Archive for March, 2011

Zazzle Featured Seller Interview with PandaPad

March 31, 2011

Genevieve, from the Zazzle store PandaPad, answers some questions about her inspirations, her art style and her time at Zazzle. Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out her store PandaPad!

Fashionista Doggy Bag

Zazzle: When and how did you first become interested in art? How long have you been making art?

Genevieve: Ever since I could hold a pencil I was said to be drawing, so probably around the age of two? The first thing I remember drawing were circles…and if you look closely at my work, that probably is still quite prevalent. So you can say I’ve been making art for most of my life. God engraved it into me

Zazzle: What is your favorite style to create?

Genevieve: My favorite style is my most dominant which is a somewhat anime/manga/pop mix. My pieces are heavily influenced in terms of style by my Asian culture. Overall I just find the style appealing because I can mix different styles in the composition to get a different feel depending on the design.

Zazzle: When you’re not creating art, what are your other hobbies?

Genevieve: If I’m not drawing, I’m designing and coding websites (yes in some senses I find that fun), and if I’m not doing that I’m crafting cute little items to display and sell in other venues. That’s the quirk of having your career branch from your hobbies. Would that define me as a work-a-holic?

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

Genevieve: In all honesty, I don’t have one favorite design because each design carries the time, thought, story, intention and new-found artistic growth. If I were to choose some that I’m particularly fond of, I’d have to say some of my older work like China Doll and Under the Rising Sun, because they were turning points in my art style to do detailed, flat colouring. This allowed me to branch into my vector illustrations like Asian Flavour (featured in my artsprojekt shop).

China Doll Mousepad

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

Genevieve: I like the Zazzle Uploader because it is very convenient for me to upload multiple images and include all the information about each artwork in one shot. That way I don’t have to enter them one by one through the site and they automatically populate when I create a new product with the design.

Zazzle: Any artists you look up to when it comes to designing?

Genevieve: God. I consider Him the definition of creativity and originally because when you think of it, he created the bases for all the creative ideas we ourselves take reference to. There is no better way for myself to get creativity than to go outside for a walk in the park or to look out my window whether it be a sunny day or a snow-filled winter.

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

Genevieve: I don’t know if you would consider them fun stories but I know of exciting instances like when I first found out I was a Pro-Seller and when I got my first featured Zazzle product

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

Genevieve: Don’t rush your designs and try to research your target market. If you are here just to make money, feel free to make your designs available in many different options and in many customizable ways (but at least make sure you take the time to make your design presentable). However, if you are an artist who is looking to display themselves as a professional, don’t go through the generic motion of uploading an image and slapping it on all the products Zazzle has to offer.

Zazzle’s advantage is customization, and the abundance of products become tempting. But by all means, be picky about what products you sell and how you display your design for each product. Ask yourself whether the design fits the product you’re placing it on and whether your customers would want it on that product. There is a big difference between generic, cookie cutter designs and those that are meant to represent an artist.

Thanks Genevieve

New! Six New Stickers of all Shapes and Sizes!

March 31, 2011

You may have already noticed, but we’ve upgraded our sticker selection. Now you can get your favorite Zazzle stickers in 7 different shapes…   Seven!  I know…  it’s all kinds of awesome. Check out some of my favorite new and creative designs in the new shapes below.

You can now shop for stickers (or create custom stickers) in the following shapes:

OVAL:

Bold Cupcake StickersOval Football StickerStiletto Gang Member Sticker

SQUARE:

Ornamental Monogram StickerOld World Elegance Graduation StickerA Gift Blue Daisy Sticker

RECTANGLE:

Peony Damask Save the Date StickerWedding Planner Profile Business StickerJungle Giraffe Pink Book Plate Sticker

TRIANGLE:

Canada StickerPink Ribbon Survivor StickerSeven Chakras Sticker

STAR:

USA Stars and Stripes Star Flag StickerOptical Illusion StickerShining Star Sticker

HEART:

Sweet 16 Zebra Print StickerFall Maple Leaves Wedding StickerI Love Lemurs Sticker

And for the traditionalists out there…

ROUND:

It's a Boy Congratulations StickerThank You So Very Much StickerFunky Flowers Address Label Sticker

We’d love to see any stickers you make in the new shapes, so please share them in the comments below or send us a Tweet!

Zazzle + SXSW Recap with Pictures

March 30, 2011
Zazzle at SXSW
The Zazzle Make Crew

The return flights have all landed, the Zazzle Van has been washed, and the Zazzle Make Crew got some much needed rest. The consensus was reported; Zazzle’s presence at 2011 SXSW was an astounding success. Now that the Austin dust has settled a bit, I thought I would share some of what Zazzle was doing at SXSW to spread the amazing power of the Zazzle platform with the world.

There’s no better way to describe the event than in words of Zazzle Make Crew member Rob:

“From the moment we landed in Austin, we were busy making tons of cases for rock stars, dot-comers, artists, and everyone else that came through. Hundreds of iPhones at SXSW were rocking a Zazzle case with custom graphics on them!”

We partnered with Fast Company and Lincoln to create an awesome experience at SXSW for technology/music influencers and enthusiasts, featuring the Zazzle Mobile Make Station. In the Zazzle Mobile Make Station, a real-time design and manufacturing experience, participants had the opportunity to create an iPhone 4 case from their art and photos. Suffice to say free custom iPhone 4 cases were very popular with this tech savvy crowd and the Zazzle Make Crew was mobbed by fans. Check out below to see the picture of the Zazzle Make Crew in action at SXSW.

Zazzle at SXSW
The scene of the crime

Zazzle at SXSW
Julia Allison talkin’ Zazzle

Zazzle at SXSW
Andy helping some fans out with their cases

Zazzle at SXSW
Dog cases are cool

Zazzle at SXSW
Huh? Free iPhone 4 case? WINNING! (he said the last part in his mind – I can sense it)

Zazzle at SXSW
So many cases…

Zazzle at SXSW
Johnny Walter making a case

Zazzle at SXSW
Zazzle Make Crew at the Mobile Make Station

Zazzle at SXSW
I LOVE iPAD CASES!

Zazzle at SXSW
WE LOVE iPHONE CASES!

Zazzle at SXSW
WE LOVE iPHONE CASES! (and Rob)

The few days at SXSW were a total success. The Make Crew spread the good word about the Zazzle platform to hundreds of new fans, customers, and a few new Sellers as well. Were you at SXSW? Did you come to the Zazzle Mobile Make Station? Share your story in the comments!

Seller Wednesday – Three Great Tips for Graduation Invitations

March 30, 2011

This Seller Wednesday we’re going to focus on getting your stores ready for graduation season (which is starting NOW).

The season of congratulatory parties and throwing of mortarboards in the air is heavily focused on invitations. We put together a list of a few tips for when you add graduation invitations to your stores that should help you for years to come.

1.       Be sure the date is up-to-date

-          It’s important when creating new graduation products (or reorganize your store for graduation season) that the date isn’t 2008 or 2010 – they should be either dated 2011, or if you’d rather not redo your invites every year, 20xx or 201x. You can easily do this by creating a template (read more about that below).

Examples:

Photo Graduation Invitation Teal Blue Class of 2011 Graduation Party Invitations

2.       Maximize color options

-          It’s always a good idea to have options, and there’s nothing more variable than school colors.   So when you sit down and make an invite in navy blue, think about all the schools whose colors are gold, red, orange, purple, black, etc.

Example:

Graduation Announcement Black Graduation Announcement Green Graduation Announcement Red

3.       Templates!

-          It’s important to be sure you’re helping the customers when making a purchase so that they are more likely to complete that purchase. By making everything they have control over (dates, images, location info, etc) into template fields – it’s easy for the customer to edit the products and order quickly.  You can achieve this by clicking on the “advanced control button” in the design tool and checking the “make this a template” option.

Please share any tips you have for getting your stores ready for graduation in the comments below.

Be The First! Get Superman Earth One Products On Zazzle!

March 29, 2011

Superman’s look just got a bit more gritty.

Award winning writer J. Michael Straczynski and rising star artist Shane Davis, teamed up to launch a new take on the world’s most popular super heroes.  EARTH ONE is an exciting new graphic novel series with re-imagined DC heroes placed in today’s world.  This new series kicked off with the world’s most popular super hero – Superman.

Zazzle is the first to get these designs on merchandise!  Be the first to get these designs on iphone cases, mouse pads, binders and more!

superman_earth_speckcasesuperman_earth_mousepadsuperman_earth_binder

Check out more Superman products at the Zazzle Superman and DC Comics stores!

TM & © DC Comics.
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The Winners Of The 2011 Spay Day Pet Photo Contest Are…

March 28, 2011

Drum roll please….The judged winners of the 2011 Spay Day Pet Photo Contest are:

See more winners at HSUS’s Pet Photo Contest website.

Zazzle partnered with The Human Society of The United States and Humane Society International to create awareness and raise funds for homeless pets around the world. The contest helped spread the spay and neuter message with the ultimate goal of saving an animal’s life.

Although the contest is over, continue to express love for your pet, and pets around the world, by shopping at the Zazzle HSUS store.

Foto Friday!

March 25, 2011

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.


Nahum The Ferret Necklace


The Alchemy of Filmmaking Mousepads


Sup Shirt


Stitchy Witchy Designs Logo Shirt


Cupcake Snob T Shirts


Emergency Medical Technician Tee Shirt


TWO MEN T-SHIRT

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 LyndasLines

March 24, 2011

Lynda, from the Zazzle store LyndasLines, answered some questions about her cartoons, her hobbies, and her time as a Zazzler. Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out her store LyndasLines!

It's a Boy Baby Congratulations Card

Zazzle: When and how did you first become interested in art? How long have you been making art?

Lynda: I’m told I’ve been drawing and coloring inside the lines since I was 5, and I do remember that I LOVED my box of 64 Crayola crayons with a sharpener in the back!

I’ve been creating art, illustrations and generally making a living at it for 30+ yrs.

Zazzle: When you’re not creating art, what are your other hobbies?

Lynda: When I’m not drawing, designing, painting or working on our other websites, I really enjoy photography – and laughing, a lot of laughing!

Zazzle: What is your favorite style to create?

Lynda: Cartoons are my favorite. They’re a bit of a break from the more realistic illustration and graphics I create; they offer the most fun for me and hopefully, make others smile too.

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

Lynda: Personally I had the most fun with the “Anita” designs from the Ladies & Gentlemen line. My favorite would be the “Anita ~ cup of coffee”.

Cup of Coffee Magnet

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

Lynda: I use the Quick Create tool for most designs, but I also love that I can accommodate some simple custom requests quickly and easily by clicking on the “Customize” button in my shop – because the description and tags, etc. are still in place using that feature. Both tools are huge time savers ~ always a welcome feature!

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

Lynda: I love when customers write to let me know how much they enjoy the design they chose to purchase, or when fellow sellers post on new designs to say they like this or that. It feels good to know you’re work is being found and appreciated.

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

Lynda: My sister and business partner found Zazzle and talked to me into trying it out. There’s a nice range of quality products, it didn’t cost me $ to set up a store, and the products can be customized a little or a lot. I became hooked!

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

Lynda: Twenty designs or less won’t get you noticed or bring in sales; you’ll need to put in the time and effort to offer a lot of designs. Make your store looks attractive enough so it’s someplace YOU would want to shop. DON’T COPY others’ designs. Understand going in that building a business or selling on the web, means learning patience, nothing happens overnight. Check out the Zazzle forum, read what others have to say or join in with questions or suggestions. There’s a lot to learn about the many facets of Zazzle, it can be a rewarding experience. Best of luck!

Thanks Lynda

Get New Street Fighter Gear At Zazzle

March 23, 2011

A new challenger has arrived!  In partnership with Capcom, Zazzle launched the Street Fighter store yesterday.  Your favorite childhood competitive fighting game just reached Zazzle with cool new t-shirts, iPhone and iPad cases, shoes, posters, mouse pads, and more.

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The Street Fighter store is just the latest edition of Zazzle’s library of awesome content.  It joins other Capcom stores such as Mega Man, Monster Hunter 3, Power Stone, Rival Schools, Ace Attorney and more great products from Capcom’s Classic Arcade.

Take a look at what Capcom has to say about these new Zazzle Street Fighter products on the Capcom Unity Blog.

T-Mobile customers now eligible for iPhone (custom cases)

March 22, 2011

AT&T’s proposed acquisition on T-Mobile means a massive telecom merger with lots of overtime for lawyers and a collection of great new phones for T-Mobile users – including the iPhone. I’m sure that many T-Mobile customers are excited by the world of apps and accessories now open to them through the AT&T/T-Mobile relationship. At Zazzle, we’d like to be the first to welcome these new T-Mobile users and let them know that (now available!) they can order custom iPhone cases for their AT&T/T-Mobile iPhones! There’s no need to wait for the completion of the merger. Get a custom case now and be ready on day one for your new iPhone. Please note: a custom iPhone case from Zazzle, while providing sexy maximum protection for your iPhone, will not help you get an iPhone any quicker (it will however make you look really cool waiting in line for one). Check out some of my favorite new iPhone 4 cases below.





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