Knowing which global graphic design companies lead the industry is essential for clients and designers seeking expertise and inspiration. The more names you know, the easier it is to pick the right company for future design projects. And for the graphic designers out there, this isn’t just about admiring the work of the best in the business—it’s about drawing visual inspiration and dreaming big. As your skills develop, these industry leaders could be where your career finds its next big challenge.

To quickly figure out who is who, here is our list of the top fifteen well-known design agencies and brands.


The list of top graphic design companies:

  1. Pentagram
  2. Sagmeister & Walsh
  3. Canva
  4. Studio Dumbar
  5. Landor
  6. MetaDesign
  7. Wolff Olins
  8. Mucho
  9. Anagrama
  10. Leo Burnett
  11. Happy Cog
  12. SocioDesign
  13. Triboro
  14. Charlie Smith Design
  15. Spin
  16. Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv
  17. The Chase
  18. House Industries
  19. Pearlfisher
  20. Frog
  21. DIA
  22. Saffron Brand Consultants
  23. Design Bridge and Partners


1. Pentagram

Pentagram calls itself “a multidisciplinary, independently owned graphic design agency.” It has been on the market for over five decades, working with different clients and industries. The agency’s owners not only manage Pentagram but also work as designers there, creating diverse images and brand identities and helping brands with visual positioning.

  • Founder: Theo Crosby, Alan Fletcher, Kenneth Grange, Colin Forbes, and Mervyn Kurlansky
  • Founded: 1972
  • Headquarters: London
  • Locations: London, New York, San Francisco, Berlin and Austin, Texas
  • Notable clients: Warner Brothers, Windows, Starbucks, Verizon
  • Services offered: brand identity, signage and environmental graphics, book design, campaigns, data-driven design, digital design, editorial design, exhibition design, film and motion graphics, industrial/product design, interiors and architecture, naming, packaging, sound design, typography
  • Best for: distinct and vivid brand identity and visual positioning

2. Sagmeister & Walsh

Sagmeister & Walsh was one of the best graphic design companies of this century. Founded in 2010, the agency collaborated with various well-known names and brands, such as Jay-Z and New York Times. In 2019, the creative duo consisting of Stefan Sagmeister and Jessica Walsh decided to part ways. Nowadays, Stefan focuses more on non-commercial work, while Jessica runs her own design studio &Walsh. The agency’s website is currently promoting its book called Beauty, which is a great source of inspiration for many designers worldwide.

  • Founder: Stefan Sagmeister and Jessica Walsh
  • Founded: 2010
  • Headquarters: New York
  • Locations: New York
  • Notable clients: Levi’s, Adobe, BMW, Snapchat, New York Times
  • Services offered: brand identity, advertising, websites, apps, films, books and objects
  • Best for: design inspiration

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Source: Behance


3. Canva

Technically speaking, Canva wouldn’t be listed among the graphic design studios out there today. Still, it made this list because currently, it’s the most popular design tool used by marketers, influencers, and content creators around the world. Canva offers easily customizable design templates that are incredibly intuitive and help small businesses, entrepreneurs, and startups create visuals for their brands.

  • Founder: Melanie Perkins, Cliff Obrecht, Cameron Adams
  • Founded: 2012
  • Headquarters: Sydney, Australia
  • Locations: online
  • Notable clients: FedEx, Zoom and Starbucks
  • Services offered: customizable design templates for ads, social media, presentations, and brand identity
  • Best for: quick and easy design solutions for those who aren’t familiar with graphic design software

4. Studio Dumbar

Studio Dumbar is a Netherlands-based graphic design company that creates “curious and driven” solutions utilizing visuals, motion, sound, creative coding, and AI tools. This studio is part of DEPT, a pioneering company in the field of technology and marketing services that has 4,000+ digital specialists across 30+ locations on five continents.

  • Founder: Gert Dumbar
  • Founded: 1977
  • Headquarters: Rotterdam
  • Locations: Rotterdam
  • Notable clients: Adidas, Van Gogh Museum, The Dutch Government
  • Services offered: strategic positioning, visual identity, motion identity, sound identity, integrated branding
  • Best for: visual and motion brand positioning

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Source: Studiodumbar


5. Landor

Landor is one of the oldest graphic design agencies on the market. It was founded in 1941 by Walter Landor, a pioneer of visual branding and consumer research techniques that are widely used even today. The agency successfully combines its legacy with modern design trends and the adoption of new technology.

  • Founder: Walter Landor
  • Founded: 1941
  • Headquarters: San Francisco
  • Locations: Istanbul, Munich, Milan, Geneva, Berlin, Hamburg, Barcelona, Paris, Amsterdam, London, Madrid, Oslo, Dubai, Delhi, Mumbai, New York, Toronto, Beijing, Columbus, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cape Town, Seoul, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Singapore, Jakarta, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Melbourne, Sydney
  • Notable clients: Nike, Renault, Walmart
  • Services offered: business strategy, visual, verbal, sonic, and motion design, brand-led customer and employee experiences
  • Best for: brand design and consulting

6. MetaDesign

MetaDesign is one of the top graphic design companies worldwide. It has been creating branding solutions for leading organizations since 1979. The MetaDesign team operates in seven locations and uses their creative skills to “transform businesses for the better”. However, it can be difficult to ensure a collaboration with them – being a well-known company across the globe, MetaDesign selects its projects very carefully.

  • Founder: Erik Spiekermann
  • Founded: 1979
  • Headquarters: San Francisco
  • Locations: Beijing, Berlin, Dusseldorf, Lausanne, New York, San Francisco, Zurich
  • Notable clients: Apple, Henkel, Volkswagen, DHL
  • Services offered: brand strategy, brand experience, brand creation, brand activation, product design, and spatial design
  • Best for: powerful and visually appealing branding

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Source: Metadesign


7. Wolff Olins

Wolff Olins calls itself “a global brand consultancy that’s ambitious for the work and optimistic for the world.” They are one of the graphic and web design companies that have helped shape so many famous modern brands, such as eBay, TikTok, and Google. However, this experience comes with a price: for instance, their version of the Olympic Games logo made the Guinness Record list for being the most expensive: its price reached $645.645.

  • Founder: Wally Olins, Michael Wolff
  • Founded: 1965
  • Headquarters: London
  • Locations: London, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles
  • Notable clients: Apple, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Spotify, Uber
  • Services offered: brand identity, brand strategy, brand experience, and brand culture
  • Best for: creating memorable brand identity and experience

8. Mucho

Mucho is a creative design agency that believes that behind every great design is a great idea that “speaks to your head and your heart.” They strive to turn these ideas into meaningful designs that make brands successful. The Mucho team consists of 35+ designers and strategists. Having a clear and detailed strategy is generally essential for this agency: the team believes that it gives them fresh perspectives to energize brands.

  • Founder: Marc Català and Pablo Juncadella
  • Founded: 2003
  • Headquarters: Barcelona
  • Locations: Barcelona, Paris, San Francisco, Melbourne
  • Notable clients: Apple, Google, Kodak, Venmo
  • Services offered: market research, brand audit, benchmark, brand strategy, brand architecture, brand voice, employer brand, change management, brand content, identity design, visual design, interactive design, brand experience, brand management, brand performance
  • Best for: creating meaningful designs that perform well both online and in the real world

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Source: Wearemucho


9. Anagrama

Anagrama is an international multidisciplinary studio that offers a diverse scope of services, from copywriting and design to software development. The studio is creative and free-spirited, and at the same time, it is rational thinking and deadline-oriented.

  • Founder: Sebastian Padilla, Gustavo Muñoz, Mike Herrera, and Roberto Treviño
  • Founded: 2009
  • Headquarters: Mexico City
  • Locations: Mexico City, Monterrey, United States (online), Tokyo
  • Notable clients: C&A, Sally Beauty, Momiji Beauty
  • Services offered: copywriting, graphic design, web design, illustration, editorial design, software development
  • Best for: a diverse scope of work required to build a brand

10. Leo Burnett

Leo Burnett is one of the most famous graphic design companies worldwide. This company believes that people, their needs, wants, dreams, and hopes are at the core of every meaningful and powerful work. They use this people-oriented approach to create branding, advertising, and communications that truly resonate with people from all over the world.

  • Founder: Leo Burnett
  • Founded: 1935
  • Headquarters: Chicago
  • Locations: Buenos Aires, São Paulo, Toronto, Santiago, Bogotá, San José, Guatemala City, Mexico City, Chicago, Detroit, Sydney, Melbourne, Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Taipei, Bangalore, Mumbai, New Delhi, Jakarta, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Singapour, Seoul, Colombo, Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City, Prague, Frankfurt, Budapest, Warsaw, Bratislava, Belgrade, Kyiv, Cairo, Tel Aviv, Amman, Kuwait City, Beirut, Doha, Jeddah, Riyadh, Istanbul, Dubai, Lagos, Johannesburg, Brussels, Nicosia, Paris, Athens, Milan, Rome, Turin, Amsterdam, Oslo, Lisbon, Madrid, Zürich, London
  • Notable clients: McDonalds, Fiat, Procter & Gamble
  • Services offered: branding, advertising, and communications
  • Best for: brand positioning that directly resonates with your target audience

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Source: Leoburnett


11. Happy Cog

Happy Cog is one of the biggest graphic design companies that has been on the market since the creation of the Internet. Their mission is to create content that speaks to your target audience. This is achieved with the help of a thorough content strategy, skilled design, and experienced development.

  • Founder: Jeffrey Zeldman
  • Founded: 1999
  • Headquarters: New York
  • Locations: online
  • Notable clients: Airbnb, Associated Press, Google, Ben & Jerry’s
  • Services offered: content strategy, product innovation, consumer & market research, website design, mobile app design, branding & identity, design systems, user experience, content creation, CMS development, mobile app development, CRM integration, ERP integration, web accessibility compliance, POS integration, maintenance and support, advanced analytics consulting, conversion rate optimization, site speed & performance optimization, data warehousing, marketing automation, data-driven personalization, search engine optimization, paid media marketing, content marketing, programmatic advertising, lead generation strategies
  • Best for: creating branding and a content strategy for your company

12. SocioDesign

Those who are leaning towards minimalist yet eye-catching design solutions might find SocioDesign perfect for them. It is among the local graphic design companies in the UK that are famous for simple and stylish designs that resonate with people from all over the globe.

  • Founder: James Cramp, Nigel Bates
  • Founded: 2004
  • Headquarters: London
  • Locations: online
  • Notable clients: Nokia, Beau Cacao, Büro System
  • Services offered: brand identity, packaging
  • Best for: minimalist and universal designs

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Source: Sociodesign


13. Charlie Smith Design

Charlie Smith Design is a small yet very creative studio founded by an ex-Pentagram designer. They’ve designed identities for animation studios, exhibitions, and charities; signage for restaurants and boutiques; and packaging for artisan delis and toymakers. Such a broad experience is combined with meticulous attention to detail and a thorough design approach.

  • Founder: Charlie Smith
  • Founded: 2003
  • Headquarters: London
  • Locations: online
  • Notable clients: Tate, Yale University Press, Louis Vuitton
  • Services offered: brand design, packaging, editorial design, illustration
  • Best for: bright and appealing visuals for your brand

14. Triboro

Triboro is a graphic design agency created by David Heasty and Stefanie Weigler. They create great design solutions for the publishing, music, fashion, art, and lifestyle industries. Triboro helps build brands from scratch and enhance already established brands.

  • Founder: David Heasty and Stefanie Weigler
  • Founded: 2008
  • Headquarters: Brooklyn
  • Locations: online
  • Notable clients: Marc Jacobs, Stella Artois, MoMa
  • Services offered: brand identity, packaging
  • Best for: vivid designs to enhance your brand’s identity

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Source: Triboro


15. Spin

Spin design studio has been creating branding, digital, and environmental designs for over 20 years. Their ideas are clean and modern, and the list of sectors their graphic design team works with covers communication, entertainment, arts, broadcast, and electronics. Spin is famous for its meticulous approach and thorough research that can even include workshops with their target audience.

  • Founder: Tony Brook
  • Founded: 1992
  • Headquarters: London
  • Locations: online
  • Notable clients: Apple, BBC, Samsung
  • Services offered: branding, digital and print design
  • Best for: modern and elegant design solutions

16. Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv

Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv has more than half a century of history and an impressive portfolio of works known to many. This graphic design agency stands behind many of the world’s most recognizable trademarks, from National Geographic to Mobil. Since its launch, the company has been a pioneer in idea-driven design. With numerous ambitious projects in the United States, Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Middle East, Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv is ranked among the top graphic design companies in the USA and worldwide.

Founders: Tom Geismar, Ivan Chermayeff, and Robert Brownjohn

Founded: 1957

Headquarters: New York

Location: New York

Notable clients: Xerox, Mobil Oil, NBC, National Geographic, The Museum of Modern Art, U.S. Open

Services offered: development of trademarks and identity

Best for: impactful and timeless design solutions

Screenshot Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv logos

Source: Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv


17. The Chase

The Chase holds a special place among the best graphic design companies. It is well-known for its brand understanding, creativity, and strategic thinking. The agency has an outstanding reputation for creative excellence in multiple disciplines, from advertising and branding to film and packaging. The Chase has been honored with the most prestigious awards in the world, including the Cannes Lions Awards and the D&AD Awards.

Founders: Ben Casey and Lionel Hatch

Founded: 1986

Headquarters: Manchester

Locations: London and Preston

Notable clients: ASDA, BBC, Amnesty International, Hewlett Packard, Alibaba, Museum of London

Services offered: creative consultancy, advertising, branding

Best for: powerful and innovative ideas

18. House Industries 

House Industries, a leading American design studio for over 25 years, stands out in our list of the best graphic design firms since it specializes in creating fonts and lettering. As the agency says, their fonts “visualize the world’s most interesting people, products, and brands.” Therefore, its projects are often seen on television, in films, and commercial products as well.

Founders: Andy Cruz and Rich Roat

Founded: 1993

Headquarters: Yorklyn, Delaware

Location: Yorklyn, Delaware

Notable clients: Hermes, The New Yorker, Agent Provocateur, MTV, UNIQLO, Target, The Walt Disney Company, Jimmy Kimmel Live

Services offered: typeface creation, lettering, drawing, and painting

Best for: iconic brand fonts and lettering

Photo House Industries work

Source: House Industries

19. Pearlfisher

Pearlfisher is an independent branding and graphic design agency with over 30 years of expertise and numerous awards in the creative field. It’s driven by a visionary group of talented futurists, strategists, designers, and realisers. The company’s mission is designing for life, embodying the creative team’s belief in a better future by design. Pearlfisher focuses on driving creative, commercial, and cultural impact through well-thought-out and inspirational solutions.

Founders: Jonathan Ford, Mike Branson, and Karen Welman

Founded: 1992

Headquarters: London

Locations: London, New York, San Francisco and Copenhagen

Notable clients: McDonald’s, Starbucks, Cadbury, Tilda, B&O Play, Jim Beam, Colgate

Services offered: brand, design, and communication strategy; visual identity; packaging design; digital design; CGI & Motion; sustainable design

Best for: building timeless brand value

20. Frog

Frog agency was created by the acclaimed German-American industrial designer and inventor Hartmut Esslinger, best known for his work for Apple in the 80s. For over 50 years, the company has been at the cutting edge of design, working with brands and entrepreneurs across industries, including communications, consumer products, healthcare, media, retail, technology, and more. Thanks to its innovative approach, long-term vision, and bold ideas, Frog is consistently ranked among the top graphic design companies in the USA and the world.

Founder: Hartmut Esslinger

Founded: 1969

Headquarters: San Francisco

Locations: Bangalore, Barcelona, Bergen, Delhi, Gothenburg, Helsinki, Hong Kong, Hyderabad, London, Lion, Madrid, Malmo, Melbourne, Mexico City, Milan, Montpellier, Mumbai, Munich, New York, Oslo, Paris, Philadelphia, Rome, San Francisco, Singapore, Stavanger, Stockholm, Sydney, Tampere, Toulouse, Utrecht, Valencia

Notable clients: IKEA, Coca-Cola, Unilever, Volvo Group, BNP Paribas, UNICEF, Uber, Audi, The Associated Press, Porsche

Services offered: creating growth, innovation, and brand strategies; startup growth and corporate venture building; product and service design

Best for: experiences that touch hearts and move markets

Photo Uber project by Frog

Source: Frog

21. DIA

Despite its relatively young age compared to other graphic design agencies on our list, DIA has managed to prove itself in the market and build an impressive portfolio of projects with top brands. The agency has found its niche and developed a distinctive approach to designing identity systems “where motion is foundational and creative tools always accompany brand guidelines.” DIA’s works immediately catch the eye and leave a lasting impression, providing a unique experience.

Founders: Mitch Paone and Meg Donohoe

Founded: 2008

Headquarters: New York and Chamonix (France)

Locations: New York and Chamonix (France)

Notable clients: Nike, Google, Squarespace, Instagram, Adidas, Pinterest, Mailchimp, Spotify, Zara, New York Times

Services offered: kinetic identities and typographic systems

Best for: custom brand solutions

22. Saffron Brand Consultants

Saffron Brand Consultants is a graphic design company created by Wally Olins, an award-winning corporate identity and branding practitioner from the UK, and Jacob Benbunan, his ex-colleague from Wolf Ollins. Their primary mission is to make brands memorable. To do so, their creative team builds the foundations of a brand to ensure it is authentic to clients, relevant to audiences, and different from competitors. Many brands appreciate such a client-centered approach, so it’s no surprise that the agency’s projects appear in more than 50 countries.

Founders: Jacob Benbunan and Wally Olins

Founded: 2001

Headquarters: London and Madrid

Locations: London, Madrid, Vienna, and Istanbul

Notable clients: Meta, YouTube, Victoria and Albert Museum, HyperloopTT, the City of Vienna, A1 Telekom Austria

Services offered: brand architecture, brand identity, brand positioning

Best for: unique brand experiences

Photo Meta project by Saffron Brand Consultants

Source: Saffron Brand Consultants

23. Design Bridge and Partners

This company was created as a result of the merger of Design Bridge and Superunion, two leading and award-winning graphic design agencies. By joining forces, they were able to offer even more holistic services, from branding and packaging design to more custom solutions, such as sustainable and innovative design. Today, Design Bridge and Partners has a global creative team of 850 people from 12 countries, providing “deep, diverse, and long-lasting revolutionary partnerships” to market leaders.

Founders: John Morris and Jim Prior

Founded: 2022

Headquarters: London

Locations: Amsterdam, Bangkok, Beijing, Berlin, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Johannesburg, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Mumbai, Munich, New York, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Singapore, Sao Paolo

Notable clients: NASA, BBC, Coca-Cola, Microsoft, Intel, Guinness, London Symphony Orchestra

Services offered: brand strategy and positioning; brand architecture; creative strategy; customer journey mapping; visual identity; naming and verbal identity; brand toolkits, style guides, and playbooks; virtual and physical experiences; communication design; packaging design and production; brand governance and management, and more.

Best for: comprehensive and innovative design solutions


How to evaluate graphic design companies

Even if you know who the biggest names in the graphic design industry are, this still might not be enough to make the best choice. To choose wisely, consider the following factors.

1. Industries a company works with

While professional companies can handle projects from various industries, they still have their own preferences and niches in which they’re the most skilled. A company with experience in your industry understands its nuances, target audience, and unique visual language. They can offer you insights to enhance the effectiveness of design and better communicate your brand message within the context of your specific field.

That’s why picking a company already familiar with your industry would be a great decision, especially if this industry is a complex one, such as geospatial data, blockchain, or cybersecurity. To find out if they have the experience you need, you can check out a variety of graphic design companies’ websites: they usually list the most common industries they work with.

2. Pricing

This is obviously an important factor one cannot disregard easily, especially if you are a small business owner. While working with market leaders is, without a doubt, beneficial, it can also be quite costly. Such collaborations generally aren’t risky for big brands but can be quite risky for startups, as well as new products and services on the market.

That’s why, before making a final decision, weigh your options carefully. Smaller graphic design firms or freelancers can also offer quality services at a more affordable rate.

3. Style

Big graphic design companies and agencies usually have a distinct visual style they are famous for. Some prefer the minimalist approach, while some are more bold and even kitschy. Before choosing a company to collaborate with, check out their portfolio to ensure that their vision aligns with your expectations.

At the end of the day, the visual style of the graphic design company you choose should complement your brand identity. Pick a company whose portfolio reflects a diversity of styles and their ability to adapt. This way, you’ll be sure they can tailor their approach to suit your brand’s unique aesthetic.

4. Timing

Big names in the market are often busy, which means that they might not take on your project as quickly as needed. If the deadline is pressing, opt for smaller companies that might not be as well-known, but can still deliver results on time.

This will ensure that your project will get all the personalized attention it deserves and will be finished on time without quality compromises.

5. Trial

You might like what a company does for other clients and end up disliking what they created for you. A trial is a good way to protect you from such situations and verify if you and the company are a match. It allows you to confirm that the company’s working style, communication, and creative output truly meet your expectations before you commit to a long-term collaboration.

So, if you have some concerns, ask if a company provides a trial option. This will minimize the risk of you not being satisfied with the final deliverables.


To wrap up

There are so many big names in the graphic design industry, which makes it quite difficult to pick the right one for your needs. Focusing on things like pricing, style, deadlines, trial periods, and the industries a company works with can help you pick one that fits you best.



What is a graphic design company?

A graphic design company is a business that specializes in creating visual content and communication materials for individuals and organizations. These companies hire graphic designers who use their artistic and technical skills to craft images for various purposes: branding, marketing collateral, websites, and print materials.

What do graphic design companies work on?

Graphic design companies create visuals to communicate certain messages effectively to brand target audiences. This includes designing logos, marketing collateral, websites, packaging, and other visual content.

What is the difference between graphic design companies and ad agencies?

Both graphic design companies and ad agencies deal with visual communication. However, the key difference lies in their scope of services. Graphic design companies mostly create visual elements and materials, such as logos and branding, while ad agencies offer a broader range of services, including strategic marketing, advertising campaigns, and media planning, in addition to graphic design.

What is the most popular graphic design company?

There is no one answer to this question, as everyone has individual preferences. However, some well-known and widely recognized names in the industry include Pentagram, Landor, and Sagmeister & Walsh.

What are the biggest graphic design companies?

Some of the largest globally renowned companies are Pentagram, Landor, and IDEO. They have a significant impact on the design industry, offering a broad range of services and working with major clients worldwide.


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