Modern Sensibilities Special Prize Winners

By Kirsten Wolfe, Minted Art Team

We are playing a bit of catch up here at Minted art – and are so happy to (finally!) announce the special picks for the Modern Sensibilities Art Challenge. Each challenge tends to have its own flavor and this one stood out for strong graphics, the elevation of common objects and beautiful photographs.

Congratulations, winners!

Urban Chic Award for the best art print suited to a modern, urban home

Rings” by 2birdstone

A grid of thickly drawn black circles is interspersed in a pattern variation with varying colors of yellow and red. Stark in its simplicity, it’s the ultimate urban accessory – chic, modern and versatile. Mix with one of the other pieces from artist Ashley of 2birdstone for a larger wall. Perfect for a New York loft or Los Angeles apartment.

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Minted at NSS

By Natasha, Julep Editor

We had such a great time at the National Stationery Show! It really is our favorite time of the year… we get to see many of our designers in person, walk through football fields of paper, party in the Big Apple, and talk about the merits of one font over another for hours on end with others who care about design as much as we do. Read on to check out our booth, our party and Oh So Beautiful Paper’s Paper Party.

Keep reading for lots more pictures!

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Life Stages Minibook Card Challenge Special Prize Winners

From the chic grommets and unique tabs to the pages of customizable text and photos, our Minibook cards have to be one of the most beautiful, most personalizable ways to share stories, events, and memories. In the Life Stages Minibook Card Challenge, we gave the Minted Community the chance to put their own twist on this very unique format. We asked for fresh, modern designs that would let each customer’s personality shine through. We just love the result! Now we’re happy to announce the winners of our Special Prizes below. Congratulations, everyone!

Big Picture Award for the best Minibook featuring a full-bleed photo on the cover

Forever Timeless” by Maison Yellow

Kaydi’s neat, elegant design makes for the perfect full-bleed card. Keeping it simple with a casual, but chic line of  text on the cover, “Forever Timeless” allows customers to showcase their photographs beautifully. The clean layout and large photos create a perfect blend of romantic minimalism.

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Call for Entries – Special Picks Part II

By Kirsten Wolfe, Minted Art Team

Here in the Bay Area, the weather is starting to get warmer, the days are growing long, and we are spending more time outdoors when not looking at Minted Art. A number of the special picks from our recent Call for Entries challenge remind us that inspiration can be found all around – whether from a retro style Ferris wheel or a monochromatic study of peppers, perhaps ready to be grilled on a light-filled evening.

Best Photograph

California Dreams by Alexandra Nazari

Los Angeles, CA

This photograph exemplifies the nature of its given title by presenting a leisurely activity against a cloudless California sky. The lack of horizon offers the viewer an unusual perspective that is simultaneously seductive as well as a bit disorienting – mimicking the experience of the ride on a Ferris wheel.  An iconic row of palm trees creates a lower border for the photograph while the bright orange cars on the wheel reach up and out to the sky.

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Minted + west elm art challenge: Vote now

In a very exciting new partnership, unlike any we’ve done before, Minted has partnered with West Elm! We received 1,438 entries to our Minted + West Elm Art Challenge. The winning pieces of art will be featured and sold in West Elm stores around the country, starting later this year.

Apertures - West Elm by Genna Cowsert, see more art prints

Apertures – West Elm board by Genna Cowsert. See more art prints

We couldn’t be more thrilled about this collaboration. Whenever we come across an empty nook or cranny in our homes, West Elm is our go-to stop for something both chic and useful. Also, we love that West Elm shares Minted’s commitment to supporting and promoting individual artists and artisans.

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People + minted most beautiful quotes challenge: winners!

We are thrilled to announce the winners from our collaboration with People! It’s hard to imagine quotes looking any prettier than this. I’m sure you’re all dying to know what People’s guest judges (could they get any cooler, I mean seriously?!) chose, so without further ado:

Jonathan chose:

Beauty profiled, Jennifer Wick: “Loving the larger-than-life hairdo.”

Gathering of Posies, Tara Lilly Studio: “Love the allusion to a Liberty print.”

Spirited Beauty in Bloom, Sara Berrenson: “This just captures the saying perfectly.”

Summer Sonnet, Griffinbell Studio: “Lush greens scream summer.”

Keep on reading to see what our other esteemed judges chose and for the top ten as voted by our community.

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Hello Baby! Birth Announcement Special Prize Winners

By Jen Casebeer, Community Editor

Spring has sprung! And we’re very excited to have a fresh batch of brand new birth announcements just in time. Birth announcements are all about announcing a little person in a big way and they’re incredibly meaningful for newly-minted moms and dads. So in our Hello Baby! Birth Announcement Challenge, we asked designers to create the most unique, beautiful, and modern birth announcements the world has ever seen (a pretty tall order). Our Design Community did not disappoint!

The designs below took chic birth announcements to another level and each stood out among a very impressive crowd in one of our special categories. Congratulations, winners!

Big Picture Award for the best full-bleed photo design

Precious Name” by Oscar & Emma

Karly has got to be one of the queens of understated elegance. This full-bleed design allows the customer to show off a great big photo of their new baby. The simple, minimalist white text shares all the information we want to know in a classic clean way (without taking away from the little one).

Runner Ups: “Big News” by papermints | “Over the Moon” by Momo | “Wrapped in Lace” by fatfatin

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Minted Weddings Press Brunch

This week we hosted a press brunch in New York City to let the media know about all of the new Minted Weddings happenings this spring. The inspiration starting point for the brunch was Moglea‘s ‘Matthiola’ invitation and party decor. Read on for some more creative inspiration for whatever fête you have coming this spring and say good-bye to winter and hello to happy melon colors!

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Cheers Wedding Party Special Prize Winners

By Jen Casebeer, Community Editor

We all focus on the Big Day, but what about all those important days leading up to it? In our Cheers Wedding Party Invitation Challenge, we asked the Minted Design Community to create eye-catching party invitations for a variety of pre-wedding celebrations like bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, engagement parties, and bachelorette parties.

We know you’ve been waiting quite a while for these winners, so now that our wedding party invitations have launched, we’re thrilled to finally announce them and relive some truly amazing work with you! Thanks to everyone who submitted to this challenge and thanks so much for your patience. Without further ado, congratulations to the special prize winners below – cheers to all of you!

Sweet Simplicity Award for the best simple/chic invitation

Simply Floral” by Amber Barkley

Combining a muted palette with minimalist florals, Amber creates the perfect blend of simplicity and elegance. The design is clean and contemporary, with the flowers providing just the right feminine accent. Perfect for celebrating the chic bride-to-be!

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