Happy New Year! We're excited to see what 2013 will bring, and we have big plans for the next 12 months. We're planning more sneak peeks Inside the Artist's Studio, interviews with designers from across the country, behind the scenes looks at what goes on here at UncommonGoods, great gift ideas, and of course, brand new design challenges! But, before we announce our first challenge of the year, we're taking a look back on the great designs that came to us through our 2012 design challenges and the people who created them.
Meet Susan, designer of the Forget Me Not Necklace, and help us welcome her to the UncommonGoods artist family.
Meet Kim Jakum: designer of the Personalized Children's Necklace, winner of the 2012 Jewelry Design Challenge and the newest addition to the Uncommon Artists family.
Every new design challenge fills us with such excitement! It is inspiring to see the passion, emotion, and wit in the artists' stories behind their unique designs. The iPhone Case Design Challenge brought in over 100 entries and the opportunity for artists to share the paintings, sketches, and graphic designs they have created.
Last week the judges of the Summer Picnic Design Challenge met at Eat in Greenpoint, Brooklyn to discuss the top five voted designs and decide on a winner. Around the table were Candace, the tabletop buyer for UncommonGoods, Ian Yolles from RecycleBank, and Jessica and Emily of Susty Party. The food was farm fresh, the weather had us in the mood for a summer picnic and the judges were ready to deliberate.
There's only a few more weeks before our 2012 design challenges begin. Before we announce the next big call for entries, we're taking a moment to share a few of the success stories from our 2011 challenges...