Motion graphics designers bring visual elements to life using 3D modeling, animation, storyboarding, texturing, effects and so much more. Without them, your favorite websites and apps would be would be notably less fun to use. Motion graphics and animation just make anything from animated logos to explainer videos and advertisements more dynamic.

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Impactful GIF for Microsoft by Maryia Dziadziulia

“Motion graphics” dates back further than you may imagine. Remember flipbooks? These charming sets of sequential print images create a tiny movie in your hand and were some of the first known moving graphics. Animator John Whitney was one of the first to coin the term “motion graphics” in 1960, where he created motion pictures and television title sequences.

It’s easy to see the progress the industry has made since that time. As video content sweeps over the waves of the internet, and technologies such as augmented reality and virtual reality gain popularity, so does this speciality within graphic design.

Working with a motion graphics or animation designer is a great way to get an eye-catching design that tells a story in a dynamic and engaging way. Top motion designers keep this expanding field of design fresh and constantly innovative in new and diverse ways, which leads to stunning animations like the ones below.

The 10 best freelance motion graphics designers to hire in 2020

  1. 1
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 188 )
    • Logo design
    • Logo & business card
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Other design
    • Web page design
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Other business or advertising
    • Product packaging
    • Product label
    • Icon or button
    • Brand guide
    • Social media page
    • Business card
    • App design
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Other web or app design
    • Other art or illustration
    • Merchandise
    • Landing page design
    • Banner ad
    • Tattoo
    • Logo & hosted website
    • Infographic
    • Clothing or apparel
    • Character or mascot
    • Card or invitation
    • Car, truck or van wrap
    • Book cover
    • T-shirt
    • Signage
  2. 2
    Top Level
    4.9
    ( 45 )
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Other art or illustration
    • Character or mascot
    • Other design
    • Web page design
    • Infographic
    • Social media page
    • Signage
    • Poster
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Landing page design
    • Email
    • App design
    • Logo & hosted website
  3. 3
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 70 )
    • Logo design
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Logo & hosted website
    • Logo & brand guide
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Logo & business card
    • T-shirt
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Signage
    • Other design
    • Business card
    • Brand guide
    • Social media page
    • Product packaging
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Other web or app design
    • Menu
    • Cup or mug
    • Character or mascot
  4. 4
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 140 )
    • Illustration or graphics
    • T-shirt
    • Infographic
    • Web page design
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Other art or illustration
    • Other design
    • Logo design
    • Icon or button
    • Card or invitation
    • Sticker
    • Other web or app design
    • Clothing or apparel
    • Signage
    • Merchandise
    • Landing page design
    • Logo & business card
    • Brochure
    • Book cover
    • Banner ad
    • PowerPoint template
    • Other clothing or merchandise
    • Character or mascot
    • Typesetting
    • Social media page
    • Product packaging
    • Poster
    • Other business or advertising
    • Other book or magazine
    • Business card
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Brand guide
  5. 5
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 135 )
    • Other design
    • Logo design
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Other clothing or merchandise
    • Other art or illustration
    • Clothing or apparel
    • Social media page
    • Merchandise
    • Other Graphic Design
    • Product label
    • Other web or app design
    • Card or invitation
    • Product packaging
    • Other business or advertising
    • Infographic
    • Icon or button
    • T-shirt
    • App design
    • Brochure
    • Banner ad
    • 3D
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Logo & business card
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Poster
    • Other packaging or label
    • Business card
    • Book cover
    • App
    • Facebook cover
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Web page design
  6. 6
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 192 )
    • Logo design
    • Other design
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Logo & business card
    • Stationery
    • Other art or illustration
    • Business card
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Product packaging
    • Logo & hosted website
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Brand guide
    • Signage
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Other web or app design
    • Other clothing or merchandise
    • Other business or advertising
    • Logo & brand guide
    • Banner ad
  7. 7
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 66 )
    • Logo design
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Logo & business card
    • T-shirt
    • Product packaging
    • Business card
    • Product label
    • Logo & hosted website
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Other packaging or label
    • Other design
    • Signage
    • Poster
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Logo & brand guide
    • Book cover
    • Banner ad
    • Sticker
    • Other web or app design
    • Other business or advertising
    • Icon or button
    • Character or mascot
    • Card or invitation
    • Brochure
    • Other art or illustration
  8. 8
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 54 )
    • Logo design
    • Illustration or graphics
    • T-shirt
    • App design
    • Web page design
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Other art or illustration
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Banner ad
    • Signage
    • Poster
    • Other design
    • Clothing or apparel
    • Business card
    • WordPress theme design
    • Other web or app design
    • Other clothing or merchandise
    • Logo & hosted website
    • Landing page design
    • Icon or button
    • Facebook cover
    • Character or mascot
    • Logo & brand guide
    • Sticker
    • Other business or advertising
    • Stationery
    • Tattoo
    • Car, truck or van wrap
    • Logo & business card
    • Product packaging
  9. 9
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 21 )
    • Logo design
    • Other design
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Logo & business card
    • Illustration or graphics
    • T-shirt
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Signage
    • Other business or advertising
    • Other art or illustration
    • Icon or button
    • Web page design
    • Product packaging
    • Product label
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Other web or app design
    • App design
    • Infographic
    • Business card
  10. 10
    • Illustration or graphics
    • T-shirt
    • Logo design
    • Other art or illustration
    • Clothing or apparel
    • Icon or button
    • Character or mascot
    • Other design
    • Other clothing or merchandise
    • App design
    • Business card
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • PowerPoint template
    • Other business or advertising
    • Infographic
    • Tattoo
    • Sticker
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Signage
    • Product packaging
    • Poster
    • Other web or app design
    • Other packaging or label
    • Merchandise
    • Logo & hosted website
    • Facebook cover
    • Card or invitation
    • Book cover
    • Banner ad
    • Web page design
    • Typesetting

How did we choose these as the top motion graphics designers?

Motion graphics design is important to get right because the speciality itself requires a hybrid of graphic design, animation and illustration. Motion graphics designers approach movement through the eyes of a trained visual designer. 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 goes through their portfolio and considers the conceptual thought, technical execution and knowledge of design principles evident in their work. If they’re accepted, 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. Motion graphics design experience

animated octopus logo
Animated logo by Sava Stoic

Motion graphics designers bring static designs to life through visual effects, animations and cinematic techniques with the end goal of creating something interesting and engaging. They communicate a message or provoke an emotional response through audio, video, photographs, animations and illustrations.

In addition to looking at overall quality, we specifically vetted each designer on this list to make sure they had experience with and specialized in motion graphics design.

3. Professionalism

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

What to think about when hiring a motion graphics designer

Motion graphics design is such a specific discipline within the graphic design field that heavily relies on experience with the most up-to-date programs. Here’s a short, albeit significant list of qualities to consider when hiring a motion graphics designer:

minimalist motion graphics of hourglass
Motion graphics by Minimalissio
cannabis motion graphics
Motion graphics by Musique!

 

Detail-oriented

The devil truly does lie in the details here. Motion designers rely heavily on storytelling, project organization and timing to make an animation smooth and effective. It’s important to find a detail-oriented designer who can make a captivating visual project look natural and effortless down to the smallest detail.

Tech-savvy

Motion design bridges good design with innovative technology. Most of the time, old school techniques are utilized with new and specialized software. That said, great motion graphics designers communicate their abilities through updated portfolios and are able to experiment with the latest techniques, machinery and applications.

Passionate

Can you feel a sense of dedication and creativity in the designer’s portfolio—that is also aligned with your personal or brand vision? It’s important to see eye-to-eye on multiple levels while working together in such an intimate collaboration. Whether you’re drawn in through captivating animations or awe-inspiring concepts within the storyline, their work should evoke a visceral response in you.

Don’t forget: it’s important to take the time to browse through each individual designer’s previous work to find one who closely matches your style. Your project is worth it.

Are you ready to hire a talented freelance motion graphics designer?


The ideal motion graphics designer will get your project where it needs to go. Now it’s time to make your selection! If these ten designers do not fit your project specifications, we’re confident there’s another who will. Browse our list of designers to find the perfect match.

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