Archive for October, 2005

Turn your Flickr images into ZazzleStamps!

October 27, 2005

We are very excited to announce that all Flickr users can now turn their photos into ZazzleStamps in one easy step. Check out the screenshot! Simply log into Flickr and click on your favorite photo. You will notice an icon directly above the image that says “Order Prints”. There will be a link at the bottom of the pop-up that puts your image directly into the Zazzle design tool … enjoy!

Flickr is a photo sharing site where users post thousands of photos every day and tag them with useful information so it is easy to search for interesting photos. Some of our favorite photos on Flickr: dogs, Halloween and Zazzle.

Start making your own stamp!

You can check out the news on Flickr’s Blog as well.

- Zazzle Website Team

Zazzle Card Design tool!

October 26, 2005

The holidays are fast approaching and if you’re like us, you are just starting to think about sending some holiday cards to your friends and family. You want to make them special and unique, but we’re guessing you want it to be easy and fun too!

Well, we have great news for you! Making your own holiday cards on Zazzle is now as easy as 1-2-3! Just 1) Pick an image, 2) Add some text to the front and a greeting to the inside, and 3) Tweak the look (or if you’re satisfied already, you can skip this step!)

Today, we’re launching a brand new card design tool. Our new tool lets you design on all four sides of the card – front, both insides, and back and can be horizontal or vertical. On top of that, add photos and images anywhere and text in over 100 fonts and colors!

And Zazzle Cards are the best you can find – with our premium weight card stock and unique printing process that makes your colors sing! Now you can design professional-quality cards yourself!

Oh, and if you don’t want to design a card, we have thousands of great designs available from the Zazzle community. Check them out and customize them to make them just right for you.

- Zazzle Product Team
P.S. Visit our help center to learn more about our card product information, especially our volume discounts. With 10 or more cards, you get a free boxed set and a discount over 10% too!

The Lufkin High School Quartermasters are Lookin’ Good!

October 20, 2005

Dana McKibben’s son Dean is Head Quartermaster of the Lufkin High School Band (www.lufkinpantherband.com), in Lufkin, Texas. She recently purchased shirts for the Quartermaster group from Zazzle, and was kind enough to share her experience with us.

“The Quartermaster group in the band is responsible for loading the band van and busses for the trips to the football games and other activities,” writes Dana. “Since Lufkin is located 100 miles from Houston, Texas where we play our out-of-town games, getting the vehicles loaded well and quickly is very important. Needless to say, it’s a very sweaty job—having a durable shirt to wear is a necessity.”

Being a good Mom, Dana helped her son get the shirts for the Quartermasters. “Last year, I went to the local T-Shirt store with a tight timeline—two weeks to get the shirts made. My son’s group had a design in mind, and as a graphic designer myself, I was able to actually prepare the design.”

“I went to the shop with the design files in hand, and was told that my files wouldn’t produce very well…no matter that I provided every type of graphic file possible. Because we were running out of time, we let the t-shirt shop do a design in house. The results were disappointing. Not only were they pilling up after two washes and looking terrible, but they were so thin that you could watch TV through them! I really felt bad for these high school students who work really hard.”

So Dana fired up her computer looking for a place that could deliver high quality shirts, on time, at a reasonable price. And she found Zazzle.

“Zazzle caught my attention with its design tools. Also, I noticed that Disney allowed Zazzle to produce shirts, which, as a huge Disney fan I knew that they would not let someone deliver their shirts wrong.”

Dana created one shirt, and received her order. “Wow, the quality was great! I told my son to start getting together sizes for the other Quartermasters, and the Band Directors, too. We added the Band Directors because it was so easy to do those ‘one-at-a-time’ designs without extra costs. We ordered express shipping for the 13 student shirts, and Zazzle actually upgraded the shipping for our Band Director shirts without our asking or paying extra. Wow again!”

Dana, we’re delighted that we’re the official ‘outfitter’ for the Lufkin High School Band Quartermasters. Thanks so much for sharing your story!

- Zazzle Community Team

Zazzle Adds a Real-Time Shopping Cart

October 18, 2005

sizing.jpgWe always try to make your Zazzle shopping experience as fun and easy as possible…and the new Zazzle shopping cart is no exception. Now, it’s easier for you to switch sizes, order additional shirts, determine shipping charges and see how much it all costs…in real time.

Go ahead and try it for yourself! Add a shirt to your shopping cart and you’ll be taken to our new cart. The shirt is in there, along with a few other options. You can:

Select your size. The Zazzle system defaults to an Adult Large white T-shirt unless you select differently. If you realize you need a smaller infant creeper for baby or a bigger t-shirt for Uncle Al, you can make that switch right here in the cart.

See your total cost. How much you’re spending shouldn’t be a mystery, right? Of course not! Zazzle’s new shopping cart shows you how any shopping decision you make will impact your final total. total.jpgIf you select a shirt in a size that has an apparel surcharge (for shirts larger than XL) or decide you want 5 shirts rather than one, your total price (and volume discount) will automatically update, right on the screen. Your shipping cost is updated in real time, too.

Enter a promo code. Below the item you’ll see the words ‘Have a promo code? Enter it now.’ Occasionally, Zazzle issues promotional codes for things like discounts, free shipping and other money-saving offers. promo.jpgKeep your eye out on the Zazzle website and in newsletters and other mailings you receive for these special codes, then enter them on your next purchase.

Speaking of promotional codes—a little doggie (Chubbs, actually) told us that next Monday, Zazzle may be offering a free shipping promo code somewhere on the web site. So keep your eyes peeled, and if you’re ordering next week, don’t forget to add your promo code!

Happy shopping!

- Team Zazzle

Zazzle Interviews Justin Hill

October 17, 2005

Looking through the gallery of Justin Laurence Hill (also known as Zazzle Contributor Gingerbloke) is a Yin/Yang experience. It’s hard to believe that the same artist created all of the items in the gallery — from the light-hearted, cartoony Snowman’s Land collection, to the futuristic, computer-generated Prints of Darkness collection. It’s truly an eclectic artwork collection (no wonder he calls it J.L.Hill’s Cornucopia!) Justin recently chatted about art with Team Zazzle, all the way from his home in Brighton on the south coast of England.

Zazzle: Where do you get your inspiration?
Gingerbloke: My inspiration is from a variety of different sources: everyday life, wordplay, the mysterious and unexplained. Other artists and their work inspires me, as well.

Z: How did you get started in art?
GB: I got started in art many years ago (around 1984) when I studied at art college.
Z: How long does it take you to create one of your images?
GB: The time varies to create one of my images. Some take 30 minutes whilst others can take days or weeks.

Z: What can we expect from you in the future?
GB: You can expect more humour and nonsense along with darker images plus a few surprises thrown in. I never know what I’m going to do next and with that sort of freedom it can go in any direction … and that’s why I love what I do.

Z: Any advice for fellow Zazzle Contributors?
GB: My advice for fellow Zazzle Contributors is to enjoy what you do and have fun with it. Everyone has the right to express themselves somehow or other and it’s wonderful to have a place like Zazzle where we can all see each others work from around the world.

Z: Which Zazzle Contributors’ work do you like?
GB: The Zazzle Contributor’s work that I like (at the moment) is Gilles Tran. The digital imagery they create is outstanding … truly breathtaking.

GB: I would like to take this opportunity to thank Zazzle for their outstanding site. I never thought I would get the chance to display my art so to have the chance to show it world wide is brilliant … to have the chance to sell it is even better!

» Visit Gingerbloke’s gallery
» “>View Gingerbloke’s profile

Weekly Contributor Feature

October 13, 2005

Every week we choose contributors to spotlight here at Zazzle. If you would like to be included in the nomination pool of featured contributors, send a note to zNews@zazzle.com with your gallery URL and mention one thing you would want to change at Zazzle.

Enjoy!!

- Zazzle Community Team

“Create what you love. Don’t create something just for the sake of making a quick buck and becoming popular. That will only last so long and it’s not very fulfilling. If you have even a hint of passion for creating something, run with it.” – Creativ82

» Read the whole interview
» Visit Creativ82′s store
» View Creativ82′s profile

Zazzle Community Giving!

October 3, 2005

Zazzle Giving Pod.jpgToday, we are very excited to announce the launch of the Zazzle Community Giving Program! The idea for this program was born of feedback we received from the Cure Autism Now Foundation who used Zazzle to make thousands of stamps for sale to their community. We realized that we had the chance to create a platform for community giving based around the free creation of custom charity products and custom galleries. After a few weeks of very hard work and great feedback from dozens of charities, the program goes live today with twelve charity galleries and two community galleries.

assetCharity_STC.gifCharity Galleries:
- Friends for Steven gallery
- Save the Children gallery
- NATIONAL CHILDREN’S LEUKEMIA FOUNDATION gallery
- LAM Foundation gallery
- Autism Society of America gallery
- Armed Forces Foundation gallery
- EBMRF gallery
- Forever Young Foundation gallery
- SARRC gallery
- Cure Autism Now gallery
- Mercy Ship gallery
- The Humane Society of the United States gallery

Breast_cancer_awareness_sz200.jpgCommunity Galleries:
- Breast Cancer Awareness Gallery
- Hurricane Relief Gallery

20% or more of each product sale in the Zazzle Giving galleries will be donated to the charitable organization that created the gallery. These charity products are differentiated in the Zazzle Marketplace with a special green ribbon that symbolizes the Zazzle Giving Program. In addition, you can view a directory of all the charitable organizations that are members of the Zazzle Giving Program.

Green_ribbon_96 copy.jpgWe are tremendously excited about the potential of the program and the opportunity it offers charities to raise awareness for their cause, empower their communities to showcase their support and also build a great online and offline presence for the non-profit.

Please send us all recommendations for charities that you think might benefit from membership in the program. It is entirely free to join, build a gallery and design products.

We are also constantly working to improve the program so all suggestions, feedback and ideas are much appreciated!

- Zazzle Product Team


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