Special Awards from the International Celebration Challenge

Dear Readers,

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:

Customer Favorite and Best Rosh Hashanah Design: The Matisse by Jess Taich

Jess Taich’s “The Matisse” was the favorite design as voted by customers in this challenge and Minted Editors wholeheartedly agree!

Customer Favorite and Best Rosh Hashanah Design - The Matisse by Jess Taich

Runners up for Customer Favorite Design

Runners up for Best Rosh Hashanah Design

Best Eid Design: Curlicue Eid by j. bartyn design

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.

Best Eid Design - Curlicue Eid by j. bartyn design

Runners up for Best Eid Design

Best Chinese/Lunar New Year Design: Lucky Double Fish by Four Wet Feet Design

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.

Best Chinese/Lunar New Year Design - Lucky Double Fish by Four Wet Feet

Runners up for Best Chinese/Lunar New Year Design

Best Diwali Design: Star Rangoli by Hello Hailey

We absolutely love this modern design. The energetic color and beautiful star illustration make for a simple, modern layout for a traditional holiday.

Best Diwali Design - Star Rangoli by Hello Hailey

Runners up for Best Diwali Design

Best Newbie Design: Asian Flare by Jacks Master

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.

Best Newbie Design - Asian Flare by Jacks Master

Runners up for Best Newbie Design

Congratulations again to all the winners and editor’s picks in this challenge!

  1. Cecile

    Thank you Minted for this great challenge, I didn´t know a lot about those celebrations and it was a great pleasure to enter this challenge.
    Congrats to every designer, so much beautiful designs !!!!

  2. Hailey M

    Oh wow! This is so exciting, thank you so much!! BIG congrats to the other special award winners and runners up!

  3. Thank you SO much! Was really proud of my Matisse design glad everyone loved it as much as I do!! Congrats to the other winners!

  4. Anna

    Oh wow, yay thanks for best newbie! That’s so exciting!! Congrats to everyone! So many talented people!

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