In the Deck the Office Business Holiday Card Challenge, we asked the Minted community to design non-photo holiday cards that were modern and fresh (as always), but also universally appealing and clean enough for a professional business. That’s no easy feat! So the community got down to business to create a beautiful collection of business holiday cards that strike that balance between pretty and professional. Congratulations to the designers below, whose designs were the best in our specific categories!
Minimalist Award for the best simple, minimalist design
“Swatch Wreath” by chica design
“Swatch Wreath” really fits the bill for our Minimalist Award. Angela’s succinct copy, clean layout, and crisp white background make this one simple, sweet design. Her swatch wreath is modern and unconventional, while still being bright and festive. This is the perfect card for any creative group!
Runner Ups: “Structured Greetings” by Jennifer Wick | “Happy-Go-Lucky” by Up Up Creative | “A Little Holiday Peace” by Kim Dietrich Elam
Cool Colors Award for the best design featuring blue or green colors
“Joyful Reindeer” by Laura Bolter
We love how Laura embraced unique geometrics in “Joyful Reindeer.” Her background mosaic of blues and greys gives off a feeling of soft falling snow. The softness of those colors and lines allows her sharp, bold reindeer to pop right off the page.
Runner Ups: “Simple Peace” by Sarah Brown | “Patchwork” by Ellis | “Mountain Pine” by Alex Elko Design
Making Spirits Bright Award for the best design that’s a lot of fun
“The Gang’s All Here!” by Unless Someone Like You
“The Gang’s All Here” made us all smile the second we saw it in submission – it’s sure to make anyone’s spirits bright! What a fun, friendly twist on a business holiday card. We love how each of Leslie’s illustrated carolers has his or her own distinct personality. The customizable speech bubbles allow you to send a message in a very whimsical way.
Runner Ups: “Retro Cheer” by nocciola design | “Holiday Infographics” by Frooted Design | “Off the Charts” by Stacey Hill
Typography Award for the best typographical design
“Good Cheer & Happy New Year” by Serenity Avenue
Ashley lets her type do all the talking with this retro design. Her various typefaces blend together so perfectly—they were meant to be! The variety gives this card a lot of visual interest, while the textured champagne glass and marbled bubbles lend a bit of good-natured celebration.
Runner Ups: “Glad Tidings” by Ann Gardner | “Happiness for All” by root beer float | “Dotted i” by kelli hall
Flora Award for the best botanical design
“Luminosity” by Griffinbell Studio
Our Flora Award goes to Lynn’s “Luminosity” because of the unexpected twist on her botanical elements. It’s interesting how she achieves such a sense of greenery simply through the shape and placement of her otherwise very minimalist leaves. The snowflake-like star is a modern approach to holiday botanicals.
Runner Ups (clockwise from top left): “Peace Love Happiness” by Melanie Severin | “Festive Banner” by trbdesign | “Burst” by Monica Schafer | “Rustic Season’s Greetings” by Gakemi Art+Design
Company Pride Award for the best design that displays a company name in a unique way
“All the Trimmings” by Frooted Design
All of Tanya’s elements seem so thoughtful and intentionally placed to bring your company name to the forefront – her square format, large round seal, and symmetrical garnishes all draw your eye to the center of the card. At the same time, her curved type and delicate pine and mistletoe trimmings create an overall feeling of holiday cheer.
Runner Ups: “A Venny Merry Christmas” by Bonjour Berry | “Typewriter” by VOSS | “Greeting Tag” by Snow and Ivy
Text with a Twist Award for the best design that uses curvilinear text to create unique shapes or unusual layouts
“Wreath and Ribbon” by Laura Condouris
Laura has a knack for the delicate and beautiful. In this design, she uses subtle curvilinear text to complement the soft curve of her lovely illustrated wreath and ribbon banner. We love how clearly you can see Laura’s strokes and outlines. The result is a very personal feeling in a business holiday card.
Runner Ups: “Vintage Ornament” by Hooray Creative | “Pine Cones” by Snow and Ivy
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