Coffee Cup: Design Ideas to Get You Inspired

Coffee Cup Design


“Life begins after coffee.”

“Coffee first. Schemes later.” 

“Even a bad cup of coffee is better than no coffee at all.”

Such quotes are popular among coffee lovers. If you’re one of them, you must have seen them printed on many coffee cups. These quotes are specially printed on cups to get coffee lovers’ attention. Custom coffee cups catch our attention due to their one-of-a-kind designs. And, such types of cups are the most favorite source of advertising, used by marketers for brand promotion. Customized coffee cups are also popular forms of gifts, allowing you to send a personal message to the recipient. If you’re a coffee lover and wish to create your personalized coffee cup design, read this post to get inspired by 5 unique ideas to design and create your own custom coffee cup. 

What’s a Coffee Cup? 

Essentially, coffee cup is a container that coffee and other espresso-based drinks are served in. Typically, coffee cups are made of glazed ceramic and have a single handle for portability while the beverage is still hot. Compared to typical glassware, the ceramic construction of a coffee cup allows a beverage to be drunk while hot, providing insulation to the beverage and can be quickly washed with cold water without fear of breakage. A coffee cup may also be a disposable cup in which hot beverages, including coffee, can be served in. Disposable coffee cups may be made out of polystyrene foam or paper. At coffee shops, paper cups are typically used to give beverages to customers on the go. It normally comes with a coffee cup sleeve to provide further insulation against heat transferred through the container. 

Coffee cups come in various sizes, standardized to reflect paper cup sizes. There are even coffee cups for people who spend their time traveling. Coffee cups are typically 225, 336, 460, and even sometimes, 570 ml. Of course, slight variation is to be expected among different cafes and coffeehouses, but these sizes are the standard. Recently, there has been a trend wherein consumers are purchasing reusable coffee cups instead of disposable cups as a more sustainable approach to coffee consumption. These can include bamboo cups, americano cups made from polypropylene, and other organic materials like paper pulp and starch. 

Tips to Design Your Coffee Cup 

Here are some tips to help you design your coffee cup.

Tip #1: Plan Your Design Well

Your coffee cup design should be a carefully crafted piece of work so that it makes a lasting impact on your target audience. Just randomly deciding on a coffee cup logo or coffee cup drawing is not going to help you. The use of mugs as a marketing tool or as a gift will bear fruit only with something unique, but attractive printed on them. 

So, before setting out to design your coffee cup, consider these tips:

  • The design must accurately fit in the small mug space
  • Decide if you want to cover the whole space or just one side of it
  • Plan the number of colors you’ll use
  • Know if the printed design will be permanent or washable

Tip #2: Consider Your Market or Recipient

Whether you’re giving it as a gift or as a promotional item, make sure to consider your target audience. Are you designing for female or male; young or old? At the end of the day, you’re designing a product that you want people to use. Like a good brand designer would do, write down the exact person you want to attract to your coffee cup design – who they are, what they like, and go from there. 

Tip #3: Keep Things Simple

Everyone appreciates attention to detail and great drawing ability. There’s nothing better than seeing a really well-executed masterpiece on your coffee cup, which you can study for hours. But, equally, some of the most classic coffee cup designs are the simplest – and get the message across through their simplest form. 

Tip #4: Bigger Is Often Better

Today’s tea and coffee drinkers love to add a little extra into their brews. A bigger coffee cup can stand up to additional toppings, like whipped cream. As well as allowing you to cut down on refills by providing a larger portion of your favorite drink, big coffee cups also fit more comfortably into the hands. 

Tip #5: Make It Memorable

The more memorable your coffee cup design, the more likely the recipient will give it pride of place in their office or home. So, make sure to use designs that are unique or eye-catching to ensure that your coffee cup stands out from the rest. 

Bonus Tip: 

Whether you’re designing your coffee cup to brighten a friend’s day or to advertise your business, packaging the final product is essential to making an impact. Find a sturdy box that fits your mug well. Then, wrap the mug in colored tissue paper and nestle it inside. Close and secure the box, then add the wrapping of your choice to suit the gift-giving occasion. If it’s for a business gift, the box may be enough, but a custom-printed business card tucked into the box or attached to the top will make a nice reminder of your thoughtfulness. 

Coffee Cup Design Ideas

Looking for coffee cup design ideas? Check out the images below for inspiration.

Coffee Cup Icon




Coffee Cup Clipart




Coffee Cup Design

Here are some other coffee cup designs that may inspire you.






Wrapping Up

Custom coffee cups make exceptional gifts. Marketers use these cups as promotional products to catch people’s attention. But, the coffee cup design must be purposeful, simple, and unique. We hope these tips and design ideas can help you come up with your own beautiful coffee cup designs!

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