Announcing the Special Prize winners for our Font Awards! These awards are for designs that introduce new fonts and use them in a visually interesting and differentiated way. We’re always looking to the community to help us surface fresh new fonts to add to our Minted Font List. If you have a vision for an amazing design that uses a font that’s not in our font library, feel free to use it in your submission. You can read more about Minted fonts here. A huge congrats to all the winners!1 COMMENT
Announcing the Special Prize winners of our From This Day Forward Letterpress Invitation Challenge! Minted’s letterpress invitations combine the unmistakable luxury of letterpress with innovative design that cannot be found anywhere else. We challenged you, our talented artist community, to show us your freshest take on this premium format. Congratulations winners!Comments Off on From This Day Forward Letterpress Invitation Challenge Special Prizes
Announcing the Special Prize winners of our Fabric Frenzy Challenge! We were looking for a wide range of fresh, unique designs that could be used on everything from furniture and throw pillows to children’s home decor and apparel. Our community of talented artists submitted truly inspirational designs. Congratulations winners!Comments Off on Fabric Frenzy Challenge: Special Prize Winners
Written by Kelly Hird
With a growing number of Minted Design Challenges, now’s a great time to think about fresh ways to find inspiration and create work that showcases your personal strengths. Consistently generating innovative ideas can be difficult, especially if you’re designing for multiple product categories. To help provide tips for creating new work and defining your style as an artist, we turned to the experts: Minted’s talented artist community. “Create” art print by Jennifer Morehead
Set Your Creative Direction
With a flurry of excitement with the opening of each new Minted Challenge, here are some of the ways that Minted artists have embarked on their creative processes.
- Study the Special Prizes section of the Challenge PDF
The Special Prizes section in each Challenge PDF provides insight into what types of designs our Merchandising team want to add to the assortment. Use the list of Special Prizes to brainstorm the types of designs that are likely to be successful in a challenge.
- Consider your audience
Minted artist Karly Depew of Oscar and Emma makes a list of all the design styles that she wants to submit to a challenge. “I think about the consumer and what would appeal to them. For example, I always try to submit something classic, something modern, something bold, and something vintage.”
- Inspiration is everywhere—go find it
Every artist’s background and experiences give them a unique perspective. Understanding what inspires you on a personal level can help you create work that’s truly authentic. Artist Naomi Ernest finds inspiration by creating work that honors her family history and environment. “A passion for my local environment is always evident—the lakes, landscapes, and resources of my home state of Michigan provide constant connection and inspiration for colors, textures, and themes in my work,” she says.
Aspacia Kusulas collects objects, pieces of paper, and photos from inspiring places she’s visited to remind her of inspiring experiences. “My creativity is fueled by memories, travel, and everyday life,” says the Greek artist who lives in L.A., by way of Mexico.Some artists swear by creating a collection of ideas ahead of time, and drawing from them when the appropriate Minted challenge launches.Andi Pahl consults her journals for creative inspiration. “There’s always a surprising idea that I wrote down at some earlier point.”
Announcing the Special Prize winners of our Adventure Awaits Graduation Challenge! Students and their loved ones will soon start looking for the perfect announcement or party invitation. Graduation is a momentous event in our customers’ lives, and a Minted category that has grown tremendously over the past few years. We were so impressed by these stunning designs – hats off to the winners!Comments Off on Adventure Awaits Graduation Challenge: Special Prizes
Announcing the Special Prize winners of our With This Ring Wedding Invitation Challenge! Engaged couples come to Minted for trendsetting and unique designs they cannot find anywhere else. The Wedding Invitations category is the largest in wedding and showcases our freshest and most innovative designs. Congratulations winners!Comments Off on With This Ring Wedding Invitation Challenge: Special Prizes
Drumroll, please! We’re excited to announce the two winners of our Minted x Every Mother Counts Contest, who will join Mariam Naficy and Christy Turlington Burns in Haiti this fall.
Please join us in congratulating our two winners, Karly Depew of Oscar & Emma and Briana Nielson! Karly and Briana participated in at least two of Minted’s Baby & Kids Challenges in 2017 and also submitted a very thoughtful written and video application, respectively. Both artists demonstrated excitement and passion in supporting EMC’s mission through their own personal stories and experiences with pregnancy and maternal healthcare.
Every Mother Counts (EMC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother, everywhere. At the beginning of 2017, we kicked off a year-long contest where two Minted artists would be selected to join Minted Founder and CEO, Mariam Naficy, and EMC Founder Christy Turlington Burns on a trip to Haiti in fall 2018. On the trip, the winning artists will meet with one of EMC’s grantees and experience first-hand the work that they are doing to provide skilled and compassionate care to Haitian mothers throughout their pregnancies.
Karly Depew of Oscar & Emma
Karly has been with Minted since nearly the very start of the company. She is a talented graphic designer from Columbus, Ohio—she has 200 wins on Minted, won first place in Minted’s very first Holiday Photo Card Challenge and struck gold again in the same challenge in 2015. She is an active community member who is very well-liked, down-to-earth, and always willing to help fellow community members. (Karly Depew photo by Christa Kimble Photography)
In Karly’s Words
“While the road I have traveled in motherhood has had its bumps and curves, I am so thankful to have had proper care. I can’t imagine going through this journey without the support system I had. Every Mother Counts is an incredible organization and it would be an honor to be able to visit Haiti and see firsthand the impact it is making on the lives of those who truly need extra helping hands.”Comments Off on Announcing the winners of the Minted x Every Mother Counts Contest
Announcing the special prize winners of our Young at Art Minted x Pottery Barn Kids x PBteen Art Challenge! We called on all artists young at heart to help us celebrate our successful partnership with Pottery Barn Kids and PBteen and source another unique collection of artwork. Congratulations winners!Comments Off on Young at Art Minted x Pottery Barn Kids & PBTeen Art Challenge: Special Prizes
Announcing the special prize winners of our Moments that Matter Milestones Challenge! From Baptisms to Bat Mitzvahs, Confirmations to First Communions, Minted was looking to refresh our invitation assortment for numerous baby and kids’ milestones celebrations. These stunning designs will be become keepsakes that both parent and child will enjoy for years to come. Congratulations winners!Comments Off on Moments that Matter Milestones Challenge: Special Prizes
Announcing the special prize winners of our Spread the Love Valentines Day Quickfire Challenge! Cupid is coming in a few short months and kids and adults of all ages will celebrate Valentine’s Day by sending cards to family, friends, and classmates. These fresh, unique designs made our hearts skip a beat! Congratulations winners!1 COMMENT