The Places They’ll Go Graduation Challenges : Special Prizes

Announcing the Special Prize winners of our The Places They’ll Go Non-Foil Graduation Challenge and The Places They’ll Go Foil-Pressed Graduation Challenge!

Students and their families come to Minted to look for the perfect Graduation announcement or party invitation to celebrate this major milestone. We looked to you, our talented Minted community, to help us offer graduates the freshest, most original designs available anywhere. We were primarily seeking graduation announcements for high school, college, or graduate school students, but also added some graduation party invitations to our assortment.

Congratulations to all of our winners!


The Places They’ll Go Non-Foil Graduation Challenge

Originality Award
For the design that incorporates the best original drawing, illustration, or lettering that has been made specifically for this Challenge and not used before.
$1,000 + a $50 gift card to BLICK

Sketched Leaves by Morgan Kendall

Runners-up: Classic Foliage by Grae Sales, Flourish by Erin L. Wilson, and Featuring by Creo Study


Out of the Box Award
For the most design-forward, innovative graduation announcement or invitation that you would only find at Minted.
$1,000

Neon Future by Simona Camp

Runners-up: Made It! by Kristel Torralba, Semi Circles by Morgan Kendall, and
Painted Frame Grad by Baumbirdy


Party Time Award
For the best graduation party invitation design. Remember, this can include a photo
and can be for more than one graduate!
$750 + Minted will bring the party to you with a sweet treat delivery!

It’s Going Down by Up Up Creative

Runners-up: Focal point by Creo Study, Written Out by Owl and Toad, and
Diagonal Slice Grad by fatfatin


Big Man on Campus Award
For the best design that appeals to the male grad.
$750

This guy by Bonjour Berry

Runners-up: Grandiose by Creo Study, Signature-esque by Lauren Chism, and
Digital Style by Kann Orasie


Hello My Name Is… Award
For the design that best highlights the graduate’s name.
$500

Anderson by Amy Kross

Runners-up: Brushed Photo by Oscar & Emma, Next Step by Carrie ONeal, and
Amelia by Basil Design Studio


Study the Classics Award
For the best traditional, timeless design.
$500 + a set of design books
(Choose from Minted-recommended In-Progress by Jessica Hische and Work for Money Design for Love by David Airey or books of your own choosing, up to $75 value)

The classic by Lea Delaveris

Runners-up: Stacked by Pixel and Hank, Centered by Mayflower Press, and
Valedictorian by Robin Ott


Bold & Modern Award
For the best striking and modern design for the trendy and bold graduate.
$500 + a $50 credit to minted.com

Bold Corner by iamtanya

Runners-up: In Color by Lauren Chism, Blankenship by Amy Kross, and Hudson by Robin Ott


Multi-Photo Award
Multi-photo designs are some of our most popular in graduation, as parents often want to show more than one photo of their grad! This award is for the best design featuring multiple photos.
$300

Memory Book by Bethany McDonald

Runners-up: Biggest Year by Joanna Griffin, Quad by Ashlee Townsend, and
Commencement Collage by Smudge Design


Adventure Awaits Award
Many grads have big plans after graduation that they would like to share with friends and family. High school graduates might be heading to college, while many college grads will move to a new city. This award is for the best design that incorporates a creative way to share where the graduate is heading after graduation (think cities, states, mascot pride, etc.).
$300 + a $50 credit to minted.com

Have Diploma Will Travel by Jackie Crawford

Runner-up: Block of Color by Leah Bisch


Then and Now Award
For the best design showcasing a graduate through the years.
$300

Back Then by Robert and Stella

Runner-up: Then & Now by Bethany Anderson


Critique Award
 For providing helpful critique to other artists in the challenge.

Congratulations, Amanda!


The Places They’ll Go Foil-Pressed Graduation Challenge

Originality Award
For the design that incorporates the best original drawing, illustration, or lettering that has been made specifically for this Challenge and not used before.
$750 + a $50 gift card to BLICK

Golden Script by Wildfield Paper Co.

Runners-up: Star Gazer by Pixel and Hank, Watercolor Grad by Salbineh, and
Shiny Wreath by Katie Zimpel


Out of the Box Award
For the most design-forward graduation announcement or party invitation that uniquely incorporates foil-pressed elements in a way that is integral to the design itself.
$750

Simple Hint by Simona Camp

Runners-up: The Future is Bright by Blustery August, Watercolor Camo Graduate by Hallie Fischer, and Buffalo Plaid by Hooray Creative


Party Time Award
For the best graduation party invitation design. Remember, this can include a photo and can be for more than one graduate!
$500 + Minted will bring the party to you with a sweet treat delivery!

Great Grad by Pixel and Hank

Runners-up: Stacked Grad Cap by Jackie Crawford, Flourish by Paper Sun Studio, and
Hats off by Creo Study


Study the Classics Award
For the best traditional, timeless design.
$500 + a set of design books
(Choose from Minted-recommended In-Progress by Jessica Hische and Work for Money Design for Love by David Airey or books of your own choosing, up to $75 value)

Sparkle and Shine by Laura Hamm

Runners-up: Formal Forward by Carolyn MacLaren, Classic Graduate by Melissa Casey, and
Classy Border by Kimberly FitzSimons


Bold & Modern Award
For the best striking and modern design for the trendy and bold graduate.
$300 + a $50 credit to minted.com

Gold Dipped Grad Cap by Hooray Creative

Runners-up: Encapsulated by Robert and Stella, modern numerals by Karidy Walker, and
Finest by Pixel and Hank


Newbie Award
For the best design from a designer winning for the first time.
$300

Watercolor Grad by Salbineh


Published June 7, 2019

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