Whether you’re building a new company from the ground up or looking to breathe new life into an existing brand, designing a corporate mascot is one of the top ways to infuse fun into your branding—and build brand recognition in the process.

While corporate mascots are usually light-hearted, the design process isn’t something to take for granted. This mascot will literally be the face of your company—which is why it’s important to leave the mascot design to the professionals.

Working with a professional mascot designer to bring your vision to life will ensure you end up with a character that’s not just easy on the eyes, but also feels true to who you are as a brand—and makes a lasting impression on your audience.

How to get the best mascot

You’re probably already familiar with the concept of hiring a freelance designer. But when it comes to mascot design, it’s not your only option! Anyone thinking about creating a new corporate mascot should definitely consider a mascot design contest.

Here’s how design contests work: you write a brief describing what kind of character you’re looking for. Then, designers from all over the world submit their mascot concepts based on your brief. You look them over, choose the finalists, and give feedback so the designers can hone their designs. Then, you review the final designs, pick the winner, and voila! You’ve got your mascot.

If you want to see a number of different ideas and styles before you settle on a mascot, we recommend you go with a design contest.

Learn more about mascot design contests –>

On the other hand, if you already know the style and direction you want to take your mascot, hiring a freelancer is a great option!

The 10 best freelance mascot designers to hire in 2021

  1. 1
    • Logo design
    • Icon or button
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Product label
    • T-shirt
    • Other design
    • Facebook cover
    • Other business or advertising
    • Sticker
    • Character or mascot
    • Poster
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Product packaging
    • Other clothing or merchandise
    • Tattoo
    • Other web or app design
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Other packaging or label
    • Other art or illustration
    • Merchandise
    • Infographic
    • Clothing or apparel
    • Web page design
    • Logo & business card
    • Landing page design
    • Email
    • Cup or mug
    • Business card
    • Book cover
    • Banner ad
    • 3D
  2. 2
    • Logo design
    • Character or mascot
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Product packaging
    • Tattoo
    • Social media page
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Icon or button
    • Business card
  3. 3
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Banner ad
    • Typesetting with imagery
    • Infographic
    • Character or mascot
    • Other art or illustration
    • Icon or button
    • Book cover
    • T-shirt
    • Social media page
    • Other book or magazine
    • Clothing or apparel
  4. 4
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Character or mascot
    • Logo design
    • Icon or button
    • Other Graphic Design
    • App design
    • Other art or illustration
    • Card or invitation
    • Button or icon
    • Other design
    • Tattoo
    • Sticker
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Other web or app design
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • App
  5. 5
    • Character or mascot
    • Illustration or graphics
    • T-shirt
    • Clothing or apparel
    • Logo design
    • Other art or illustration
    • Other web or app design
    • Other clothing or merchandise
    • Merchandise
    • Sticker
    • Product packaging
    • Other design
    • Email
    • Card or invitation
    • Banner ad
  6. 6
    • Logo design
    • Other design
    • Character or mascot
    • Logo & business card
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Sticker
    • Social media page
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Facebook cover
  7. 7
    • Logo design
    • Character or mascot
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Logo & business card
    • Web page design
    • Logo & brand guide
    • WordPress theme design
    • Sticker
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Other web or app design
    • Other art or illustration
    • Infographic
    • Icon or button
  8. 8
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Character or mascot
    • Other art or illustration
    • Signage
    • Logo design
    • 3D
    • Product packaging
    • Other design
    • Card or invitation
    • Typesetting with imagery
    • Tattoo
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Other business or advertising
    • Infographic
    • Icon or button
  9. 9
    • Logo design
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Other art or illustration
    • Other clothing or merchandise
    • Merchandise
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Other business or advertising
    • Clothing or apparel
    • Product label
    • Character or mascot
    • T-shirt
    • Product packaging
    • Card or invitation
    • Logo & brand guide
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Other packaging or label
    • Other design
    • Sticker
    • Poster
    • Logo & business card
    • Tattoo
    • Infographic
    • Brochure
    • Book cover
    • Typesetting with imagery
    • Stationery
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Other book or magazine
    • Business card
  10. 10
    • Logo design
    • Character or mascot
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Sticker
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Logo & brand guide
    • Other business or advertising
    • Logo & business card
    • Web page design
    • T-shirt
    • Social media page
    • Other design
    • Other art or illustration
    • Icon or button
    • Brand guide
    • Book cover

How did we choose these as the top mascot designers?

Like we mentioned earlier, your mascot is (literally) the face of your company—and we know how important it is to get that face right. In order to ensure we delivered designers who were up for the task, here’s what we looked for when selecting the talent to feature on this list:

1. Design quality

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When a new designer joins the 99designs platform, an expert from our team goes through their entire portfolio and considers the conceptual thought, knowledge of design principles, and technical execution evident in their work. Once the review is complete, they then assign the designer one of three levels:

  • Top Level
  • Mid Level
  • Entry Level

Every designer’s level is featured on their portfolio—that way, you can easily see if you’re working with someone with years of experience and design expertise or someone that’s more up-and-coming talent.

2. Mascot design experience

Getting a hole-in-one on a par four and running a marathon in under three hours both require some serious training and skill—but most athletes specialize in one or the other, not both.

It’s the same thing with designers—so, in addition to looking at overall quality, we specifically vetted every designer on this list to make sure they had experience with and specialized in mascot design.

3. Professionalism

Clearly, when you hire a designer, you want someone with design skills. But you also want to work with a mascot designer who’s an excellent communicator, who hits every deadline, and who’s all around good to work with. That’s why we took past customer experiences into account—that way, whichever designer you choose, they’ll be just as good at delivering quality service as they are at design.

Are you ready to hire a marvelous freelance mascot designer?

Your mascot will say a lot about who you are as a brand. And that’s why you need to hire a great mascot designer—to make sure the message your mascot sends is the right one.

If you didn’t find the right mascot designer on this list, don’t worry! We have tons of other designers just waiting to hear from you.

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