Jill Means

Jill Means. Based in Lodi, CA, US.

  • 135 awards won
  • 1766 comments made
  • 43847 votes cast

Awards

  • winner 16
  • 1st place winner 2
  • editor pick 117

About Jill Means

Became a designer at age 5 when my mom commissioned me to draw a banana tree. Mother of 5 children. Graduated from BYU in Graphic Design. Obsessed with typography, natural light photography, and simplicity in design and life.

favorite artists

  • The Social Type
  • Alaina Cherup
  • Guess What Design Studio
  • Oscar and Emma
  • Paper Dahlia
  • Laura Hankins

comments

Sejal on Apr 28 2019
Sejal
  • Minted Sep 21, 2018
  • 4 Awards
  • 553 Comments made
  • 2430 Votes cast

Jill, Thank you so much for your like on my submission. It’s means a lot to me. Your work is beautiful! Wishing you luck aswell!

amanda lawrence on Apr 22 2019
amanda lawrence
  • Minted Jan 13, 2013
  • 13 Awards
  • 1662 Comments made
  • 36008 Votes cast

Thank you so much for all your likes and support - very best wishes and good luck on your wonderful submissions - Axx

Carrie ONeal on Mar 28 2019
Carrie ONeal
  • Minted Jan 17, 2010
  • 258 Awards
  • 1765 Comments made
  • 20865 Votes cast

Hey! Wanted to thank you for your advice to thicken up the stroke on my "Y" in my holiday concept. It wouldn't let me "thank" you on the design page. :) But it really helped! I appreciate you taking the time to share your great eye with me.

Meagan Christensen on Mar 26 2019
Meagan Christensen
  • Minted Sep 25, 2013
  • 39 Awards
  • 1469 Comments made
  • 21393 Votes cast

Thanks for your help on my "Frosty Air" submission! I was going back and forth on whether or not to have the yellow box at the bottom, so you helped me make up my mind! You're the best!

Leah Ragain on Apr 25 2018
Leah Ragain
  • Minted Jun 8, 2015
  • 28 Awards
  • 198 Comments made
  • 9748 Votes cast

Hi Jill, thanks so much for your comment on my Our Name in Lights design! Going to start playing around with this a bit more, could I get your clarification if you have a moment? Would you suggest changing the font or just filling out the space inside the wreath more? Thanks, love your work!

Meagan Christensen on Apr 24 2018
Meagan Christensen
  • Minted Sep 25, 2013
  • 39 Awards
  • 1469 Comments made
  • 21393 Votes cast

Thanks, Jill!!

Meagan Christensen on Apr 23 2018
Meagan Christensen
  • Minted Sep 25, 2013
  • 39 Awards
  • 1469 Comments made
  • 21393 Votes cast

Thanks for your help on "Festive Folk" Jill! You're amazing! If you have a minute, would you mind taking a look at the poll I have up for the shade of background peach? You have a great eye for color, and I'd love to hear your feedback. Thanks again! https://www.minted.com/design-rating/994002

Lea Delaveris on Apr 23 2018
Lea Delaveris
  • Minted Jun 17, 2010
  • 147 Awards
  • 3922 Comments made
  • 73116 Votes cast

Thanks, Jill!! That suggestion to take out "our" was perfect. I still am undecided on color, but whenever I land on one, it'll look better thanks to you! :)

Mansi Verma on Oct 29 2017
Mansi Verma
  • Minted Feb 10, 2012
  • 108 Awards
  • 2454 Comments made
  • 12060 Votes cast

Dear Jill, Thanks you so much for your honest feedback on my design "Soulful". Really appreciate it. I so agree with your changes, and honestly think that after making it, the design looks better. So thank you once again. You have some beautiful work. Best of luck in the challenge :)

Kimberly Morgan on Oct 25 2017
Kimberly Morgan
  • Minted Aug 2, 2009
  • 84 Awards
  • 3401 Comments made
  • 87485 Votes cast

Thanks for the feedback on Transcendental, Jill! So helpful - I appreciated it a bunch!

Nazia Hyder on Sep 16 2017
Nazia Hyder
  • Minted May 8, 2012
  • 89 Awards
  • 6949 Comments made
  • 17321 Votes cast

Thankyou Jill for your prompt feedback, I follow what you are saying. Feeling so rusty! I almost submitted the non-foil version and have the botanical as a watermark...ahhh,as I said, designing after 2.5 months! (insert shame face)

Creo Study on May 27 2017
Creo Study
  • Minted Jul 13, 2015
  • 254 Awards
  • 1996 Comments made
  • 55639 Votes cast

Hi Jill, thanks for your comment on my 'midnight festivity' entry. i love your style so it means a lot coming from you. :)

Hooray Creative on Apr 28 2017
Hooray Creative
  • Minted Nov 23, 2010
  • 636 Awards
  • 2729 Comments made
  • 24283 Votes cast

Thanks for the feedback on my 'Minimal Mod Joy' entry, Jill! I'll definitely consider your suggestion and play around with the letters some more. Loving all of your holiday entries so far. Thanks again! :)

Kevin Kern on Apr 28 2017
Kevin Kern
  • Minted Jun 18, 2013
  • 2 Awards
  • 9 Comments made
  • 4810 Votes cast

Hi Jill! Thanks so much for your note. No, your design was not what I envisioned--it is so very much better! Wow! I am really honored that your amazing design skill accompanies my humble copy. One little thing: it seems a small typo crept in. The text on the front should read "unimaginably large." I thought you'd want to know so you'd be able to fix it before the deadline. And yes, Kristie is my wife. She told me this morning that she is a huge fan of your work, and confirmed my impression that I was very lucky to have you choose my copy. Like you, I also love her and think she is freaking amazing.

Monique Soranno on Mar 30 2017
Monique Soranno
  • Minted Aug 3, 2013
  • 1 Award
  • 331 Comments made
  • 10027 Votes cast

Morning Jill! Thank you so much for the like, it means a lot! Happy Thursday!!

Paper Hideaway on Mar 27 2017
Paper Hideaway
  • Minted Nov 3, 2016
  • 14 Comments made
  • 1927 Votes cast

Thank you for the like on my greeting card submission Embrace It. Looks as though you have been quite successful on Minted over the years! Congrats!

Laura Hankins on Nov 07 2016
Laura Hankins
  • Minted Aug 13, 2008
  • 194 Awards
  • 2847 Comments made
  • 11103 Votes cast

Jill, thank you so much for the heads up on the foil edge- I had no idea! I guess I'll cross that bridge if I get to it, but that's definitely a guideline that I wish was mentioned in the submission kits...Oh well, thanks again for the info and best of luck, you have so many beautiful entries- I think it's going to be a great wedding challenge for you :)

Roxy Cervantes on Nov 04 2016
Roxy Cervantes
  • Minted Oct 28, 2010
  • 122 Awards
  • 154 Comments made
  • 14101 Votes cast

Hi Jill, thanks so much for sending that to me. I appreciate the heads up!

Chris Griffith on Oct 26 2016
Chris Griffith
  • Minted Aug 27, 2011
  • 175 Awards
  • 5940 Comments made
  • 55755 Votes cast

Thanks Jill that is a great tip about the Saturday. I will definitely make it smaller. I appreciate your feedback.

Laura Hankins on Oct 26 2016
Laura Hankins
  • Minted Aug 13, 2008
  • 194 Awards
  • 2847 Comments made
  • 11103 Votes cast

Thanks so much for your feedback on my 'Embellished' design, Jill- I really appreciate it! I love the elegant look but struggle so hard with not overdoing things when I try my hand at this style. Your entries are gorgeous- can't wait to see what else you come up with :) Thanks again- I'm off to keep tweaking it! xo, Laura

Nazia Hyder on Oct 17 2016
Nazia Hyder
  • Minted May 8, 2012
  • 89 Awards
  • 6949 Comments made
  • 17321 Votes cast

Thankyou so much Jill for your helpful words on my Lush design. I really appreciate it coming from someone as talented as you. Thank you so much :)

Christy Platt on Aug 12 2016
Christy Platt
  • Minted Jul 8, 2016
  • 36 Comments made
  • 1191 Votes cast

Congratulations, Jill!! Such a pretty design!

Creo Study on Aug 12 2016
Creo Study
  • Minted Jul 13, 2015
  • 254 Awards
  • 1996 Comments made
  • 55639 Votes cast

Many many congrats Jill!! So happy to see you win this!!

Griffinbell Paper Co. on Jul 10 2016
Griffinbell Paper Co.
  • Minted May 7, 2009
  • 190 Awards
  • 2620 Comments made
  • 29266 Votes cast

Thanks, Jill for noticing the "typo". I can't believe I made such a bone-headed mistake!!!

Deborah Chou on Jul 10 2016
Deborah Chou
  • Minted Dec 23, 2015
  • 4 Awards
  • 707 Comments made
  • 14434 Votes cast

Hi Jill, thank you for the like. Best of luck in the challenges!

Kathleen Ney on Jul 05 2016
Kathleen Ney
  • Minted Jan 4, 2016
  • 1 Award
  • 167 Comments made
  • 271 Votes cast

Hi Jill, Thanks for your helpful comments on my submissions, best of luck in the challenges! Your design work is very sophisticated!

Courtney Crane on Jun 30 2016
Courtney Crane
  • Minted Dec 12, 2014
  • 13 Awards
  • 3649 Comments made
  • 58807 Votes cast

Hi Jill, Thank you for the like on Wild Pacific! You have some gorgeous designs! Best of luck!

frau brandt on Jun 28 2016
frau brandt
  • Minted Sep 19, 2015
  • 25 Awards
  • 2795 Comments made
  • 15667 Votes cast

Thank you so much for your like on my San Francisco Souvenir bag. You have wonderful designs and I am inspired to discover your website.

Neeta Sawhney on May 03 2016
Neeta Sawhney
  • Minted Dec 4, 2011
  • 11 Awards
  • 3252 Comments made
  • 18858 Votes cast

thanks for the like Jill. All the best to you as well.

Erin L. Wilson on May 03 2016
Erin L. Wilson
  • Minted Mar 27, 2014
  • 103 Awards
  • 1637 Comments made
  • 16366 Votes cast

Thanks for the like on my "Christmas Every Day" design. I love your work! Thanks for helping me with my frantic, last-minute, detail-agonizing :)

Dawn Jasper on Apr 05 2016
Dawn Jasper
  • Minted Jan 16, 2010
  • 54 Awards
  • 8058 Comments made
  • 164108 Votes cast

I'm no help at all either - totally torn :) Honestly I would replace the rejoice night sky with the red one and keep your original - I think it's the least strong of all your submissions - not that it isn't also gorgeous.

Erin Niehenke on Apr 01 2016
Erin Niehenke
  • Minted Oct 30, 2012
  • 47 Awards
  • 880 Comments made
  • 7690 Votes cast

Thank you thank you for the comment on my Glory to God design - I switched it to an uppercase E! I appreciate the feedback!

Susan Brown on Feb 27 2016
Susan Brown
  • Minted May 18, 2011
  • 225 Awards
  • 2768 Comments made
  • 116029 Votes cast

Thanks for the good feedback on my book design Jill. I changed it up and made it faux foil. Better? http://www.minted.com/design-rating/546136

Debb W on Feb 25 2016
Debb W
  • Minted Jul 14, 2011
  • 13 Awards
  • 8612 Comments made
  • 104923 Votes cast

Hi Jill, thank you for clever the suggestion on BIG REVEAL. I like it and will give a go. There are so many cute designs submitted I may just take it down, but thanks so much for the idea! Good luck to you!

Cat Wilcox Design Studio on Feb 25 2016
Cat Wilcox Design Studio
  • Minted Feb 23, 2016
  • 23 Comments made
  • 1010 Votes cast

Thank you for your feedback on my design! Honestly, I thought the balloons looked a little "off" too ;) Thank you again, it helps to hear someone else was thinking the same thing!

Bethany Anderson on Feb 23 2016
Bethany Anderson
  • Minted May 3, 2010
  • 121 Awards
  • 669 Comments made
  • 34919 Votes cast

Thanks for letting me know of my spelling error! I kept staring and staring at it trying to figure out what looked wrong!

Griffinbell Paper Co. on Nov 06 2015
Griffinbell Paper Co.
  • Minted May 7, 2009
  • 190 Awards
  • 2620 Comments made
  • 29266 Votes cast

Thanks so much, Jill!

Griffinbell Paper Co. on Nov 06 2015
Griffinbell Paper Co.
  • Minted May 7, 2009
  • 190 Awards
  • 2620 Comments made
  • 29266 Votes cast

Hi Jill, I hear from Tanya Lee that you started the Minted section on Pinterest? Can I possibly join this group? I couldn't figure out a way to message you on Pinterest. I'm hopelessly electronically challenged!

Sarah Finkel on Jun 02 2015
Sarah Finkel
  • Minted Jan 12, 2010
  • 17 Awards
  • 375 Comments made
  • 9551 Votes cast

Jill, Thank you so much for your constructive comments on my Berry Arrow design, I am on the hunt for the perfect ampersand :) I think I have looked at this particular design for way too long, so your honest opinion is so helpful! Thank you for taking the time to comment, you are one of my faves so I am honored. Cheers!

Chris Griffith on Apr 18 2015
Chris Griffith
  • Minted Aug 27, 2011
  • 175 Awards
  • 5940 Comments made
  • 55755 Votes cast

Good call Jill! Thank you for the feedback. I changed it so if you get a chance see what you think. Thanks again. http://www.minted.com/design-rating/343242

Lori Wemple on Mar 03 2015
Lori Wemple
  • Minted Nov 19, 2011
  • 538 Awards
  • 5230 Comments made
  • 20041 Votes cast

Hi Jill - I wanted to thank you for your lovely Valentine's card! Hope you will be at NSS this year, would love to see you again, best, L

Nazia Hyder on Jan 24 2015
Nazia Hyder
  • Minted May 8, 2012
  • 89 Awards
  • 6949 Comments made
  • 17321 Votes cast

Congrats on your wins Jill :) Thankyou for your keen eye & pointing out details in my Regal design, hadn't you noticed it,it wouldn't have won! Thanks again!

Penelope Poppy on Jan 12 2015
Penelope Poppy
  • Minted May 18, 2010
  • 22 Awards
  • 498 Comments made
  • 19696 Votes cast

saw* and won* - someone's tired ;)

Penelope Poppy on Jan 12 2015
Penelope Poppy
  • Minted May 18, 2010
  • 22 Awards
  • 498 Comments made
  • 19696 Votes cast

Jill, holy crap...Watercolor Florals is amazing! Just say that it one a special award. Congrats!!

Brynn Eenigenburg on Jan 11 2015
Brynn Eenigenburg
  • Minted Aug 18, 2014
  • 7 Comments made
  • 718 Votes cast

Thank you so much for your reply! That definitely makes sense! No wonder the watercolor looked so much like real watercolor. Thank you again!

Brynn Eenigenburg on Jan 09 2015
Brynn Eenigenburg
  • Minted Aug 18, 2014
  • 7 Comments made
  • 718 Votes cast

Hi Jill! I was looking back over winners from the "Just my type, valentines day" challenge, and I was wondering how you created the watercolor effect on the fish bowl design. It looks lovely, just wanting to learn in whatever way possible. Thank you!

Chris Griffith on Dec 10 2014
Chris Griffith
  • Minted Aug 27, 2011
  • 175 Awards
  • 5940 Comments made
  • 55755 Votes cast

Congrats on the Valentine's win Jill! Love the fish bowl.

Olivia Raufman on Nov 12 2014
Olivia Raufman
  • Minted Oct 9, 2010
  • 334 Awards
  • 2925 Comments made
  • 122561 Votes cast

You're so welcome Jill :) I don't know if you've seen your fabric in person, but it's so gorgeous! It looked great with the frame, too. I always love your work!

Kim Dietrich Elam on Nov 11 2014
Kim Dietrich Elam
  • Minted Feb 10, 2011
  • 65 Awards
  • 9567 Comments made
  • 37859 Votes cast

I had not read the special award details - thank you for the heads up! The design just doesn't work with two initials (I've tried because I know they sell better). I guess, maybe I should just delete it. Regardless, please know that your comments and suggestions are appreciated!!! I wasn't ignoring your advice, it just doesn't work with this design.

Kim Dietrich Elam on Nov 11 2014
Kim Dietrich Elam
  • Minted Feb 10, 2011
  • 65 Awards
  • 9567 Comments made
  • 37859 Votes cast

Hi, Jill! Thanks for your feedback on my design. I think double initials sell better, but, according to wedding etiquette I've read, a single initial (from the husband's last name) monogram is appropriate, but the couple's monogram (both first initials, with married last initial) is not. Minted actually has a couple of single initial monograms and couple's monograms for sale. I just assumed single sell better...either way that design concept really only works with the one initial and it scored well with consumers lat year, so I thought I'd give it one more try! Thanks for the advice, though!!!

Smeeta Sharma on Oct 14 2014
Smeeta Sharma
  • Minted Oct 28, 2010
  • 6 Awards
  • 997 Comments made
  • 10897 Votes cast

Hi Jill, Thanks for your help with the Digital Invitation comp. I was in the middle of fixing it (and it looks a whole lot better) when I saw the email that voting had begun! Ooops. Anyway, thanks again. :)

Lea Delaveris on Oct 01 2014
Lea Delaveris
  • Minted Jun 17, 2010
  • 147 Awards
  • 3922 Comments made
  • 73116 Votes cast

Jill, thanks so much for your extra super constructive comment (I would mark that if I could) on my Potluck design. Much appreciated! I'm on the hunt to see if there's another c that will work better.

Chris Griffith on Sep 27 2014
Chris Griffith
  • Minted Aug 27, 2011
  • 175 Awards
  • 5940 Comments made
  • 55755 Votes cast

Thanks Jill. I will simplify the glyphs. :) I really appreciate the advice. Looking at it after your feedback; you are so right and it is way over flourished. Sometimes when working on something for a while you miss these important points. Thanks again.

Nazia Hyder on Sep 24 2014
Nazia Hyder
  • Minted May 8, 2012
  • 89 Awards
  • 6949 Comments made
  • 17321 Votes cast

Thankyou for your feedback on my "Regal" design :)

Monica Janes Fine Art on Sep 23 2014
Monica Janes Fine Art
  • Minted Nov 16, 2012
  • 7 Awards
  • 792 Comments made
  • 9307 Votes cast

Hey, by the way your work is awesome. Monica:)

Monica Janes Fine Art on Sep 23 2014
Monica Janes Fine Art
  • Minted Nov 16, 2012
  • 7 Awards
  • 792 Comments made
  • 9307 Votes cast

Hi Jill, thank you for your suggestion on my leaf design .Am having a hard time with the type and good legibility but am trying another version