Meet a Mintie: Robin Ott

Name: Robin Ott
Location: Orrville, Ohio
Years with Minted: 4
Expertise: Mid-century meets organic. Equally adept at painting and drawing.
Occupation: Watch designer turned freelance graphic designer, Mintie, Mom to two little ones.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a designer?
My high school was fortunate to have an ambitious art instructor, who introduced his students to so many opportunities related to the arts. He often invited local artists to visit and share their real-life work experiences with our class. I remember very specifically when my “ah-ha” moment occurred after a freelance, graphic designer came to our class and shared her story. I remember thinking that would be my “dream job”. Twenty years later, I still can’t believe my dream came true. Anytime I get discouraged or in a creative rut, I remind myself that I’m living my dream.

I went to school for Computer Animation at the Art Institute of Dallas. My 3-D training and feminine style helped me land a job at Fossil, Inc. designing watches and accessories. I collaborated with other designers on brands like Armani, DKNY and Nike. It was so much fun that it didn’t even seem to be “work”. I returned to Ohio and started my freelance business in 2003, and I slowly transitioned to graphic design, forming several long-lasting relationships with clients that I still work with today. 


Oh Happy Day! Kids’ Birthday Party Invite Challenge Special Prize Winners

By Jen Casebeer, Community Editor

Kids’ birthday party is one of our favorite categories! In the Oh Happy Day! Kids’ Birthday Party Invitation Challenge, we asked the Minted Design Community to design fun, fresh birthday party invitations that parents and kids would both love. We just love the result! The winners below stood out in one of our special prize categories. Congrats, winners!

Out of the Box Award for the freshest, most original party invitation you wouldn’t find anywhere other than Minted

Woodland Campout” by Grave Kreinbrink

Grace’s camping-inspired design has us ready to pack our backpacks! We love her illustrated forest from her stylized trees to her winding path and sweet little campfire. The off-kilter signs are such a unique way to provide all the details necessary to party!

Runners Up: “First Festival” by Phrosné Ras | “Did Someone Say Cake” by Amy George | “Mad Scientist” by Pretty Girl Designs


Meet a Mintie: Katharine Watson

We are very excited to be bringing back an old favorite, our ‘Meet a Mintie‘ designer interview series. Look for these ‘get to know a designer’ features every other Friday going forward! And let us know if there is anyone you want us to feature. We’d love to hear from you!

Name: Katharine Watson
Location: Hyde Park, Vermont
Years with Minted: 3.5
Niche: Bringing a modern twist to traditional textile designs with block printing.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a designer?
I think I’ve always known, it has just been something I’ve loved to do since I was very little. But it wasn’t until college, when I sold my first painting at a coffee shop, that I realized you could actually make a living as an artist. That was a very exciting day! 


Domino & At Home With a Minted Artist: Karly Depew

We’re thrilled to be partnering with domino magazine—one of our favorite shelter mags!—for a new series “At Home With a Minted Artist.” Each month, editors at the magazine will profile one of our talented artists, taking you inside their homes and studio for a virtual tour. Needless to say, we’re beyond excited about collaborating with domino on this series, not only because we’re big fans of their fresh aesthetic and the art-filled homes they feature in the magazine, but especially since they share our passion for supporting independent artists.

Domino magazine: At Home with a Minted Artist Oscar + Emma

First up is the lovely Karly Depew of Oscar & Emma, who gives us a tour of her Columbus, Ohio, home (and shares a peek at her favorite Minted art prints!). A longtime Minted designer, Karly has been a part of the Minted community since 2008 and has racked up award after award (and has more than 800 designs for sale on the site!).

Head on over to domino to read the full feature, get a glimpse inside Karly’s workspace, and learn about her creative process and what she’s inspired by these days.

Minted art prints featured below in Karly’s studio: Dora’s Floral by Jill De Haan,  Block Printed Arches by Katharine Watson, and Nice Work by Heather Francisco


Milestones Challenge Special Prize Winners

By Madeline Paymer, Minted Community Team

Invitations to baby and kids’ milestone celebrations are a fast-growing category for Minted. From Sweet Sixteen parties to Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, from Quinceañera parties to Confirmation celebrations, customers are looking for fresh, modern invitations, and the Minted Community truly came through in this challenge. The winning designs below each stood out in one of our special prize categories. Congratulations, winners!

Out of the Box Award for the most innovative design that you wouldn’t see on your run-of-the-mill stationery site; this design best exemplifies the risk-taking that Minted looks for

Wherever you go” by Griffinbell Paper Co.

What a joyful design! Lynn didn’t hold anything back in her bold use of color. The playful palette and whimsical hand-lettering do a beautiful job of highlighting a Bible passage that’s perfect for a baptism.


Let’s Celebrate! Wedding Parties Challenge Special Prize Winners

By Madeline Paymer, Minted Community Team

When it comes to weddings, it’s not all about the big day! We asked the Minted Community to create create unique, modern invitations for all the pre-wedding events: Bridal Showers, Engagement Parties and Rehearsal Dinners. We were looking for designs to suit every type of event, from casual to traditional, and Minted designers delivered! The winning designs below each stood out in one of our special prize categories. Congratulations, winners!

Fun and Casual Award for the best informal, whimsical or fun rehearsal dinner or engagement party invitation

Stamped on Kraft” by Petite Papier

Erin’s engagement party invitation gets our stamp of approval! The justified copy in conjunction with the simple red, white, and kraft color palette is bold and eye-catching, and the “Let’s” stamped in script in the center adds the perfect hint of whimsy.


Photo Art Collage Challenge Special Prize Winners

By Kirsten Wolfe, Minted Art Team

Photos of friends and family can be among the most cherished works of art hung on a wall. So in the Photo Collage Art Challenge, we asked the Minted Community of artists to create fresh and unique photo art templates for our customers to display several of their favorite photos at a time. The winners below each stood out in one of our Special Prize categories. Congratulations, winners!

The Snapshot Mix Art™ Award for the best new interpretation of our collage-inspired Snapshot Mix™ art

Love you to the moon & back!” by Chasity Smith

This whimsical portrayal celebrates love for a child with a charming sentiment. Snapshots are lined up to form the shape of a crescent moon and offer the opportunity to show off images of your child in various poses.

Chasity joined Minted’s community this past September and has already been the recipient of a number of awards.  She lives in Livingston, Louisiana.


Holiday Challenge Winners’ Trip to San Francisco

Our Let it Snow! Holiday + New Year’s Photo Card Challenge is well underway and it has been so exciting seeing all your submissions come in! This year, like last year, our 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place winners will win a 2-day VIP trip to visit Minted Headquarters here in San Francisco (full details here).

The top 3 winners from last year’s ‘Oh What Fun’ Holiday Card Challenge came out for their own VIP trip last month and we had a great time showing them around the Minted office and our beautiful city. Here are a few highlights from our trip with Minted Designers Jill De Haan, Eric of GeekInk Design, and Karly of Oscar & Emma.

Eric, Jill, and Karly at that iconic spot!

Minted Community Artists are serious celebrities to everyone here in the Minted Office. Our employees were anxious to hear all about the visiting designers. Jill, Eric, and Karly were kind enough to answer lots of juicy questions from Minted employees in a friendly Q&A. We talking about everything from how they got started in design to their favorite (and least favorite) personal works and what their weirdest Pinterest boards are.


First Impressions Business Card Challenge Special Prize Winners

Our customers want to make a lasting first impression, so we asked the Minted Community to create the freshest, most beautiful business cards in the world. Minted designers delivered, creating a diverse and chic collection of all types of business cards, from mommy calling cards to charming feminine designs to sleek and serious cards. The winning designs below each stood out in one of our special prize categories. Congratulations, winners!

For Him Award for the card design that will most appeal to our male customers

Clean & Dapper” by Morgan Ramberg

Morgan strikes the perfect balance between whimsical and to-the-point with “Clean & Dapper.” The icons and pops of yellow lend a little fun to this card that we’re sure men will love handing out (and it’s even gotten a stamp of approval from the men in the Minted office).


Together Again West Elm + Minted Art Challenge Special Prizes

What an amazing collaboration! This challenge resulted in a record breaking number of submissions to an art challenge – a whopping 1,960. More telling than the sheer number was the interesting mix of work and the number of new artists who participated. The Minted Art Collection continues to be refined and we are delighted with these new additions.

Below are the award winners for the special prizes for the Together Again Minted + West Elm Art Challenge. Congratulations to all!

Out of the Box Award for the best boundary-pushing art print

Public Isolation” by Christopher Morben

“Public Isolation” elevates the pedestrian view of the interior of a public bus to fine photography. Chris notes on his artist’s statement that although the bus was in use, he happened to embark when it was void of other passengers. Through this unusual happenstance, he was able to capture the relatively unfamiliar sight of an empty bus in a crowded city. By using a tight frame for the image, he creates a sense of intimacy for the viewer. Scattered across the seats, the sunlight casts a spectral illusion of people and the windows, full of reflective glare, offer a hazy view of the city outside.

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