Archive for the ‘Awards and Honors’ Category

Winner of 4 Design Awards!

Friday, November 6th, 2015

I’m incredibly excited to announce that Mix Creative won 4 graphic design awards for work we completed in the last year! Three are Graphic Design USA American Graphic Design Awards and one is in a new competition, the Graphic Design USA Health + Wellness Awards.

2015 American Graphic Design Awards

According to the letter that accompanied our awards certificates:

For five decades, Graphic Design USA has sponsored competitions to spotlight areas of excellence and opportunity for creative professionals. GDUSA’s American Graphic Design Awards™ is the original and the flagship, open to all in the community: design firms, ad agencies, corporations, non-profits, institutions, and more. It honors outstanding work of all kinds and across all media. Just a shade under 10,000 entries were submitted; a very highly selective 15% are recognized today with a Certificate of Excellence.

Here are the winning entries: Logo and Branding


Art Direction: Katrina Hase, Programming: Mix Creative with Evolve Systems
Special thanks to our client, Dave Netten

Matt & Nate Logo and Business Cards


Art Direction: Katrina Hase
Special thanks to our clients, Matt Stabenow and Nate Stabenow


Minnesota Yarn Shop Hop Logo Design


Art Direction: Katrina Hase
Special thanks to Aimee Pelletier and all of the participating businesses of the


2015 American Health + Wellness Design Awards

According to Graphic Design USA:

The American Health + Wellness Design Awards are presented by Graphic Design USA, for more than five decades the trade magazine for creative professionals. The awards program honors the importance of design in communicating the value of health and wellness, and the organizations, people, products and services that foster better health.

[Mix Creative's HealthSource of Hugo advertisting campaign] was selected from more than 1,000 entries to the annual competitions, just a small handful of design and communications were selected as winners.

Here is the winning entry. You can also see it on the Health + Wellness Awards website.


Art Direction and Copywriting: Katrina Hase
Special thanks to our client, Dr. Erik Carlson D.D.S at


2013 American Graphic Design Awards

Monday, September 16th, 2013


We’re SUPER excited to announce that Mix Creative has been selected to receive two 2013 American Graphic Design Awards from Graphic Design USA. This is Mix Creative’s third consecutive year to receive this award.

The winning entries, honoring outstanding work of all kinds and across all media, were selected from more than 8,000 entries submitted from across the country. Award applicants were from advertising agencies, graphic design firms, corporations, associations, universities, government, publishers and more. Only 15% of entries receive a Certificate of Excellence.

Mix Creative was honored with two awards for the same company, Mama Luna Natural Apothecary in Stillwater, Minnesota. The awards were presented for:

Mama Luna Natural Apothecary Logo Design

Graphic Design USA 2013 Award of Excellence for Mama Luna logo.

Mama Luna Natural Apothecary Corporate Branding Program
Graphic Design USA corporate branding program design award for Mama Luna Natural Apothecary

Kiva Sherr-Nelson

We gratefully share these honors with our client, Kiva Sherr-Nelson of Mama Luna Natural Apothecary. Kiva came to me with a beautiful vision for a store that provided a safe and welcoming atmosphere for mother and families to select and purchase botanicals, nutritional supplements, organic and natural children’s products and handcrafted gifts. This lovely store is now just over a year old and a favorite among local mothers.

Special thanks also to Steven Ray, Mix Creative’s web developer, for his great work in bringing the Mama Luna Natural Apothecary website to life!

2012 American Graphic Design Awards

Monday, September 10th, 2012

We’re pleased to announce that Mix Creative has been selected to receive three Graphic Design USA 2012 American Graphic Design Awards, including:

Sash Logo and Corporate BrandingSash branding award-winning design by Mix Creative

Forget Me Not in Stillwater Logo and Corporate Branding
Forget Me Not in Stillwater award-winning logo and corporate branding by Mix Creative

Williams Company Store Website Design and Production
Williams Company Store award-winning website design by Mix CreativeThe winning entries were selected from more than 8,000 entries. Only a select 15% of all entries are recognized with an award.

We happily share these honors with our clients, including Carol Stabenow (Sash), Nancy Haugen (Forget Me Not in Stillwater) and Pamela Williams (Williams Company Store). Each have absolutely unique and lovely stores that inspire creativity!

Special thanks also to Steven Ray, Mix Creative’s web developer, for his great work in bringing the Williams Company Store website to life!



2011 American Graphic Design Awards

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011


GDUSA American Graphic Design Awards 2011 coverThis year’s Graphic Design USA American Graphic Design Awards Annual (November/December 2011 issue—in print and online) features roughly 1,000 pieces, selected from among nearly 9,000 entries, from design and advertising firms across the United States. Featured categories include: annual reports, advertising, announcements/invitations/cards, brochures/collateral, calendars, catalogs, direct mail/direct response, editorial design, identity/corporate identity/logo design, internet, multimedia/broadcast, packaging, POP signs/environmental graphics, posters, public services, sales promotion, and students.

Mix Creative is proud to be among the firms represented, with recognition for both Corporate Naming and Identity Design (Ditto & Co), and Internet Design (Halleland Habicht, PA). Credits include Katrina Hase (art direction), Rod Wilson (photography), Diane Autey and Barb Prindle (copywriting), and Steven Ray (web development).

This year’s  judging panel included leaders in the graphic design community, including Walter Porras (Walmart), Jenn David Connolly (Jenn David Design), Steve Perry (Bailey Brand Consulting), Lee Gobbi (Daymon Design), and Martha Heath.

A big thank you to Gretchen Ditto from Ditto & Co and Katheryn Gettman/Natalie Wyatt-Brown from Halleland Habicht for their insight and collaboration in their respective projects. Each of these companies truly understand and appreciate the importance of visual branding for reaching their critical target audiences.

Quick video about the book featuring our work

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

Mix Creative is proud to be featured in the book, Visual Marketing: 99 Proven Ways for Small Businesses to Market with Images and Design. Here’s a little video about the book, available at most book outlets including and Barnes and Noble. Check out our examples on pages 159–160, featuring the work we did for Ditto & Co. Enjoy!

Mix Creative Wins Two Design Awards

Thursday, September 15th, 2011


Big News!Here at Mix Creative we’ve got some BIG NEWS to share! We’re pleased as punch to announce that two of our submissions have been selected as winners in the Graphic Design USA 2011 American Graphic Design Awards, including:



Ditto and Co winning entry for American Graphic Design AwardsHalleland Habicht winning entryThe winning entries were selected from over 8,000 submissions! The competition is open to ad agencies, design firms, corporations, institutions, publishers and more.

We happily share these honors with our clients, especially Gretchen Ditto (Ditto & Co), Katheryn Gettman, William Habicht, Natalie Wyatt-Brown, and Elissa Lindquist (marketing committee at Halleland Habicht).

Special thanks also to the Mix Creative team for their great work: Rod Wilson (Ditto & Co, Halleland Habicht portraits), Steve Ray (web development, Halleland Habicht site), and Barb Prindle (copywriting, Halleland Habicht).

Look for all of the winning designs in the November/December 300-page American Graphic Awards Design Annual, and on the website (coming soon!).

Mix Creative to be featured in Visual Marketing book

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011


Visual Marketing Book

Mix Creative is delighted to announce that our work for Gretchen Ditto at Ditto & Co will be included in the upcoming book, Visual Marketing: 99 Ways for Small Businesses to Market with Visual Design by respected authors David Langton and Anita Campbell. The book is set to be published in September of 2011.

Ditto and Co NotecardsDitto and Co website (more…)

2010 WIN Conference Award Winners Video

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

2010 WIN AWARDS RECIPIENTS, INCLUDING KATRINA HASE OF MIX CREATIVE, share the impact of being nominated and receiving a WIN award (January 2011).

Award recipients (L to R):
Katrina Hase, Mix Creative (Destined to Win Award)
Kris Jamieson, Resourcefully Yours (Spirited Leader Award)
Maureen Heinen (Connector Award)

Video created by: Emily Schroder Orvik, Pro Re Nata Communications

Mix Creative Selected for Design Showcase

Saturday, June 19th, 2010

design showcase

The design, for En Root Marketing Business cards, was selected from submitted designs for its innovative use of materials—Neenah Classic Linen Paper—that matched the design and eco-friendly mission of the company.

See the full showcase listing here:

En Root Business Cards


Photo from the WIN Awards Ceremony

Friday, February 12th, 2010
Mix Creative wins the 2010 Destined to Win award

Katrina Hase of Mix Creative accepts the 2010 "Destined to WIN" award from Women in Networking Director, Teresa Thomas-Carrol

We were SO thrilled to win the 2010 Destined to Win Award!
The entire day at the Destined to WIN in 2010 conference was a blur of greeting familiar faces, meeting inspired business owners, and learning from experts in the three breakout sessions. But I have to say, the highlight for me was being one of three WIN members (also including Kris Jamieson and Maureen Heinen) honored with an inaugural WIN award—what an amazing honor, in a room full of such accomplished women. Thank you!
Photo courtesy of Wendy Houser Blomseth, InBeaute Photography