Your clothes say a lot about you—and whether you’re designing a t-shirt to wear on your next company retreat, a hoodie to promote your new product or a tee for your crew to rock at the next big event, you want to make sure that your shirt designs look fantastic. And that’s why you need to hire an experienced shirt designer.

The right t-shirt designers can bring your apparel idea to life in a way that makes the most impact.

How to get the best t-shirt design

When it comes to t-shirt design, there are a few different roads to take—and the road you decide to go down is going to be entirely based on what you’re looking for and how you prefer to work.

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Design contests

If you’re not 100% sure what you want your t-shirt design to look like, then hosting a design contest is definitely the way to go. All you have to do is put together a design brief and designers from all over the world will pitch you their design ideas for an awesome t-shirt. Once all the designs are in, you give feedback, get revisions, then choose the one you like best and BOOM—t-shirt design complete.

Learn more about t-shirt design contest ->

Working one-on-one with a freelancer

If you have a pretty clear idea in mind for how you’d like your t-shirts to look, then working directly with a freelancer can be a great way to bring that vision to life. Want to find a shirt designer with a style that matches your aesthetic? You’re in luck!

The 10 best freelance t-shirt designers to hire in 2019

  1. 1
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 75 )
    • T-shirt
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Clothing or apparel
    • Other clothing or merchandise
    • Other art or illustration
    • Logo design
    • Sticker
    • Merchandise
    • Tattoo
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Other web or app design
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Book cover
    • Web page design
    • Poster
    • Other design
    • Landing page design
  2. 2
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 92 )
    • T-shirt
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Logo design
    • Other Graphic Design
    • Clothing or apparel
    • Other clothing or merchandise
    • Merchandise
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Twitter background design
    • Sticker
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Other design
  3. 3
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 145 )
    • Logo design
    • Other design
    • T-shirt
    • Product packaging
    • Logo & business card
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Sticker
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Product label
    • Banner ad
    • Poster
    • Stationery
    • Signage
    • Other packaging or label
    • Other business or advertising
    • Other art or illustration
    • Merchandise
    • Icon or button
    • Clothing or apparel
    • Business card
    • 3D
    • Social media page
    • PowerPoint template
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Other Graphic Design
    • Other clothing or merchandise
    • Menu
    • Logo & hosted website
    • Infographic
    • Character or mascot
  4. 4
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 89 )
    • T-shirt
    • Clothing or apparel
    • Other clothing or merchandise
    • Logo design
    • Merchandise
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Other Graphic Design
    • Character or mascot
    • Cup or mug
  5. 5
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 74 )
    • T-shirt
    • Logo design
    • Clothing or apparel
    • Other clothing or merchandise
    • Poster
    • Other Graphic Design
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Postcard, flyer or print
  6. 6
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 30 )
    • T-shirt
    • Web page design
    • Logo design
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Poster
    • Book cover
    • WordPress theme design
    • Product packaging
    • Other web or app design
    • Other design
    • Landing page design
    • Card or invitation
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Stationery
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Product label
    • Merchandise
    • Magazine cover
    • Email
    • Clothing or apparel
    • App design
    • Logo & business card
  7. 7
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 118 )
    • T-shirt
    • Logo design
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Clothing or apparel
    • Merchandise
    • Other clothing or merchandise
    • Other packaging or label
    • Other design
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Poster
    • Other art or illustration
  8. 8
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 233 )
    • Logo design
    • Banner ad
    • T-shirt
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Other business or advertising
    • Icon or button
    • Brochure
    • Logo & business card
    • Product label
    • Other web or app design
    • Other design
    • Other art or illustration
    • Character or mascot
    • Typesetting
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Signage
    • PowerPoint template
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Infographic
    • Stationery
    • Poster
    • Other packaging or label
    • Facebook cover
    • Clothing or apparel
    • Business card
    • Web page design
    • Typesetting with imagery
    • Sticker
    • Social media page
    • Product packaging
    • Other book or magazine
    • Merchandise
    • Menu
    • Landing page design
    • Car, truck or van wrap
    • Brand guide
    • Book cover
  9. 9
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 114 )
    • T-shirt
    • Clothing or apparel
    • Other clothing or merchandise
    • Poster
    • Other design
    • Logo design
    • Merchandise
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Other web or app design
    • Other packaging or label
    • Other art or illustration
  10. 10
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 180 )
    • T-shirt
    • Clothing or apparel
    • Other clothing or merchandise
    • Logo design
    • Merchandise
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Sticker
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Other design
    • Product label
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Poster
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Other art or illustration
    • Card or invitation
  11. 11
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 56 )
    • T-shirt
    • Logo design
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Clothing or apparel
    • Product label
    • Other clothing or merchandise
    • Merchandise
    • Character or mascot
  12. 12
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 92 )
    • T-shirt
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Infographic
    • Web page design
    • Other art or illustration
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Other design
    • Logo design
    • Icon or button
    • Card or invitation
    • Sticker
    • Clothing or apparel
    • Signage
    • Other web or app design
    • Merchandise
    • Book cover
    • Other clothing or merchandise
    • Logo & business card
    • Landing page design
    • Character or mascot
    • Brochure
    • Banner ad
    • Social media page
    • PowerPoint template
    • Other business or advertising
    • Other book or magazine
    • Business card
    • Poster
  13. 13
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 108 )
    • T-shirt
    • Logo design
    • Clothing or apparel
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Merchandise
    • Tattoo
    • Other clothing or merchandise
    • Facebook cover
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Other design
    • Other art or illustration
    • Logo & business card
    • Cup or mug
    • Sticker
  14. 14
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 179 )
    • T-shirt
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Logo design
    • Clothing or apparel
    • Product label
    • Other design
    • Poster
    • Other clothing or merchandise
    • Other art or illustration
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Other Graphic Design
    • Icon or button
    • Product packaging
    • Logo & hosted website
    • Landing page design
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Banner ad
    • Merchandise
  15. 15
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 50 )
    • T-shirt
    • Logo design
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Logo & business card
    • Clothing or apparel
    • Sticker
    • Other clothing or merchandise
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Product label
    • Merchandise
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Brand guide
  16. 16
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 107 )
    • Logo design
    • T-shirt
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Other art or illustration
    • Product label
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Logo & business card
    • Merchandise
    • Clothing or apparel
    • Business card
    • Other design
    • Icon or button
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Web page design
    • Tattoo
    • Poster
    • Other clothing or merchandise
    • Logo & hosted website
    • Infographic
    • Brand guide
    • Character or mascot
  17. 17
    • T-shirt
    • Logo design
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Other clothing or merchandise
    • Tattoo
    • Clothing or apparel
    • Other art or illustration
    • Character or mascot
    • Cup or mug
    • Sticker
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Product label
    • Poster
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Banner ad
    • Other design
    • Business card
  18. 18
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 3 )
    • T-shirt
    • Logo design
    • Clothing or apparel
    • Merchandise
    • Sticker
    • Product label
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Other clothing or merchandise
    • Other business or advertising
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Cup or mug
    • Banner ad
    • Logo & brand identity pack
  19. 19
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 68 )
    • T-shirt
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Logo design
    • Clothing or apparel
    • Other art or illustration
    • Character or mascot
    • Icon or button
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Product packaging
    • Product label
    • Other packaging or label
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Tattoo
    • Social media page
    • Signage
    • Other design
    • Other clothing or merchandise
  20. 20
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 78 )
    • T-shirt
    • Clothing or apparel
    • Logo design
    • Merchandise
    • Other clothing or merchandise
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Sticker
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Cup or mug
  21. 21
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 1 )
    • T-shirt
    • Merchandise
    • Clothing or apparel
    • Other clothing or merchandise
    • Logo design
    • Sticker
    • Other art or illustration
    • Illustration or graphics
  22. 22
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 107 )
    • T-shirt
    • Clothing or apparel
    • Merchandise
    • Other clothing or merchandise
    • Logo design
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Sticker
    • Cup or mug
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Other design
    • Other art or illustration
  23. 23
    Top Level
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    ( 4 )
    • T-shirt
    • Logo design
    • Clothing or apparel
    • Other clothing or merchandise
    • Merchandise
    • Logo & business card
  24. 24
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 113 )
    • T-shirt
    • Clothing or apparel
    • Product label
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Logo design
    • Character or mascot
    • Product packaging
    • Other design
    • Sticker
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Tattoo
    • Poster
    • Other web or app design
    • Other clothing or merchandise
    • Other art or illustration
    • Banner ad
  25. 25
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 86 )
    • T-shirt
    • Clothing or apparel
    • Sticker
    • Other clothing or merchandise
    • Merchandise
    • Logo design
    • Cup or mug
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Other design
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Facebook cover
    • Poster
  26. 26
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 22 )
    • T-shirt
    • Logo design
    • Clothing or apparel
    • Logo & business card
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Other design
    • Other clothing or merchandise
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Brand guide
  27. 27
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 60 )
    • T-shirt
    • Logo design
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Other art or illustration
    • Clothing or apparel
    • Tattoo
    • Other clothing or merchandise
    • Merchandise
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Poster
    • Logo & brand identity pack
  28. 28
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 25 )
    • T-shirt
    • Logo design
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Product label
    • Other design
    • Product packaging
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Clothing or apparel
    • Character or mascot
    • Book cover
    • Banner ad
  29. 29
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 79 )
    • T-shirt
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Web page design
    • WordPress theme design
    • Other design
    • Clothing or apparel
    • Sticker
    • Other art or illustration
    • Social media page
    • Product packaging
    • Other business or advertising
    • Other web or app design
    • Other clothing or merchandise
    • Landing page design
    • Cup or mug
    • Character or mascot
    • Card or invitation
    • Brochure
    • Signage
    • Product label
    • Other packaging or label
    • App design
    • Logo design
    • Business card
    • Banner ad
  30. 30
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 43 )
    • Logo design
    • T-shirt
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Other design
    • Product label
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Business card
    • Logo & business card
    • Sticker
    • Other packaging or label
    • Merchandise
    • Email
    • Cup or mug

How did we choose these as the top shirt designers?

At 99designs, it’s our top priority to connect you with the best t-shirt designer for your project. And in order to make sure we deliver the best talent, we judge each designer based on a clear (and strict) set of criteria:

Skill

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We want to make sure the designers we pair you with can walk the walk, so every designer on our platform goes through a portfolio review, where their work is reviewed by our in-house design team. During the evaluation, our design experts are looking for:

  • Technical skill and execution
  • Deep knowledge and understanding of design principles
  • Creative and conceptual thought

Once we’ve reviewed a designer’s portfolio, we assign them to one of three categories:

  • Top Level: the best of the best, these designers exhibit a high level of creativity and design expertise
  • Mid Level: these designers can easily handle most projects and are well on their way to establishing themselves as experts
  • Entry Level: the “rising stars,” these designers don’t have a ton of experience, but they show potential

Experience

Just because a designer can churn out amazing logo designs doesn’t mean they’re the right designer for your t-shirt project.

Different design types require different experience—so when we’re putting together our recommendations, we make sure we’re presenting a roster of designers who can walk the walk—and dress the part—of an awesome t-shirt designer.

Professionalism

We don’t just want to deliver designers with the design chops to complete your project. We want to deliver true professionals.

Creating a positive experience for our clients is important to us, which is why we factor professionalism—including a designer’s responsiveness, ability to adhere to deadlines and overall communication skills—into the equation when rating and recommending our designers. That way, you know not only are you getting a great designer—you’re getting a great designer you can work with on a professional level.

What to think about when hiring a t-shirt designer

Your t-shirts are like a walking billboard for your brand—which is why it’s important you choose the right designer to bring your t-shirt design to life. Here are a few things to keep in mind when hiring to make sure the person you choose is the right fit for you and your apparel project:

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  • Choose your printing options from the get-go. There are a bunch of different options when it comes to printing your t-shirt (like screen printing and vinyl). Before you choose a designer—and before you start working with your designer to create your t-shirt design—know what printing style you’re going to use. That way, you and your designer can make the best design decisions based on your printing method.
    Not sure what you want? Check out our Ultimate guide to t-shirt design ->
  • Think about the end product. The right designer for your company uniform shirts isn’t necessarily going to be the same designer you’ll use for edgy merchandise sold at a concert. Before you choose a designer, think about the end product and the kind of impact you want it to have—then choose a designer you feel is the most qualified to create that impact with their design.
  • Find the right style match. People—whether it’s your team, your customers or yourself—are going to be wearing this shirt, so it’s got to convey the right style (otherwise, it’s going to end up in a pile in the back corner of a closet). Make sure when choosing a designer, you pick someone who has a similar style and can create something you’d be excited to wear.

Are you ready to hire a top freelance t-shirt designer?

The world of apparel design can be tricky. But when you’ve got the right designer in your corner it doesn’t have to be.

Didn’t quite find the right match on our top 10 list?
Take a look at the thousands of other designers we’ve got in our closet.