Archive for July, 2011

One day after the World Cup on Zazzle.co.jp….

July 18, 2011

After Japan’s win in yesterday’s Women’s World Cup final there was lots of celebrating by Japanese fans around the world and some of that celebration even made it onto Zazzle.co.jp in the form of product creation. It’s amazing to see the Japanese patriotic product creation that was sparked by the win in Germany contrasted against the US domain trying to forget the loss with honey badger t-shirt creation and iPod Touch case creation…I can’t wait to see what happens after the next international sporting event. See below for some of my favorite recently created products from the Zazzle Japanese domain.

Zazzle Launches Custom iPod Touch Cases

July 15, 2011

Just like our iPhone cases and iPad cases, we now have customizable iPod Touch cases! The iPod Touch case is super durable, hard-shell, form-fitting, and of course completely customizable. It’s perfect for protecting your iPod in style while you rock out (I rock out HARD so I definitely need a case). This is another example of a product from the Zazzle/Speck partnership designed to bring you great customized and fitted electronic device cases. Check out some of the new iPod Touch cases below or create your own custom iPod Touch case now!


Gryffindor iPod Touch Case


Batman Black and Yellow Logo iPod Touch Case


Han in Carbonite iPod Touch Case


Yoda iPod Touch Case


Wile E Coyote iPod Touch Case


Flowers and Butterflies iPod Touch Case

Foto Friday – Customers with Products!

July 15, 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.


Wonder Woman Run Post Cards


Jedi Knights Print
McQuarrie Art – Luke & Emperor – Star Wars Poster
Darth Vader – Episode IV Print
Jabba the Hutt: Original Gangster Posters

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

Zazzle Featured Seller Interview with MarkMurphyCreative

July 14, 2011

Mark, from the Zazzle store MarkMurphyCreative, 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 MarkMurphyCreative!

Girl Superhero Postcard

Zazzle: Give us a brief bio, where you are from and when you started making art.

Mark: I’ve been in the design industry for around 14 years and trained in the Fashion Industry which I think shows in my illustrative style.

I’m based in Ripon, North Yorkshire in the UK and run Mark Murphy Creative, which is a multi-creative design studio offering the complete design service.

My vision and creativity has already led to many prestigious clients to choose our service over that offered by larger agencies. I take pride in my ability to work closely with my clients – understanding their need and delivering forward thinking solutions that really meet their requirements.

I strongly believe that ENERGY + CREATIVITY = INNOVATION!

Zazzle: What’s your inspiration for your designs?

Mark: That’s really hard to pin down as I’m generally inspired by everything and anything. Being a designer I have that designer’s eye which is always looking at things a little differently wherever I am.

Zazzle: How would you describe your style?

Mark: I would certainly describe 80% of my illustrative work as adorably cute with a contemporary twist. Add to that a dash of humour injected for good measure and you’re pretty much there.

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

Mark: There are lots of designers I take inspiration from in a number of fields; from Eames and Scandinavian furniture designers to product designers like Philippe Starke and Karim Rashid. I’m also a huge fan of everything Pixar and was brought up with American Comics from a young age, so I take a lot of inspiration from those. In fact, it was reading and drawing from those comics that inspired me to become a designer.

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

Mark: That really does change by the day and even by the hour. Saying that I really do love creating cute characters and also enjoy doing ‘Mod’ inspired designs.

Retro Mod Scooter iPhone Case

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

Mark: I’d considered using print on demand sites for a while but wasn’t impressed with what was out there until I found Zazzle. I’m a Mac man and consider Zazzle a Mac to other sites, which feel like a PC. I also saw it as a way to get my work out to more people and to generate an additional revenue stream.

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

Mark: I can’t say this enough but persevere, persevere, persevere. Everything new can seem difficult but take a step back and it will all become clear after a few days

Try and add new products on a daily basis, and only put a design on a product if it fits. Also, organise your store into categories from the start as this will make it easier in the long run, and your customers will be able to find your products more easily.

Additionally, if you have a problem, the forums are a great place to get answers. The forums are also a great place to let the community know about ‘Today’s Best Awards’ you’ve received, and sales you’ve made.

Finally, just have fun.

Thanks Mark!

When Does the Narwhal Bacon?

July 13, 2011

Have you heard this phrase? Attempting to see how far reaching this phrase is; we asked several Zazzle employees for their answer:

Employee #1: Timeout. Bacon? Mmm bacon. That sounds amazing right now.

Employee #2: Uhm, what?

Employee #3: Whales scare me*, can we move on to a different topic?

Employee #4: I don’t get it.

It seems that this strange combination of narwhals and bacon hasn’t reached many people yet, but don’t worry if you’re one of them because we’ve got you covered! The Answer: The narwhal bacons at midnight. Originating in 2009 from comments on the website Reddit, this odd but funny phrase quickly became a way to identify as a Reddit user similar to using a secret code.

It seems the phrase and narwhals in general are starting to trend. We suspect this is most likely due to the awesomeness of bacon and maybe some superstar power from the narwhal’s cousin the unicorn.

Interestingly enough, there are currently no Sellers offering Narwhal + Bacon products. This might be an opportunity waiting for you!

*Note: This might be the scary whale one of the employees was talking about.

API Developer Contest: Zazzle + Aviary Mashup

July 12, 2011


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

What’s more important, the end of the Shuttle program or LA’s Carmageddon?

July 12, 2011

So what do you think people are searching for on Zazzle? Are they searching for product to commemorate the end of the NASA Space Shuttle program which enjoyed over thirty years of enriching scientific research and outer-orbit exploration? Or, are they searching for products in relation to the colossal traffic nightmare this weekend’s closure of The 405 (why does everyone in LA start freeway names with “the”?) aptly dubbed, “Carmageddon” will generate?

While the Space Shuttle program was popular at the start of the month, the fear of LA commuters is quickly overpowering space exploration and trending towards new heights. This might be because Carmageddon makes for a funny t-shirt or because people might care about their commute a bit more than space history. Why do you think Carmageddon is so popular? Will the Debt Ceiling be more popular? Share in the comments!

See more Space Shuttle t-shirts and Carmageddon t-shirts in the Zazzle marketplace.

It’s a Week-Long Birthday Party!

July 11, 2011

On July 18th, Zazzle is turning six years young! We wanted everyone to share in the celebration, so we’re using this time to throw a little birthday party for our customers. The party starts TODAY with 60% off posters. All week we’ll be running sales (sixes are going to be popping up everywhere!) on some of the first products Zazzle ever launched (and maybe a new one!). Be sure to check Zazzle each day for a new birthday SALE-ebration product sale. Also, if you want to cash in on this poster offer, you better check out some of these great posters below since this sale is for today only.

It’s the Final Countdown!

July 8, 2011
We’re leaving together
But still it’s farewell
And maybe we’ll come back
To earth, who can tell?
I guess there is no one to blame
We’re leaving ground
Will things ever be the same again?
It’s the final countdown.

Today marks the end of an era with the final voyage of Space Shuttle Atlantis. While many Sellers have created products to commemorate the last space shuttle launch, and others have felt sad as they watched the end of the space shuttle program, the Honey Badger continued to not care.


Customer Foto Friday

July 8, 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.


Love is all around tee shirt


70th Birthday Personalized Invitations


LEBANON CUSTOM TIES

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


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