perfectly intuitive. Even though it was your first time, you used it like a pro right from the start. That “works like magic” quality is UX—the user experience—and it does more than just make users smile. It also raises conversions and ushers shoppers through the funnel.

UX can be a big help to any business, but some designers understand it better than others. Below, we’ve compiled a shortlist of the best UX designers, all ready to be hired.

The 10 best freelance UX designers of 2019

  1. 1
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 66 )
    • App design
    • Icon or button
    • Web page design
    • Other web or app design
    • Sticker
    • Other design
    • Logo design
    • Book cover
    • Other business or advertising
    • Infographic
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Poster
  2. 2
    Top Level
    4.9
    ( 47 )
    • App design
    • Web page design
    • Other web or app design
    • Logo design
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Landing page design
    • Icon or button
  3. 3
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 195 )
    • App design
    • Web page design
    • Other web or app design
    • Landing page design
    • Other design
    • Banner ad
    • Facebook cover
    • Logo design
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Icon or button
    • Book cover
    • WordPress theme design
    • Sticker
    • Stationery
    • Social media page
    • Product packaging
    • Cup or mug
    • Signage
    • Product label
    • Other clothing or merchandise
    • Other business or advertising
    • Other art or illustration
    • Menu
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Flash banner
    • Email
    • Clothing or apparel
    • Business card
    • Logo & brand identity pack
  4. 4
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 24 )
    • Web page design
    • Landing page design
    • Other design
    • App design
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Other web or app design
  5. 5
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 73 )
    • Web page design
    • Landing page design
    • WordPress theme design
    • App design
    • Other web or app design
    • Other business or advertising
    • Logo design
    • Logo & hosted website
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Other design
    • Infographic
    • Icon or button
    • Email
  6. 6
    Top Level
    4.9
    ( 28 )
    • App design
    • Web page design
    • Other web or app design
    • Logo design
    • Icon or button
    • Landing page design
    • Illustration or graphics
    • WordPress theme design
  7. 7
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 96 )
    • Web page design
    • WordPress theme design
    • Landing page design
    • Other web or app design
    • App design
    • Business card
    • Other design
    • Illustration or graphics
    • PowerPoint template
    • Logo design
    • Icon or button
    • Stationery
    • Banner ad
  8. 8
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 47 )
    • App design
    • Web page design
    • Other web or app design
    • Landing page design
    • Icon or button
    • Button or icon
  9. 9
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 12 )
    • App design
    • Web page design
    • Other design
    • Other web or app design
  10. 10
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 233 )
    • Banner ad
    • Facebook cover
    • Social media page
    • Other design
    • Web page design
    • Other business or advertising
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Other web or app design
    • Poster
    • Logo design
    • WordPress theme design
    • Other art or illustration
    • Flash banner
    • Email
    • Signage
    • PowerPoint template
    • Other packaging or label
    • Infographic
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Business card
    • Brochure
    • 3D
    • T-shirt
    • Stationery
    • Product packaging
    • Landing page design
    • Icon or button
    • Car, truck or van wrap
  11. 11
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 22 )
    • Web page design
    • Other web or app design
    • App design
    • Landing page design
    • Infographic
    • Other business or advertising
    • Logo & hosted website
    • Icon or button
    • Brand guide
    • Social media page
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Other art or illustration
    • Menu
    • Banner ad
  12. 12
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 64 )
    • Web page design
    • Other web or app design
    • WordPress theme design
    • Banner ad
    • Social media page
    • Landing page design
    • Logo design
    • Other business or advertising
    • Facebook cover
    • Custom Wordpress Themes
    • Brochure
    • Other design
    • Logo & business card
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Email
    • App design
    • Icon or button
    • Business card
    • Brand guide
    • Stationery
    • Signage
    • Product label
    • Print or packaging design
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Other book or magazine
    • Menu
    • Book cover
    • Logo & brand identity pack
  13. 13
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 42 )
    • App design
    • Infographic
    • Product label
    • Other design
    • Web page design
    • Logo design
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Banner ad
    • Poster
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Other business or advertising
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Product packaging
    • Other web or app design
    • Landing page design
    • Icon or button
    • WordPress theme design
    • Signage
    • PowerPoint template
    • Flash banner
    • Logo & business card
  14. 14
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 130 )
    • Web page design
    • Landing page design
    • WordPress theme design
    • App design
    • Logo design
    • Other web or app design
    • Banner ad
    • Other design
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Other business or advertising
    • Brochure
    • Signage
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Email
    • Typesetting with imagery
    • T-shirt
    • Product packaging
    • PowerPoint template
    • Menu
    • Infographic
    • Icon or button
    • Business card
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Stationery
    • Book cover
    • Flash banner
  15. 15
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 72 )
    • App design
    • Web page design
    • Other web or app design
    • Logo design
    • Landing page design
    • Icon or button
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Brochure
    • Logo & brand identity pack
  16. 16
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 8 )
    • Web page design
    • Other web or app design
    • App design
    • Landing page design
    • Icon or button
    • Other design
    • Illustration or graphics
  17. 17
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 151 )
    • Other design
    • Logo design
    • Web page design
    • Landing page design
    • App design
    • Logo & hosted website
    • WordPress theme design
    • PowerPoint template
    • Logo & business card
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Other web or app design
    • Product label
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Typesetting
    • Poster
    • Other packaging or label
    • Other book or magazine
    • Other art or illustration
    • Magazine cover
    • Email
    • Card or invitation
    • Brochure
  18. 18
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 74 )
    • Web page design
    • WordPress theme design
    • Other web or app design
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Landing page design
    • Other design
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Facebook cover
    • Other business or advertising
    • App design
    • Logo & hosted website
    • Logo design
    • Business card
    • Banner ad
  19. 19
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 49 )
    • PowerPoint template
    • App design
    • Web page design
    • Brochure
    • Logo design
    • Landing page design
    • Other business or advertising
    • Other web or app design
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Poster
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Infographic
    • Button or icon
    • Banner ad
    • Sticker
    • Signage
    • Facebook cover
    • Email
    • Card or invitation
    • Brand guide
  20. 20
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 45 )
    • Web page design
    • WordPress theme design
    • Other business or advertising
    • Landing page design
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Stationery
    • Other web or app design
    • Menu
    • Logo design
    • Infographic
    • Icon or button
    • Email
    • Brochure
    • Brand guide
  21. 21
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 23 )
    • Web page design
    • Other web or app design
    • Landing page design
    • App design
    • Other design
    • Icon or button
  22. 22
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 22 )
    • Web page design
    • Landing page design
    • App design
    • WordPress theme design
    • Logo design
    • Illustration or graphics
    • PowerPoint template
    • Other business or advertising
    • Banner ad
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Other web or app design
    • Icon or button
    • Business card
  23. 23
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 6 )
    • App design
    • Web page design
    • App
    • Other web or app design
    • Logo design
    • Product label
    • Other Graphic Design
  24. 24
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 26 )
    • Web page design
    • WordPress theme design
    • Landing page design
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Other web or app design
    • Other design
    • Product label
    • App design
    • Logo design
    • PowerPoint template
    • Infographic
    • Brochure
    • Stationery
    • Other packaging or label
    • Facebook cover
    • Business card
    • Logo & brand identity pack
  25. 25
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 8 )
    • App design
    • App
    • Web page design
  26. 26
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 30 )
    • Web page design
    • WordPress theme design
    • Landing page design
    • Facebook cover
    • Banner ad
    • Logo design
    • Social media page
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Custom Wordpress Themes
  27. 27
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 33 )
    • App design
    • Landing page design
    • Other web or app design
    • Logo design
    • Web page design
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Icon or button
    • Signage
    • Poster
    • Other design
    • Banner ad
  28. 28
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 74 )
    • App design
    • Web page design
    • Landing page design
    • Other web or app design
    • Icon or button
    • WordPress theme design
    • PowerPoint template
    • Logo design
    • Email
    • Brochure
  29. 29
    Top Level
    4.9
    ( 11 )
    • App design
    • Other web or app design
    • Web page design
    • Icon or button
    • Other design
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Landing page design
  30. 30
    Top Level
    4.9
    ( 24 )
    • App design
    • Web page design
    • Logo design
    • Other web or app design
    • Signage
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Other design
    • Banner ad
    • Poster
    • Other business or advertising
    • Landing page design
    • Business card

How did we choose these top user experience designers?

We take design seriously and know how frustrating it can be to put all your hopes in the hands of an “online stranger.” That’s why we take the time to make sure that the designers we recommend are able to deliver. Here’s what we take into consideration:

1. Overall design quality

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by Adrian Hufsa

First and foremost, we look at the quality of a designer’s work. Our team of design experts go through and rate the work of each new 99design freelancer, looking at conceptual thought, technical execution and knowledge of design principles. They then rank them in one of three levels:

  • Top Level
  • Mid Level
  • Entry Level

2. UX experience

Expecting your designer to automatically be good at UX is like expecting a podiatrist to also be a top-notch brain surgeon. UX design is a completely separate discipline with its own skill set and knowledge base, so it’s similar to a specialization.

99designs monitors how many successful designs each designer has in categories related to UX, then takes that into consideration when we rank them.

3. Professionalism

Finally, we look at the designer’s professionalism: how well they communicate, meet deadlines, and treat their clients overall.

What to think about when hiring a UX designer

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by masiko

Often, you’ll find a handful of UX designers you like but won’t know whom to choose. Sometimes criteria like skill level or cost aren’t enough to narrow it down. If you’re having trouble deciding or simply want to make the best decision possible, go through the works in their portfolio and pay attention to:

  • Usability. Do the controls feels natural or forced?
  • Style. Does the designer’s style and personal taste match yours?
  • Navigation. How easily can you go where you want?
  • Accents. Which elements steal your attention? Is it deliberate like calls-to-action or next step suggestions? If you’re unsure, try squinting to blur your vision and see which areas of the screen pop out.

Given the nature of user experience, you really need to experience a designer’s previous work yourself to gauge their application of UX design.

Are you ready to hire the best freelance UX designer?

It’s not luck that determines conversions, engagement, customer loyalty, time-on-site and basic enjoyment; these are manufactured by smart and informed design decisions. The subtle art of user experience design may seem abstract, but the best UX designers can manufacture that “magic” feeling on a molecular level by managing the nuts and bolts of design: layout, visual flow, color usage, typography and professional insight into user behavior.

There’s nothing magical about a site or app that works like magic; all it takes is hiring the right UX designer.

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