Baby Shower Invitation Challenge: Special Prize Winners

A beautifully designed baby shower invite is not only functional, but also serves as a baby album keepsake for generations to come. We challenged you, the talented Minted Design Community, to freshen up our collection with the most original baby shower invitations the world has ever seen. We were beyond blown away with the amount of creativity and risks taken in this challenge.
Congratulations to all the winners and runner-ups!

The Trifecta Award based on the strength of submissions to this challenge: Pistols 
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.

Brushed Boy” | “Little Cub” | “Chic Raindrops” | “Barnyard Baby Shower


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: Baumbirdy

Oh Baby Dots” | “Owl Girl” | “Over the Moon in Love” | “From the Very Start


For the most out-of-the-box baby shower invitation
Owl Girl” by Baumbirdy

Runners-Up: Hey Baby Baby” by Itsy Belle Studio | “Night Owl” by Susan Asbill
Reef” by Angela Marzuki


For the best design specifically created for one of our die-cut shapes
Elefante”  by Peetie Design

Runners-Up: The Pink Drink” by Anupama | “Little Deer” by Karidy Walker


For the best design for a boy
Baby Names”  by Jennifer Wick

Runners-Up: Team Player” by Loree Mayer | “Ahoy, Boy!” by Erica Krystek
New Buckaroo” by Pedestal Design Studio

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Valentine’s Day Art Challenge: Special Prize Winners

For our Quickfire Valentine’s Day art challenge, we called on our artist community to create pieces that would make the perfect gift for a loved one. For this art challenge, we were particularly looking for the perfect Valentine’s Day gifts for men—whether for a husband, father, or brother. We loved seeing the graphic illustrations, unique customizable keepsakes, and modern typographical pieces that you designed. Congratulations to all winners!

Out of the (Candy) Box Award for the most creative and innovative take on a Valentine’s art print
Gold Standard” by Keen Peachy


Perfect Gift for Him Award for the most unique art gift for him
License Memories” by Johanna Phillips Huuva


All you need is Love Award  for the best typographical piece that showcases a quote, piece of poetry, or literature in the public domain
How do I Love Thee” by Fatfatin


Foil-Pressed Award for the best piece incorporating a foil-pressed element
Heart Stripe” by Cindy C Lackey

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10 Tips for Critiquing Minted Art and Designs

The Minted community is about paying it forward in more ways than one, and because feedback is so critical to the creative process, we award Critique Awards to artists who provide quality feedback on other artists’ submissions.

Curious about what’s considered the best way to provide and receive helpful feedback? We’ve compiled the following tips, with the help of seasoned Minted artists.

Mad About Pencils by Olive and Me Studios

Mad About Pencils by Olive and Me Studios

1. Be Specific
When asking for feedback on your submission page, don’t be vague by asking questions such as “Do you like this?” or “What do you think?” Instead, focus on specific points such as color, style and fonts. “If you feel something is not working in your design, you should have some idea where the problem is,” says longtime Minted artist Phrosné Ras. “For example, ask something like, ‘Do you think the script font is working as the heading or should I use sans serif?’”

Same goes for providing feedback to others—aim to be the opposite of ambiguous. Thoughtful observations and pointed suggestions for improvement are more helpful than saying, “I don’t love it.” And keep in mind that basic pointers mean a lot to new designers.

2. Start a Poll
Minted artists are busy during challenges, so a quick way to give and get feedback is to start a Design Poll, which allows artists to upload up to four versions of a design, and invite others to rate each version. You’ll receive the feedback below your design in the Comments section.

“Giving someone a broad critique of their work takes a lot of time,” says Jill Ellis. “But helping them choose one typeface over the other or vertical vs. landscape or red vs. green in a poll—that’s much more manageable.”

In the above poll comments, Kelly Schmidt shares her poll pick and critique of Simona Cavallaro’s award-winning “Bold Dots” design. “While the feedback is all positive, I like that Kelly explained the reasons why she chose this,” Simona says. “The fact that she pointed out ‘hey baby’ is more unique than ‘oh baby’ solidified my decision to use it. I like to do things differently than the crowd, so this feedback helped me feel more confident about that.”

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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:

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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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