Minted is one of those creative companies we're so proud is based in the Bay Area. Their paper stationary, invites, and art is not only chic, but it champions independent artists and designers around the world, an initiative that's been part of the strategy, and ultimately the success, for CEO and founder Mariam Naficy.
Each year I make the same promise to myself to sit down and make my own set of holiday cards that are at once beautiful, ever so slightly witty, and 100 percent personalized. Every year, without fail, I break that promise. Sigh! It takes a lot of time and work to be that perfect. This year I'm getting an early start, and I've decided to be honest with myself about my capabilities, or lack thereof. Rather than spending far too long designing the perfect card in my head, then quickly scrapping the idea after realizing (again) that my creative skill does not equal the creativity of my ideas, I've decided to outsource things. Enter Minted, a crowdsourcing stationery site based in San Francisco.
For the true design addict (ehem!) it's not enough to have a completely personalized home. No, the stationery has to be unique too. Enter Minted, where you can customize your invitations or cards with photos, choose specific colors, and basically just make your stationery absolutely your own. They've been nominated for a "Crunchie Award" (TechCrunch's way of honoring the best internet and tech innovations of the year) for Best Application, which translates to an easy to navigate site and tons of personalization options and possibilities.