Work of Art Challenge: Special Prize Winners

Over the past year, Minted’s art business has grown by leaps and bounds. We’ve added hundreds of works to our collection in a broad range of styles and formats from artists around the globe. We asked the Minted community to submit innovative works of art to continue to grow our assortment – we were so amazed by the breath and depth of submissions. Congratulations to all winners!

Curator’s Choice Award for the artwork that most captures the attention of the
Minted curatorial team
Orange Lake” by Stephanie Goss Johnson

Newbie Award for the best work of art by a first-time entrant
Dark and Stormy” by Blair Culwell Staky

Photography Award for the best photographic art print
Corner Bar in the Neighborhood, New Orleans” by Mary Ann Glynn-Tusa

Seasonal Award for the best piece of artwork inspired by the fall or winter months
Watercolor Abstract Flora Series: Fall 1” by V E R Y M A R T A

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Birth Announcement Challenge: Special Prize Winners

One of the highlights for new parents is announcing the birth of their baby. The unveiling of all the precious details is almost as memorable to family and friends as it is to the parents themselves. We asked you, our talented Minted Community, to “wow” us with your creativity. We were beyond wowed with everyone’s gorgeous designs! Congratulations to all the winners and runners-up!

The Trifecta Award based on the strength of submissions to this challenge: Susan Brown
We selected one designer to receive guaranteed placement in the Minted catalog,
a homepage banner and email to help build his or her brand on the site.

Sibs” | “My Name” | “Big Bird

Collection Award for the designer who is guaranteed at least five total picks across the challenge and other challenges in the baby & kids category in the next year to build a design collection on Minted: Olivia Raufman

Baby Bracket” | “Petite Deco” | “Simple Hi” | “Two Lines” | “Simply Classic

Innovation Award for the most out-of-the-box birth announcement
that you would never find on other online sites
Woodland Animals”  by Cynthia Oswald

Runners-Up: Teddy” by Lisa Cersovsky | “membership expiring” by Dawn Jasper
Canvas Snapshot” by Alethea and Ruth | “Bevel” by Laura Hankins

Traditional with a Twist Award for the best classic, elegant design
Longhand”  by toast & laurel

Runners-Up: “Engraved” by Katie Wahn | “Fancy” by Oscar & Emma | “Simply Framed” by Ling
Flourished Joy” by Erika Firm

Best Use of a Shape Award for the best design specifically
created for one of our die-cut shapes
Woodland Bunny”  by Pistols

Runners-Up: “Floral Bounty” by Itsy Belle Studio | “Twinkle Wreath” by Stylisti
Sugar & Spice” by Jessie Steury

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Minted x Domino Art Challenge: Special Prize Winners

We’re excited to announce the long-awaited special prize winners for our Minted x Domino Art Challenge! For this challenge, we asked our Minted community of designers to create modern, chic art prints that would provide the perfect complement to Domino magazine’s fresh, design-forward style. We were so impressed by the eclectic mix of beautiful and unique pieces you submitted! Congrats to all our winners!

Avant-Garde Award for the best edgy art print that pushes boundaries
Up Down and Back Around” by Christina Flowers

Photography Award for the best photographic art print
Let’s Go” by SylvieCeres Designs

Nature Award for the best piece with a new perspective on everyday organic elements, whether it be naturally occurring curvilinear lines, an abstracted shot, or a detailed close-up
Oyster Blues” by Christa Cariddi

Abstract Award for the best abstract painting or illustration
Morning River” by Lauren Adams

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2014 Holiday Challenge Winners Visit San Francisco

Written by Anthea Tjuanakis Cox, Kaitlyn McCoy and Amy Schroeder

We had the pleasure of hosting the three top winners of Minted’s 2014 holiday design challenge during the week of June 8. In addition to a cash prize, Jennifer Wick, Jessica Williams, and Stacey Meacham won a trip to our hometown of San Francisco as VIP guests. The Minted Artist Relations Team took the three artists to a number of Bay Area destinations and gave them a behind-the-scenes tour of Minted’s San Francisco and Oakland offices.

They all said they enjoyed meeting the people who make Minted run smoothly. “And the fact that [Minted CEO] Mariam [Naficy] doesn’t have an office is pretty cool,” Stacey says. “I’m so inspired after talking with her. She is inviting of questions and has such an enthusiasm for what we do.”

Jennifer said she gained a better appreciation for the time intensity of transforming artists’ designs into customizable products on Minted. “I assumed Minted had automated ways to convert our files into customizable web designs, but they are actually very labor-intensive,” she says. “Learning that helps me to be much more patient when waiting for our designs to go live on the site.”

Here are some of the highlights of their three-day San Francisco adventure, ranging from cocktails in the Mission District to seafood at California’s oldest restaurant.

Minted’s Kaitlyn McCoy welcomed the winners of the Let It Snow! Holiday + New Year’s Photo Card Challenge when they arrived at the airport on June 8, 2015.

We cooled down an unusually hot summer day with sangrias on the rooftop of El Techo de Lolinda in the Mission. From left: Jen Wick of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Stacey Meacham of Atlanta; and Jessica Williams of Nashville.

Photo-booth fun with Mariam, Minted’s CEO and Founder. Top row from left: Minted’s Amy Schroeder, Kaitlyn McCoy, Anthea Tjuanakis Cox and Mariam Naficy. Bottom row from left: Jennifer Wick, Stacey Meacham, Jessica Williams and Minted Vice President Brady Wood.

Anthea Tjuanakis Cox, Minted’s Artist Relations Director, gets creative in the sand at Baker Beach.

On a typical foggy day, we played “try to find the Golden Gate Bridge” at Baker Beach.

Getting cheeky at Madame Tussauds wax museum.

We took a wriggly drive down Lombard, America’s most famous crooked street.

We ended the second day at Tadich Grill, California’s oldest restaurant. Originally a coffee stand founded in 1849 during the San Francisco Gold Rush, now it’s a popular place for seafood and cocktails. “The dinner was a favorite highlight of mine because it was our last time together as a group, and I felt we really connected,” Jennifer Wick says.

For our last stop before heading home, we visited Minted’s Oakland facility for mini doughnuts and coffee with the Minted Customer Service team. These friendly folks help Minted customers customize and perfect their designs. “I was highly impressed with the people in customer service,” Jessica Williams says. “What a phenomenal group.”

Last year’s top-winning designs:


Quickfire Children’s Birthday Party Challenge: Special Prize Winners

Announcing the special prize winners for our Quickfire Children’s Birthday Party Challenge! One of the most joyous memories of childhood is the delight of a birthday party. We were blown away by the many festive designs that truly set the tone for a magical celebration!
A huge congrats to all the winners!

For the best party invite featuring a full-bleed photo
Modern Birthday by Chryssi Tsoupanarias

Runners Up: “Simple Stars” by Lehan Veenker | “Head Bang” by Carrie O’Neal
“Confetti Pop
” by Jennifer Wick

For the most original, fresh take on a birthday party invite
Pops in the Park by Lori Wemple

Runners Up: “Mountaintop Birthday” by merry mack creative | “All Dolled Up” by Baumbirdy

For the best party invitation for a 1 year old
Dolcetti by chocomocacino

Runners Up: “Our Little One” by Lauren Chism | “This Guy” Baumbirdy |
“She’s One
” by JeAnna Casper

For the best multi-photo party invitation
Photo Fun by Lauren Chism

Runners Up: Photo Collage” by Shirley Lin Schneider | “Sugar Cubes” by pandercraft |
“Party Together
” by Jennifer Postorino

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On A Roll Fabric Challenge: SPECIAL PRIZE WINNERS

 Announcing the special prize winners for our On A Roll Fabric Challenge! In this challenge we asked you, the lovely Minted Community, to give the world the most unique designs it’s ever seen! We were blown away with everyone’s adventurous take on pattern. The flood of beautiful work has us dreaming of new pillows, drapes, and more. Congratulations to all the winners! Unlimited high fives for all!

Out of the Box Award for the design with the most “wow” factor – a fabric
that we’ve truly never seen before!
Casitas”  by Olivia Raufman

Geometrics Award for the pattern that best incorporates geometrics
in a fresh, modern way
Brushed Chevron” by Itsy Belle Studio

Reinvention Award for the best design that re-imagines a classic fabric pattern
in a new and fresh way
Organic Herringbone” by Yaling Hou

Hand-Drawn Award for the best hand-drawn or illustrated pattern
Little London” by  Kelsey Carlson


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The Extra Yard Fabric Challenge: SPECIAL PRIZE WINNERS

We’re excited to announce the special prize winners for our Extra Yard Fabric Challenge! In this challenge we turned to you, the talented Minted Community, to give the world the most original, unusual fabric designs it’s ever seen. We can tell everyone truly let their imaginations run wild! You swept us off our feet with fun, whimsical, and captivating minimalist patterns.
A huge congratulations to all the winners!

Out of the Box Award for the design with the most “wow” factor – a fabric
that we’ve truly never seen before
Circus of Shapes”  by Hannahcloud Design

Geometrics Award for the pattern that best incorporates geometrics
in a fresh, modern way
Soft Stamped triangles” by Susie Allen

Reinvention Award for the best design that re-imagines a classic fabric pattern
in a new and fresh way
Over the Hills” by Tammie Bennett

Hand-Drawn Award for the best hand-drawn or illustrated pattern
Gone Fishing” by  Sandy Mitchell

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Minted News: Updates to the Artist Community Experience

After the launch of our redesigned artist community experience last month, we received a ton of great feedback from our community members and we’re excited to announce some new features and bug fixes today.

1. New: Challenges Activity Feed
Get up to date on what’s happening with challenges on the Challenges page. From there, you can click through to get more info on each currently open Challenge; you can also see the most-recent submissions for the different challenges in the activity feed. We’re planning to add latest comments, likes, and other challenge-related activity to the feed in near future.

2. New: View all Winners and Editor’s Picks for Each Challenge
Now you’ll be able to check out all of the winners and Editor’s Picks awards for any challenge on the Challenge page. (For example, you can now see all winners and Editors Picks for the West Elm Challenge that occurred earlier this year.)

3. Fix: Filter All Submissions in a Challenge to Find Open Polls
Now you can more easily weigh in on open polls in a challenge. Simply go to the homepage of that Challenge, go to the Submissions panel, and click on “Polls” in the “Browsing By” drop-down menu. This will filter all the submissions that have an open poll.

4. Fix: See All Submissions Sorted by Score Once Winners Have Been Announced
We’ve fixed the issue that had prevented you from sorting all design submissions in a challenge by a decreasing order of their score once the winners had been announced. Now, once you’re in the “Submissions” panel of a Challenge page, you will see an option to sort by “Score” in the “Sorted By” drop-down menu. (For example, check out this new sorting feature on the “On a Roll” fabric challenge page.)

5. Fix: Receive an Email When Your Design is “Liked” on the Challenge Page
When we launched our redesign last month, you no longer received an email when your submissions were liked by other artists on the Challenge pages. This is now fixed and you should once again be receiving an email when your design submissions are liked.

We hope you enjoy these latest additions and, as always, please share your feedback in the comments so we can continue to improve your artist experience on Minted.

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Recap: Minted at the National Stationery Show!

Over the weekend, the Minted team flew to New York City to be a part of the 2015 National Stationery Show—the country’s largest paper-goods trade show—and meet members of our Minted artist community. We had a blast in our booth and also hosted a Minted party at Studio 450, a chic events space with some serious views of the Hudson River. Here are some fun photos of the event, if you’d like to see!

Minted at the National Stationery Show 2015

We’re continually impressed by the talent, inspiration, and passion of our Minted artists, and we knew we wanted to do something special this year to celebrate everyone’s creativity. So we asked our Minted artists and our fans what #CreativityIs and asked them to submit photos or objects that inspire their artistic process; then, we gathered everyone’s submissions and displayed them in our Minted stationery show booth, combined with in-person illustrations and pieces from the NSS artists and show attendees visiting our booth. The end result? A live, one-of-a-kind art installation. (Click play to see how everything came together!)

Click play to see how the #CreativityIs art installation came together at NSS 2015.

Posted by Minted on Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Many Minted artists and show attendees visited our booth for impromptu live-drawing sessions, like Rachel Nanfelt of Alethea & Ruth, Kristen Smith, Jackie of Sincerely Jackie Paper Co., and Karly Depew of Oscar & Emma. These creations were added to the #CreativityIs wall, which helped create a beautiful communal backdrop of our stationery show booth.

Minted x NSS 2015

We capped off the festivities by inviting our Minted artists to join us for a cocktail party at Studio 450 to celebrate. All of the event décor featured a beautiful jewel-toned palette of deep burgundy and purples, which really popped in the all-white space. Then, we decorated with coordinating Minted art, invitations, party accessories, and gave guests take-home tote bags designed by Alethea & Ruth, Jennifer Wick, and Phrosné Ras.

Minted x NSS 2015

In short, the Stationery Show was a blast! Thank you so much to everyone who came by the Minted booth and party to say hello and contribute to our #CreativityIs wall. We can’t wait to see you again next year!

Photography: Charlie Juliet
Floral Design: Cristina Lozito


Minted News: Launching a New Artist Community Experience

One of the most exciting parts of our work here at Minted is supporting the creativity, personal development, and careers of the best independent artists in the world. We are here because of you—we love your creativity in exploring new design boundaries and your courage to put your vision out there for everyone to appreciate. Our brand is built around you, as an individual artist.

As you may have heard on previous conference calls and from other community members, we’re revamping the artist community section of our website over the course of 2015. We’re adding new features, tools, and services to make it easy for you to participate in our challenges, give and take feedback from other artists in our community, and build your brand and business on Minted.

We are thrilled to announce the launch of the first phase of this redesign today. Here’s a quick tour of some of the redesigned features that are a part of this first phase:

  • Redesigned “Participate” section. Enjoy a new look and feel for the Participate section of the site, with a redesigned navigation to help new artists learn about our challenge process and the community.

  • Challenges page. Find all the open challenges to submit, critique and vote in one place—the Challenges page. You can also see upcoming challenges, recent winner announcements, and community events on the same page.

  • Synchronized calendar for Challenge deadlines and Community events. Keep track of all design challenges and community events in your Google calendar, Outlook, or any calendar of your choice. It will automatically update your calendar as we announce new challenges or update deadlines, or host events.

  • Challenge Home. Each design challenge on Minted will now have a new home where you can find all of the Challenge activity and information in one place. You’ll find the latest submissions, requests for feedback, open polls, information about the challenge and the prizes, and a leaderboard. You’ll be able to submit your designs, vote on designs, like designs, and finally see the winner announcements here as well. See, for example, our home page for the 2015 Holiday Cards Challenge.

  • Artist Dashboard. Brand-new is our artist Dashboard—this is your personalized starting point on Minted. Here, you’ll see your stats, recent submissions, announcements from Minted, and much more. The Dashboard will make it easy for you to see current challenges and voting, give feedback, and connect with other artists in the community. Find a link to your Dashboard by logging in to Minted and clicking on your name on the top right corner.

We hope these changes will help you create, promote, and enjoy your work on Minted. This is the first phase of a complete redesign of your artist community experience on Minted; we’ll be rolling out new features and improvements throughout the rest of this year. We’d love to hear your feedback on these new features, and how we may be able to improve them to better fit your needs. Please share your feedback here.

We are committed to providing you the best platform to develop, get exposure for your work, and have fun with likeminded creatives. We ask that you pay it forward by helping your fellow Minties with honest, constructive critiques, and support.

We’re heading to the National Stationery Show this weekend to demonstrate some of these features and collect feedback in person from some of our community members. We also have a community VoiceIt conference call scheduled for later this month, where you can ask questions and give us feedback. We look forward to hearing your thoughts! You can also check out some of the frequently asked questions from artists about the new community redesign.