2018 Holiday Photo Card Challenge: Top 11-20 Winners

Written by Annie Clark

For the past 10 years, one of my favorite holiday traditions has been the hotly anticipated Holiday Card Challenge winner announcements. Having participated since the very first challenge back in 2008, I remember eagerly refreshing the challenge page and waiting not so patiently for Minted to reveal who took the top prize. Each year’s winner announcement means that I now have the go-ahead to break out the decorations and put on my favorite holiday records — totally normal to do this in September; after all, we designers have been thinking about Holiday since April!

Every year I wonder how the artist community will surpass last year’s assortment, and without fail, I am continuously blown away by the innovative designs, your sophisticated use of color, incredible illustration skills, and perfectly kerned type.

I am honored to announce the top 11-20 winners, as determined by voters, for the What a Bright Time Non-Foil-Pressed Holiday Photo Card Challenge — especially because I admire each and every one of these artists. Though it’s a little awkward to describe one of my own designs in this roundup, I did my best, and in case you’re curious: The Artist Relations team asked me to write this announcement before we even knew which designs were deemed winners.

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Minted’s 10th Anniversary Community Awards recognize artist leadership

On Camp Minted 2018’s culminating evening in Las Vegas, we hosted an awards ceremony to recognize exceptional artists for embodying important community values and pushing the boundaries of art and design.

Thank you so much to everyone who cast their votes and nominations for fellow Minted artists’ embodying important community values.

 

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Time-Saving Tips for Faster File Prep

By Olivia Goree 

While a Minted challenge win is exciting and exhilarating, the file prep that follows can be, well, not so fun. Formatting text boxes, building out colorways, and getting that foil sheen placed just right can be time-consuming and exhausting. We get it! Illustrator is an extremely powerful and complex program that can be overwhelming at times, but there are tons of tools and shortcuts to help you work in the program more efficiently. We’ve gathered our favorite “time-saving tips” to help speed up your file prep and make the process a little less painful.

 

1. Eyedropper Tool

The Eyedropper is a handy tool that allows you to pull styling from one element and apply it to another. Use this to match the color between two design elements (or even text settings from one text box to another) to ensure consistency.

2. Paste in Place

A simple but commonly used feature, Paste in Place allows you to copy one element and paste in the exact same spot it was copied from. This feature comes in handy when you need to either copy something from one artboard and paste in the same spot on another artboard, or if you are copying elements from one colorway file to another. You can find this feature by going to Edit > Paste in Place, or by using the shortcut Shift + Command + V on a Mac (or Control + V on a PC).

3. Shortcuts!

Keyboard shortcuts in Illustrator are by far the most helpful feature in speeding up your file prep process. Although they can take a while to set up and get used to, they are life-changing within Illustrator once you become comfortable with them. While some shortcuts are automatically programmed into Illustrator, others are open for you to set up on your own. These are the Minted Production team’s favorite shortcuts; you can set up these same ones or set up your own by going to Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts.

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Mariam Naficy on NPR’s How I Built This with Guy Raz

Ever wonder how Minted got started? Our founder and CEO Mariam Naficy talks with NPR​’s How I Built This with Guy Raz on how she built Minted into one of the biggest crowdsourcing platforms and global artist communities in the world.

In the late 1990s, Mariam started, an online cosmetics store called Eve.com, and eventually sold it for $110 million. Several years later, she got the entrepreneurial itch once again and she founded Minted.com, an e-commerce site that sources designs from a community of independent artists around the world. Mariam went against the advice of critics who told her not to crowdsource, and not to sell holiday cards. Sometimes critics are wrong!

Today Minted is one of the biggest crowdsourcing platforms on the Internet.

Listen to the exclusive podcast HERE.

About How You Built That:

Guy Raz dives into the stories behind some of the world’s best known companies. How I Built This weaves a narrative journey about innovators, entrepreneurs and idealists—and the movements they built.

Illustration by: Phuong Nguyen for NPR

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Special Prize Winners: Bundle of Joy Birth Announcement Challenge

Announcing the Special Prize winners of our Bundle of Joy Birth Announcement Challenge! New parents come to Minted to help share the most special and exciting of news with friends and family – the birth of their little one. We looked to you, our talented Minted community of artists to create designs as unique and special as this precious milestone. Congratulations winners!

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Font Award Roundup: Special Prize Winners

Announcing the Special Prize winners for our Font Awards! These awards are for designs that introduce new fonts and use them in a visually interesting and differentiated way. We’re always looking to the community to help us surface fresh new fonts to add to our Minted Font List. If you have a vision for an amazing design that uses a font that’s not in our font library, feel free to use it in your submission. You can read more about Minted fonts here. A huge congrats to all the winners!

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From This Day Forward Letterpress Invitation Challenge Special Prizes

Announcing the Special Prize winners of our From This Day Forward Letterpress Invitation Challenge! Minted’s letterpress invitations combine the unmistakable luxury of letterpress with innovative design that cannot be found anywhere else. We challenged you, our talented artist community, to show us your freshest take on this premium format. Congratulations winners!

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Fabric Frenzy Challenge: Special Prize Winners

Announcing the Special Prize winners of our Fabric Frenzy Challenge! We were looking for a wide range of fresh, unique designs  that could be used on everything from furniture and throw pillows to children’s home decor and apparel. Our community of talented artists submitted truly inspirational designs. Congratulations winners!

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Mariam Naficy Talks Venture Capital with Harry Stebbings on The Twenty Minute VC

Whether you’re a budding entrepreneur or a seasoned professional, there’s always something new to learn in the world of business.

This week, Minted Founder and CEO, Mariam Naficy joins Harry Stebbings on The Twenty Minute VC podcast to share her learnings navigating venture capital, capital efficiency, scaling your business, and more. Learn about Mariam’s experiences by downloading this information packaged episode on iTunes HERE.

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Adventure Awaits Graduation Challenge: Special Prizes

Announcing the Special Prize winners of our Adventure Awaits Graduation Challenge! Students and their loved ones will soon start looking for the perfect announcement or party invitation. Graduation is a momentous event in our customers’ lives, and a Minted category that has grown tremendously over the past few years. We were so impressed by these stunning designs – hats off to the winners!

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