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Top 11 Sites To Hire The Best Mobile App Designer:

1

Toptal.

With personalized matches, top designer talent, and excellent customer service, Toptal works to save you time and risk. Rather than offering an open marketplace, Toptal recruits and hires only the top candidates into their talent network. Known for its rigorous vetting process, Toptal matches clients with freelancers along more than just skillset—they take into account each freelancer’s English level mastery, your company culture, and team dynamics to find the right fit for clients of all sizes and project needs.

Toptal

Pros

  • Toptal prides itself on hiring only the best freelance mobile app designers, so you won’t have to worry about the quality of talent that you’re shopping for.
  • The platform has a curated matching service, so you can save time by finding the right design freelancer for the job right away. The matching service will also help you think through the project itself, which is helpful for clarifying a project timeline or assessing the need for additional resources.
  • With Toptal’s no-risk trial period, you’re fully protected in case things don’t work out with your freelancer.

Cons

  • Because of the premium service Toptal offers, including the caliber of Toptal’s freelancers and their white-glove matching, Toptal can be more expensive than other services.
  • If your project requires more of a short-term engagement or you are in more of an ideation phase, it might be better to start with a lower-cost option.
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2

Upwork.

Upwork is the result of a merger between what were previously the two dominant freelance forces. The platform provides a lot of project management support, with milestones and easy communication. Upwork Pro and Enterprise take out some of the extra work around sorting through the masses of freelancers by providing you with a pre-screened pool of candidates.

Upwork

Pros

  • There are mobile app designers of all kinds, focused on projects of different sizes and levels of complexity.
  • Upwork is the largest marketplace for freelancers of all types.
  • Upwork’s project management system allows you to set milestones and only pay when those milestones have been achieved.

Cons

  • There are lots of complaints about Upwork’s customer service, so be prepared to deal with any issues on your own.
  • The Upwork tests can be manipulated, so you will want to test skills important to your project yourself.
  • Unless you use Upwork Pro, sifting through the quantity of mobile app designers can be very time consuming.
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3

99designs.

On 99designs, designers display their ideas for your mobile app before you select a designer. With a contest format, designers submit ideas and you select the idea and designer you would like to work with. You can choose from different packages, which incorporate designers at different levels.

99designs

Pros

  • When you post your request as a contest, you receive dozens of submissions, and can choose your favorite.
  • If you instead choose to work with a single designer, you have access to one of the best mobile app designers on 99designs.
  • There are different price options, so you can decide the balance between budget and expertise.

Cons

  • The contest format makes work fairly insecure for designers, which means more talented mobile app designers will look elsewhere for work.
  • The contest structure does not allow for clear communication up front to establish brand strategy and integrity.
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4

Dribbble.

The Dribbble platform was created for the designer rather than for the consumer. Dribbble began as an invite-only community, where designers could provide feedback, share ideas, and build teams. Designers post portfolios and anyone can search by keywords, discipline, and even location. Since then Dribbble has expanded to include a job page where designers can apply for jobs and employers can post jobs.

Dribbble

Pros

  • Known as THE community for designers, Dribbble has designers of all kinds.
  • The location search on Dribbble provides the option to make a local hire and work with someone in-person.
  • Dribbble Talent provides access to pre-vetted app design recommendations.

Cons

  • Because the portfolios are very visual, the community is geared much more towards visual and graphic designers, and UX/UI experience is not emphasized.
  • Dribbble only focuses on making the connection between people. It does not have payment or project support.
  • Dribbble is a great place for designers getting into the industry to show their work. However, designers further into their career may go elsewhere.
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5

Working Not Working.

Working Not Working (WNW) has an “UnJobBoard” for creatives. The platform is dedicated to making the process of finding a designer and of working with a designer not feel like work. Like Dribbble, the site began as invite-only, but has opened to anyone. If someone on the “Membership Board” likes a member’s profile, they can nominate them to be “vetted” and the board can vote. All members post their availability, so you know who is available when.

Working Not Working

Pros

  • Working Not Working has designers looking for freelance, part-time or full time mobile app design work.
  • The platform allows you to look exclusively for designers that meet your timeframe.
  • Human, WNW’s concierge service, helps you find the right candidates for your project.

Cons

  • Working Not Working does not provide project management support such as a payment processing system or internal contract structure.
  • Working Not Working is geared towards large companies that need frequent hires, so it may not be a good fit if that is not you.
  • There is no assurance or support if one of your hires does not go well.
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6

Envato Studio.

Envato Studio is part of the larger Envato network, which has a collection of services, trainings, and marketplaces. The Studio is a place to find mostly pre-packaged services from companies and individual designers. There are both wordpress and other themes as well as services such as designing a mobile interface in a certain number of days. Prices on everything remain low and the services fairly simple.
Envato Studio

Pros

  • Envato Studio provides “one stop shop” solutions for simple mobile applications.
  • Envato is extremely affordable with a maximum price of $2000.
  • If your needs are fairly straightforward, Envato Studio is a quick and affordable way to get a great solution.

Cons

  • Envato does not provide much customer support if things do not go well.
  • There are not quality controls beyond a rating system to ensure your mobile app design functions as you had intended.
  • Designers provide basic templates that work in different settings, but you cannot get highly customized design work.
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7

DesignCrowd.

On DesignCrowd, you post your request and designers submit their ideas for how to envision your mobile app. You then can choose any of the designs and move forward with that particular designer to continue revisions. Prices start at just $99, and go up from there if you are interested in incentivizing higher quality designers submitting their proposals or want some backend build out.

DesignCrowd

Pros

  • DesignCrowd is very affordable, structured, and efficient.
  • The structure of it means you won’t encounter scams like you might on other freelance platforms.
  • DesignCrowd has a money back guarantee—so if you don’t like any solutions, you only lose the overhead fees.

Cons

  • Because the contests require work with very unlikely payout for most designers, those who can generally seek work on other platforms.
  • Upfront communications are limited, so it may be difficult to communicate a very cohesive brand strategy.
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8

Behance.

Behance is a portfolio platform created by Adobe for artists and designers. Anyone using Adobe Creative Suite can create a portfolio on the site, and some of the portfolios are phenomenal. The platform has mechanisms for hiring, but unless you are very familiar with design principles, hiring through portfolios can be tough! You will need to pay for an account in order to have access to hiring.

Behance

Pros

  • Behance features artists and designers of all kinds at at all levels, so there are a lot of options around the budget and structure for hiring.
  • Behance is fairly unique in hosting animated or video presentations of designer’s work, which allows you to explore the interface.
  • Behance is the Adobe Creative Suite’s platform for displaying artists using their products, which means you can see Adobe used in lots of creative ways.

Cons

  • Without experience in design work, hiring through galleries/portfolios is very challenging.
  • Finding the right mobile app designer can be time consuming.
  • Behance does not act as an intermediary in establishing contracts, payment, or dispute resolution.
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9

People Per Hour.

PeoplePerHour (PPH) is a freelance platform dedicated to helping small businesses and individuals create independent livelihoods. UK based, PPH is more focused on the European marketplace than some other platforms. You have the option of posting a job or hiring through an “Hourly,” a set-price package of service. Designers are from around the world and charge a range of prices.

People Per Hour

Pros

  • You can find an app designer at any rate and experience level, and check out their portfolio before you hire a mobile app designer.
  • PPH is focused on serving small businesses, so if that is you, it’s a really good fit.
  • You can select pre-priced projects, so you know exactly what you are getting.

Cons

  • Customer service is limited, so be prepared to deal with any issues on your own. PPH is known for deleting accounts when problems arise.
  • PeoplePerHour is known for having lots of hidden fees that pop up.
  • With mobile app designers located all over the world, communication can be challenging.
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10

Freelancer.

Freelancer is the largest freelance platform in the world. You can sign up easily and post a job quickly. Alternatively, you can post a contest for designers to submit their ideas. For additional fees, you can also include incentives and features to help make sure your post is seen by freelancers that can deliver on your needs.

Freelancer

Pros

  • Freelancer has different formats to hire a mobile app designer including through a contest, a job post, or just searching freelancers that meet your criteria.
  • There are freelancers that can meet any budget.
  • Freelancer’s project management system allows you to set milestones, and only pay when those milestones have been achieved.

Cons

  • It can be difficult to sift through freelance mobile app designers to determine which will be the best for your particular project.
  • Unfortunately there are many scams on the site, so it is important to take proper precautions.
  • Sometimes communication can is challenging because some freelancers have limited English.
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honorable mention

Fiverr.

Fiverr began as a marketplace where every “gig” cost only $5. It still has very low cost options, but has since grown to include project of up to $10,000. While you can post a job, or “gig,” Fiverr has more of a traditional product marketplace feel, where you can select existing packages and add-ons to select the service.

Fiverr

Pros

  • Fiverr lets you post your job quickly or search packages that freelancers have already posted.
  • With Fiverr Pro you have access to a more select group of freelancers.

Cons

  • Posting a complex job is challenging.
  • It is tough to get your job featured so that there are frequent views by freelancers.
  • Fiverr is known for having a lot of scams on the site.
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