We live in a world where it’s possible to have very specific design needs such as, needing a logo, a website, a brochure or a restaurant menu. But when building something that has multiple components or multilayered—whether it’s creating a brand style guide or designing the interior of the spa of your shared workspace—the design tends to be much more varied and complex. Multidisciplinary designers are ideal for such projects since they have skills and knowledge in various design styles and formats.

Person sitting with eight arms, each arm is a symbol for another skill the person has
Illustration by OrangeCrush

Multidisciplinary design is a combination of multiple design disciplines, such as UX, web, graphic or product design. And multidisciplinary designers are experts at several of these disciplines and create intricate design solutions. A designer who can see how design elements like color, font, shapes, digital effects can translate across different mediums is helpful to have when tackling larger or nuanced projects.

Multidisciplinary designers can help you convey your brand to your audience in the most consistent and collaborative way over different mediums such as brand identity, packaging, user experience and typography.

The 10 best freelance multidisciplinary designers designers to hire in 2021

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

How did we choose these as the top multidisciplinary designers?

Finding a multidisciplinary designer is important because you want to work with a designer who’s skilled in the design disciplines your project requires. Here’s what we looked for when selecting the designers on this list:

1. Design quality

When a designer joins 99designs, an expert from our team reviews their portfolio for conceptual thought, technical execution and knowledge of design principles. If the designer is accepted, they then assign the designer one of three levels:

  • Top Level
  • Mid Level
  • Entry Level

These levels are displayed on designer portfolios and you can easily figure out if you’re working with a seasoned designer, or someone who is building their portfolio.

2. Multidisciplinary design experience

Design includes a multitude of specialities and disciplines within it. Combining their skills in various disciplines, multidisciplinary designers are able to approach projects with a deepened design intuition and broad perspective. We specifically listed designers whose portfolio demonstrates quality of work and experience in multidisciplinary design.

3. Professionalism

Of course you want someone with design skills, but you also want a multidisciplinary 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 multidisciplinary designers are professionals in service as well as design.

What to think about when hiring a multidisciplinary designer

Multidisciplinary designers can range from being as specialized as a curriculum designer and a cartographer, or they can be a generalist. Whichever the case, they have skills and knowledge in many design formats and styles.

The goal is to provide the best possible solution for individual design needs. If this sounds vague, let’s rephrase it like this—multidisciplinary design asks you to think big. Go beyond the defined borders of any discipline and reach other disciplines. This is a great moment to ask yourself, what are all the ways I want my project to look and feel like? What will it take to make that happen?

Style

A multidisciplinary designer may be a match for you practically but are they a match for you aesthetically? Your visual design elements represent your brand. What that means is that the way things look or are presented to your audience, from typography to colors to use of white space, is so important. To keep a sense of consistency in your branding, it’s incredibly important to work with a designer whose style is compatible with your brand. It’s even better if the designer’s portfolio strikes up inspiration for your branding.

t-shirt illustration of two robots
T-shirt illustration by noodlemie
sushi on a scooter
Logo design by vaneltia
finance app design
App design by ozonestyle

Disciplines

We’ve mentioned this in other sections but it’s definitely worth touching on again. What are the multidisciplinary designer’s specialties? You might have a physical product and need help coming up with a logo, a brand identity pack and packaging, as well as designing an app icon. In this case, it might be best to work with a multidisciplinary designer who is an expert in translating design elements from the physical, tangible space into a digital one or vice versa. It might also be a good idea to see how a designer differentiates the design concepts between formats, mediums and projects.

Creativity

It’s only natural to want your design to be unlike any other. If you have an idea but not quite sure how to bring it to life, looking for clear differences and originality in a designer’s portfolio may serve you well. A multidisciplinary designer who can take something more or less abstract and make that consistent and powerful across mediums will undoubtedly help get the best out of your idea.

Three screens for a landing page for kids outdoor activities
Web design by galinka

Format

When it comes to format, you’d want a designer who knows how to make designs look good in different formats. For example, if you want to design a logo and also to have that logo animated, you would want someone who can make sure that those two things work well with each other.

Multidisciplinary designers are highly adaptable. If a designer doesn’t have those skills, it shouldn’t be a limiting factor. A designer with the right style who is looking to grow their skills might be who you end up working best with. It’s definitely good to think about the level of experience you feel is best for your project.

Are you ready to hire a marvelous freelance multidisciplinary designer?

The best multidisciplinary designer for you is out there. I hope our tips help you get started on a holistic design strategy that translates seamlessly across mediums. If you didn’t see exactly what you’re looking for in these 10 designers, you can search to find someone who you’d love to work with!

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