Most people don’t understand how important UI really is… until their site buttons look like the cockpit of a spaceship! The best UI designers know exactly how to solve this problem. The UI, or “User Interface,” is the space where people interact with a digital device—when dealing with websites, software and apps using on-screen buttons and gesture controls. And without a well-designed UI, your users might as well be interacting with a wall.
Interface design is a specific design skill, so it’s best to hire a freelance designer who specializes in UI specifically. So we’ve compiled a list of the top freelance UI designers below, all ready for hire!
How to get the best UI design
If you’re using a template site-builder or WYSIWYG editor, your options for creating the perfect UI design are typically bare minimum. That’s not their fault, though; they have to accommodate a broad range of sites, software and apps, so their UI features must be general. But if you want your UI to fit your project like a glove, with controls so intuitive users forget they’re even using them, you’ll need one custom-built by a professional UI designer.
Working one-on-one with a freelance designer is the best way to get a tailor-made UI. You can have a back-and-forth dialogue and test out variations before giving feedback. If you rely on general or generic controls, there will also be a gap between what your users want to do, and what they can do.
The 10 best freelance UI designers to hire in 2023
How did we choose these as the top UI designers?
Connecting with an interface is what brings your site, software or app to life—otherwise it’s just a screenshot. That’s why we looked at distinct criteria to choose only the best UI designers for this list:
1. Design quality
When a designer joins 99designs, an expert from our team goes through their portfolio and considers the conceptual thought, technical execution and knowledge of design principles evident in their work. If their work meets our quality standards, the designer is assigned one of three levels:
- Top Level
- Mid Level
- Entry Level
These levels are displayed on designer portfolios, so you can easily see if you’re working with someone with lots of experience and design chops, or someone that is up-and-coming.
2. UI design experience
Your buttons and controls need to look good, for one. But in addition to graphic design, UI design draws on many different fields, from computing to psychology, so not just any designer can handle it. We examined more than just overall design skill for these 10 designers, and specifically vetted each one on this list to make sure they had sufficient expertise with UI design.
Of course you want someone with design skills, but you also want a UI designer who communicates with you throughout the process, delivers on time and is generally good to work with. So we took past customer experiences into account to make sure all of our recommended UI designers are professionals in service as well as design.
Are you ready to hire a top freelance UI designer?
A custom-UI turns your project into something people love to use, not just tolerate. If you want to give your controls a personal look — and feel—you need an experienced UI designer. Hire one of the ten best freelance UI designers above now!
Want more UI designer choices?
If you want to see more UI designers than the ones on this list, you can browse our community of designers, even filtering by those who specialize in UI.