I am writing this post from the Gansevoort Hotel, where a few of us are staying as we attend the National Stationery Show in New York. The Gansevoort’s location in the Meatpacking District, by the way, is spectacular – right across from Pastis, where I plan to have breakfast every morning, and around the corner from too-tempting shops like Scoop. I have yet to try the rooftop club at the Gansevoort, but I hear good things from the Minties who have scouted the place out and several us are planning on hitting that tonight to celebrate a successful trip (join us if you are in town!).
Alright, now down to business on the International Celebration Challenge. I was really moved by this challenge, and here is why: The Minted design community threw themselves into learning about other cultures with dedication, and they were willing to take risk in submitting designs around holidays that they were not necessarily familiar with. Designers like Lena Barakat and Sheila Sunaryo, and many others tried to help other designers out with language and cultural expertise. I am continually astounded and thrilled by how helpful this community is to each other.
Here are the winners of the Special Awards, and Runners Up:
Jess Taich’s “The Matisse” was the favorite design as voted by customers in this challenge and Minted Editors wholeheartedly agree!
We thought “Curlicue Eid” was a beautiful implementation of a photo holiday card; the ornate curlicues stand in beautiful contrast to the simplicity of the overall layout. It is hard to make a full-bleed photo card work, and this one does.
I have a happy feeling when we look at Four Wet Feet’s ‘Lucky Double Fish’ – there is something about this design that on the one hand reminds of me of Chinese paper cutouts that I think my mom might have given me when I was little, and on the other hand a modern photo card. There is a wonderful feeling of modern and retro mixed together in this design.
We absolutely love this modern design. The energetic color and beautiful star illustration make for a simple, modern layout for a traditional holiday.
Jacks Master’s debut Asian Flare design has all the right elements. This design combines elegant typography, a beautiful scale pattern and an eye-catching lantern illustration.
Congratulations again to all the winners and editor’s picks in this challenge!7 COMMENTS