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 2018

Top Level
5.0
( 224 )
  • Logo design
  • Illustration or graphics
  • Character or mascot
  • Logo & brand identity pack
  • Other design
  • Logo & social media pack
  • Logo & business card
  • Other art or illustration
  • T-shirt
  • Clothing or apparel
  • Web page design
  • Product label
  • Postcard, flyer or print
  • Merchandise
  • Sticker
  • Icon or button
  • Signage
  • Other web or app design
  • Business card
  • Other business or advertising
  • Social media page
  • Product packaging
  • Poster
  • Other clothing or merchandise
  • App design
  • Logo & hosted website
  • Infographic
  • Card or invitation
  • Brochure
  • Brand guide
  • Banner ad
Top Level
5.0
( 20 )
  • Character or mascot
  • Illustration or graphics
  • T-shirt
  • Clothing or apparel
  • Other art or illustration
  • Logo design
  • Sticker
  • Other design
  • Other clothing or merchandise
  • Merchandise
  • Banner ad
Top Level
5.0
( 71 )
  • Character or mascot
  • Banner ad
  • Illustration or graphics
  • T-shirt
  • Card or invitation
  • Logo design
  • Poster
  • Other design
  • Postcard, flyer or print
  • Merchandise
  • Clothing or apparel
  • Flash banner
  • Business card
  • Tattoo
  • Logo & social media pack
  • Product packaging
  • Other web or app design
  • Facebook cover
  • WordPress theme design
  • Web page design
  • Social media page
  • Other clothing or merchandise
  • Other art or illustration
  • App design
  • Menu
  • Logo & business card
  • Landing page design
  • Email
  • Cup or mug
  • Logo & brand identity pack
  • Book cover
  • 3D
Top Level
5.0
( 73 )
  • Illustration or graphics
  • Character or mascot
  • Book cover
  • Other art or illustration
  • Logo design
  • T-shirt
  • Tattoo
  • Other Graphic Design
  • Other design
  • Icon or button
  • Cup or mug
  • Web page design
  • Social media page
  • Logo & social media pack
  • Signage
  • Postcard, flyer or print
  • Other business or advertising
  • Card or invitation
  • Banner ad
Top Level
5.0
( 66 )
  • Other design
  • Logo design
  • Illustration or graphics
  • Character or mascot
  • Other Graphic Design
  • Postcard, flyer or print
  • Icon or button
  • Other art or illustration
  • Product packaging
  • Logo & brand identity pack
  • App design
  • Logo & business card
  • Web page design
  • Signage
  • Card or invitation
  • Brochure
  • Banner ad
  • WordPress theme design
  • T-shirt
  • Sticker
  • Product label
  • Other web or app design
  • Other business or advertising
  • Other book or magazine
  • Menu
  • Infographic
  • Clothing or apparel
  • Button or icon
  • 3D
Top Level
5.0
( 33 )
  • Logo design
  • Logo & business card
  • Logo & brand identity pack
  • Logo & social media pack
  • Illustration or graphics
  • Icon or button
  • Character or mascot
  • App design
  • Product label
  • Stationery
  • Other design
  • Other business or advertising
Top Level
5.0
( 27 )
  • Character or mascot
  • Illustration or graphics
  • Logo design
  • Other art or illustration
  • Card or invitation
  • Poster
  • Logo & brand identity pack
Top Level
5.0
( 36 )
  • Character or mascot
  • Logo & hosted website
  • Logo design
  • Illustration or graphics
  • Postcard, flyer or print
  • Other design
  • Web page design
  • Icon or button
  • 3D
  • Logo & social media pack
  • Other web or app design
  • Menu
  • Logo & business card
  • Infographic
  • Business card
  • Brochure
  • Logo & brand identity pack
Top Level
5.0
( 24 )
  • Illustration or graphics
  • Character or mascot
  • Logo design
  • Book cover
  • Tattoo
  • T-shirt
  • Other art or illustration
  • Magazine cover
  • Postcard, flyer or print
  • Other clothing or merchandise
  • Other business or advertising
  • Merchandise
  • Icon or button
Top Level
5.0
( 16 )
  • Character or mascot
  • Logo design

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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