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I know this post is really old and it's not like you guys need more to do. :) But I had an idea I wanted to share that was derived from the little project we're doing at our Ohio meet-up.
A character/drop-cap competition to compose an alphabet poster:
Designers could submit original character designs that would become part of a collaborative alphabet poster to garner publicity for your new art print launch. A designer, no matter how many letters were submitted, would only have one letter (their highest rated) used in the end. This way 26 designers (or more if you use numerals, etc.) will be represented from the Minted community.
The 6% commission made from sales could go to charity. Maybe even the highest rated design gets to choose the charity? And the rest of the winners I'm sure would just be happy with receiving an art print to keep and the honor of being part of this project.
Just an idea! Take it or leave it. :)
I like that idea cadence! that would be so fun!
Cadence, I love that idea! I'm also jealous of your Ohio meet-up... it sounds like a blast.
I love the idea of die cut circle or perhaps a scallop option. I did Christmas postcards for a client this year and the post office just hacked them up with marks, bends, and a zip code label along the bottom. Paper was heavy cotton too. Has anyone else experienced that? I subsequently assumed that postcard designs are probably put in envelops?
Holiday card challenge where you get to see the front AND a backer idea (even if the back is not customizable like the business card challenge). Sometimes when you see the backer you fall in love with the front even more, especially when it's a really fun pattern or relates to the front in a creative way! Maybe Minted would sell more backer upgrades too, they wouldn't be able to resist!
Sydney: The milestone birthday/anniversary is a great idea. Just designed and printed 150 invitations for my grandpa's 90th birthday!
Paige: I LOVE the letter challenge!
ooo - so many good ideas! I especially like the postcard, die-cut circle, multi-sets, and Paige's alphabet idea.
@Amy - the idea of a flower challenge is hilarious - maybe that would help us all get them out of our systems. Or not. I love florals... they're my automatic doodle shape... I can't get enough of them!
What about a single page calendar design. I am obsessed right now with 'special date' calendars, that give space for you to write annual events next to a day of the year - like birthdays, anniversaries, etc. I made a bunch for my family last year for Christmas - my grandma loves it for keeping track of her huge family - kids, grandkids, great grand kids, etc.
I LOVE the idea of some sort of type/font/alphabet challenge.
Another option for a charitable design - 2013 calendar postcards or monthly wall caelndars (as suggested above). One design for each month - the highest rated design for that month, so up to 12 designers would be featured. Donate the proceeds.
But, I also LOVE the collaborative alphabet print idea, too!
I guess you could also use the single letters for custom name prints. i.e. "A is for Andrew" and so on. Designers could recoup their commission on these I guess.
Customers may also like to see full names spelled out too. The possibilities are endless... Just throwing it out there! I hope minted isn't cursing me for opening this discussion again. :)
I love Paige's Alphabet idea!
Here are some ideas I thought would be nice;
Card Sets for:
Thinking of You
Love all your ideas regarding the letter designs, Paige!
How about something fun/silly like taking your very first Minted entry and re-vamping it (for some of us old balls, this would be extreme) for a new "most improved challenge" kind of thing? Maybe more work than profit but would be really fun to see.
I am fully on-board with a color-limited letterpress or desk calendar contest. What about tea towels or wrapping paper sheets? Non-holiday gift tags?
Love all of these ideas!
Stickers for birthday presents, holiday presents etc could be interesting too.
Great ideas everyone - I personally love the wrapping paper idea and the gift tag stickers. I remember this coming up with the holiday gift tag challenge - so many great "from the kitchen of" tag ideas - would be fun to see them as stickers for jam jars and baked good boxes etc....
2birdstone.. I LOVE THE IDEA ABOUT REDESIGNING OUR FIRST EVER MINTED ENTRY! love it!! and when u submit u have to post the original with it.. we need to do this minted!!
Love Paige's idea of an alpahabet challenge! How about a rubber address stamp challenge as an alternative to skinny wraps? Or, for moms who love to throw parties, maybe a children's party kit challenge, which could include some or all of the following: invites, matching seals for goodie bags, matching paper goodie bags, hats and thank you cards?
I LOVE theme party invites... I had so much fun trying to wrap my head around kids' party themes that I think adults would love some fun party invites, too!
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