Archive for March, 2010

Four New iPhone Cases from Zazzle Labz and Artsprojekt

March 30, 2010

Hot on the heels of our Labz iPhone cases added to Apple Stores, we’ve added four new iPhone Speck cases to Labz! Check out the new iPhone cases below.

What would you want to put on an iPhone case?

Zazzle kicks it at SXSW

March 29, 2010

Last week, 3 Zazzlers including myself participated in the awesomeness in Texas, otherwise known as SXSW.  Fun was had, bands played mostly great music, beer and bbq were in abundance.

To commemorate this huge week in music, Zazzle launched Lyrical Inspirations Fan Merchandise in collaboration with SonyATV, the premiere music publishing company with the largest share of radio play in the U.S. market.  To launch the Lyrical Inspirations Fan Merch initiative, Artsprojekt procured original art from some of the world’s most cutting-edge talent including Andy Howell, Ginger Che, Anneli Olander, Noumeda, Steve Thomas, and Thomas Fuchs.  Artists and fans alike are now able to create unique designs inspired by classics such as “I Fought the Law,” “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” “Come Together,” “Like a Virgin,” “Heartbreak Hotel,” within a protected system of feedback and compensation. The result is pretty amazing, and we invite all to participate!

My SXSW Music Highlights included….

Zazzlers’: Cheap Trick, She Wants Revenge, Solange Knowles, and The Law.

Performers at the Zazzle sponsored Bay Area Takeover: The Ferocious Few, Sonny and the Sunsets, Geographer, Young Prisms, Ty Segall, The Sandwitches, Birds & Batteries, Tempo No Tempo, Leopold and his Fiction, Man/Miracle, Sleepy Sun, Still Flyin’, Or, the Whale, and Wallpaper.

Pix from our event The Bay Area Takeover!

Performers at the Zazzle sponsored Sonicbids event: CassavettesBad VeinsObi BestThe UglysuitCosmo JarvisJets OverheadThe BroderickBear HandsKate Miller-HeidkeFrancis, and Family of the Year.

Pix from our event with Sonicbids!

Various other amazing acts that we caught in no particular order: She and Him, Broken Bells, Surfer Blood, The Temper Trap, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Miike Snow, Matt Morris, Carney, Band of Skulls, Scissor Sisters, Rey Fresco, Nicole Atkins, Suzanne Vega, Charanga Cakewalk, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Dr. Dog, Jakob Dylan and the Three Legs (featuring Neko Case and Kelly Hogan), Neon Trees, Everything Everything, Chasing Kings, Crash Kings, and the illustrious Bone Thugs n’ Harmony… I could go on and on.

The week was also filled with new tech launches and fresh ideas.  4 highlights that I came away with:

-          Crowd-sourcing/Crowd-funding is injecting fresh energy into the music industry and is serving to keep bands afloat financially and creatively. Leading the way are companies like Kickstarter, Topspin, Bandbox, Nimbit, and Creative Allies.

-          Social media engagement is best utilized when focused; it does not have to be daunting and it can be fun.  Location based media was the hot new word on the Austin streets with companies like Gowalla, Four Square, and Whrrl asking everyone to check in here, there, and everywhere.  They may have some great functions, but I am happy to stick with Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace.

-          Augmented Reality is not just for creepy dudes and James Cameron fans’, it has many real life applications that truly augment reality. Companies like Total Immersion, Zugara, Redlaser, and Layar are doing some pretty amazing stuff.

-          Less is almost always more.  More often than not, filtering and condensing gets the point across more effectively.  A great example of this throughout the convention center: the trash bins here are labeled “Compost / Recycle / Landfill.”  That last word makes us all think about the end result of our behavior… And perhaps this is why Twitter filled up 3 exhibit halls full of folks for their less than stellar keynote, because 140 characters is plenty.

On that note, I bid adieu and ask that you follow me on Twitter @zazzlemusic.

Partying with Rachael Ray!

I was on bike all week, but watch the Fader fort will get ya!

Foto Friday – Earn $5 with your Zazzle photos!

March 26, 2010

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.


go go rainbow shirt


Sham Rock Guitar T Shirts
St-Patrick’s cupcake T Shirt


I’ll Drink You Bitches Under The Table Shirts


VEGAN animals, planet, health (blue back) Hoody
VEGAN Distressed Baseball Cap


Que huong – Customized – Customized Tee Shirts
Viet Nam – Customized Mug

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 Michael Creese

March 25, 2010

Michael, Mozaix, was kind enough to sit down and answer a few questions about his paintings, and the fun he has on Zazzle. Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out his store Mozaix!

Origami Mousepad

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

Michael: My name is Michael Emmett Creese. I was born in Chicago, Illinois, and studied art at Carnegie Mellon University, in Pennsylvania, where I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. I paint in the oil impasto style, a technique used in art where paint is laid thickly on canvas, leaving visible brush (or palette knife) strokes. When dry, impasto provides a great deal of texture to the finished painting. I also work with several other mediums in addition to oils, most notably watercolors. I offer poster prints, cards, and calendars on Zazzle, in addition to a variety of other products.

Zazzle: What’s your inspiration for your designs?

Michael: My designs are based on my oil paintings. I try to paint subjects that will look nice on Zazzle products, then I design text and image placement in a way to add interest and appeal.

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

Michael: My favorite design would have to be my koi fish paintings calendar. I love the variety of fonts that Zazzle provides. There is always a font that looks good with a particular design. I have never seen this variety and quality of fonts anywhere else but Zazzle. I especially love the “Fun Fonts”. The calendar templates at Zazzle make is so much fun to create and share.

Koi Fish Paintings Calendar

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

Michael: I think the fun and excitement in Zazzle is the community of Sellers. They are so generous with comments and praise for other Sellers’ creations. I get a lot of good feedback and direction from other Sellers on Zazzle, and I have returned the favor by taking every opportunity to provide encouragement and feedback to others.

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

Michael: I love the Zazzle Customize feature. It is what sets Zazzle apart from the pack. It allows you so much freedom in design, and works intuitively every step of the way.

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

Michael: I have looked through many of the community forums, and found some good advice. One good piece of advice explained that to increase sales on Zazzle, you should strive to get as many good designs and products as possible. So I set my sites on over one-thousand Zazzle products, and sure enough, my sales have increased dramatically. So I would say to anyone wanting to sell on Zazzle that quality is the number one goal, followed by quantity and variety of selection.

Thanks Michael!

Redwood City Parks and Recreation Showing Off Their Zazzle!

March 24, 2010
Redwood City Zazzle Store

Redwood City (RWC to those in the know), home to the Zazzle HQ and luscious green parks, recently sent RWC staffers to the California Parks and Recreation Society event in Palm Springs where I am sure they discussed the total lack of tilt-a-whirls in adult parks (it’s a major issue). While engaging in these heated discussions, they of course showed off the t-shirts from their Redwood City Zazzle store! Here’s what Jordana, an RWC Parks and Rec employee, had to say about wearing their awesome Zazzle t-shirts:

“Eight Redwood City Employees represented their own as well as Zazzle at the annual CPRS conference. We heard a lot of “What’s Zazzle?” We were happy to explain that we can print on-demand shirts and sell them to enthusiastic supporters with no overhead and no inventory. We love not having a backlog of unsold t- shirts and an easy way to promote ourselves in this down economy. Thank you Zazzle!”

Are you a park (you’re a park? Parks can read?)? Do you run a park? Well you might want to check out the Sell page to learn more about opening your own free, zero inventory Zazzle store today!

Biden, Zazzle, and MSNBC – This is a big F***king Deal!

March 23, 2010

In case you haven’t heard, our favorite VP of Gaffes has done it again with his announcement that the passage of the health care legislation is a “Big f***king deal!” Well in fact it has been a big deal! The quote inspired lots of Sellers to make t-shirts and MSNBC to talk about the t-shirts. Check out the video of our CEO talking about the t-shirts designed by Sellers today that aired today (internet = real-timey). Also, check out below for more a big fucking deal t-shirts.

 

Softproduct’s Wonderful Zazzle Poem

March 22, 2010

Softproduct, posted this poem in the forums about Zazzle and the community of artists that make this place great. Its awesomeness needed to be shared on the blog.

Ahem..

This Zazzle family continues
to
insinuate its values
to the sinew.

You are the people that I want to be.
The people I can see that care.

People who are aware, and are there when I need.
And no, it’s not about greed.
It’s about the art of being human.

It’s about the Human art of caring, sharing, and being daring in a sea of noise.

It’s about creating smiles, not just making toys.

My Zazzle friends are talented, helpful, hopeful, and sometimes a handful.
They help me design, unwind, and learn how to be kinder in a world that needs more saints.

Zazzle is the canvass on which they paint.

I see fairies, prairies, and photography that nearly blinds me.
I am amazed by the creativity I see daily. Barely able to exhale before I see another design that devastates, levitates, or finds me without speech, or breath.

I suffocate gladly on this ether of creation.
It is an atmosphere I call the Zazzle nation.

WORD!

Foto Friday – Earn $5 with your Zazzle photos!

March 19, 2010

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.


IN CASE OF ZOMBIE BITE poster

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 Mariana Musa

March 18, 2010

Mariana, from the FloatingLemons Zazzle Stores, was kind enough to sit down and answer some questions about her inspirations and what brought her to Zazzle. Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out her stores FloatingLemons & FloatingLemonsType!

Lily of the Valley Thank You Card

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

Mariana: Although I’ve always been interested in art, and after high school actually managed to do a one year foundation course, life and other interests/distractions got in the way. I studied literature, got an MA from NYU, returned to Malaysia to work as a journalist, in advertising and as a volunteer at a writer’s centre in Australia amongst other things. So it wasn’t until 3 years ago (after a 20 year ‘break’) that I picked my colored pencils up again and, with the help and encouragement of the Everyday Matters Yahoo Community, began working at my art seriously.

The great thing about Zazzle is that I get to live anywhere in the world and am still able to work on my stores. I’m fortunate that my other job is as ‘mobile’, so I am now living in the inspiringly beautiful French countryside and still working at both jobs. My aim is to learn other mediums and eventually give up the ‘other’ job and concentrate fully on my artwork. Thank you to Zazzle for that opportunity!

Zazzle: What’s your inspiration for your designs?

Mariana: That’s simple … pretty much anything and everything I see around me. I do try and look at things from different angles so that others who view my work realize that even everyday objects can look beautiful if seen anew from another perspective. We tend to take the things around us for granted and lose sight of the beauty in simple things.

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

Mariana: That’s a toughie. I tend to like what I’ve most recently been working on, especially if it in some way tells me that there has been some progression in my work — that I’ve actually improved in some way! I’m constantly experimenting with my colored pencils and layering and mixing, so each work is in itself therapeutic even when I get to the inevitable mid-way “I hate it and it is going to be terrible” spot. I keep going and hope that I’ll get to the “ah, it  might turn out relatively decent after all” bit and usually end up heaving huge sighs of relief when it’s done, upon which it becomes a favorite till I start the next one.

Having said that, I love coffee and tea and have been known to consume rather large amounts throughout the day, so my drawings like my Coffee Break are pretty much top of my list of personal faves.

I’ve also recently started producing hand drawn (cleaned up on Photoshop and Illustrator) text designs as well, and I’ve ended up opening a separate store for them. A couple of these have become favorites, as I can indulge and either write out favorite sayings and quotes or work on the Names Database that I’ve started up. Will eventually get names down from A-Z and am receiving many requests for those … they make unique gifts for friends and family, hint hint.

Go Green Leaf Mens T-Shirts

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

Mariana: Customization! Being able to design every single one of my products individually. I love the greeting cards and have plans to spread my artwork through all three available sides of the card … am in awe of the fact that I can include that in my overall art plan … haven’t been able to take as much advantage of it as I’d like to as yet, but ideas are on their way.

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

Mariana: Hmmmm … thing is, just discovering and joining Zazzle has turned the whole ensuing process into a fun experience for me, so it’s difficult to single out any one particular story. The first thing I noticed as I fumbled my way through setting up my first store, was that the other Zazzlers were incredibly helpful and friendly. I haven’t been at the forums enough lately as I’ve been extra busy (also had a huge operation this summer that left me exhausted for a long while), but there’s always someone who will answer any question, help solve problems or just chat about what they’re going through — the Zazzle community is wonderful, they’re the ones full of fun tales to share!

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

Mariana: The wonderful range and variety of products available. It seems almost magical to me that anyone can customize or create a pair of shoes, skateboard, t-shirt and include matching cards and stamps … my dream come true. Have I mentioned yet that I tend to get a wee bit obsessively carried away by things like this? It’s one of the small pleasures of life for me. Of course, once I got started I couldn’t stop … and don’t intend stopping anytime soon either.

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

Mariana: Firstly and most important: marketing marketing marketing! It’s terribly important. Imagine walking into a huge shopping mall … how would you get customers to find your store amongst all the rest? You have to find ways of letting people know that you exist or nobody will walk through your doors.

At least 80% of my time is spent marketing in one way or another. Start a blog, join facebook, twitter away. But be subtle about it, please. I find that I’m enjoying communicating with others and have discovered many talented people through my marketing efforts so that’s an inspirational incentive.

Secondly, I try to look at my designs from the perspective of a shopper. The question I constantly ask myself is: Would I buy what I’m putting up? I have to admit that there are occasions when I’m not too happy with a drawing I’ve done but I put it up anyway and it ends up surprising me by being hugely popular … thing is, I do ensure that I at least design and place it as well as possible for the product it’s going onto. It’s the least I can do for anyone who takes the time to browse through my store — I do want to make it a pleasant experience for them and encourage them to return.

Thanks Mariana!

PRO-Keds Pattern Shoe Contest Winners!

March 17, 2010

The PRO-Keds pattern shoe contest is over and the winners have been selected! Our panel of judges selected 11 winners from the more than 700 shoe designs submitted. See below for PRO-Keds Pattern Shoe Contest winners!

Grand Prize Winner

The $1,000 grand prize goes to Crowded Monsters Hi Tops Custom PRO-Keds by dooni_notebooks! Congrats dooni_notebooks on your winning PRO-Keds Shoe!

Honorable Mention Winners

Tile in the Tropics Custom Pro-keds by candystore


Shoe City – Circuit – Mens Pro Keds by shoecity


Coffee Beans Custom Pro Keds by jennsdoodleworld


Treason Custom Pro-keds by creativenergy


Urban Lime Custom Shoes by StarStock


Jungle Boogie Custom Pro Keds by 21gunsalute


Pink Leopard Pattern Hi-top shoes by golden_oldies


Desert Camo PRO-Keds by krispyskingdom


plaid & peppers pro keds by Teesstore


Scrolls, Skulls & Spades Pro-keds by shantyshawn

Thank you to everyone that submitted designs, this was our hardest contest to judge yet!


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