Graphic design is all about communicating identity. From the fun primary colors of Google’s sans serif letters to NBC’s technicolor peacock, carefully crafted shapes, symbols, typography and hues help businesses build brand awareness, gain visibility, enhance credibility and convey who they are to target audiences.
The stakes are high, so businesses better get it right. Thankfully, graphic design agencies can step in to merge visual elements with storytelling, especially when it comes to creating a logo or digitizing the online user experience (UX) by building a memorable aesthetic and intuitive user interface (UI).
And for businesses not looking to outsource, there’s also plenty of subscription-based graphic design platforms to take their brands to the next level. Some match clients with an in-house graphic designer, and others hand the reins over — with ready-made, customizable templates.
To give you a sense of what to keep an eye on, here are 23 graphic design companies to know.
23 Top Graphic Design Companies
The digital marketing agency brings together product design, brand communications, social connections as well as content strategy and creation. Big Spaceship’s first big breaks were in the movie industry, when it created websites supporting Hollywood movies for Sony Pictures, Miramax Films and Paramount. The company has credited its success to its small organizational structure, even after the 50-person operation expanded four times its size, and has since transitioned to working with web and product design as well as app development with leading brands including Star Wars, Google, HP and Victoria’s Secret.
The brand identity design startup has created an online tool that allows brand designers to hand off interactive logo guides with downloadable assets in under 30 minutes, maintaining the style’s integrity with no coding necessary. Currently in beta, the workflow resource wraps content packages neatly with a live, client-ready URL link — forgoing the old ways of Zip files and static PDF presentations — compatible across any device.
The online design platform is known for its free online design tool that delivers user-friendly, professional-grade templates via a drag-and-drop editor. From business cards, resumes and posters to social media campaigns and video reels, Canva’s library empowers non-designers with 100-percent customizability of over 15 million ready-made templates.
The tech-focused digital product and design firm specializes in digital strategy, branding, web development and both UI and UX design. Headquartered in San Francisco, Clay creates enterprise software behind consumer apps, like Slack and Facebook, with a unique user experience across all platforms.
The branding and graphic design studio that specializes in kinetic, or moving, typography. Founders Mitch Paone and Meg Donohoe challenge traditional design theory by baking movement into its signature brand design systems and generative tools. Unlike animation, DIA’s designs do not follow one track and are constantly transitioning, making for a unique experience each time.
The designer hub hires graphic designers full time so that small businesses, startups and marketing teams don’t have to. Duck.design offers a subscription-based service that assigns a designer per project request. Services range from website illustrations and banner ads to logo design and packaging. Its 50-person team has completed 6,900 total designs and manages an average turnaround of nine hours.
This branding and communications agency, headquartered in Japan, introduces international brands to Asian-Pacific consumers with vibrant designs and a deep local understanding. Eat Creative offers brand development and graphic design across photography, illustration, video, web design and print mediums, and has worked with TEDx and Herbalife.
House Industries is a design studio and typeface foundry behind some of pop culture’s most iconic images, including the Lucky Charms’ cereal box design, TV Land logo and Green Day’s Dookie album cover. Founders Andy Cruz and Rich Roat opened the Delaware-based firm in 1993, pulling from their love of subversive subcultures like punk, hot rods and skateboarding, according to Fast Company. To this day, House Industries starts out with sketching on paper, then digitizes commissioned collaborations.
The design marketplace crowd-sources creative content via a collection of independent artists from around the world. Every month since 2008, Minted has posted a challenge, where graphic designers submit their work — in the form of art, home décor and stationery supplies — which is then voted to the top and sold directly to consumers. All walks of life, from marketers to stay-at-home-moms, are encouraged to participate, as founder Mariam Naficy started the e-commerce business to provide a platform for “hidden creative talent” that’s otherwise inaccessible.
The mobile-first digital marketing agency uses a multi-pronged approach to its creative strategy, which focuses on campaign conceptualization and design. Moburst tells stories using different asset types — like carousels, GIFs or Instagram Reels — with ads tailor-made for each corresponding platform for optimal audience engagement. The company’s portfolio includes collaborations with Google, Uber and Reddit, and it raked in 32 awards in 2022, including most effective video campaign and best brand awareness campaign.
The San-Francisco-based UI/UX design firm tackles B2B design solutions when a company’s in-house team is at capacity, lacks resources or doesn’t exist from the start. Neuron can add new features, develop a new product or redesign an existing product. It specializes in user experience design, with services that develop product strategy, prototypes and design systems, which serves as a source of truth across a product’s design elements. Neuron’s work has been featured by Ford Models, LinkedIn, Sony and Harvard University, to name a few.
The independent brand design agency creates living brand expressions and multi-sensorial brand experiences from its studios in London and New York. Pearlfisher offers “bold, lucid and unexpected” designs across visual identity, packaging, digital, structural, CGI and motion mediums.
The design-as-a-service company connects businesses to a dependable design team, offering fixed rates for singular projects or a monthly subscription option inclusive of “unlimited graphic design” that spans more than 120 different types of services. The Philadelphia-based firm uses artificial intelligence to match a project to a designer from its database, who can easily be swapped out without any hard feelings. Penji covers digital, print, social media, branding, packaging, illustrations, web and app design and can create everything from logos and typography to animated graphics and book covers.
The “world’s largest independent design consultancy” is a multi-disciplinary studio made up of 22 partners that serve as both the owners and graphic designers. Whether working collaboratively or solo on a project, its work encompasses graphics, identity, strategy, positioning, products, packaging, exhibitions, installations, websites, digital experiences, advertising, communications, data visualizations, typefaces, sound and motion. Pentagram has been hired by Jack Daniels, Verizon and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
This purpose-driven graphic design company — also a certified B Corporation — primarily works with nonprofits. Radish Lab offers web design, development, branding and strategy services with a holistic approach to socially aware, data-informed design.
This independent global design agency is known for advising businesses on brand and strategy, and has a focus on launching company rebrands. Saffron Brand Consultants is behind Meta’s blue infinity symbol logo and Youtube’s play button.
The independent, full-service branding and creative communications firm offers a unique and nontraditional perspective in its deliverance of sound brand strategy. Household names such as Dunkin Donuts, Samsung and Pepsi have hired Starfish for its services, which include brand narratives, experience design, web development, digital marketing, employee engagement and internal communications.
The international design agency, located in Rotterdam, Netherlands, specializes in visual identity, online branding and communication design. Studio Dumbar has over four decades in the industry, part of which shapes the visual identity of the Dutch government, designing the imagery for Dutch Railways, its Postal Service and the police. The company also adopted motion design into its repertoire, launching a 24-hour, motion-design festival called DEMO festival featuring 80 screens.
The Brooklyn-based design firm creates modern, clean-cut looks for publishing, art, fashion, music, lifestyle and cultural institutions. Triboro, made up of husband-and-wife team David Heasty and Stefanie Weigler, builds brands from the ground up and brings established brands up to date. The company is responsible for Marc Jacobs’ lemon-yellow packaging and the visual identity for Vox Media.
The infographic design company makes design accessible by providing thousands of fully-customizable, business-grade templates for novices without a design background. Sprouted as an idea from a hackathon in 2011, Venngage helps users communicate complex ideas through visuals. This online tool features a drag-and-drop editor and can be used to create infographics, reports, presentations, diagrams, charts, resumes and other data-based content.
The global branding agency creates full-service ads and designs, partial to travel and hospitality sectors. Winkreative is split between its London creative hub and business center in Zurich. Its 60-member team houses editors, art directors, art buyers, copywriters and account managers. Notable clients include BBC, British Airways, Lexus and the government of Thailand.
The Philadelphia-based design agency aims to create memorable, human-centric experiences that transform brands, grow business and offer fresh ideas. Xhilarate specializes in creative strategy, content creation, immersive storytelling and cultural engagement with services that include web design, graphics, logos, print and packaging as well as photography and video production.