Archive for November, 2009

Newsweek on Zazzle!

November 30, 2009

Here’s some Zazzle NEWS, Newsweek just opened a store on Zazzle! Now you can get Newsweek t-shirts, Newsweek mugs, Featured Newsweek magazines and more all in their Zazzle store. My personal favorite is the Stephen Colbert Newsweek edition that’s just truthy journalism. Shop the Newsweek Store now!

newsweek t-shirts newsweek magazine poster newsweek mug

Give Zazzle for the Holidays

November 27, 2009

Happy Holidays to all! The SEASON is here and that means it’s time to Give Zazzle for the perfect Christmas gift. What’s Give Zazzle? Give Zazzle is about sharing your creativity, cheer, laughter, uniqueness, and so much more with those that you care about. It’s giving a custom gift that doesn’t come off the rack or shelf, but straight from your heart. It’s your wedding photo on a mug, your office joke on a mousepad, your family on a t-shirt. It’s giving a gift that is the perfect complement to the person you’re giving it to. Start exploring the Give Zazzle Center now to find the perfect holiday gift that can’t be matched by anything found anywhere else on the planet (well maybe at Zazzle.de…)

The Avery & Zazzle Photo Album Design Contest WINNERS!

November 25, 2009

The Avery & Zazzle Photo Album Design Contest is over and the votes are in! Before we announce the winners we’d like to thank everyone for participating; it was another great set of entries for this contest and equally hard to judge.

Congratulations to KrispysKingdom for the 1st place entry Family Tree Photo Binder! Zazzle Seller KrispysKingdom will be receiving a check for $2,000! See below for all the winners of the Photo Album Binder Contest.

Contest Winner!

Photo Album Binder

Winners

See all the contest entries here and stay tuned if you’ve still got the contest bug…there’s another contest coming soon…

Zazzle — The Next Step in Evolution?

November 24, 2009

Today marks the 150th anniversary of the publishing of Darwin’s Origin of the Species.

We think that Zazzle, with its community-driven marketplace of billions of customizable products, represents a major evolutionary step in the advancement of human creativity and interaction. That concept is a bit complicated for a Tuesday afternoon, though.

So instead, here’s Zazzle seller NeoZAZ‘s take on the theory of evolution.

Evolution to De-evolution shirt
Evolution to De-evolution by NeoZAZ
Design a customized t shirt at Zazzle

Zazzle Featured Seller Interview With Olympia

November 24, 2009

Olympia, from the Zazzle Stores olmpal and zazzleproducts1, was kind enough to sit down and answer some questions about her experience as a Zazzler. Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out her stores olmpal and zazzleproducts1!

Christmas Tree Apron

Zazzle: First off, tell us a little bit about yourself.

Olympia: I live in Greece. Since my early years I have had an inclination for whatever has to do with art. Not being able to study something relevant to art, I finally became a Greek teacher. Some years ago, I took a course in drawing. Later on, I bought my first computer with drawing software. I loved it.

Zazzle: What’s your inspiration for your designs?

Olympia: Being born and raised in the country, I was always interested in nature. I liked to study things around me and I developed an interest in flowers and plants generally. So, when I started making designs my first source of ideas was the love towards flowers along with geometric designs, which I could find everywhere around me. However, I lately, started to “study” primitive and ancient art and I so much admire the things that all those ancient people created by just observing the world, that their creations became another source of inspiration for me. My designs are mostly decorative. They just exist to make the world around us more beautiful.

Zazzle: What has been your favorite design you’ve created, and why?

Olympia: My yellow flowers slip on shoe is one of my favorites. I love it because it is very versatile. I used it to make many different products such as business cards and stationery (among others).  I also love my black forest mousepad because it is very pretty and delightful.  I love beautiful things. I make my designs with that in my mind and I have fun making them!

Yellow Flowers Mini Slip on Shoes

Zazzle: What is your favorite Zazzle feature? How do you use it?

Olympia: I love making business cards templates. Business cards are my favorite products and I have a rich collection. When I first started making business cards I didn’t know about the template option. I made them but the customers had to customize the designs to fill in their personal details. I also like pasting text and product codes in the Basic Information section as in my Olmpal gallery.

Zazzle: Do you have any fun stories about being a seller on Zazzle?

Olympia: In the beginning, I hardly could keep myself away from my computer! I designed, uploaded and commented on other designer products, which is something I even now love to do! My daughter remarked that I had put on weight and that my butt looked bigger. I said her that my butt got flat because of the many hours I spent in front of my computer.

Zazzle: What got you interested in selling your art on Zazzle?

Olympia: At first I loved the ability to make shoes. It was love at first sight! Then just before last Christmas, I opened my second gallery and I was fascinated with all these wonderful products that Zazzle offers. Now I work more on my ZazzleProducts1 gallery, but I make shoes regularly as well.

Zazzle: What tips can you give someone who is just starting out on Zazzle?

Olympia: I would advise new Zazzlers to make quality products. They can use quick create but they should first make at least one of each product individually to see how things work and after making products using quick create to check them and delete the ones that have, let’s say, white borders or other defects.

Thanks Olympia!

Zazzle at the Big Game!

November 23, 2009

Last weekend was rivalry week for college football and in Northern California that means the Big Game between UC Berkeley and Stanford University. It is often a game with intense passion on both sides of the fence and a great college tradition to witness. The Big Game holds special meaning to Zazzle as our company founders are all Stanford Grads. We also have a lot of Berkeley grads in the office, though, and things get heated during Big Game week. In fact, we have to take care to maintain civility in office meetings.

To help give Stanford that extra edge on Saturday, we decided to sponsor a t-shirt giveaway for fans at the game! We gave away thousands of t-shirts and it was lots of fun speaking with existing Zazzle customers and meeting new ones! Check out pictures of intrepid Zazzlers that braved the cold to GIVE ZAZZLE and give away some great t-shirts.

Foto Friday – Earn $5 with your customer photos!

November 20, 2009

Check out this week’s Foto Friday Fun!

What’s Foto Friday? It’s our weekly blog post of customers enjoying their Zazzle products. Want to join in the fun and earn $5 towards your next Zazzle order? Read below for details on how to participate in Foto Friday.


Carpe Litum T Shirts


Y-Dynasty T-shirt


Giant panda bear cute cub

Want to join in? It’s easy and fun! For every photo you send us we’ll give you $5 to use on your next Zazzle order. So get started taking those pictures and join in on the Foto Friday fun!
Rules:

  1. You must be in the photo holding, wearing, hugging, or otherwise enjoying your Zazzle product
  2. If the product is available in the public Zazzle Marketplace, include the product link
  3. Be creative and have fun!

You can tweet your photos to @zazzle or do it the old fashioned way by emailing them to community@zazzle.com.

Zazzle Featured Seller Interview With DooniDesigns

November 19, 2009

Lauren, who has 16 galleries on Zazzle including DooniDesigns, was kind enough to sit down and answer some questions about her experience on Zazzle.  Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out her store DooniDesigns!

Beary Cheery Cheerleading Bear

Zazzle: First off, tell us a little bit about yourself.

Lauren: My name is Lauren.  I am 33 years old and I was born and raised in New Jersey.  Designing for Zazzle is my full time job! I found Zazzle by accident many years ago,but didn’t utilize it full force until a year and a half ago (so glad I did!)  I  It allows me to stay at home with my 9 month old daughter.  I also just started a site where you can purchase graphics to use on Zazzle, Dooni Graphics. I started this site because I know what it feels like to have a good idea but little capability to make an image to go with the concept.

Zazzle: What’s your inspiration for your designs?

Lauren: Many things inspire my designs.  It gives me a chance to express myself like nothing else. I am inspired by everyday life.

Zazzle: What has been your favorite design you’ve created, and why?

Lauren: My favorite designs is my “cute oh snap gingerbread man“. I like this design the best because it is both funny and cute!

Mommy and Baby Penguin

Zazzle: What is your favorite Zazzle feature? How do you use it?

Lauren: My favorite Zazzle feature is the quick create.  I love that I can produce many designs and I can offer them to the public in an organized and quick way.

Zazzle: Do you have any fun stories about being a seller on Zazzle?

Lauren: My hummingbird tie was worn by Ted Danson on the show Bored to Death!  Funny thing is, I didn’t even know about it until someone commented on my product to let me know it was in Entertainment Weekly!

Zazzle: What got you interested in selling your art on Zazzle?

Lauren: I went to school for graphic design and was really interested in working from my home. Zazzle = PERFECT!!

Zazzle: What tips can you give someone who is just starting out on Zazzle?

Lauren: The best advice I can give is to not give up!  I have come across so many creative and talented people that would throw in the towel too quickly.  It takes time.. oh, and it doesn’t hurt to have a web site to advertise yourself.

Thanks Lauren!

Statement on Psalm 109 Products

November 18, 2009

Dear Zazzle Member or Concerned Citizen—

Today, there has surfaced a great deal of discussion and debate over certain products in the Zazzle Marketplace which reference text from Psalm 109 in combination with reference to President Barack Obama.  We at Zazzle are aware of the issue, and would like to take this opportunity to respond in a unified and public fashion to all parties and viewpoints.

Zazzle puts great value on its Marketplace as a forum for discussion and debate of the issues of our day.  We are proud of the fact that no matter how arcane or apparently esoteric a subject may be, there can often be found Zazzle products pertaining to it.  We are particularly sensitive to Zazzle as an open forum for the expression and debate of political viewpoints.  The rigorous debate and discussion of political issues, including candidates for political office, our elected leaders, and pending and actual legislation, is something that drives the very democracy that in turn allows for our freedom as citizens to make these expressions in the first place.

With that in mind, it is only after great thought that we have determined that these products, in the context of the full text of Psalm 109, may be interpreted in such a way as to suggest physical harm to the President of the United States.  In deference to the Office of the President of the United States, and in accordance with federal law prohibiting the making of threats against the physical wellbeing of the President of the United States, Zazzle has therefore determined that these products are in violation of the Zazzle User Agreement and not appropriate for inclusion in the Zazzle Marketplace.  We have begun efforts to remove them from our website, and we will be vigilant to the publication of similar products moving forward.

Zazzle will continue to allow and encourage the submission of products that express disapproval or approval of the President’s policies and actions, but Zazzle will not permit products that may be interpreted to suggest violence toward the President.

Sincerely,
The Zazzle Team

Happy 81st Birthday Mickey!

November 18, 2009

Who’s the leader of the club that’s made for you and me? M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E! Happy birthday Mickey! Disney’s iconic character, Mickey Mouse, turned 81 today (he doesn’t look a day over 25) and we’re celebrating by sharing some of our favorite Mickey products, which make great gifts for Mouseketeers of all ages!


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