It has been 3 years since Minted launched, and our community has grown and evolved tremendously. All of us at Minted feel very privileged to have been given the gift of working with a highly talented design community. Perhaps the most impressive thing of all is how supportive the designers in our community are of one other.
For the first time this year, we have launched an annual ‘Best of the Best’ award where we recognize the top designs of the entire past year. Before you peek at the results, please believe us in saying that it is a true honor to have made the top 200 list to begin with. Minted’s competitions have become known industry-wide for being very tough, and to achieve a top-20 ranking in the past 10 challenges is no small feat. We are thrilled to recognize these designs and designers as the top 10 Best of the Best of the past 12 months:
No. 1: no job too small by Ann Gardner
This clever design is an example of what so often makes a minted design successful: the genius idea behind the design. Our designers are always thinking outside the box and certainly adding a ruler to the back of a business card for a handyman seems like such a natural idea, but yet only Ann was brilliant enough to think of it!
No. 2: flowchart by Paper and Parcel
It’s hard to deny that orange and black were a hot color combination this year! And just like No. 1, this design succeeds because it is a unique and original idea, executed perfectly. The writing and typography are spot-on.
No. 3: keep the love cookin by Potts Design
Emily’s design is so warm and inviting! And although this card’s theme gets to the very heart of what a wedding shower is all about, it’s such a fresh take on a long-standing tradition. The muted beige is as modern as the stove is retro. And of course no one can deny that Emily’s cross-hatching and refined sketching is nothing short of a fine artist’s work.
No. 4: the perfect match by b. wise papers
Have you ever seen something that is at once so cute and so sophisticated? I think not! I love the play on words and the double meanings here.
No. 5: banner and branches by Alethea and Ruth
At the end of the day, we all just want something pretty to look at and Rachel certainly gives us that here, in a way that’s a far cry from a floral pattern your grandmother would love.
No. 6: many happy returns by Unless Someone Like You
Let’s face it, the reason we send greeting cards is that the writers can more aptly say what we wish we could say on our own. And they can make that message an enjoyable experience to read. I truly believe my father would enjoy receiving this card more than any gift I could give him!
No. 7: stitched flags by Hello Hailey
No matter how often we see them, our hearts are still aflutter when we see a nice, bold pendant swinging in the breeze. This design has such a nice amount of wit and whimsy, all the while still letting the photo shine!
No. 8: autumn blossoms by robin ott design
Here Robin really makes the most of our unique Minibook ™ format and really captures the feeling of fall. It is one part retro, one part pretty, and one part modern.
No. 9: visage by marabou
Brandy’s bold use of color and white space steals the show here. Every element is just as it should be!
No. 10: quilted by Laura Hankins
This lovely wedding quilt pays a pretty tribute to a marriage that will stand the test of time. The colors and patterns in the designs are so beautiful, I could stare at it all day long.
It’s a huge honor to be in this elite group. Congratulations to all!
Minties, we salute your excellence and thank you for inspiring us to come to work every day to make Minted as great as you deserve it to be.
CEO & Founder