10 Days of Design Crush Anniversary Giveaways: Day 1 Artifact Uprising


Ten years ago this month I started Design Crush as a place to gather inspiration for my day job as a graphic designer, and five years ago it became my full-time job. I don’t even know how to begin to thank each of you for your support along the way to living this dream that I didn’t know I had. To be completely transparent, when it’s been good it’s been great and when it’s been bad I still couldn’t think of anything else I’d rather be doing. I never used to believe people who said when you love your job you’ll never work a day in your life, but it’s so very true. And to thank you all, as well as highlight some of my favorite sponsors from over the years, we’ll be hosting ten days of giveaways in celebration of ten years of this little site that could.


Print + Wood Cleat

I first met one of the founding sisters of Artifact Uprising at lunch during Alt Summit when we shared a table, and since then I’ve had the pleasure of partnering with them many a time. Katie and Jenna started AU on a foundation of a decade’s worth of experience as professional photographers and a desire to create printed photo goods with elevated quality, thoughtful design, and responsibly sourced materials.


Wood Calendar

Since 2012 they’ve done that and more by staying true to their mission and an authentic, creative-driven business model. Artifact Uprising‘s focus on sourcing recycled paper for their books and wood products continues to resonate with me and many others, and they continue to give good materials a second chance at life by using locally-sourced fallen beetle-kill pine.



From a basement to an office in Denver, Artifact Uprising still prides themselves on being an authentic company that’s true to its eco-conscious roots – and that matters! Consistently surrounding themselves with people who challenge, and building great things with great people is what AU is all about.


Float Frame

As Artifact Uprising continues to create beautiful, minimal products that everyone is sure to love, they also keep a focus on stellar customer interactions. Seriously – their customer service is some of the best I’ve ever experienced, and it shows in everything from the site’s interface and user experience to the end product showing up at your doorstep.


Instagram Friendly Frames

“We believe that doing good is more important than doing well – and that kindness makes the world right. We believe in travel and the things you can learn from getting lost. And we believe the best lessons come from the listening. We try to laugh when light is needed and persist when the path requires it. We love wide open spaces and campfires and the kind of quiet that allows you to hear the snow crunching below your feet. We believe in those who wake up every day to choose joy. And we believe in the underdog. We believe in always remembering where you came from. We believe each of us will – in time – do something really, really nice for the world.”

Artifact Uprising is kind enough to be giving away a $250 gift code to one Design Crush reader! There are up to SIXTEEN(!) ways to enter, but act fast because you only have 48 hours to get on it. (They’re also offering 10% off using code GIFTDAD if you’re shopping for Father’s Day!)


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  • Ashley rhoads

    June 1, 2017 at 10:53 am Reply

    Congrats on 10 years Kell!!!!!

  • Sally M

    June 1, 2017 at 10:56 am Reply

    Since my furry living companion just smashed a few frames in my bedroom, I would love to get a few of the gallery frames to re-frame my prints in!

  • Sarah Stone

    June 1, 2017 at 1:27 pm Reply

    Congrats on TEN YEARS, Kelly, that’s amazing! I really love artifact for both their mission and aesthetic. I would be pretty excited to snag a bunch of their float frames too!

  • Brooke

    June 1, 2017 at 1:41 pm Reply

    I would love to make their hardcover photo books!

  • Ashley Carpenter

    June 1, 2017 at 2:06 pm Reply

    I love Artifact Uprising. I ordered some prints of my niece that turned out so well!

  • michel

    June 1, 2017 at 3:16 pm Reply

    The photo books look so great

  • Courtney khail

    June 1, 2017 at 5:23 pm Reply

    So excited and proud for/of you!!

  • Julie Dyer

    June 1, 2017 at 8:32 pm Reply

    The float frames are beyond gorgeous. I’d love to hang one of those lovelies in my living room!

  • Kimberley Sirisalee

    June 1, 2017 at 8:48 pm Reply

    I’d love to make a wedding album considering we’re celebrating 4 years next week!

  • Julie Wylie

    June 1, 2017 at 8:49 pm Reply

    I would love to finally get a layflat photo book for my wedding photos! It’s been almost 3 years, haha. 🙂

  • Kim Pincombe-Cole

    June 1, 2017 at 9:29 pm Reply

    Happy Blogiversary!!
    I’d would love to get some float frames & gallery frames to update my current hall gallery wall….

  • Camilla Duff

    June 1, 2017 at 10:49 pm Reply

    I love the floating frames! They are gorgeous.

  • Danica Kombol

    June 1, 2017 at 11:15 pm Reply

    Awesome sauce! What a clever way to celebrate 10 years of your blog!

  • Marisa

    June 2, 2017 at 1:02 am Reply

    Love the hardcover photo book!

  • Lynn

    June 2, 2017 at 1:33 am Reply

    I’d love to purchase a floating frame!

  • Laura mueller

    June 2, 2017 at 6:38 am Reply

    I love the lay flat photo albums!

  • Lauren unzicker

    June 2, 2017 at 7:19 am Reply

    I really like the look and the idea of the wood cleat! It’s like washi tape met a picture frame.

  • Catherine Barrett

    June 2, 2017 at 8:37 am Reply

    We have an 8 month old, so of course we’ve been taking TONS of pictures, but I haven’t been good about printing and framing them. An Artifact Uprising calendar has been on my wishlist for a while. Their designs are so simple and beautiful!

  • Linda

    June 2, 2017 at 11:09 am Reply

    I would like to get a photo album to start organizing my family photos in.

  • Melanie | Artifact Uprising

    June 2, 2017 at 11:35 am Reply

    Raising a glass to you and your momentous occasion, Kelly! Couldn’t be more grateful to have your support and friendship. Forever your fans!

    • Kelly

      June 2, 2017 at 12:24 pm Reply

      Thank you so much, Melanie – the feeling couldn’t be more mutual!

  • Carrie Boyd

    June 2, 2017 at 11:37 am Reply

    I’m redoing a gallery wall at my house and heart eying all of these ideas.

  • Marianne

    June 2, 2017 at 1:30 pm Reply

    LOVE artifact uprising!

  • Jenn

    June 2, 2017 at 3:35 pm Reply

    Oooo I’ve been thinking about (procrastinating) getting a bunch of my photographs printed nice and big from AU. I love their paper.

    Also, congrats on 10 years!

  • Erin D

    June 2, 2017 at 6:37 pm Reply

    Congrats on 10 years!! So amazing!! Love Artifact Uprising, too — their photo books are the best!

  • KELLY M.

    June 2, 2017 at 8:49 pm Reply

    I would love to have a print with a wood cleat for my office!

  • Anna Pry

    June 2, 2017 at 9:42 pm Reply

    I would put it towards birth announcements for our 5th due in Sept.

  • carol clark

    June 2, 2017 at 10:48 pm Reply

    float frames i like there pretty to me

  • Linda

    June 2, 2017 at 11:57 pm Reply

    Congrats! I love AU!

  • Laura mueller

    June 3, 2017 at 7:01 am Reply

    Love the photo albums!

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