Minties in the City

When you are part of an online community, you spend a lot of time getting to know people through email, forums, online chat, and the phone. Nothing replaces actual face-to-face interaction though and whenever possible, we love getting together with designers for a cup of coffee, a cocktail, or lunch.

(Quick shout out: if you are ever in SF, drop us an email! We’d love to meet up).

Last week, we had a super-sized Minted Meet Up by inviting three designers from different parts of the U.S. to join us in San Francisco for a few days. The lucky designers — or should I say, the designers we were lucky to be able to hang out with — were Brandy of Marabou Design (Seattle, WA), Sydney Newsom (Dothan, AL), and Amy of Design Lotus (Baltimore, MD).

(L-R) Sydney Newsom, Amy, Kerry of Paper Dahlia, Mariam, Brandy, Annie Clark, Jody of Jody Wody, Robert of Waui Designs; (Bottom) Andres Montano

This was our first time ever inviting designers to come to SF and needless to say, we were really excited. In previous meet-ups, we have had the chance to get to know Brandy and Amy, but it was our first time meeting Sydney, and it was all three designers’ first time meeting each other and many of us who work at Minted.

We hosted them in an elegant apartment in Noe Valley and had several great San Francisco meals together, including breakfast at Bocadillos and dinner at Bar Bambino.

Over the course of three days, the three designers met with Minted to discuss their feedback — we talked about what works, what needs a lot of improvement, and what our hopes are for the future. We have books’ worth of notes that we are organizing and digesting from their visit, but there are a couple items that we have already begun working on, directly in response to what we heard needed to get done. To show our commitment to you in taking immediate action on the suggestions of the designers, we have developed this fonts list, for example, which lists every font in our catalog alongside sample text to make it easier for designers to figure out suitable font replacements.

It wasn’t all work and no play. On the last full day the designers were in town, we scheduled a video shoot to capture the designers and Mariam on camera talking about design, family, careers.  We can’t wait to share the videos with you.

The morning started with hair by Nicole Brown of Mr. Pinkwhistle Salon and makeup by Deb Dapolito.  Wish we could have someone make us look this gorgeous every morning!

Brandy amazed us with her knowledge of cosmetics and her ability to apply Japanese false eyelashes (she is applying them on Amy, above).  A few hours later, everyone was dressed, fed coffee and croissants and feeling camera-ready.

We then headed to 3 Fish Studios, a gorgeous printmaking shop/photo studio/gallery that is the lovechild of the husband and wife team Eric Rewitzer and Annie Galvin. Art of all shapes, sizes, and mediums filled the studio, and the designers made themselves at home exploring and finding all sorts of things to admire.


In the meantime, our talented videography and lighting team set up the cameras and lights…

…and soon enough, it was go-time.

The designers left the studios each with a print they picked off the wall from 3 Fish Studios, as our thank you to them for taking time away from their families and busy careers to spend time with us. They gave us incredibly valuable and honest feedback, and we have our work cut out for us. Thank you Sydney, Brandy, and Amy!

Please stay tuned as we work on the issues and address requests sent to us by designers. If anything comes to mind right now, please send us an email at designers [at] minted [dot] com.

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18   COMMENTS
  1. Amy E

    Oh my goodness! Thank you Thank you for the font display list!!!! Yall rock. I had such a great time in San Fran. It was great to finally meet the team in person.

  2. Sydney

    It was such an amazing trip! The Minted team was hands-down the best hosts/hostesses I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. The font list is awesome!! Thanks so much guys!

  3. Natasha

    It looks like such an incredible, amazing trip!! All of you lovely ladies are GORGEOUS. Can’t wait to see the videos.

  4. Meg G.

    Looks like it was a blast! It’s so cool that our community has a voice in these lovely ladies.
    P.S. the font list is amaaaaazing!

  5. brandy

    Thanks again for the wonderful hospitality & opportunity. I had a great time! x

  6. Kerry D.

    Can’t wait to see the videos! Again, so fun to meet you ladies and hang with the Minted team! :)

  7. Katie W.

    Wow! Looks like everyone had a great time in SF! So great to see that font list!

  8. Paige

    Wow! It’s so cool to see everyone come together! And the font list – fabulous!!!!

  9. Karen Glenn

    How awesome! So glad you all got together–it sounds lovely :) Looking forward to the video to come. And loving that font list–thank you!

  10. Andrea Snaza

    sounds like you all had a great 3 days together – thanks for the effort in making minted even more fabulous. looks like a lot of fun!

  11. Hailey M.

    Sounds like a wonderful gathering! Cant wait to see the videos and hear more of what’s to come. And LOVING that font list too – thank you:)

  12. Lauren

    Well that list doesn’t help my font addiction… :) But what are you gonna do?

  13. Anng

    I’m constantly amazed at how committed Minted is to making the design community the best it can be. Minted is one of the few places where I feel like “corporate” really cares and genuinely takes our feedback into consideration. Glad you guys had a fun and productive visit. Keep up the great work! And thanks for the font list too!

  14. Yolanda

    I’m truly impressed on how dedicated Minted is on taking the initiative to REALLY find out what are on their designers minds. It looks like everyone had a blast and probably a much needed R&R for Amy, Brandy and Sydney. Can’t wait to see the video and I love the font list.. if anybody I need it the most :)

  15. How incredibly cool! I bet you all had a wonderful time. This is great to see and be a part of…Can’t wait to see the video too. Hugs and kisses! Carrie

  16. Brooke

    How fun! Can’t wait to see the video. Thank you, thank you for the font list!

  17. Erin

    how amazing, you guys looked wonderful! thanks for being such great voices for the people…I love minted and the whole fantastic community YOU ROCK!