Sometimes people keep the bag longer than the product it carried. Whether they’re paper sacks to carry products home from a store, promotional totes for a brand or event, or fashionable handbags, personalized bags are more common now than ever before. Both environmentalists and marketers love them for the very same reason… they’re reusable.

But if you want your bag to be saved and remembered, it needs a stellar design. That’s why we went through our community of freelance designers and selected the best choices for bag & tote design. It doesn’t matter if you need a design for cloth, fabric or paper—these ten designers below have it in the bag.

How to get the best bag design

Typically, to hire a designer, you review the candidates and chose the one you like best. But for something that relies so heavily on visuals like bag & tote design, you might want to see a few options before deciding. That’s when design contests work best.

Chips Store Shopping Bag
by Illustira
Chips Store Shopping Bag
by EM180
Chips Store Shopping Bag
by Parasaa

Design contests work like this: First, you describe what you’re looking for in a quick brief. Then, freelance designers from all over the world show you concepts based on what you wrote. After that, you pick your finalists and give them some feedback so they can fine-tune their submissions. Finally, you choose the one you like best. If you’re still unsure of what you want your bag or tote to look like, a design contest lets you see which ones you like.

Learn more about bag & tote design contests –>

However, if you already know what you want your bag design to be, you can just look below and choose a designer who matches your style.

The 10 best freelance bag & tote designers to hire in 2018

Top Level
5.0
( 128 )
  • Logo design
  • Illustration or graphics
  • T-shirt
  • Product packaging
  • Other clothing or merchandise
  • Product label
  • Other packaging or label
  • Merchandise
  • Logo & social media pack
  • Clothing or apparel
  • Signage
  • Postcard, flyer or print
  • Other design
  • Other art or illustration
  • Logo & hosted website
  • Facebook cover
  • Character or mascot
  • Business card
  • Poster
  • Icon or button
  • Logo & brand identity pack
  • Book cover
  • Web page design
  • Other web or app design
  • Landing page design
  • Cup or mug
  • Sticker
  • Social media page
  • Logo & business card
Top Level
4.9
( 33 )
  • T-shirt
  • Logo design
  • Logo & business card
  • Logo & brand identity pack
  • Clothing or apparel
  • Sticker
  • Other clothing or merchandise
  • Logo & social media pack
  • Product label
  • Merchandise
  • Illustration or graphics
Top Level
4.8
( 16 )
  • Other clothing or merchandise
  • Illustration or graphics
  • Clothing or apparel
  • Other design
  • Merchandise
  • Logo design
  • Other art or illustration
  • Cup or mug
  • Product label
  • Logo & business card
  • Logo & brand identity pack
Top Level
4.9
( 81 )
  • Logo design
  • Other design
  • Logo & business card
  • Illustration or graphics
  • Logo & hosted website
  • Logo & brand identity pack
  • Other clothing or merchandise
  • T-shirt
  • Product packaging
  • Postcard, flyer or print
  • Other art or illustration
  • Merchandise
  • Icon or button
  • Character or mascot
  • Other business or advertising
  • Card or invitation
  • Sticker
  • Logo & social media pack
  • Other web or app design
  • Book cover
  • Other Graphic Design
  • Business card
  • Web page design
  • Other packaging or label
  • Brand guide
  • Banner ad
Mid Level
5.0
( 43 )
  • T-shirt
  • Product label
  • Poster
  • Product packaging
  • Postcard, flyer or print
  • Book cover
  • Other design
  • Other packaging or label
  • Cup or mug
  • Illustration or graphics
  • Signage
  • Sticker
  • Other business or advertising
  • Logo design
  • Clothing or apparel
  • PowerPoint template
  • Other clothing or merchandise
  • Other art or illustration
  • Business card
  • Banner ad
  • Typesetting
  • Logo & social media pack
  • Merchandise
  • Car, truck or van wrap
  • Brochure
Top Level
5.0
( 28 )
  • Logo design
  • Product packaging
  • Logo & brand identity pack
  • Other clothing or merchandise
  • Logo & business card
  • Illustration or graphics
  • T-shirt
  • Logo & social media pack
  • Product label
  • Clothing or apparel
  • Sticker
  • Other book or magazine
  • Other art or illustration
  • Logo & hosted website
  • Cup or mug
  • Card or invitation
  • Business card
  • Brochure
  • Brand guide
Top Level
5.0
( 46 )
  • Logo design
  • Icon or button
  • Product label
  • Other design
  • Illustration or graphics
  • Other business or advertising
  • Facebook cover
  • Character or mascot
  • Logo & brand identity pack
  • Sticker
  • Tattoo
  • Product packaging
  • Other web or app design
  • Poster
  • Other packaging or label
  • Other clothing or merchandise
  • Merchandise
  • Infographic
  • Web page design
  • T-shirt
  • Postcard, flyer or print
  • Other art or illustration
  • Logo & business card
  • Email
  • Book cover
  • Banner ad
  • 3D
Top Level
5.0
( 8 )
  • Logo design
  • T-shirt
  • Illustration or graphics
  • Character or mascot
  • Other clothing or merchandise
  • Card or invitation
Top Level
  • T-shirt
  • Merchandise
  • Illustration or graphics
  • Other clothing or merchandise
  • Clothing or apparel
  • Other art or illustration
  • Logo design
  • Icon or button
  • Card or invitation
Top Level
5.0
( 22 )
  • Logo design
  • Product label
  • Logo & brand identity pack
  • Logo & business card
  • Card or invitation
  • Product packaging
  • Poster
  • Illustration or graphics
  • Cup or mug
  • Other clothing or merchandise
  • Other art or illustration
  • Merchandise
  • Clothing or apparel
  • Other packaging or label
  • Other design
  • Logo & hosted website
  • Book cover
  • Banner ad

How did we choose these as the top bag designers?

Bag design is more than just printing a picture on a bag. Some require business-focused design, others require fashion expertise, and all require getting the right size on a restrictive space. Unless your image is designed specifically for a bag or tote, you’re going to lose some of its effect in the end.

With that in mind, we chose the designers above based on a set of criteria attuned particularly to bag design. Here’s what we looked for:

1. Design quality

Feather & Bone tote bag
by kocilla

First of all, at 99designs we vet every freelance designer that joins our community, regardless of their specialization. An expert from our team reviews their portfolio to gauge how well they apply conceptual thought, technical execution and knowledge of design principles. Our staff then assigns the designer one of three levels.

  • Top Level
  • Mid Level
  • Entry Level

Each designer’s level is shown in their portfolio, so you can easily see whether you’re looking at a frontrunner or a newcomer.

2. Bag or tote design experience

What makes a designer good at bag and totes? In a word, experience. On top of overall quality, we also looked at each designer’s history in bag design, selecting only those who ranked well in past bag design contests and who received excellent client feedback.

3. Professionalism

Being a good designer is more than just being good at design. We listened to what previous clients had to say and chose only designers that communicated well throughout the design process, met deadlines and were reportedly good to work with. These are just the bare essentials to be considered one of the best.

Are you ready to hire an extraordinary freelance bag or tote designer?

If you’ve ever gotten a bag too beautiful to throw away, you know first-hand the importance of bag design. If the ten best freelance designers above didn’t match you vision, you can still search through our pool of top designers for the style you envision.

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