Announcing: Minted + Domino Art Challenge

We’re super excited to announce our next Art Challenge in collaboration with our fave shelter magazine domino. The prize is MAJOR: 25 winning art prints will be featured in a future issue of domino magazine (!!!) and the winning prints will be sold on domino.com and Minted. Get all of the challenge details and upload your design entry right here (the deadline is September 2). Good luck!

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R Studio and Students in Minted’s State of the Art Challenge

Minted artists are incredibly supportive of each other; they critique each others’ work, give suggestions, celebrate others’ wins, and often become good friends. Many see Minted as a type of “design school” and a valuable source for learning and inspiration. So it’s very fitting that we’re writing today about a Minted relationship that incorporates education on a whole new level! Longtime Mintie Renée Stevens of R Studio is a professor at SUNY Oswego in upstate New York. We were so happy and flattered to hear that last semester, she encouraged her graphic design students to submit their artwork to Minted’s State of the Art Challenge.

In a challenge with an incredible 1,044 art submissions, two of Renée’s students won Minted Editors’ Pick prizes! “The Mess” by Emily Hinckley and “Townie” by Melissa will both be up for sale on Minted.com soon. We see Minted as an artistic community, first and foremost, and nothing makes us happier than seeing artists take a risk and learn through the challenge process.

Emily, Renée, and Melissa

 We were lucky enough to get to hear from Emily, Renée, and Melissa about their Minted experiences and about the inspiration for their work.

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Together Again: Minted + West Elm Art Challenge

Together again! We are very happy to say that we’re continuing our Minted + West Elm Collaboration with a second art print challenge. We have loved working with West Elm not only because they are at the forefront of modern, eclectic home design and decor, but especially because they share our fundamental passion for supporting independent artists.

Our first challenge was such a success that we jumped at the change to work with West Elm again. Learn more and submit to our second Minted + West Elm Art Challenge here by Monday, February 3 at 10am PT. Keep reading for more details!

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Guest Judges’ ‘OH WHAT FUN’ HOLIDAY CHALLENGE WINNERS!

We are very excited to announce the guest judge awards from the ‘Oh What Fun’ Holiday Challenge. We were honored to work with such wonderfully talented luminaries and our designers should be elated to have such talent handpick their work from the thousands of submissions.

Michael Boodro chose Wonderful Merry by chica design, out of Atlanta. Says Michael of his selection: “Like the holidays themselves, this card is a great mix of the nostalgic—that charming black and white photo—and the fresh—the vibrant red script.Boodro has been the editor in chief of ELLE DECOR since August 2010. He has also served as editor in chief of Martha Stewart Living, was the launch editor of Culture and Travel, was an editor in the Style Department of The New York Times Magazine and served as the editor in chief of Garden Design. He worked as features editor at Vogue for 11 years. He is the author of Stephen Sills and James Huniford’s design book Dwellings.

Vanessa Holden, Senior Vice President and Creative Director of West Elm, chose Ticket to Joy by San Francisco designer Spotted Whale Design. “Combining seasonal sentiment with great graphics and a slew of family fun facts, I love how this design allows the sender to truly personalize their holiday message – right down to including their family motto for 2013! Oh what fun indeed!” said Holden.

Victoria Smith of SF Girl By Bay chose Georgia designer Kelli Hall‘s Jingle Brights. “I like the nostalgic feeling of the vintage framed photograph,” says Smith. “It reminds me of my old family photographs. And I like it combined with the fun, bold typeface. It just stands out to me, and it’s a card I’d be likely to post on my fridge!”

Leila Lewis of Inspired by This selected So Much Merry by San Francisco-based Lizzy McGinn. “While the design is a little more simple, that’s why I fell in love with it,” says Lewis. “The focus is left to the image. It’s not an in-your-face holiday card, which means it can stay on someone’s fridge long past New Years!”

Huge congratulations to Angela Vellino, Elliot, Kelli Hall and Lizzy McGinn! This is really big! We hope you take a minute to enjoy this epic nod.

 

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Minted + west elm art challenge: Vote now

In a very exciting new partnership, unlike any we’ve done before, Minted has partnered with West Elm! We received 1,438 entries to our Minted + West Elm Art Challenge. The winning pieces of art will be featured and sold in West Elm stores around the country, starting later this year.

Apertures - West Elm by Genna Cowsert, see more art prints

Apertures – West Elm board by Genna Cowsert. See more art prints

We couldn’t be more thrilled about this collaboration. Whenever we come across an empty nook or cranny in our homes, West Elm is our go-to stop for something both chic and useful. Also, we love that West Elm shares Minted’s commitment to supporting and promoting individual artists and artisans.

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People + minted most beautiful quotes challenge: winners!

We are thrilled to announce the winners from our collaboration with People! It’s hard to imagine quotes looking any prettier than this. I’m sure you’re all dying to know what People’s guest judges (could they get any cooler, I mean seriously?!) chose, so without further ado:

Jonathan chose:

Beauty profiled, Jennifer Wick: “Loving the larger-than-life hairdo.”

Gathering of Posies, Tara Lilly Studio: “Love the allusion to a Liberty print.”

Spirited Beauty in Bloom, Sara Berrenson: “This just captures the saying perfectly.”

Summer Sonnet, Griffinbell Studio: “Lush greens scream summer.”

Keep on reading to see what our other esteemed judges chose and for the top ten as voted by our community.

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On the Wall Art Special Prize Winners

By Kirsten Wolfe, Minted’s Art Team

Our On the Wall Art Challenge marked our largest number of art submissions yet – over 1,400 pieces from a growing group of artists for the community to evaluate, and our curatorial team to review. Our team was enthralled by the quality of the work and we were pleased to see both new and old members of our community expand the breadth of imagery and original media.

We developed a wide array of special prizes that were designed to push the Minted art envelope – and our community responded. We are very pleased to announce the following winners by category. Congratulations to these artists below.

 Edgy Photography Award

Construction” by Becky Nimoy

Jutting girders and an intersecting grid reveal a construction site set against a monochromatic sky. Look again and the image yields a highly contrasted series of lines to create a work of abstract beauty. Referencing iconic works in photographic history, this piece highlights a moment in time and captures the dynamic of the unfinished.

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XOXO Valentine’s Special Prize Winners

By Jen Casebeer, Community Editor

Happy Valentine’s Day! Love is in the air today and we’re thrilled to share a bit more with you now by announcing the special prize winners from our XOXO Valentine’s Day Challenge! In this challenge, we asked the Minted Community to create beautiful designs for customers of all ages to send sweet sentiments to family, friends, and classmates. And of course, the Community had a lot of fun with this one and created some truly beautiful and very fun Valentine’s. So give a little love to the winners of our special prizes below. Congratulations, Minties!

Big Picture Award for the best Valentine’s photo card design

Floral Love” by lehan paper

Lehan’s “Floral Love” has just the right amount of sweet details and sweeping text to truly enhance any customer’s photo, without detracting from it. The subtle ombre along the bottom pushes your eye upwards, towards what are inevitably some very cute kids!

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Perfect Match Wedding Special Prize Winners

By Jen Casebeer, Community Editor

Announcing the special prize winners of our Perfect Match Wedding Invitations Challenge! We look forward to our big, annual wedding invitation challenge every year and watch eagerly as more new, fresh designs show up every day. We’re always so surprised and thrilled with the incredible range of invitations we receive, from classic and traditional to wildly whimsical and contemporary. No matter what the style, all the winners and runner ups below stood out among the over 1,400 submissions we received. As befitting a wedding invitation challenge, we just fell head over heels in love with these designs! Congratulations, winners!

Classic Award for the best classic, timeless design

Classically Stacked” by Ann Gardner 

Every once in a while, we see a design that is so classically, simply beautiful that we know it will truly be timeless. Ann’s “Classically Stacked” is just that. Her traditional black and white color palette, minimalist type, and large, neatly stacked names will never go out of style. An instant classic!

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