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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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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