Archive for July, 2011

Zazzle Foto Friday!

July 29, 2011

Check out this week’s Foto Friday!

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? See details on how to participate in Foto Friday.


birdie big sister back t shirts


bumpersticker bumper sticker


Purple Camo Shoe

Join in the fun now! Learn more about submitting your photos and videos to Foto Friday!

Zazzle Featured Seller Interview with JDavidMcKenney

July 28, 2011

Joshua, from the Zazzle store JDavidMcKenney, talks to us about his artistic style and his time at Zazzle.  Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out his store JDavidMcKenney!

Art Print Naya

Bio: I grew up in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and moved to New York when I was nineteen. I was majoring in photography at Parson School of Design when I dropped out my second year to pursue a career in illustration. My first illustration jobs were doing t-shirt designs and prints with Heatherette. I have since gone on to do work with many clients including Harper Collins, Mattel, Scholastic Books, Penguin, three marketing campaigns for Mariah Carey, MAC Cosmetics, and Seventeen Magazine. I now share a workspace called Studio LoveChilde with my very good friend and collaborator Andrew Yang, where in addition to illustration I’m focusing on fine art, photography, sculpture, doll making, puppetry, rococo wigs, and oil painting.

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

Joshua: I have been drawing since I was about two or three years old. I can’t imagine a time when I was not creating art because it’s the only way I know how to vent all the fantasies inside my head.

Zazzle: What’s your favorite medium to use?

Joshua: I usually like to work in graphite and loose inks with pens and brushes but I also use watercolors, pastels, markers, colored pencil, and I’m beginning to experiment with oil painting. I sometimes, but not always, use a good deal of Photoshop too.

Zazzle: How would you describe your style?

Joshua: Hmmm…..a freestyle version of Art Nouveau with a nod to the 70′s , 80′s, and Japanese Manga.

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

Joshua: That’s a hard question to answer! I usually like whatever I have created most recently; I really like my Zodiac Girl Series at the moment.

Virgo Girl T-Shirt

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

Joshua: I look up to a lot of other artists. My favorite artists are Mel Odom, Ruben Toledo, Edmund Dulac, Patrick Nagel, George Petty, Pater Sato, Aubrey Beardsley, Alphonse Mucha, and Kay Nielsen.

Zazzle: What’s your favorite Zazzle product to create?

Joshua: I find designing shoes to be very satisfying because you have to look at your designs with a fresh eye in a “non-rectangular” context. I also love seeing my work on t-shirts.

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

Joshua: What artist wouldn’t be interested in seeing their art on stuff and creating products that can be used and worn by people all over the world?  Zazzle is awesome because it gives you the opportunity to see your imagery in new and exciting ways.

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

Joshua: Make sure you love everything you create! Of course we all want to make money but I think it’s important to create things that you would want to have yourself.

Thanks Joshua!

THE ZAZZLE SOMBRERO CHALLENGE

July 27, 2011


(from left: Erik, Lisa, Jenny, Alie the Intern, and scared Elyse)

This all began at the Zazzle HQ’s business park’s annual fiesta. Free sombreros were handed to each of us, we wore them and ate tacos – twas an enjoyable event. But now we are back at our desks, still wearing these festive caps, wondering when the party will end. So it was decided – the weakest willed shall determine el fin.

The challenge is simple: Last sombrero standing wins. Sombreros must be continuously worn during work hours. This includes meetings, lunches, and, most importantly, potty breaks. We are all very stubborn individuals so this could go on for days, weeks, etc. I am terrified.

What do you think should be my the winner’s prize? Share in the comments below!

Feel free to place bets and stay tuned!

Cool Story, Bro – But Honey Badger Don’t Care

July 26, 2011

Hi, I’m Jenny! I will be here to give you a crash course in Zazzle trends and culture. First up: Cool Story, Bro and Honey Badger T-Shirts.

Why are these designs running amuck throughout the Zazzle marketplace? Well, let me tell you.

“Cool Story, Bro” began as a sarcastic response to online posts and comments considered boring or trivial. It’s the internet’s way of shutting you down. Now, you can bring this insulting catchphrase to real life and shut your friends down. Finally, an outlet!

Guess who cares about you less than your friends? The honey badger, that’s who. His emerging popularity is stemmed from a YouTube video gone viral. It depicts a honey badger dangerously hunting for food. What makes this video even more appealing is its flamboyant narration. The commentator emphasizes how much the honey badger “don’t care.” He gets stung by hundreds of bees, “don’t care.” He gets bit by a cobra he’s captured, passes out from the venom, wakes up and continues eating the cobra, “don’t care.” I guess lots of Zazzlers would do the same because these shirts are hot!

Moral of this story: it’s apparently more fun not to care.

What is Owling?

July 25, 2011

People love taking pictures of themselves. Recently, people have found an interesting, almost bizarre way to take this to another level. For those of you who are not familiar with this emerging photo trend, owling involves getting your picture taken in a perched position as if mimicking an owl.


Hilary Duff owling as posted on her Twitter account.

According to Google Insights, “owling” has recently become much more interesting than “standing up”.

What do you think? Will owling gain an even greater following? Or will this internet trend just fade away and lead to something newer and stranger?

+100 internet points to people who incorporate owling in their Foto Friday submissions or creative designs in their stores! Don’t have a store yet? Make one!
And remember folks, if you plan on taking your own bizarre photos, don’t forget to be safe and use caution!

Introducing Zazzle Black: Free shipping looks good on you

July 25, 2011

How does a year of unlimited free shipping sound? Good? More refreshing than iced tea on a hot summer day? More filling than warm biscuits and gravy during the dead of winter? Well then you’re going to love Zazzle Black…Join the Zazzle Black program and get FREE STANDARD SHIPPING on any order to any location in the continental U.S., Alaska, and Hawaii, and exclusive discounts on Zazzle products for an entire year. Just launched on Friday, Zazzle Black is the perfect way to get all your Zazzle products without every worrying about shipping. Sign up now for a one-month free trial and enjoy FREE standard shipping on any order you place for a 30-day period! Learn more about Zazzle Black today!

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Foto Friday

July 22, 2011

Check out this week’s Foto Friday!

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? See details on how to participate in Foto Friday.


Beer Pong Tee Shirts


I Love Camels T-Shirt


REAGAN is My Homeboy Tee Shirts


Aqua-marine and Silver Monogrammed Invitation

Join in the fun now! Learn more about submitting your photos and videos to Foto Friday!

Zazzle Featured Seller Interview with Kristadegroot

July 21, 2011

Krista, from the Zazzle store Kristadegroot, talks to us about her illustrations and her time as a Zazzler.  Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out her store Kristadegroot!

Drain Frog T-Shirt

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

Krista: I’m Krista, I’m 35, and I live in a town named Alkmaar, one of the cheese capitals of The Netherlands (Edam and Gouda are also famous for their cheese, besides Alkmaar). They also sometimes call Alkmaar little Venice, because of all the tiny canals we have in the old town. I work fulltime as a graphic designer for a design studio. Zazzle is one of my hobbies and consumes a LOT of my spare time.

Zazzle: What’s your inspiration for your designs?

Krista: I’m running four Zazzle-stores, and each one of them has a different theme, so I get my inspiration from everywhere really. For example the inspiration for my Awsome Awnimals shop and Kawaiishop mostly come from children’s drawings and for my Dutch Design shop I can just take a walk around the old market place of Alkmaar, or go for a bike ride, ’cause there are lots of windmills and tulip fields around Alkmaar.

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

Krista: I do not really consider myself an artist, but I have been drawing and designing since I could hold a pencil. When I had to make an assignment for school I always started with the front page and tried to make it as beautiful as I could, instead of doing the actual assignment. Back then I didn’t know there were people walking around this earth doing the exact same thing I did, but for a living. They were called designers.

Zazzle: A lot of your work seems to be more vector art – when did you start illustrating? Are there other styles of art you enjoy creating as well?

Krista: I went to the Academy of Arts, but my education there was merely typographic. In my job as a designer I did get the chance to do more illustration, but not nearly as often as I wanted to, because customers sometimes don’t like their design to be illustrated. As much as I enjoy designing magazines and websites and such, the real fun for me is in drawing crazy creatures that don’t really exist.

There are other art styles that I like, such as painting or crayon, but the art style that I love most, above all else, is music. You can’t put music on a t-shirt, but I often go to concerts and festivals, ’cause seeing musicians perform really makes the world go ’round. And the days after a concert, I really feel the boost to design some more…

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

Krista: Well, speaking of weird creatures, the Drain Frog is definitely one of my favourites. Here’s how he was born: The drainpipe of my sink got clogged one day. When it was fixed and the water ran through the drain, it sounded as if a frog was yelling out loud. That’s why I made this weird combo of a drain cap in a frog’s face. In that same evening I created the Trumpet Duck, another one of my favourites. It’s what you get when you put a duck and a trumpet in a blender…

Trumpet Duck Speckcase

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

Krista: I recently “discovered” Quick Create. I already knew the feature, but I was too preoccupied (read: lazy) to set up a whole bunch of my own templates. Now that I did, it saves me a lot of time on certain designs. Especially when you have one single design object and a background pattern for example, Quick Create comes in very handy. I still prefer making designs one by one, though. Even if it’s slower, the products you get are prettier and customers will see that you put more effort into it.

Zazzle: What’s your favorite Zazzle product to create?

Krista: I like the iPhone and iPad cases, ‘cause my vector style designs really look cool on them.

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

Krista: I started out on another POD, but the amount of products was too limited for me. When I started Googling, I stumbled upon Zazzle and the huge amount of different products really stood out. The PayPal payment method is also very convenient, ’cause in the Netherlands, you just can’t cash checks. My sales aren’t going through the roof yet, and probably never will, but I’m seeing progress month by month as I learn new Zazzle things every day.

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

Krista: Read the forums! I got so much help from fellow Zazzlers when I started. Some people never get tired of stupid questions and will patiently answer them for you. As I got more and more experienced and started to use the Beta design section, the forum members really did help me out a few times with the CSS and XHTML coding.

Another tip: be patient. And another one (for free!): still be patient. Setting up a store in real life takes a lot of effort, so does a Zazzle store. Put your heart and soul into your store, never give up hope and you will be rewarded one day.

Thanks Krista!

Time is running out! Enter the Zazzle + Aviary API Mashup Developer Contest

July 21, 2011

There’s only a few days left to enter your app in the Zazzle + Aviary Mashup API contest! Learn more about the contest below.


What’s better than a single API contest? How about a double API contest! A double API contest means double the fun, double the potential, and of course double the prizes (the prizes are better than double mint gum). We’ve teamed up with Aviary, innovators of an amazing photo effects API, to launch the Zazzle + Aviary content API Developer Contest. Read on to learn more.

The Challenge
Take the power of the Aviary Effects API and the Zazzle Create-a-Product API (Advanced PDF documentation 1, 2, 3) to build an awesome application that allows users to have fun with photos and create products all at once (1,000 bonus points for the developer that integrates a THIRD random API into their application). Easy right? If you’re having trouble coming up with a creative idea, Aviary has a brainstorm list of great ideas to get the 1s and 0s flowing in your head.

The Pay-Off
All valid entrants will be honored in the contest gallery and have a chance to win:

  • Grand Prize: $500 Zazzle gift certificate, $500 in Aviary dollars, contest t-shirt and stickers
  • Runner-Up: $350 Zazzle gift certificate, $350 in Aviary dollars, contest t-shirt and stickers
  • Honorable Mention: $200 Zazzle gift certificate, $200 in Aviary dollars, contest t-shirt and stickers

Get Crackin!
Deadline to enter the contest is July 26th, 2011 at 11:59pm PT

Submit an entry
To submit your entry, just send it in here.

Judges
Zazzle and Aviary higher-ups will judge the applications based on technical accomplishment, cleverness, originality, and the value of the application. The more unique the application, the better.

Questions?
If you have any questions about the Effects API or about this contest, please visit the Aviary developer site or Google Group, or send an email to api@aviary.com.

If you have any questions about our Create-a-Product API, please visit the developer site, download the Create-a-Product PDF’s (which will head off most issues) or send an email to devsupport@zazzle.com

RAWWRRRR – Lion Cases for OSX Lion

July 20, 2011

Hot on the heels of a better-than-expected earnings report, Apple has released its latest version of the popular OSX software named OSX Lion. To celebrate my love for Apple and those wonderful devices they make, I thought I’d share my favorite lion iPhone cases, lion iPod Touch cases, and lion iPad cases below. RAWWWRRRR!


What’s your favorite lion product on Zazzle? Share in the comments!


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