It takes a community to thrive as an independent artist.
To celebrate Minted’s extraordinary community spirit, we bring you Pay It Forward, our campaign to help Minted artists connect, collaborate, and succeed during the 2016 Holiday Stationery Design Challenge season. Because artists tell us that peer critique is one of the most valuable aspects of the Minted community, we’ve compiled these resources to help you give and receive quality feedback, stay inspired, and get the most out of the Minted challenge process. Stay tuned for updates.
Thrive During the Holiday Challenge Season
5 Ways to Connect With the Minted Artist Community
6 Tips for Success in Minted Challenges
4 Mantras for Being Boss in Work and Life
How to Thrive During Minted’s Holiday Challenge Season
Your Guide to Asking Questions During the Feedback Period
Remember the Winners from Past Minted Holiday Challenges?
Top holiday challenge critiquers will win a feedback session with Mariam Naficy
To recognize constructive feedback, we award top critiquers in every Minted Design challenge.
Just for the 2016 holiday design challenges—which are some of our biggest competitions of the year—we’re increasing the award amount from $50 to $150 in Minted credit to the top critiquers in the four holiday challenges. This will be based on the Feedback leaderboard for each challenge, and we will combine results from the foil and non-foil version of each challenge. Remember, this is not a numbers game. We’re looking for quality, constructive feedback that will help fellow artists grow and thrive in challenges. Use the “mark as constructive” button to reward quality feedback.
For the main holiday photo cards challenge, we’re increasing the winners’ count from the top five to the top 10.
Special first-place prize for each challenge!
- The first-place winner of the holiday photo cards challenge will win a one-on-one feedback session (later in 2016) with Minted Founder and CEO Mariam Naficy.
Join our Facebook group
The Minted Community Facebook Group is open to all Minted artists who have submitted to at least one design challenge. Connect, share resources, and ask questions in this active global group. Learn how to join here.
Call in, meet up, get involved
The Minted team hosts weekly office hours, quarterly calls, meetups, and other community events. View and subscribe to our events calendar here. Are you interested in hosting a Minted meetup in your area? Fill out this form.
Join the Buddy Program
The Minted Buddy Program is an opportunity for you to make a deeper connection with one to two other artists. We pair people based on personality, experience, and category (art, stationery, etc.). Learn more here.
How the Minted Artist Community
Pays It Forward
Eight-time Minted Critique Award winner
“Taking time to critique designers is important to me, not only for their growth, but for mine as well. It keeps my current skills in check and allows me to continue learning as a designer. I’ve learned so much from so many designers. I honestly can’t believe where I am at today. Not only do I feel like I have gained some real friendships simply by reaching out to people, but my design skills have gotten so much better.”
“I get over creative blocks faster as I get critiques from other designers, and the creative briefs for each project really help me focus my thoughts. The story of my first Minted design challenge illustrates my point perfectly. The first competition I entered was the grad challenge. I was a bit over-eager and posted a quickly created design that hadn’t been thought through very well. Once I submitted my design, I saw how the critique process worked and got really inspired by it. I decided to sit down and really do this. I sketched and designed two versions of a new design and used the community polling feature to narrow down to the option that eventually won me my first award! It was a great eye-opener to me and example of how the process can work.”
“I once left a comment on one of Jen Wick’s designs with a few minor-detail suggestions about sizing this up, rotating that, and moving it all over or something like that, and she commented back to me privately that I’d make a good art director. Ever since her comment, I think I approach my work very differently. Having a designer who I like and admire point out this strength just changed me. It has added a whole new layer to my interaction with my own work, and it has helped me better understand what I like and don’t like about stuff out in the world. I think the work I’ve produced in the time since Jen’s comment is more confident, more purposeful, more polished, and more wholly mine.”
Published March 24, 2016 • Want to join the Minted Artist Community? Submit to a Challenge here.Comments Off