Cups and mugs. We use ‘em every day. What does your favorite cup or mug look like? What’s its story?

It’s great design isn’t a coincidence. A unique cup or an eye-catching mug is more than a vessel to drink from, it’s a conversation starter. Our top freelance cup and mug designer picks create drinkware that pulls rooms together and launches office mug-stealing wars. Get the best design for your cup or mug by hiring one of our top freelance designers.

How to get the best cup and mug design

Most people are familiar with the process of working with a freelance designer. This is one way to have your cup or mug designed, but it’s not the only way. Consider hosting a design contest for your cup or mug design needs.

In a design contest, you start by writing a brief that describes what you are looking for. Then, designers from all over the world submit concepts unique to your brief. Next, you then choose finalists and give feedback to hone the designs. Once you see the revised designs, you choose your winner. Contests are a great way to see many different ideas and interpretations of your brief in various design styles.

Learn more about mug and cup design contests –>

But you don’t have to host a contest. If you already have a pretty clear idea of your project’s style and direction, hiring a freelancer is a great choice!

The 10 best freelance mug and cup designers to hire in 2019

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    • T-shirt
    • Product packaging
    • Product label
    • Cup or mug
    • Clothing or apparel
    • Logo design
    • Other clothing or merchandise
    • Other design
    • Sticker
    • Other packaging or label
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Brochure
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Web page design
    • Signage
    • Other book or magazine
    • Merchandise
    • Book cover
    • Poster
    • Illustration or graphics
  2. Top Level
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    • Illustration or graphics
    • Product label
    • Product packaging
    • Other art or illustration
    • Merchandise
    • Character or mascot
    • Logo design
    • Cup or mug
    • Card or invitation
    • Book cover
    • Other design
    • Other book or magazine
    • Other clothing or merchandise
    • Clothing or apparel
    • 3D
    • Tattoo
    • Sticker
    • Signage
    • Poster
    • Icon or button
    • Business card
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Web page design
    • T-shirt
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    • Logo design
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • T-shirt
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Character or mascot
    • Cup or mug
    • Logo & business card
    • Poster
    • Signage
    • Product label
    • Other web or app design
    • Other clothing or merchandise
    • Icon or button
    • Business card
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    • T-shirt
    • Clothing or apparel
    • Logo design
    • Cup or mug
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Other clothing or merchandise
    • Icon or button
    • Sticker
    • Other design
    • Merchandise
    • PowerPoint template
    • Logo & hosted website
    • Logo & business card
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Brand guide
    • Banner ad
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    • Other clothing or merchandise
    • Clothing or apparel
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Other design
    • Merchandise
    • Logo design
    • Other art or illustration
    • Cup or mug
    • Product label
    • Logo & business card
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • T-shirt
  6. Top Level
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    ( 19 )
    • Logo design
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Cup or mug
    • T-shirt
    • Other business or advertising
    • Merchandise
    • Other packaging or label
    • Other design
    • Icon or button
    • Clothing or apparel
    • Character or mascot
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Web page design
    • Sticker
    • Product packaging
    • Other art or illustration
    • Infographic
    • Business card
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    • Illustration or graphics
    • Other clothing or merchandise
    • Clothing or apparel
    • Book cover
    • Product packaging
    • Card or invitation
    • Product label
    • T-shirt
    • Other business or advertising
    • Other art or illustration
    • Other design
    • Merchandise
    • Cup or mug
    • Sticker
    • Poster
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Other packaging or label
    • Logo & hosted website
    • Logo design
    • Business card
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    • Product label
    • Product packaging
    • T-shirt
    • Logo design
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Other design
    • Cup or mug
    • Other packaging or label
    • Menu
    • Other business or advertising
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    • Logo design
    • Product label
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Cup or mug
    • Sticker
    • T-shirt
    • Product packaging
    • Business card
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Other clothing or merchandise
    • Other business or advertising
    • Other art or illustration
    • Logo & hosted website
    • Icon or button
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Poster
    • Character or mascot
    • Car, truck or van wrap
    • Infographic
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    • Illustration or graphics
    • Logo design
    • Card or invitation
    • Cup or mug
    • T-shirt
    • Other clothing or merchandise
    • Merchandise
    • Other design
    • Clothing or apparel
    • Character or mascot
    • Book cover
    • Logo & business card

How did we choose these as the top mug and cup designers?

We know mug and cup design is important to get right because there’s two kinds of cups in the world: cups that carry delicious beverages, and cups that spend their lives as pencil receptacles on desks. A great design guarantees your cup will be in the first category. So how did we make our top 10 mug and cup designer picks? By carefully considering these three traits:

1. Design quality

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When a designer joins 99designs, a member of our team gauges their skill level by going through their portfolio and considering the conceptual thought, technical execution and knowledge of design principles present in their work. Then, our team assigns the designer one of three levels:

  • Top Level
  • Mid Level
  • Entry Level

These levels are displayed on designer portfolios, so you can easily see if you’re working with someone who’s got well-developed design skills or someone up-and-coming.

2. Mug and cup design experience

A great illustrator or tattoo designer might make a design that would look cool on a cup or a mug, but a dedicated cup or mug designer has the skills to create designs tailored for cups and mugs of all sizes. In addition to looking at overall portfolio quality, we specifically vetted each designer on this list and only chose the ones whose portfolios demonstrated strong cup and mug design experience.

3. Professionalism

Of course you want someone with design skills, but that’s not all you want from a freelance designer. You also want to work with a designer who communicates with you throughout the process, delivers on time and generally, is good to work with. With these qualities in mind, we also vetted our picks and only chose designers who are professionals in service as well as design.

Are you ready to hire a refreshing freelance mug or cup designer?

A great cup or mug designer translates your brand into imagery in a delectable way, whether that’s showcasing your single origin coffee’s sophistication or how your craft beer line innovates and subverts your chosen style. If you don’t think one of our picks is able to do that for you, take a look at the many other designers on our website. We’re sure you’ll find the designer who fits your project perfectly.

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