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 2021

  1. 1
    • Email
    • Banner ad
    • Other business or advertising
    • Landing page design
    • Other design
    • Icon or button
    • PowerPoint template
    • Poster
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Logo design
    • Social media page
    • Other web or app design
    • Product packaging
    • Other packaging or label
    • Other Graphic Design
    • Other art or illustration
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Facebook cover
    • Book cover
  2. 2
    • Email
    • Web page design
    • Banner ad
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Other design
    • Logo design
    • Other business or advertising
    • Poster
    • Landing page design
    • Infographic
    • Other web or app design
    • App design
    • Icon or button
    • Card or invitation
    • Other clothing or merchandise
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Business card
    • Brochure
    • T-shirt
    • Stationery
    • Social media page
    • Product label
    • Other art or illustration
    • Magazine cover
    • Flash banner
    • Facebook cover
    • Book cover
  3. 3
    • Banner ad
    • Flash banner
    • Email
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Other business or advertising
    • Web page design
    • Poster
    • Book cover
    • Social media page
    • Signage
    • Facebook cover
    • Product label
    • Other web or app design
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Other design
    • Logo design
    • Brochure
    • Stationery
    • Other packaging or label
    • Sticker
    • Product packaging
    • Other art or illustration
    • Infographic
  4. 4
    • Email
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Brochure
    • Book cover
    • Other business or advertising
    • Print or packaging design
    • Other packaging or label
    • Banner ad
    • Social media page
    • Product label
    • Other web or app design
    • Other design
    • Flash banner
    • Web page design
    • T-shirt
    • Signage
    • Product packaging
    • PowerPoint template
    • Poster
    • Other art or illustration
    • Merchandise
    • Magazine cover
    • Clothing or apparel
  5. 5
    • Email
    • Landing page design
    • Web page design
    • PowerPoint template
    • Other web or app design
    • Banner ad
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Brochure
    • Other business or advertising
    • Poster
    • Other design
    • WordPress theme design
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Book cover
    • App design
    • Facebook cover
    • Typesetting with imagery
    • Other book or magazine
    • Infographic
    • Character or mascot
    • Card or invitation
  6. 6
    • Other design
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Other web or app design
    • Other business or advertising
    • Banner ad
    • Poster
    • Web page design
    • Brochure
    • Facebook cover
    • Social media page
    • Signage
    • Logo design
    • Landing page design
    • Email
    • Product label
    • Product packaging
    • Stationery
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Business card
    • Infographic
    • Book cover
    • Other art or illustration
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Other packaging or label
    • Other book or magazine
    • Icon or button
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Other Graphic Design
    • Card or invitation
    • WordPress theme design
    • Print or packaging design
    • PowerPoint template
    • Merchandise
    • Menu
    • Magazine cover
    • Logo & brand guide
    • Flash banner
    • Clothing or apparel
    • Button or icon
    • Brand guide
  7. 7
    • Email
    • Banner ad
    • Web page design
    • Other web or app design
    • Landing page design
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Other design
    • Other business or advertising
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Brochure
    • WordPress theme design
    • Stationery
    • Logo design
    • Infographic
    • Facebook cover
    • Clothing or apparel
  8. 8
    • Email
    • Banner ad
    • Other design
    • Other business or advertising
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Product label
    • Logo design
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Stationery
    • PowerPoint template
    • Poster
    • Icon or button
  9. 9
    • Email
    • Landing page design
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Web page design
    • Other business or advertising
    • Logo design
    • Signage
    • Product label
    • Banner ad
    • PowerPoint template
    • Other web or app design
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Business card
    • WordPress theme design
    • Social media page
    • Other design
    • App design
    • Infographic
    • Icon or button
    • Facebook cover
  10. 10
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Web page design
    • Email
    • Logo design
    • Banner ad
    • Other design
    • Other business or advertising
    • Landing page design
    • Social media page
    • Poster
    • Facebook cover
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Signage
    • Infographic
    • Stationery
    • Other web or app design
    • Logo & business card
    • Business card
    • Brochure
    • Product label
    • Other art or illustration
    • Icon or button
    • Flash banner
    • WordPress theme design
    • Product packaging
    • PowerPoint template
    • Other clothing or merchandise
    • Other book or magazine
    • App design
    • Menu
    • Logo & brand identity pack

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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