Hire the Top 3% of Freelance Animation Designers

Toptal is a marketplace for top Animation design experts, specialists, and talent. Each Animation Artist is thoroughly vetted and trusted by top companies for their most critical design projects including cartoon, anime and video animation.

No-Risk Trial, Pay Only If Satisfied.

Clients rate Toptal Animation Designers 4.9 / 5 on average based on 3,214 reviews.

Trusted by leading brands and startups

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Beau Ryan

Canada
Toptal Member Since June 22, 2021

Beau is a motion and graphic designer with 13 years of experience working for major corporate brands and top employer organizations and agencies. He has strong knowledge of animation principles and applies them by collaborating, brainstorming, and communicating with internal stakeholders and project managers on large projects and award-winning campaigns. Beau creates project timelines to ensure timely and cost-efficient project completion by working closely with vendors and contract writers.

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Malcolm Overend

Canada
Toptal Member Since December 8, 2022

Malcolm is a motion designer and 3D generalist with over 15 years of production experience across various digital mediums. He utilizes design, animation, and creative technologies to enhance marketing material, communications, product features, and interface elements.

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Pedro De La Cruz

United States
Toptal Member Since July 17, 2023

Pedro is a video game enthusiast passionate about animation. With a Bachelor of Science in game art and design and over seven years of hands-on experience, he brings expertise in creating captivating experiences that transport audiences into immersive worlds. Pedro specializes in 3D animation because he enjoys expressing his creativity in the three-dimensional realm.

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Sara Mengual Aragones

Spain
Toptal Member Since August 1, 2022

Sara is an illustrator, artist, and 2D animator from Barcelona. For the past six years, she has focused on illustration as a freelancer, working with many international clients and applying her art for digital, print, and commercial purposes. Sara loves bringing her character designs to life through different personalities and expressions. Nature serves as a comprehensive source of inspiration for her work, where she is constantly developing new compositions with strong and vibrant colors.

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Matt Barringer

United Kingdom
Toptal Member Since February 29, 2016

Matt is an illustrator and designer who loves creative coding and animation. He loves to solve problems in the digital space and hopefully tell a story along the way. He has over a decade of professional experience working with film and TV companies to produce branded websites, data visualization, and infographics for news items, as well as on-air title sequences and GFX.

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Danny Rubyono

United States
Toptal Member Since January 13, 2016

Danny is a seasoned visual and motion designer with over 22 years of experience collaborating with various creative agencies, Fortune 500 companies, innovative startups, and technology firms. He is also the owner of Duro Compagnie, a collective design boutique specializing in creating impactful motion design and visual communication. Leveraging his multi-disciplinary skillsets in 3D, print, animation, and user interface, Danny excels at delivering purposeful and memorable design experiences.

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Carmen Nacher

Germany
Toptal Member Since August 9, 2021

Carmen is a digital designer with 10 years of experience in UI, branding, and illustration. With a background in graphic design, she worked for renamed fashion design clients, learning the importance of typography, visual language, composition, and care for detail. Bringing her experience to the digital world, Carmen has designed websites, apps, UI assets, and CI guidelines, together with the device of social media campaigns, including illustration and animation.

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Renan Kogut

Portugal
Toptal Member Since November 10, 2022

Renan is a senior 2D animator and motion designer with eight years of professional experience. He has worked for animation studios like Boulder Media, Netflix TV series production, Mighty Studios BBC TV series, and MoonBow animated advertisements. Renan also worked on projects like the Steam Community Awards for Valve, one of the world's biggest video games publishers and distributors, and Rocket League Esports social media animations, a well-acclaimed and award-winning video game.

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Danny Masalkovski

Australia
Toptal Member Since December 20, 2019

Danny is a UI and motion designer, with love for all things digital. During his 12-year career, he's had the pleasure of working on consumer-facing digital experiences for some of Australia's largest banks (NAB and ANZ). In addition to animation and design, Danny also possesses development skills–which help him make informed design decisions and create his own apps.

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Howard Phillips

United Kingdom
Toptal Member Since October 15, 2020

Howard is a brand strategist and designer with over eight years of experience in business strategy, art direction, brand, digital design, and 2D and 3D animation. He specializes in distinctive visual identities, informed by a strategy workshop, and uses 3D where appropriate to enhance a brand's visual narrative and legitimacy. He is passionate about producing brands that stand out from the crowd, achieve business goals, and communicate compelling narratives.

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Gertruda Fon Narcco

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Toptal Member Since November 11, 2021

Gertruda is a highly skilled principal product and UX designer with over 13 years of experience in UI/UX, including eight years in product design and art direction. She has a proven track record of creating successful product strategies, enhancing the user experience, and improving product communication to end audiences. Gertruda mentors early-stage startups and medium-sized businesses to guide them through product development and ensure a highly functional and winning product.

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Testimonials
Michael is an incredible designer, and has been a great fit for our project. He just gets it in a way that can’t be taught. My goal was to pay Toptal to find me a high quality designer for my project, and that is exactly what happened. It was easy. Being able to see the portfolio work on Toptal’s platform is what gave me the infomation I needed to choose Michael. I have nothing but good things to say about Toptal and am looking forward to using Toptal for other projects in the future.

Edward Daniel

Co-Founder

I've worked very closely with Martina for over a year and have to say she is one of the best people I have ever worked with. Instead of simply following instructions blindly, she thinks through the task at hand, becoming a thought partner to help with whatever the project may be. Besides being super talented at design, she possesses specific qualities that make her exceptional to work with given the fast paced nature of being a startup. I would definitely recommend her to anyone looking for a talented, professional designer who doesn't need much direction to hit the ground running.

Sahil Khanna

Sr. Manager, Marketing

Darko did a great job figuring out the user architecture for our concept, which led him to produce terrific wireframes. His knowledge of usability and design was a perfect match for the outside voice we needed to help jumpstart our project. We would certainly recommend him and work with him again in the future.

Rich Danker

Founder

Carlos has the unique talent of blending both quantitative and qualitative research to keenly identify UX challenges and opportunities. He thinks methodically, emphatically, and holistically to produce data-driven strategies and well-executed designs. Over the past 8 years of working with fully or partially distributed teams, Carlos manages working remotely far better than anyone I've encountered because of his strong communication and presentation skills. He is the first on my list the next time I need a UX designer.

Michelle Krogmeier

Project Manager

Rafael is an amazing designer. His aesthetic sense is spot on, and he seems to be able to anticipate our needs before we even know what they are. He's taken the time to understand both our company and our clientele, and his solutions are consistently in-line with our values, interests, and our customers' needs. He delivers on time (if not earlier), works quickly, is well organized, and very effective. He's a pleasure to work with, and we're very happy to have found him through Toptal.

Ethan Brooks

CTO

How to Hire Animators through Toptal

1

Talk to One of Our Industry Experts

A Toptal director of design will work with you to understand your goals, technical needs, and team dynamics.
2

Work With Hand-Selected Talent

Within days, we'll introduce you to the right Animation Designer for your project. Average time to match is under 24 hours.
3

The Right Fit, Guaranteed

Work with your new Animation Designer for a trial period (pay only if satisfied), ensuring they're the right fit before starting the engagement.

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FAQs

  • How quickly can you hire with Toptal?

    Typically, you can hire an Animation Designer with Toptal in about 48 hours. For larger teams of talent or Managed Delivery, timelines may vary. Our talent matchers are highly skilled in the same fields they’re matching in—they’re not recruiters or HR reps. They’ll work with you to understand your goals, technical needs, and team dynamics, and match you with ideal candidates from our vetted global talent network.

    Once you select your Animation Designer, you’ll have a no-risk trial period to ensure they’re the perfect fit. Our matching process has a 98% trial-to-hire rate, so you can rest assured that you’re getting the best fit every time.

  • How do I hire an Animation Designer?

    To hire the right Animation Designer, it’s important to evaluate a candidate’s experience, technical skills, and communication skills. You’ll also want to consider the fit with your particular industry, company, and project. Toptal’s rigorous screening process ensures that every member of our network has excellent experience and skills, and our team will match you with the perfect Animation Designers for your project.

  • How are Toptal Animation Designers different?

    At Toptal, we thoroughly screen our Animation Designers to ensure we only match you with the highest caliber of talent. Of the more than 200,000 people who apply to join the Toptal network each year, fewer than 3% make the cut.

    In addition to screening for industry-leading expertise, we also assess candidates’ language and interpersonal skills to ensure that you have a smooth working relationship.

    When you hire with Toptal, you’ll always work with world-class, custom-matched Animation Designers ready to help you achieve your goals.

  • Can you hire Animation Designers on an hourly basis or for project-based tasks?

    You can hire Animation Designers on an hourly, part-time, or full-time basis. Toptal can also manage the entire project from end-to-end with our Managed Delivery offering. Whether you hire an expert for a full- or part-time position, you’ll have the control and flexibility to scale your team up or down as your needs evolve. Our Animation Designers can fully integrate into your existing team for a seamless working experience.

  • What is the no-risk trial period for Toptal Animation Designers?

    We make sure that each engagement between you and your Animation Designer begins with a trial period of up to two weeks. This means that you have time to confirm the engagement will be successful. If you’re completely satisfied with the results, we’ll bill you for the time and continue the engagement for as long as you’d like. If you’re not completely satisfied, you won’t be billed. From there, we can either part ways, or we can provide you with another expert who may be a better fit and with whom we will begin a second, no-risk trial.

Tap Into World-Class Talent

  • Trusted Experts Only

    Trusted Experts Only

    All of our talent are seasoned experts who ramp up quickly, readily contribute as core team members, and work with you to minimize onboarding time.

  • The Right Fit

    The Right Fit

    We have a knack for matching you with the right fit. Start working with your new hire on a no-risk trial period, paying only if satisfied.

  • Scale as Needed

    Scale as Needed

    Hire talent within 48 hours and scale your team up or down as needed, no strings attached.

  • Seamless Hiring

    Seamless Hiring

    We handle all aspects of billing, payments, and NDA’s. Let us take care of the overhead while you focus on building great products.

  • Flexible Engagements

    Flexible Engagements

    Choose the engagement type that suits your needs — hourly, part-time, or full-time — with the ability to change anytime.

  • Expert Talent Matching

    Expert Talent Matching

    Focus on your project and enjoy support from your dedicated account executive and expert talent matcher.

Top Animation Designers Are in High Demand.

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