Here are my favs from the current challenge. I haven’t been posting my picks from the recent contests because I have not been participating and I want to tell you why. Maybe you can tell me if you think I’m right or being too picky.
I used to participate in all of the challenges on Minted and I actually won a few and beyond that, they bought a couple of my designs and commissioned a Christmas card design from me. These designs are still available for purchase.
I do not want to deter anyone from participating in the designs because I think that the website provides a great service to designers. I just don’t think participating is for me and I will tell you why.
- When I started & won a contest, I would send my 2 files to Minted. The original and an alternate colorway. Minted did not own my design and I was free to sell it as well.
- One day I received a letter in the mail from Minted that from that point on, if you win a contest or they buy your design to sell, they own it and you are not allowed to sell it. I signed this letter and sent it back.
- The next time I won, I received an email asking for 4 files: the original, an alternate colorway & address labels for both. I sent all 4 files in.
- In the meantime, I have only actually won one contest and the rest of the instances were Minted purchasing my design to own & sell for $100. I do get a 5% commission when they sell my design.
The last time Minted tried to buy a design from me, they asked for 6 files. They wanted matching thank you notes as well.
This was the point when I evaluated my partnership with Minted. I think their contests are fun & a great way for designers to get their name out there. I think it’s wonderful that they are paying for designs. I think it is a win win for Minted and the designers who enter.
But when I think of what I want for myself, my art & my company, I want as much control as possible. If I didn’t I would design for someone else. I want to be involved in every aspect of a product that has my name on it. I also don’t feel I should sell my most valuable asset (my designs) for so cheap. Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t think my designs are better than the others in the contests, if they were, they would have won the top prize at least once. This is just not something that I feel I should participate in.
The last thing that bothers me about the contests is something that Minted has very little ability to control. A lot of the same people win the contests. The reason they win is because they are amazing designers and people can’t help but vote for the best designs, but I wish they could figure out a way to spread out the wealth.
Okay, now you can tell me how wrong I am. I can take it, I’m a big girl. By the way, click on the images above to vote.