By Jen Casebeer, Community Editor
Spring has sprung! And we’re very excited to have a fresh batch of brand new birth announcements just in time. Birth announcements are all about announcing a little person in a big way and they’re incredibly meaningful for newly-minted moms and dads. So in our Hello Baby! Birth Announcement Challenge, we asked designers to create the most unique, beautiful, and modern birth announcements the world has ever seen (a pretty tall order). Our Design Community did not disappoint!
The designs below took chic birth announcements to another level and each stood out among a very impressive crowd in one of our special categories. Congratulations, winners!
Big Picture Award for the best full-bleed photo design
“Precious Name” by Oscar & Emma
Karly has got to be one of the queens of understated elegance. This full-bleed design allows the customer to show off a great big photo of their new baby. The simple, minimalist white text shares all the information we want to know in a classic clean way (without taking away from the little one).
Multi-Photo Award for the best design featuring multiple photos
“Modern Album” by Jana Volfova
It can be difficult to seamlessly stitch multiple photos into one cohesive card; we love that Jana not only accomplished the feat, but did it in such a unique way! This is one very unusual and refreshing muliti-photo design. The grid provides a neat structure for the photos while subtle textures and a bright color palette make for bit of fun on this chic tag.
Minimalist Award for the best simple, modern design
“Simply Official” by Snow and Ivy
Less can really be more for a birth announcement. The newborn is center stage in this wonderfully minimalist design. We can’t get enough of Hailey’s thin, clean text and her monochrome palette. The scalloped circle shape adds a bit of visual interest and whimsy, but the design overall stays crisp and simple. Well done!
Out of the Box Award for the best card you wouldn’t see on other online sites
“The Naming Grid” by Frooted Design
We were immediately taken with Tanya’s very original naming grid. We love that this design is so much more than an announcement; it’s a personal expression and explanation of the little one’s name and heritage. Tanya has masterfully allowed for lots customization and personality, without sacrificing a large photo of the man (or woman) of the hour.
Best Use of a Shape for the best use of one of the die-cut shapes that Minted offers
“Fancy Floral Frame” by The Lovely Letters
Gorgeous! Phronsne’s fancy florals are sort and delicate, but their abundance is striking. She wins our Best Use of a Shape award for creating a design that not only fits perfectly in a shape, but that is actually enhanced by it. The soft curves of the bracketed shape add to the overall feeling of peace and quiet.
Gender Neutral Award for the best design that could be used for either a boy or a girl
“Introduced by Infographic” by Squareview Studios
This clean infographic would be perfect for either a boy or a girl; not only because of Andrea’s color choice, but also because of her sweet banner, map, and icons. What a great way to add a little character to your traditional announcement! We love the clean, but playful mixture of fonts and design elements.
More the Merrier Award for the best design for twins or multiples
“Twin Blocks” by fatfatin
It’s not everyday that you see something so minimal, but so unusual. Yen lets each twin have his or her own space and style with this clever announcement. She ties together wonderfully symmetrical photos spaces, names, and initial blocks with a clean center line. Perfect for two little twins who each deserve to show off a bit of their own personalities.
Runner Up: “Twin Stamps” by Heather Francisco
Adoption Award for the best design announcing an adoption
“Chosen” by Tami Warrington
Tami’s “Chosen” is a chic, subtle way to announce an adoption. Like every proud parent wants, Tami allows for a large full-bleed photo with barely-there text that adds to rather than detracts from the baby. “We chose her” is a very sweet sentiment and a touching way to share your wonderful news.
Best non-photo design
“Je t’aime bebe” by guess what?
For those parents who are looking for a non-photo design, Lori’s “je t’aime bebe” delivers all the adorable whimsy necessary! This design had us smiling right away. Her sweet bundle, playful hearts and embellishments, and small touches give plenty of personality. A little hand-lettering can go such a long way!
Best design for a boy
“Vintage Jacks” by Sarah Curry
We’re in love! “Vintage Jacks” just screams playfulness. Sarah lets your little boy come into the world with a real bang. Her off-kilter jacks, bouncing ball, and nearly-jumping type give so much movement to this design. The bold color palette makes a real splash in the often soft, pastel world of birth announcements.
Best design for a girl
“A Bit of Whimsy” by Brie Zacher
This is one aptly named design. Brie’s delicate details add just the right amount of whimsy to this birth announcement. Soft flowers and a simple laurel sprig frame the new little girl perfectly. We love that every little detail adds something sweet and unique. And can you believe that this was Brie’s first win?! Congrats, Brie!4 COMMENTS