A beautiful email template makes your emails stand out among the hundreds of other messages crowding up your receivers’ inboxes. A top freelance email designer translates a brand’s personality and messaging into a visual design that complements their sends, rather than compete with them.

Effective email design does three things: it gets emails noticed, it gets them opened and it gets conversions. Check out the best freelance email designers to hire this year.

How to get the best email design

Most people are familiar with the concept of hiring a freelance designer. But it isn’t the only way to start working with an email template designer. If you want a lot of different takes on an email template, using your company’s colors and logo, a design contest is the way to go.

With a design contest, you start by writing a brief describing what you are looking for. Then, designers from all over the world submit template concepts unique to your brief. From these, you choose finalists, give feedback to hone the designs and ultimately, pick your favorite email design. We recommend design contest for anybody who needs help with ideation and wants to see a variety of different styles.

Learn more about email design contests –>

Sometimes, you already know what you want your email template to look like. When that’s the case, hiring a freelancer is a great choice!

The 10 best email designers to hire in 2018

Top Level
5.0
( 47 )
  • Email
  • Web page design
  • Logo design
  • Brochure
  • Landing page design
  • Logo & business card
  • Other business or advertising
  • Product packaging
  • Other book or magazine
  • Signage
  • Product label
  • Postcard, flyer or print
  • Other design
  • Other art or illustration
  • Car, truck or van wrap
  • Poster
  • Other web or app design
  • Other packaging or label
  • App design
  • Menu
  • Magazine cover
  • Banner ad
Top Level
5.0
( 68 )
  • Email
  • Landing page design
  • Web page design
  • PowerPoint template
  • Banner ad
  • Other web or app design
  • Postcard, flyer or print
  • Brochure
  • Other design
  • Other business or advertising
  • Book cover
  • Illustration or graphics
  • Facebook cover
  • Poster
  • Other book or magazine
  • Infographic
  • Card or invitation
Top Level
5.0
( 95 )
  • Email
  • Web page design
  • Banner ad
  • Postcard, flyer or print
  • Poster
  • Other design
  • Landing page design
  • Logo design
  • Other web or app design
  • Other business or advertising
  • Infographic
  • Illustration or graphics
  • Icon or button
  • Card or invitation
  • T-shirt
  • Stationery
  • Social media page
  • Product label
  • Other clothing or merchandise
  • Other art or illustration
  • App design
  • Flash banner
  • Business card
  • Brochure
  • Book cover
Top Level
5.0
( 51 )
  • Email
  • Landing page design
  • Web page design
  • Other web or app design
  • Other design
  • Other business or advertising
  • Other book or magazine
  • Illustration or graphics
  • Icon or button
  • Facebook cover
  • Stationery
  • Product packaging
  • PowerPoint template
  • Poster
  • Postcard, flyer or print
Top Level
4.9
( 72 )
  • Email
  • Banner ad
  • Postcard, flyer or print
  • Other business or advertising
  • Landing page design
  • Signage
  • Card or invitation
  • Poster
  • Other web or app design
  • Logo design
  • Infographic
  • Brochure
Top Level
5.0
( 49 )
  • Email
  • Landing page design
  • Web page design
  • Postcard, flyer or print
  • Product label
  • Signage
  • Other business or advertising
  • Logo design
  • Social media page
  • Other web or app design
  • Other design
  • App design
  • Icon or button
  • Business card
Top Level
5.0
( 47 )
  • Email
  • Web page design
  • Banner ad
  • Postcard, flyer or print
  • Landing page design
  • Other web or app design
  • Other design
  • Other business or advertising
  • Logo design
  • Social media page
  • Signage
  • Product packaging
  • Product label
  • Other packaging or label
  • Other art or illustration
  • Infographic
  • Facebook cover
Top Level
5.0
( 111 )
  • Banner ad
  • Email
  • Landing page design
  • Web page design
  • WordPress theme design
  • Other business or advertising
  • Facebook cover
  • Other web or app design
  • Signage
  • Social media page
  • Other design
  • Illustration or graphics
  • App design
  • Icon or button
  • Brochure
Top Level
5.0
( 139 )
  • Other design
  • Postcard, flyer or print
  • Other business or advertising
  • Banner ad
  • Web page design
  • Other web or app design
  • Facebook cover
  • Poster
  • Brochure
  • Landing page design
  • Signage
  • Email
  • Logo design
  • Product packaging
  • Product label
  • Stationery
  • Social media page
  • Infographic
  • Book cover
  • Illustration or graphics
  • Business card
  • Other book or magazine
  • Other art or illustration
  • Other packaging or label
  • Other Graphic Design
  • Icon or button
  • Card or invitation
  • Logo & social media pack
  • Print or packaging design
  • PowerPoint template
  • Menu
  • Magazine cover
  • Flash banner
  • Clothing or apparel
  • Button or icon
  • Logo & brand identity pack
Top Level
4.9
( 106 )
  • Postcard, flyer or print
  • Other web or app design
  • Poster
  • PowerPoint template
  • Brochure
  • Other business or advertising
  • Other design
  • Web page design
  • Signage
  • Banner ad
  • Logo design
  • Email
  • Infographic
  • T-shirt
  • Facebook cover
  • Landing page design
  • Other book or magazine
  • Business card
  • Brand guide
  • 3D
  • Card or invitation

How did we choose these as the top email designers?

Getting your email template just right is important because an email template differentiates your messages from all the other ones your subscribers receive. Your email template is the stage for your email content to play out on.

1. Design quality

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When a designer joins 99designs, an expert from our team examines their portfolio and considers the conceptual thought, technical skill and knowledge of design principles evident in their work. The designer is then assigned one of the following levels:

  • Top Level
  • Mid Level
  • Entry Level

These levels are displayed on designer portfolios, so prospective clients can easily see which designers have a lot of experience and skill and which are still building their portfolios.

2. Email template design experience

You might initially think that an email’s an email, but that’s not really true. A customized email template brands its sender’s messages to connect with recipients in specific, intentional ways. Beyond overall design quality, we specifically vetted each designer on our list to make sure they had experience with and specialized in email template design.

3. Professionalism

Of course you want someone with design skills, but you also want an email designer who communicates with you as your project progresses, delivers on time and in general, makes the process easier by being easy to work with. To ensure you work with the best, we considered each designer’s past customer experiences to make sure all of our recommended email designers are professionals in service as well as design.

Are you ready to hire an excellent freelance email designer?

You need an email template design that works with your messages to achieve the conversions you’re after. If the 10 designers on our list don’t seem like they can do that, check out other email designers on our site.

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