lena barakat

based in Dyer, IN, US.

  • 49 awards won
  • 1102 comments made
  • 15112 votes cast

Awards

  • winner 12
  • editor pick 37

About lena barakat

Hello! I'm an illustrator and graphic designer based in the Chicagoland area. I have a deep passion for beautiful typography, fine paper and bold patterns. Thanks for stopping by!

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Lisa Travis on Jun 15 2016
Lisa Travis
  • Minted May 1, 2009
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Lena, thank you for liking my entry "Domino", I love your work, it is very elegant.

Grace Kreinbrink on May 10 2016
Grace Kreinbrink
  • Minted Sep 22, 2013
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Hi Lena, Thank you so much for the wonderful compliment! Your designs are beautiful. Best of luck in the challenge!

Rebecca Durflinger on May 05 2016
Rebecca Durflinger
  • Minted Nov 12, 2011
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  • 8784 Votes cast

Thank you so much for the likes! You have some beautiful submissions! Love them all! :)

Laura Hankins on May 03 2016
Laura Hankins
  • Minted Aug 13, 2008
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Lena, your new little one must be your muse-- your entries are gorgeous!! You have such a variety but they all of such a perfect attention to detail and polish to them. Beautiful! I see lots of file prep in your future :)

Hooray Creative on May 03 2016
Hooray Creative
  • Minted Nov 23, 2010
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Thanks so much for the kind words, Lena!! That seriously made my day! You came up with so many awesome holiday designs too!! Wishing you lots of luck in the big challenge! :)

Christina Novak on May 03 2016
Christina Novak
  • Minted Nov 4, 2011
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Thank you so much Lena!

Coco and Ellie Design on Apr 28 2016
Coco and Ellie Design
  • Minted Dec 9, 2008
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Hi Lena, Thank you for liking my designs! Hope you and your babies are doing well. Your designs are stunning and be able to do it with the wee ones, is amazing! All the best and Hugs!!

Chris Griffith on Nov 19 2015
Chris Griffith
  • Minted Aug 27, 2011
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Thank you so much and you are so welcome Lena. You have some fantastic entries that are sure winners!

Thuy Do on Oct 14 2015
Thuy Do
  • Minted Aug 2, 2015
  • 2 Awards
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  • 436 Votes cast

Thank you for the like and support on "A Modern Love" Lena! :)

Kimberly FitzSimons on Oct 08 2015
Kimberly FitzSimons
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Lena, Thanks so much for your comment on my profile! It made my day! Congratulations on all of your save the date picks. Beautiful and well deserved!

Neeta Sawhney on Aug 07 2015
Neeta Sawhney
  • Minted Dec 4, 2011
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Thanks so much Lena for the critique. All the best in the challenges also.

chocomocacino on Jul 29 2015
chocomocacino
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Hahahah yes just got it! Thanks!! I'm thrilled you choose my design =D.. hope they will be a great use to you..

Coco and Ellie Design on May 27 2015
Coco and Ellie Design
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Hi Lena, I just want to say hi and that you got gorgeous hair and twinsy ! :) Good luck with all the crazy design challenges.

Chris Griffith on Jan 17 2015
Chris Griffith
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Aww thanks Lena and congrats on your wonderful win too. Love it.

Carolyn MacLaren on Dec 08 2014
Carolyn MacLaren
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Thanks for such a sweet comment, Lena! Love your submissions as well - always so elegant and fresh :)

Phrosne Ras on Dec 08 2014
Phrosne Ras
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Pretty girl! Lovely pic. ;)

Jan Shepherd on Nov 26 2014
Jan Shepherd
  • Minted Jul 5, 2014
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Thanks for spotting my typo Lena! Sometimes I need to take more breaks - difficult to tear myself away though :)

Chris Griffith on Nov 02 2014
Chris Griffith
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Aww, thanks Lena. It is easy to be constructive with designs like yours. :)

Nazia Hyder on Oct 30 2014
Nazia Hyder
  • Minted May 8, 2012
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Thank you Lena for your feedback in my One in a Melon design,really appreciate it :)

Kaydi Bishop on Apr 30 2014
Kaydi Bishop
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Lena, thank you for the super sweet note a few days ago! I wish there was a like button for comments on here :) I love your work, so its always fun to see what great new things you are coming up with!

Carol Fazio on Apr 16 2014
Carol Fazio
  • Minted Jun 23, 2011
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Thanks for your sweet note on my storybook win, Lena! I was so shocked, I about fell off my chair!

Mikel Clair Hardin on Mar 19 2014
Mikel Clair Hardin
  • Minted Oct 9, 2013
  • 5 Awards
  • 105 Comments made
  • 3025 Votes cast

Lena, thank you!! You grew up an hour away from my home town - how neat!! I love seeing other southern designers on Minted, such a small world! :)

Rebecca Bowen on Feb 27 2014
Rebecca Bowen
  • Minted Dec 9, 2011
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Thanks Lena.. It's so funny you all say it screams me.. because I was thinking this totally didnt look like me at all, LOL..

Nazia Hyder on Feb 26 2014
Nazia Hyder
  • Minted May 8, 2012
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  • 7139 Votes cast

Thanks Lena for your feedback. I did make the changes on my "Modern Stripes" entry as you asked. Please have a look when you find time. Thanks again. :)

Stacey Meacham on Feb 18 2014
Stacey Meacham
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Thank you so much for your comment Lena. That is the highest compliment I could receive.

Laura Bolter Design on Feb 10 2014
Laura Bolter Design
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Glad I gave you a good laugh during this morning's craziness! And, thanks for your comments about my lettering and your suggestion on my chalkboard design. I've changed the name to white as suggested! Good luck! Your designs are gorgeous!

Hooray Creative on Jan 30 2014
Hooray Creative
  • Minted Nov 23, 2010
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  • 18708 Votes cast

Thanks for your sweet comment Lena!!

Kimberly Morgan on Sep 10 2013
Kimberly Morgan
  • Minted Aug 2, 2009
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Glad to be helpful. It's a lovely design!

Stacey Montgomery on Aug 04 2013
Stacey Montgomery
  • Minted Sep 11, 2012
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LOL! Thank you for your suggestion!

Lori Wemple on Aug 02 2013
Lori Wemple
  • Minted Nov 19, 2011
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aww thank you - you too!

Robin L. Andrews on Jul 12 2013
Robin L. Andrews
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Dear Lena, thank you for your message, it is greatly appreciated. warmest wishes, Robin

j.bartyn on Jun 12 2013
j.bartyn
  • Minted Jan 19, 2010
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thank you for you comment on winter berry! It made me day!

Anne Holmquist on Jun 07 2013
Anne Holmquist
  • Minted Feb 15, 2010
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You are welcome Lena! Good luck to you as well, although I don't think you need it. Your designs are beautiful!

Lori Wemple on Jun 06 2013
Lori Wemple
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ah, thanks; you are so sweet. I actually feel like i'm pulling my hair out - just don't feel like i'm getting anything right and running in 100 different directions ;) You are on a roll yourself!! I am so in love with all your designs - especially winter waltz, and what a lovely name! It feels like dancing :)

Stacey Meacham on May 25 2013
Stacey Meacham
  • Minted Sep 3, 2011
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Thanks so much Lena. Great catch. I really appreciate it :)

Rebecca Bowen on Apr 13 2013
Rebecca Bowen
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aww, you just made my weekend! thanks for being so sweet;)

Kimberly Morgan on Jan 30 2013
Kimberly Morgan
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Thanks so much, Lena. It certainly was a big surprise, I'll be in shock over for a while yet, I think :)

Snow and Ivy on Oct 13 2012
Snow and Ivy
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Hi Lena - just wanted to say thanks for your sweet note, it totally made my day :)

Frooted Design on Oct 12 2012
Frooted Design
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Hi Lena, thanks so much for your sweet comments!! I'm loving your typographic designs for this challenge and wish you all the best too!

Carol Fazio on Oct 08 2012
Carol Fazio
  • Minted Jun 23, 2011
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hi lena, sure, any time! I like the changes you made and feel free to comment on any of my submissions! I appreciate the feedback as well! good luck!

Angela Marzuki on Aug 23 2012
Angela Marzuki
  • Minted May 24, 2011
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Lena, you completely made my day! I'm incredibly flattered that you ordered Unidentified Bloom and so happy that you are loving them. I was so excited when I read your note that I even read it to my husband lol :) You're so sweet, thank you!

Molly Lentz on Aug 20 2012
Molly Lentz
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You're so sweet, Lena! This is a fabulous community of beautiful designers -- so glad to be here! I look forward to many more interactions :-D

Phrosne Ras on Aug 20 2012
Phrosne Ras
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Hi Lena! thanks so much for your lovely comment on my retro flowers designs! I needed to hear that:)

Kim Dietrich Elam on May 31 2011
Kim Dietrich Elam
  • Minted Feb 10, 2011
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Hi Lena! Thank you for taking the time to critique my "Wreath of Love" - because of all the great comments I received I think it's so much better! I appreciate it.

Snow and Ivy on Apr 01 2011
Snow and Ivy
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Thanks for your help Lena!! I really appreciate it - I copied the calligraphy from Wiki - but I still wasn't too sure about it. I will make sure to update it, thanks again :) PS - congrats on your recent wins!!

Stacey Day on Nov 02 2010
Stacey Day
  • Minted Dec 4, 2008
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oh my gosh, lena! what a small world. what part of birmingham? i grew up in trussville -- and my husband and i live in trussville right now b/c my house seems to not ever ever want to sell.

Marabou Design on Sep 08 2010
Marabou Design
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Thank you Lena! Congratulations on your recent win!

Carrie ONeal on Aug 25 2010
Carrie ONeal
  • Minted Jan 17, 2010
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CONGRATS!!! What a way to start off! Can't wait to see all your other "wins" to come! Welcome!

Sydney Newsom on Aug 21 2010
Sydney Newsom
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Congrats on No 10 in your very first competition!! I think all 3 of your cards are great . . . wouldn't be surprised to hear about more wins :)