Every year we are especially excited about our holiday challenge and in particular about our esteemed guest judges’ awards. Each judge is not only a key influencer in their universe, but their exceptionally fine tuned taste helps guide our design community, as well as our customer. This year, as if the giant honor each one of these design giants conveys weren’t enough, each judge will also award a $500 prize.
Bri Emery is the creator of and voice behind the blog designlovefest. Her enthusiasm for simple yet effective design grew into a lifelong love for quality and creativity. Bri very quickly earned a reputation in the blog community as the go-to gal for innovative and stylish execution.
Annual Report by j.bartyn was tops for Bri. “I am a huge fan of information design and I thought this was charming and well designed. I would love to get this card in the mail.”
Bri’s four other faves included (clockwise from top left): Candy Cane Countdown by annie clark. “Impactful, bold and nice type layout.” | Silverwhite by Kelli Hall. “Subtle & delightful type.” | Ombre Tidings by Paper Dahlia. “As a big ombre fan, this one caught my attention!” | Light Feathers by hobson studios. “Lovely, simple & delicate.”
Courtney Eliseo is a designer, blogger, and stationer based in Astoria, NY. Seamless Creative is the design studio where she collaborates with her husband on branding projects for small businesses; Design Work Life, a daily design inspiration blog, and Seamless Paperie, which creates brands and paper goods for weddings and special events.
Courtney chose Moglea‘s Line & Dot for her award. “I’m a big fan of non-traditional holiday cards that express a festive and celebratory vibe without using the typical colors and imagery. This design does just that. The combination of hand-drawn pattern, bouncy type and interesting color scheme makes for a fun, fresh and unique design.”
Courtney’s other special mentions include: Hollygram by Maddy Nye. “I love the hand-lettering and offbeat color palette. It’s a perfect pairing for a fun pet photo.” | Our First Noel by Carrie ONeal. “I love the super simple and clean graphics and type. It perfectly complements a peaceful newborn photo.” | Patterned Snapshot by Alethea and Ruth. “I love that the image and type on top is kept simple in black and white in contrast to the gorgeous floral pattern in the background.” | Peaceful Flurry by Jody Wody. “I love the colorful and textural typography on this one.”
Joy Wilson is the voice behind the popular blog, JoytheBaker.com. She is a baker, food photographer, writer, and curator of all things sweet.
Peppermint Crew by Sydney Newsom took the cake for Joy. “I love this design because it’s simple and sweet. I love holiday cards that say something other than Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays, but express a distinctly Winter/Holiday sentiment. This design would be sweet for a couple, children… and I might even try to sneak in a cute picture of my cat in a Santa beard. No big deal.”
Other sweet spots for Joy included: Noel Medallion by Wendy Van Ryn. “I appreciate the clean, handmade feel of this design. It’s simple, isn’t bombarded with traditional holiday colors, but feels classic and festive.” | Hollygram by Maddy Nye. | White Christmas by cadence paige design. | Santa’s Behavior Check by chocomocacino.
Camille Styles is the founder and editor of lifestyle blog camillestyles.com, where she shares the creative entertaining ideas that inspire her parties and her life.
Although it wasn’t easy for her to choose just one, in the end Camille’s favorite was Peace Love and Joy Branches by Alethea and Ruth.“The whimsical font, hand-drawn branches and simple message are absolutely perfect.”
Camille’s runners-up include: Metropolis by Inkwell Design Studio. “Clean and modern, with a message that is subtle and unobtrusive so that the photo can really shine.” | Chalkboard Quotes by Jill Means. “A creative and fun way to share a personal tidbit about each family member without creating clutter.” | Our First Noel by Carrie O’Neal. “The message is just soooo sweet.” | Ombre Tidings by Paper Dahlia. “I love ombré anything, and this card would appeal to the fashion-y hipster set who are looking for something untraditional.” | Light Feathers by hobson studios. “I love a feather motif, and this adds a fun, “design-y” element without calling attention away from the photo.”
A HUGE congratulations to j.bartyn, Moglea, Sydney Newsom, and Alethea and Ruth. Ladies, your genius has been recognized by four of the most visually attuned people we know!
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