Meet a Mintie: Jana Volfova

Today we’re lucky enough to have Alberta-based Jana Volfova with us to talk to us about growing up in Prauge, hanging out her own shingle, who has helped her along the way, and what inspires her.

Tell us a bit about yourself and how you got your start as a designer.
I grew up in a small village near Prague, Czech Republic. After I graduated (hotel management) I was lucky to get the opportunity to go to Montreal, Canada as an exchange student for six months. This happened a few years after the “Velvet Revolution” (a non-violent revolution in Czechoslovakia that saw the overthrow of the communist government). Because I had spent most of my life not being able to travel anywhere, this was a dream come true.

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Meet a Mintie: Chica Design

Today we’re lucky enough to get to know a hip Southern gal and devoted mother: Angela Forero, the creative force behind chica design. She’s been a community member since August of 2009 and we’re looking forward to seeing more of her creations in challenges to come!

At age nine, you wanted to be?
Oh for sure a dancer.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a designer?
When I worked at Cartoon Network as a marketing manager. I loved all the creative ads + packaging and I found out that you can actually get paid to draw pretty pictures.

Do you have any formal design training?
Yes, I went to Creative Circus in Atlanta–at first as an art director, but I fell in love with design.

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Meet a Mintie: Waui Design

This Christmas eve I bring you the gift of a wonderful interview with the very talented Robert True. Not only is Robert a prodigious member of the Minted team, but he is also an active member of our design community. You likely know his work by the name Waui Design and its signature character illustrations and clean type-face. I know you will enjoying getting to know Robert as much as I did.

Robert is a family man at heart and says that his work is inspired by his three-year-old son Jayce and his loving girlfriend Animae.

At age nine, you wanted to be?
I wanted to be an illustrator for Mad Magazine’s Spy vs. Spy. I think that was around the time when I really started to be more structured creatively with anything I drew. I didn’t read much as a kid or have an attention span for anything but for some reason that magazine hit the nail on the head for me. That and Gumby. I drew a lot of Gumby’s back in the day too.

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Meet a Mintie: Stacey Day

Stacey Day is an Alabama-based designer who creates designs that are layered, bold, tactile and deeply rooted in contemporary fashion. Since joining the community in December 2008, Stacey has always surprised us with unexpected pairings of textures and elements, plus a knack for color. Her talent has become a force unto itself. Besides racking up multiple top-25 wins in the recent Holiday Spectacular, Stacey was also one of just four designers hand-picked from the Breakout Wedding Challenge to launch an exclusive wedding line on Minted this winter. After working with Stacey on this feature, I have one comment –this designer is the real deal.

Amy Ehmann, Stacey Day and Emily Potts at National Stationery Show 2010

Tell us a bit about yourself and how you got your start as a designer.

As I child, I always loved art projects and color. I did weird things like

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Meet a Mintie: Moglea

Meg Gleason of Moglea is as you would expect after looking at her designs — warm, charming, down-to-earth and infinitely creative.  She combines a whimsical, craft-and-nature-inspired illustrative style with an instinctive sensibility for typography and color selection. She first caught our eye about a year ago, in the Be Mine Valentine Challenge. Her design, “Message from the Birds,” announced that a new designer with a decidely unique point of view had entered the scene. Since then, it’s been a pleasure to watch her designs unfold and evolve. Let’s get to know Meg a bit better in today’s Meet a Mintie.

Meg of Moglea

Tell us a bit about yourself and how you got your start as a designer.

My whole childhood I felt destined and determined to become an orthodontist—I really liked my orthodontist and I wanted to improve people’s lives in someway—so I started out in Biology in school. The funny thing is,

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Meet a Mintie: Karen Glenn

Since joining the Minted design community in July of 2009, Utah-based designer Karen Glenn has been a humorous, thoughtful, and warm pillar of the design community.  She combines a clean and friendly design aesthetic with a passion for helping others. When she’s not running her newly launched design business or trading design tips with designers in the forum, she’s designing for (and oftentimes winning) minted design challenges.  It’s my pleasure to present this week’s Meet a Mintie.

Tell us a bit about yourself and how you got your start as a designer.

I quite literally fell into life as a designer, and have bumped my way along ever since! While I was in college (studying theater), my boyfriend of the time was working at a small studio building stained glass windows.

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Meet a Mintie: Dish & Spoon

Carrie of Dish & Spoon broke records with Robot Friends, the highest-scoring design in Minted design challenge history. It scored a 4.12 out of 5 in the Make A Wish Birthday Party Challenge and won over voters with its whimsical yet modern illustrations of robots. Carrie’s design style is a mix of illustrative and modern, with a touch of handicraft and fun. Looking at her body of work, you get the sense that she is a smart, sophisticated, and deliberate designer who crafts her designs with the utmost precision and thought — an observation verified by our production team, who swears that her art files are always immaculate and a breeze to work with. I’ve been a huge fan of hers since she submitted the so-adorable-it-hurts design “You’re a Blast” to the Be Mine Valentine Challenge and was excited to catch up with the creative genius behind Dish & Spoon in this week’s Meet a Mintie.

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I am a traditionally schooled graphic designer.  I went to school and studied that and never changed my major, which is pretty rare. At the time, I wanted to get into web design, so I took a lot of classes like Flash and Animation, thinking that it’s what I wanted to do. Luckily

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Meet a Mintie: Sweet Street Gals

Today we have the real treat of meeting not just one, but two lovely Minted ladies: the Sweet Street Gals. They’ve been a part of the Minted community for two full years now and they’ve contributed a great deal of wonderful work. We know you are just as excited as we were to learn more about Alison and Jessie and how they work so obviously well together.

At age nine, what did you both want to be?
Alison: A veterinarian. I have always loved animals. Now I have a yellow lab, Riley. He is my baby (and quite the artist himself!). Here is one of his “paw paintings”.

Jessie: A pilot.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a designer?
Alison:
I always knew I wanted to do something creative as a career. As a child, I loved painting, drawing, craft projects and homemade creations. But it really wasn’t until I was a senior in high school that I got more serious about design. I had a very inspiring art teacher that really helped me develop as a designer.
Jessie: I saw my friend Arielle between classes in college and she was carrying a portfolio of paintings and I had a big stack of English books. I told her I wanted to draw and design all day, so I tagged along to a recruiting session of the visual communications program.

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Meet a Mintie: Bumble Ink

You may know Bumble from their, literally out of this world Faraway Destination Wedding Invitation… or one of their other fantastically edgy invitation designs.

Or maybe you know them from the awesome, and I repeat awesome, cartoons Gavin created about entering the wedding challenge and working with his wife:


There’s a dynamic trio behind this impressive San Mateo, California-based company. Gavin is the designer and Diana is the business guru, who doubles as a design consultant, and their adorable baby must be the inspiration!

Bumble Ink family photo, with Bumble baby

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Meet a Mintie: Paper Plains

Paper Plains aka Sarah Lenger designs with the daring, self-assured hand of someone who embraces a diversity of inspirations and isn’t afraid of a good challenge. At her best, she captures different moods with each design and appeals to a variety of tastes and occasions. She was most recently featured on this blog as the winner of the best religious design prize in the Holiday Spectacular Challenge, and as you can see from her winning design, she really knows how to work the “wow” factor. Let’s get to know Sarah a little bit better in this week’s Meet a Mintie.

Paper Plains aka Sarah Lenger

How did your design career begin?

I originally went to college wanting to study photography. I found out about the graphic design program and decided

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