Graphic Design is known for being a highly competitive field. In an industry where it can be difficult to establish yourself as a brand name, it’s worth reviewing the work of those who have.

Despite the difficulties, there are a number of success stories where firms and their partners have gained international praise for their design work. All of the entries on our list have an extensive clientele featuring big names who rely on the creative prowess of these agencies.

Here are 20 of the most successful and influential graphic design companies in the industry, in no particular order:

Pentagram

Pentagram is “the world’s largest independently owned design studio.” The graphic design mammoth is owned and run equally by 25 partners. Their pedigree is expressed in their client list, which features big names like Rolls-Royce, United Airlines, Verizon, and Warner Bros. 

Headquarters:

London, United Kingdom

Locations: 

Austin, Berlin, New York, San Francisco.

Notable clients:

Citibank, United Airlines. Saks Fifth Avenue. Harley-Davidson, Alexander McQueen, Clear Channel, The National, The Daily Show, One Laptop Per Child, Revlon, Cosmopolitan, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Grey Goose, Tiffany and Co, Vanity Fair.

Sagmeister & Walsh

Sagmeister & Walsh is the design partnership of Stefan Sagmeister & Jessica Walsh. Sagmeister is an Austrian graphic designer, storyteller, calligrapher, and typographer. Walsh is an American artist known for her illustrations and art direction. Now working independently, Sagmeister creates non-commercial work at Sagmeister Inc. while Walsh creates branding & advertising work at &Walsh.

Headquarters:

New York City, New York.

Notable clients:

Snapchat, 7Up, The Gap, BMW, The Museum of Modern Art, The Guggenheim Museum, NYTimes Magazine, Lou Reed, Jay-Z, Brian Eno, David Byrne, Random House Publishers, the AIGA, Autodesk, Levis, Adobe

Services offered:

Album covers, posters, and uniquely packaged and designed books.

Wolf Olins

Wolf Olins is a British advertising agency and corporate identity consultancy, formed in 1965.

Headquarters:

London, United Kingdom.

Locations: 

London, New York City, and San Francisco.

Notable clients:

Uber, Alibaba, Zigbee Alliance, GrubHub, The Metropolitan Art Museum, Spotify, Orange, The Hyatt, Virgin Media, (RED), AOL, Target, Unilever, GE, PwC, Microsoft, Google, Skype, Expedia, FutureLearn.

Landor

Landor is a brand consulting firm founded in 1941 by Walter Landor, who pioneered some research, design, and consulting methods that the branding industry still uses

Headquarters:

San Francisco, California.

Locations: 

Bangkok, Beijing, Cape Town, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dubai, Geneva, Hamburg, Hanoi, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, London, Melbourne, Mexico City, Milan, Moscow, Mumbai, New York, Paris, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, and Tokyo.

Notable clients:

Nike, Coca-Cola, the WWF, FedEx, Levis, Apple, Volvic, Kraft, Jameson, BMW, Henkel, Old Spice, Citroën, Proctor and Gamble, Juicy Couture, Rolex, John Deere.

Meta Design

Meta Design is a creative brand consultancy formed in 1979. It provides a number of services to its clients, including brand strategy, brand creation, brand experience, and brand activation.

Headquarters:

San Fransisco, California.

Locations: 

Beijing, Berlin, Düsseldorf, Geneva, San Francisco, Zurich.

Notable clients:

Apple, AT&T, eBay, FIFA, Intuit, Lamborghini,, Netflix, Sony, Intel, Polo Ralph Lauren, 23andMe, Volkswagen, The Economist, New York Philharmonic, Texture, San Francisco Ballet.

House Industries

House Industries is a type foundry and design studio based in Yorklyn, Delaware. The company was created in the 1990s in Wilmington, Delaware by co-founders Andy Cruz and Rich Roat.

Headquarters:

Yorklyn, Delaware.

Notable clients:

Hermes, The Cher Show, Eames, The New Yorker, Design With Reach, Ford, John Mayer, Heath Ceramics, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Vogue Japan, Agent Provocateur, MTV, Chronicle Books, Uniqlo, Baccarat, Herman Miller

Services offered:

Drawing, font creation, lettering, and painting.

Happy Cog 

As a full-service digital agency, Happy Cog helps organizations around the globe with design and branding strategies, web development projects, and digital marketing campaigns.

Headquarters:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Locations: 

Philadelphia and New York City.

Notable clients:

MTV, Papa John’s, Harvard Business School, Ben & Jerry’s, McGraw-Hill Education, US Holocaust Museum, Nintendo, Georgetown University, Fonts.com, Thomson Reuters, Zappos.com

Services offered:

Primarily known for its web design work and focus on web standards, it also creates publication and service products including A List Apart Magazine (ISSN), a twice-monthly periodical that explores the design, development, and meaning of web content, with a special focus on web standards and best practices.

They also produce themes for the Shopify e-commerce platform, and until 2013, provided specialized web hosting services through Happy Cog Hosting.

Metalab

MetaLab is a development platform that facilitates a reliable way to develop applications, products, and services.

Headquarters:

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

Notable clients:

Slack, Google, Finery, Amazon, Facebook, Lonely Planet, TED, Otter

Urban Influence

Urban Influence considers itself a collection of brand architects. This company offers branding, design, and an interactive studio.

Headquarters:

Seattle, Washington

Notable clients:

Intego, Revelry, SEO Moz, Endurance, Sprout, Polaris, Chef’n, Watson, Cinchshare, Pronto, Redfin, DNA

Mucho 

Mucho is a global boutique design studio whose work spans a variety of services, including advertising, branding, and illustration.

Headquarters:

Barcelona, Spain.

Locations: 

Newark, Barcelona, Paris, San Francisco, New York, Sydney, Berlin, and London.

Notable clients:

AIGA, Alma Hotels, BCD, Betway, BMW, Canal+, El País, EMI Music Spain, Future Designs, Gap Inc., Google, HP, Kodak, Majestic Hotel Group, Mars, Museum of Lincolnshire Life, Phaidon Press, Random House Mondadori, San Francisco Art Exchange, San Francisco Civic Center, The Collection, The Observer, University of California.

Services offered:

Brand management, brand narrative, brand strategy.

McFaul+Day

McFaul_Day is an Internationally renowned creative agency partnering with some of the finest brands worldwide to craft and maintain cultural relevance.

Headquarters:

Chichester, UK.

Notable clients:

LucasFilm, New Balance, Pepsi, BBC, IBM, Microsoft, SXSW, Clarks, Audi, Virgin Atlantic, Sony, Levis, Samsung, Kidrobot.

Frog Design

Headquarters:

San Francisco, California.

Locations: 

San Francisco, Austin, New York, London, Milan, Munich, Shanghai, Gurgaon, Seattle, Amsterdam, Tel Aviv, Tokyo, and Sydney.

Notable clients:

Apple, Lumen, SiriusXM, SuperSonic, Porsche, BT, American Dental Association, Associated Press, Audi, GE, Honeywell, UNICEF. Bill Gates, Intel, and Sharp.

Studio Dumbar 

Studio Dumbar is a highly influential Dutch graphic design agency with a long heritage. Its work has helped shape, not only Dutch, but international design for over four decades. 

Headquarters:

Rotterdam, Holland

Locations: 

Rotterdam, Shanghai, and Seoul

Notable clients:

Apple, Nike, Rijksmuseum. Dutch National Police, Transavia, Vincent Van Gogh Museum, Dutch Railways, EUNL, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, NPO, Randstad, The Dutch Government

Services offered:

Brand strategy and visual identity.

The Chase

The Chase is a website design and internet marketing service specializing in website design, search engine optimization, pay-per-click advertising, and much more.

Headquarters:

Manchester, England.

Locations: 

Preston and London.

Notable clients:

Alibaba, Amnesty International, BBC, Disney, Fujitsu, Hewlett Packard, Museum of London, Shell, Smirnoff, Yellow Pages

Services offered:

Advertising, architecture, digital, and film.

Dessein

Dessein is a boutique design agency specializing in branding and creative design strategies with an emphasis on the packaging.

Headquarters:

Perth, Australia.

Notable clients:

Black Swan State Theatre, Northbridge Brewing Company, EPM, Ezyfix, Great Temptations, Mondo Nougat, Zwena, Albany Entertainment Centre, Whiteman Park, Poach Bear

Services offered:

Branding, displays and exhibitions, logo design, packaging design, photography, print materials, signage, style guides, vehicle graphics, and website design.

Leo Burnett

Leo Burnett Worldwide is a global advertising agency based in Chicago, with the belief that creativity, data, and technology work together to transform human behavior and drive prosperity for clients.

Headquarters:

Chicago. Illinois.

Locations: 

Chicago, Toronto, Montreal, Santa Domingo, Guaynabo, Guatemala City, London, Paris, Brussels, Frankfurt, Prague, Seoul, Beijing, Shanghai, Manila, Jakarta, Sydney, and Johannesburg.

Notable clients:

Kelloggs, McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, P&G, Samsung, GM, Fiat, Bell, LCBO, Ikea, Elections Canada.

AKQA

AKQA is renowned as a global design and innovation agency. AKQA employs around 2,000 professionals in 23 studios.

Headquarters:

San Francisco, California

Notable clients:

Aarhus, Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Gothenburg, London, Milan, Paris, Venice, Atlanta, New York, Portland, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Gurgaon, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney

SuperUnion

Superunion is a global brand and design consultancy. Superunion was formed after five agencies merged in January 2018 and employs 500 people across 14 offices.

Headquarters:

London, United Kingdom

Locations: 

Amsterdam, Bangkok, Beijing, Berlin, Bogota, Buenos Aires, Cairo, Cape Town, Dubai, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Johannesburg, London, Madrid, Mexico City, Moscow, Mumbai, Munich, New York, Paris, Sao Paulo, Seoul, Shanghai, and Singapore.

Notable clients:

Colgate-Palmolive, WPP, BBC, London Symphony Orchestra, Dell, Deloitte, Ford, Nestle, Tesco, Equinox, Level, Chivas, Pizza Hut, Land Rover, Invictus Games, Pfizer, AirAsia, Mazda, Audi, Electrolux, FIFA, Cirque de Soleil, HSBC, Credit Suisse

Winkreative

Winkreative is a strategic and creative partner for visionaries, inventors, and entrepreneurs. It focuses on narrative-based advertising and branding projects. 

Headquarters:

Zurich, Switzerland

Locations: 

London, United Kingdom.

Notable clients:

Air Canada, Deutsche Telecom, Lexus, Loews Hotels, Louis Vuitton, Porter Airlines, St. Moritz, The Avior, The Knightsbridge Estate, and Wimbledon.

Pearlfisher

Pearlfisher is a future-focused, strategic design agency

Headquarters:

London, United Kingdom.

Locations: 

New York, San Francisco, and Copenhagen.

Notable clients:

Access Entertainment, B&O Play, Cadbury, Jim Beam, Starbucks, Wolfgang Puck, and Yoplait.

Brand philosophy:

Body, community, leisure, luxury, mobility, nature, and taste.