You could spend half your budget on ads that no one sees, but the one promotion none of your customers can avoid is your product packaging. Your packaging is the closer for an on-the-fence shopper. The design you choose can subtly influence shopper behavior, communicate value propositions for a competitive edge and raise brand awareness.

In other words, don’t just stick it in a plain cardboard box.

Because packaging design improves most aspects of your business, make sure you hire a designer who knows how to handle its nuances. To give you a head-start, here we list the top freelance designers for product packaging help you choose the one best for you.

How to get the best product packaging

Product packaging is all about the visuals. How noticeable your value proposition is and whether your product stands out next to competitors are determined by how the packaging looks. That’s why it’s crucial to find a designer who understands your company’s vision, or who fits your style well enough to pitch worthwhile original ideas.

If you’re not yet sure exactly what you want your packaging to look like, you can commission multiple ideas a design contest. Based on your specifications, dozens of designers create original samples, you give feedback and pick your favorite.

Learn more about packaging design contests ->

If you already know what you want or have some design ideas in mind, take a look at the designer portfolios below and find one that matches your aesthetic.

The 10 best freelance packaging designers to hire in 2021

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

How did we choose these as the top packaging designers?

To help us pair clients with their perfect designer, we evaluate each one of our freelancers according to three primary criteria:

1. Quality

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Our panel of experts examines the freelance designer’s portfolio and categorizes them as either Top, Mid, or Entry Level. Reviewers look at the basics like visual style, but also dive deeper into technical proficiency, how well the designer understands design principles and whether they deliver on what the client requests.

2. Experience in Product Packaging

Because packaging design is a specialization, we account for how well each freelance designer does in this particular category. We monitor how many times the designer has made it to the qualifying round for product packaging design contests, and when someone continually does well in this category, we take notice.

3. Professionalism

A designer’s effectiveness isn’t just their design skill. We also factor in how well they communicate with clients and meet deadlines.

What to think about when hiring a product packaging designer

Part of the reason it’s best to hire a freelance designer is that you don’t need to know about the intricacies of packaging design yourself. However, this makes it harder to know a good packaging designer from a merely adequate one. To make an informed decision, consider these points when browsing designers’ portfolios:

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  • Does the designer think outside the box or stick to conventions? One of the current packaging design trends is to use a unique shape—is that something that fits your brand?
  • Have they worked in your industry before? Each industry has their own packaging needs, even legal requirements as with food labeling, so previous experience is always a plus.
  • How well do they use design elements like color and typography? Does their style match what you’re going for?
  • What’s your personal impression of the products in the designer’s portfolio? Did the packaging achieve what it was going for?
  • Does the packaging suit the product itself? Is the designer incorporating the product’s selling points into the packaging design?

Aside from design abilities, you also want to consider logistics like pricing and whether they’re available for your timeline.

Are you ready to hire a phenomenal freelance packaging designer?

Good product packaging is magnetic, drawing shoppers’ attention from the shelf or screen. The best designers can turn your products into free advertising, not to mention the branding benefits, too. Who designs the product packaging is not a decision a company should make lightly, so take a close look at the designers above to see if they fit your style.

The designers above not right for you?
You can search for more product packaging designers based on your own criteria—there are thousands to choose from.