Coming of Age: Judge’s picks

We were thrilled to have three blockbuster guest judges in our Coming of Age Challenge.

Mary Kate Steinmiller is the Fashion Market Editor for Teen Vogue magazine. A graduate of Parsons School of Design, she has contributed to Teen Vogue for 6 years.

Mary Kate picked Lovely Play Bill by Epitome by Renner Design for her $200 judge’s prize.

Mary Kate says:

“I love the retro poster feel of this design. Girls today are obsessed with celebrity culture…and judging from shows like MTV’s “My Super Sweet 16”, they want to feel like celebrities too. I think this invitation resembles the genuine NYC fashion/music event invites I receive on a daily basis. I think it will make girls feel like its a VIP party, a REAL event. The mix of fonts is super cool and I think teens will be drawn to the fact that it also resembles old school music posters. Its a fantastic design, and I’d love it for one of my parties. I think parents will accept that it has the feel of a real party invite, but also that retro groove. It doesn’t look like some club event, but still has that “real” party allure. I also like that it includes a website for the party…very cool and elevates the event.”

Marcy Blum is a conceptualist, event planner, entertaining expert and author. Marcy crafts every event with her own distinctive brand of unpretentious elegance, and an almost-preternatural ability to visualize space. And she has planned many young adult parties in her long career. Marcy’s impressive portfolio includes the weddings of Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick, Salman Rushdie and Padma Lakshmi, Billy Joel and Katie Lee, and Samantha Bryant and Colin Hanks.

Marcy chose Bright Rays by Angela Vivona.

Marcy says:

“Bright Rays is whimsical and the ice cream colors and hip design are used with a light touch so the whole invitation looks on trend, but not obnoxiously so. My clients would love that this invitation is tasteful and while not super simple is not obnoxiously extravagant for the occasion.”

Lisa Gaché is the foremost etiquette, manners and life skills expert for children from a parenting perspective. The Los Angeles Times named her company, Beverly Hills Manners, the etiquette school to “teach kids to be polite.” This educational and entertainment company, founded in 2006, is recognized for its new school approach to etiquette and manners.

Lisa chose Tweet Sixteen by Jana Volfova for her top honors.

Lisa says:

“Social media is extremely popular with this demographic and I feel the teens would respond favorably to this type of fun invitation that uses a play on words with something totally relatable.  The design is simple.  The color scheme with the background in orange is very hip and fun.  I like how the majority of the invitation is filled with a color with only a slight border of white as background.”

Our lovely judges also picked a few runner ups–they really struggled to pick just one from all our great entries!

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Coming of Age: No. 5

We’ve had some really nice sweet sixteen and confirmation invitations in our countdown, but this is our first Bat Mitzvah invitation and Fete by Annie Clark just couldn’t be more perfect for this category debut.
I love how elegant this design is and certainly, orange and magenta and gray just look incredible together! I think this would appeal to mother and daughter alike.

We’ve heard Annie talk about typography again and again here on the blog, but it’s certainly a message that bears repeating. Here, Compendium and Mrs. Eaves work exceptionally well together. Compendium is certainly the star, while the Mrs. plays a supporting role. In particular, I think the ‘E’ and lower case ‘z’ look incredible.

A little history for fun on Compendium, courtesy of Veer.com:

  • It’s from Alejandro Paul, the same designer who created Burques, and is in fact it’s sequel. Although Alejandro  actually considers it Compendium to be Burques’s prequel, which makes sense because it is a bit lighter, slightly less ornamental and generally more grounded.
    • “Though Compendium has a naturally more normalized, Spencerian flow, its elegance, expressiveness, movement and precision are no less adventurous than Burgues. Nearing 700 glyphs, its character set contains plenty of variation in each letter, and many ornaments for letter beginnings, endings, and some that can even serve to envelope entire words with swashy calligraphic wonder.”
  • Alejandro Paul is one of the founders of the Sudtipos project, the first Argentinean type foundry collective. He taught graphic design and typography at the Universidad de Buenos Aires from 1996 until 2004 and has worked as an art director in prestigious Argentina-based studios.
  • Surprisingly, the font is only a few years old!
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Coming of Age: No. 6

We’ve had several feminine designs in a row, so it’s nice to have a more masculine one to change it up. Introducing No. 6: Acoustic Birthday by Robin Ott Design.
Everything about this is so perfectly restrained. The swirls are quite lively, but not at all out of control. The font justified under the large name creates a nice, uniform text block. The ’16’ inside the guitar is just really cool. And the color palette is bold, but not bright.

It’s so exciting to see new community members joining Minted every day and making an immediate impact! Robin has only been with us since June, but she’s already made quite an impression! Her Pear Family photo card is a personal favorite! The backer is especially incredible.

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And the winner of the Facebook Joy Photo Contest is….

Finalist C -- "Joy is wondering what they are thinking about."

As Amy said in the comments, “That expression on her face is priceless”. We couldn’t agree more!

Congratulations, Christy, on your win, and thanks for sharing such a beautiful photo with us.

We’re also excited to reveal our guest judge’s favorite photo. Joy the Baker blogs about delicious treats such as this:

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

And this:

Dutch Baby with Orange Sugar

So, it’s no surprise that she picked this:

"Joy is eating cookie dough."

Danielle, thanks for sending in this photo! We can all relate.

Our heartfelt thanks to everyone who submitted photos and left comments. Wishing you all a most joyful holiday season!!! And also a very joyful weekend ahead.

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Coming of Age: No. 7

Let’s welcome the weekend with a really thoughtful design, No. 7: Warm Spirit by Laura Hankins.

What I like best about this invitation is that the point of the occasion is front and center, meaning the cross is the invitation’s main focus, which is very appropriate for a confirmation. But, even though this invitation respectfully honors the event it is still bright and modern!  Everything being slightly imperfect works brilliantly; the cross is off-center, the ribbons that form the cross are different widths and the dotted rays extend in varying lengths. I also love that Laura chose orange and pink colors and I love that the cross undulates between the two. Laura, I think this is going to be a very popular invitation!

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Coming of Age: No. 9

We are in for a very sweet surprise today with Jana Volfova’s Tweet Sixteen.

Now I love Twitter as much as the next gal, so it’s no surprise that this little riff is a phrase after my own heart! The cheery colors is what really makes this design stand out to me–magenta and orange are so perfect together. And surprisingly, we have had two designs with cross hatched background in a row, which is kind of fun. I especially love how you can see the striped pattern behind the letters in ‘sixteen.’ Jana joined the community six months ago and although she is on the newer side of things, she is already producing incredible work! We can’t wait to see what else she will come up with!! Congratweetations!

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What happens when you win a judge’s prize.

Christmas has come early at Minted and for Oscar+Emma, who won Woman’s Day Editor-in-Chief Elizabeth Mayhew‘s special judge’s prize. Her Nordic Snowflake design was featured in a full page of Woman’s Day’s Special Christmas issue, on newsstands from September through Christmas.

Doesn’t her stunning design, which also won the judge’s prize from design work life and won third prize as voted by the community, look incredible?! I love the coordinating envelope liner–it’s the epitome of Scandinavian chic! Elizabeth is literally the authority on stationery so Karly should be quite honored! She has one, if not the, most impressive stationery collections I’ve ever seen! The New York Times even featured her stationery armoire in their Lettered Set article.

Woman’s Day has a circulation of 3,800,000, and claims a readership of more than 22 million with 15 issues a year so this page is sure to let lots of families know about Minted and Karly’s great work this holiday season! It’s really a great special issue, so be sure to pick up a copy. My personal favorite is the last page, which is all about the importance of writing a thank you note. There’s also a great 9 decades of Christmas cookie feature and some really creative gift wrapping ideas.

Thank you Elizabeth and Woman’s Day and congratulations Karly, who has had lots of great news as of late. She also just welcomed her first daughter Maeve Irene on September 13th!

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Coming of Age: No. 10

It’s been the holidays here at Minted for quite some time. We’ve been working hard to get everything ready for this year’s season, which is sure to be our best yet! But we’d like to take a little break to celebrate another major event that happens not once a year, but once in a lifetime!  Depending on your religious and cultural heritage, we all celebrate a teen’s coming of age in different ways… Sweet Sixteen, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, Confirmation, or Quinceanera. Regardless of your choice of celebration, we’re all agreed that it is important to mark this major milestone of becoming an adult. We’re excited to kick off a series of blog posts celebrating the winners of our recent Coming of Age Challenge, which we’re sure will result in the most modern and gorgeous assortment the world has ever seen!

Pretty in Paper‘s Gift of the Spirit is an incredibly versatile design. It would work well for any Christian confirmation ceremony with just a little text adjustment and we especially appreciate how well it would work for a male or female. This very classic design takes this important event seriously, but is still fresh and modern. I am certain it would appeal to both parent and teen–which is no easy feat! I really like the cross hatching in the background–it’s something we haven’t seen a lot of–and I like how it ties in with the border around the cross. Wonderful work Anne!

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