The Top 10 Sending Good Cheer Winners

For four years, Minted has sourced holiday cards in an open-submission call to the best designers in the world. In 2008, we received 110 entries; in 2009 637 entries, in 2010 1341 entries, and this year we received 2251 entries. This year, we were awed by the quality and quantity of design submissions. We saw beauty in so many designs that it became an almost impossible task to pick just a few.

Thankfully, we use the votes of the Minted community (consumers and designers) to help determine our assortment.  We are careful to remove ‘bad’ voting behavior that we feel is trying to swing the vote unnaturally.  One thing we have noticed is that the Minted community are tough graders; the top placing design in this challenge achieved a score of 3.51 out of 5.  While there has been a lot of debate in the Minted community about why great designs receive scores of “1” at all, I believe these are legitimate scores because there is true difference of opinion regarding design.  If anything, the Internet has enabled greater fragmentation of taste.  Individuality of style and self-expression are encouraged within the community at Minted; we should celebrate the “1s” as well as the “5s” as these scores are a reflection of the diversity of taste in the community.

OK, so at this point I will stop blathering on about voting because I know that this is not what you are interested in reading about.  It is 2:47am here at the office and we are here listening to Lady Gaga and other dance music.  We’re excited to launch these designs, and we’re even more excited for our customers to have access to them.

Among thousands, here are the 10 top voted designs from our Sending Good Cheer Holiday Challenge. I couldn’t be more thrilled to say congratulations to you all.

1st place: “Kraft Ribbon” by Alethea & Ruth

We are very excited that “Kraft Ribbon” by Alethea and Ruth was voted number one, winning the grand prize of $5,000.  This card was distinguished by its popularity among consumers and designers alike, and it was a personal favorite among many at Minted.  I happen to be flying down to Southern California shortly and will be delivering a $5,000 check to Rachel Simonsen of Alethea and Ruth myself.

This card is the very definition of beautiful. Rachel of Alethea & Ruth weaves together a crisp kraft paper background, soft colors, and a gorgeous hand-illustrated greeting. We’ve just celebrated one year of having Alethea & Ruth as part of the community and look forward to many more awe inspiring designs.

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Sending Good Cheer 11th-20th Place Winners!

Hi everyone,

We’ve all been going holiday-crazy for months now and we know the Minted design community has been too. For all you designers who donned holiday sweaters in May and who celebrated Christmas in July (and August and September), the wait is over! This challenge blew us away—over 2,200 strong submissions, 3,000 voters, and nearly 450,000 votes later, an announcement of the incredibly talented 11th-20th place winners. To properly celebrate these gorgeous designs, we are announcing the 11th-20th place winners today. We will follow with our announcement of the 1st-10th place winners tomorrow, including a commentary about our voting process.

We would like to say one thing to all designers who participated: we thank you for participating in the Minted holiday card design challenge, and we and other Minted designers are here to continue to enable your creativity, growth, and careers. We have seen immense growth among designers within a matter of months; please believe us that if you didn’t place in the top 20 in this challenge, you shouldn’t give up – your place in the limelight is coming soon.

And now… Congratulations to the creators of these designs, which have been lauded as some of the best by consumers and designers alike:

11th Place: “Merry Everything Bright” by Laura Hankins

Each and every detailed letter in the vibrant greeting that dances across the top of “Merry Everything Bright” is unique and positively perfect. We especially love the wreath hanging from the “G.”  This was the top-ranked multiple-photo card in the entire challenge.

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The Great Ideas Notebook Challenge Special Prize Winners

It would be an understatement to say that the whole Minted team has been notebook crazy for the past couple months. It was so exciting to give our designers a whole new task and to see where you went with it! We were so impressed with the beautiful, modern, and completely unique designs that were the result. Take note of our Special Prize winners below!

 

Best design that can be given as a gift:

“Crosby Street” by Toast & Laurel

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Summer is Born Special Prize Winners!

Today I’m thrilled to announce our Special Prize winners from the Summer is Born Birth Announcement Challenge. Summer has just about ended, but we’re still celebrating the staggering number of beautiful birth announcement designs. Here are the Special Award Picks, as chosen by Mariam and the Minted team. Congratulations to all—you really delivered (no pun intended)!

Best Multi-Photo Design

Sweet Stork” by Three Kisses Studio

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Introducing: New Minted Mentors!

This is a very exciting time of the year for Minted. With the launch of the 2011 Minted holiday assortment fast approaching and a huge wedding design challenge on the horizon, we thought this was an excellent point to select three additional Minted designers to join Amy Ehmann of Design Lotus and Sydney Newsom as Minted Mentors! It is my great pleasure to announce that Ann Gardner, Hailey Myziuk of Hello Hailey and Jennifer Wick will be joining the Mentor team. We feel very lucky to have these inspiring ladies as part of the community and feel their shift into officially guiding, engaging and informing their fellow Minties is a completely natural one. In the weeks and months that follow, our community has a lot to look forward to. The Minted Mentors will be kicking off fun, interesting and informative threads in the Forum, connecting designers with the resources they need to participate in design challenges and making sure that Minted receives the feedback we need to constantly improve the community and customer experience. Newbies take note; these are the ladies you want to chat with.

Ann Gardner was Minted in February of 2010. Not only does she have a ton of well-deserved wins under her belt, including three first place prizes, Ann has also been extremely active in the challenges by voting and commenting on her fellow Minties’ designs. Ann doesn’t just create incredible paper creations either; she’s also a formally trained pastry chef. You can see some of her gorgeous edible creations and learn more about this Minted Mentor here.

Hailey Myziuk of Hello Hailey was Minted in March of 2010. It’s been wonderful to see Hailey’s warmth and personality shine through so many of her winning designs. Her bubbly personality also comes through while she’s actively commenting on submissions and threads in the Forum. When Hailey isn’t creating beautiful designs for Minted, she freelance designs for some amazing causes and created illustrations for an adorable children’s book called ‘Daddy Can You.’ See more of Hailey’s work and learn more about her here.

Jennifer Wick was Minted in September of 2010. Happy first anniversary of being a Mintie Jen! We’re so pleased to have Jen as part of the Mentor team as her enthusiasm and energy are contagious. Her big wins in a variety of categories, coupled with the thoughtful comments she leaves on design submissions and in threads in the forum have made her such an asset to the community. Find out more about Jen and her budding design business here.

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A Few Holiday Card Design Challenge Winners…

We know that the Minted design community probably wants to know the winners of the “Sending Good Cheer” holiday challenge – NOW.  We thought we would surprise you with a sneak preview of winners in three special award categories, the  “Advertising,” “Trailblazer,” and “Whimsy” categories.  Enjoy!

Advertising Award

Our Minted holiday card advertisement in Real Simple Family has hit the newsstands, and it features the first of the new Minted community designs to be featured this year in a national Minted print ad!  Congratulations to Cecile Kotsch of Cecile Paper Lounge on her beautiful “Fleurs de Noel”, a combination birth announcement-holiday card that we thought would be perfect to showcase in this family magazine.  Here is the advertisement:

We love how the beautifully illustrated floral garland frames the image, and the hand-drawn style script is the perfect complement to Cecile’s illustrations.  This delicate design is perfect for a birth announcement any time of the year, but the addition of the rich reds, greens, and pinks in the garland added just enough holiday cheer. Congratulations to Cecile on being named in our advertisement and her $250 award.

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The Summer is Born Birth Announcement Challenge: Guest judge Ali Wing’s award

Last week we announced the winners of our ‘Summer is Born Birth Announcement Challenge’, as voted by our community. Today I’m delighted to announce our guest judge Ali Wing’s award.

Ali is the founder and CEO of new parent store Giggle. She is also an advocate for today’s new parents and the author of the giggle guide to baby gear. If you’re in the market for baby items be sure to check out her fun (and very well designed) store. There certainly couldn’t be anyone who knows more about babies and new parents than Ali so we were thrilled to have her guest judging birth announcements.

Ali’s Judge’s award goes to:
1. baby makes three by Susie Allen. “Simple, graphical …yet whimsical, fun and fresh.”

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Sending Good Cheer Holiday Challenge: Guest Judges’ Awards

We won’t be announcing the winners in our Sending Good Cheer Holiday Card Design Challenge until all of the new holiday cards launch, but we know you’re like us and dying for a little news… and our guest judges were so over-the top-cool, that we’re delighted to share three of their awards with you today. Out of a staggering 2,554 submissions, three holiday photo card designs stood out to our judges.

Kristin van Ogtrop is the managing editor of Real Simple, the bible of the Minted consumer. Kristin, in addition to being a wonderful person to hang out with, oversees all of Real Simple’s brand extensions (from the website to books to mobile apps), and is a many-times published writer. She chose “Year in Review” by j.bartyn design.

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The International Celebration Challenge: Judge’s Awards

A million apologies for this delayed post… several of our esteemed judges were traveling and a bit hard to reach… but, alas, the winners of our International Celebration Challenge. Each winner will receive a prize of $200. Congratulations to all!

CHINESE NEW YEAR: Alan Lo, the Chairman of the Hong Kong Ambassadors of Design, chose Neon Dragon Chinese New Year Card by Kristen Smith.

“Interesting use of vintage inspired textures and also use of dragon reference makes this an easy to understand yet timeless design.”

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Chronicle Books chooses Minted Designers!

Today is an exciting day for us… we are thrilled to announce the designs that Chronicle Books, our first-ever partner, has chosen designs submitted to the Chronicle-Minted challenge to print and launch in stores around the world.  Christina Amini, Executive Editor of Chronicle, along with her colleagues, has chosen:

Ballooning, by Momo

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