Archive for January, 2012

The New Postage Rates are on Zazzle

January 16, 2012

Effective January 22nd, The USPS is raising First-Class Mail rates from $0.44 to $0.45 (additional info). But, instead of waiting in line at the Post Office for a $0.44 stamp and a $0.01 stamp, you can purchase the new $0.45 postage on Zazzle TODAY! Zazzle Custom Stamps are a great way to add fun to your mailings by adding your photos, text, or designs in to the postage. And this week there’s an additional kicker – we’re selling Zazzle Custom Stamps at the old rates! Get wedding postage, pet postage, baby postage, photo postage and more for the old prices now through Wednesday. Hurry up! This deal on Zazzle Custom Stamps isn’t going to last!

Foto Friday!

January 13, 2012

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.

That 70s Shirt

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

Zazzle Featured Seller Interview with MDKgraphics

January 12, 2012

Zazzler Michael, from the Zazzle store mdkgraphics, talks with us about his style and his time as a Zazzler.  Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out her store mdkgraphics!

Alien Cafe T-Shirt

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

Michael: I was originally born in Bristol England and we immigrated to Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada around when I was six years old.

I’ve been making art of some kind for about as long as I can remember. I started out as a traditional artist, drawing/painting and eventually got into making miniatures and props for independent film companies. When the digital world started taking over I knew it was time to get into it. I’m amazed at how fast the technology has developed… it seems like I’ve been waiting my whole life for this type of creative technology to finally be available.

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

Michael: Oh wow there are so many… there’s Angus Mckie, a well-known Sci-fi artist who has published works in Heavy Metal magazine, Jim Burns, another well-known Sci-Fi artist, because even before the digital world his work had a very clean mechanically precise look and feel and H.R. Giger, of ALIEN fame, I love because of his amazing bio mechanical style that always reminds me of what it would be like to visit an alien art gallery on some distant world. There are so many I could go on forever but those are amongst my favorites.

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

Michael:  I love taking pictures. I don’t consider myself to be a professional photographer, but I do manage to get some very cool pictures from time to time. I love running, going for very long walks, going on long bike rides, and collecting rare books and comics, Sci Fi pulp magazines, Zentai that I mix into my artwork quite a bit.

Zazzle: If you could be a superhero, what would be your super power?

Michael: Indestructibility and be eternal because then you could do anything.

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

Michael:  I don’t really have a favorite, I’ve too many to choose from but I would have to say that I’m very fond of my retro toy 3D robots that I place into various sci fi action scenes or comical type settings.

Retro Style Robot 4 Postcard

Zazzle: What is your favorite Zazzle product to create?

Michael:  I’m very fond of the postcards, because they are great to hand out to people whenever I go out anywhere. But lately I’ve really been enjoying creating the Premium gift boxes…  I so want to buy some very badly!

Zazzle: How do you promote your store?

Michael: I hand out business cards and postcards, and quite often I will make a video and put it up on my YouTube Channel.

Zazzle: What got you interest in selling your art Zazzle?

Michael: Well, I’m always on the lookout for cool places to sell my works, and so I stumbled across Zazzle one day by accident while conducting a Google image search for retro toy robots & sci Fi art. I signed up right away and Zazzle has become my most favorite place to sell my work. I’m extremely impressed with the quality of the products and speed of delivery, packaging, everything about Zazzle just screams quality.

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

Michael: Always keep creating and never get discouraged, if you produce work you are proud of and you have people who like your work get it out there because I guarantee there is a whole world of other people out there who will like your work too. Quantity and quality should go hand in hand, I myself try to create a wide range of subject matter to try and broaden my audience.

Thanks Michael!

Mitt Romney Takes New Hampshire!

January 11, 2012

Although Zazzle Maniac, Patrick, predicted a tight race between Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum, the actual projections of the New Hampshire primary looked more like the Zazzle Customer data! Mitt, being the former governor of neighboring state, Massachusetts, and owning a residence in New Hampshire, was the expected and ultimate winner. But, instead of Santorum scoring second, Ron Paul stole the spot. His numbers may not have been as high as media pundits had anticipated, but they were surely predicted by all Ron Paul Zazzlers out there. So, Patrick, I know you’re the Commander and Chief of Zazzle Mania, but maybe not of the republican primaries.

What’s next? Only 48 more states to go! The next primary will be held in South Carolina on January 21st. Stay tuned as the GOP contenders debate, debate, debate, and debate their way into the hearts of voters.

Before you lose faith in Ron Paul’s chances against Mitt Romney, check out this fun fact:

Who’s your favorite candidate? Feel free to share in the comments below. Whomever you support, show it off! Zazzle has political gifts for whichever candidate or party you represent.

Who will win New Hampshire today? Zazzle Customers predict!

January 10, 2012

New Hampshirites are out to do some voting today and help choose the Republican presidential candidate. For everyone else in the other 49 states, we must wait to see what happens in New Hampshire…or do we? I hate waiting (it’s why I am a Zazzle Black 2-Day subscriber). So, I decided to do some digging and see what Zazzle customers are saying about the candidates. Which is the most popular on Zazzle? See below for the results from the first 9 days of January.

As you can see, if Zazzle Customer popularity is predictive of election results, Ron Paul has the nomination and probably the presidency in the bag. Ron Paul aside, it looks like the race is very tight between Romney and Santorum. Based on the data (minus the Ron Paul factor), I’m saying Romney will win with a narrow margin over Santorum. The pure passion of the Paul supports will put him in a comfortable third place. Who do you think will win NH? Vote in the below poll and see if you can beat the predictive power of pundits (and me).

Will the same person that wins New Hampshire win the Republican nomination? Can he/she beat Obama? When is Sarah Palin going to declare her presidency interest? What’s your favorite candidate t-shirt or hat from Zazzle? Share in the comments!

Got a product? Enter the Million Dollar Zazzle Open Innovation Challenge!

January 9, 2012

Do you have the next great customizable product idea ready to launch to the world? Yeah? You do? Awesome! You’re the perfect person to enter Zazzle’s Open Innovation Challenge. We’re putting up ONE MILLION DOLLARS in technology, marketing, and distribution to launch your product to the WORLD and known universe (we’re working on shipping to Mars). All you have to do is tell us your concept in a short video and our panel of judges will choose the best idea. The winning product idea gets launched on the Zazzle platform and you instantly become a bona fide product entrepreneur. Want to enter? Check out more information on the Open Innovation Challenge and become a Zazzle product entrepreneur.

First Foto Friday of 2012!

January 6, 2012

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.

Does Not Compute (Purple) T-shirts

Cool Story Bro. Tell it again Pullover Sweatshirt

I’m on a boat t-shirt

Dinosaur on a Bike In Sky With Moon T-shirt

JAKe Stormtrooper T Shirts

Chicken and chick teapot shirt

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

Zazzle Featured Seller Interview with DiaryofFools

January 5, 2012

Zazzler Sean, from the Zazzle store diaryoffools, talks with us about his style, his inspirations and what brought him to Zazzle.  Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out his store diaryoffools!

I'm Getting That Pho Sho T-Shirt

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

Sean: I started drawing at a very young age. My older brother Dan (who runs the much bigger site) was always drawing, and being a typical younger brother I had to tag along.  Somewhere along the line I figured out I could do it OK as well.  This realization lead to me study graphic design at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota.  I currently reside in the twin cities area – which in the middle of December is just as cold and gross as you’d imagine.

Zazzle: How would you describe your style?

Sean: I try to blend a lot of styles.  While it doesn’t always come through in every product, old propaganda art and other bold typographic treatment is inspiring. Obviously the Japanese Kawaii movement is paramount to a lot of what my stores sell now.  I try to tap into what I see and think others would like to have produced – there are always opportunities to take things and put your own spin on them. We strive for ultimate creativity, but there is always a commercial aspect that creeps in.  Some of my favorite shirts on my sites sell very little, just because my sense of humor is kind of strange.

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

Sean: Most of my hobbies ARE design based.  My main passion is Sports apparel and Identity design. On the side; I work with a small outfit called Custom Apparel here in Minnesota that designs all sorts of jerseys, mostly Softball at the moment.  It allows me to make 50-100 different logos a year, along with a few hundred uniform templates and designs.  This may sound mundane to most, but that’s my kinda work.   I also love just relaxing when I find a free minute and watching something that makes me laugh.  But, I’m usually doing that with my laptop in front of me… reading this I realize I really need to get out of the house more :)

Zazzle: What is your inspiration for your designs?

Sean:  Anytime you see something so simple and brilliant that you’re mad at yourself you didn’t think of it first.  There are a few designers on here that are very good at making me kick myself, especially my brother, whose amazing talents are usually very inspiring… and sometimes extremely frustrating.  But it’s a great resource that we have each other to bounce ideas off of.  We make each other better.

Zazzle: What has been your favorite Zazzle product to create?

Sean:  I’m definitely a t-shirt guy.  I sell mainly t-shirts. Obviously every design finds a product, but for as many ideas I have for cards and such, I find my niche is usually a silly or semi-cute t-shirt.

Narwhal the Unicorn of the Sea T-Shirt

Zazzle: How do YOU eat a Reeses Peanut Butter Cup?

Sean: Patiently.  I freeze it.  Then I savor it. Slowly.  I don’t eat much chocolate, but you zeroed in on the few treats I allow.  And I certainly love frozen PB cups. They remind me of my grandma’s house as a child.

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

Sean: The store categories.  I think organizing your storefronts by design makes the times you draw people to your main site (as opposed to coming through the marketplace) much easier to navigate and purchase.  It also motivates me to put many more designs up.

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

Sean: Again, the success my brother had (and he still had nominal sales for years, but started in the early 2000s) from his site made me realize I’m losing money if I don’t use the valuable FREE resources like Zazzle.   Also, I’m waiting for the day I walk by someone at the mall and see a stranger wearing my design.  I think it’s soon to come. It’s nice to see friends and family buy them, and great to see all the international orders…but I wanna see that random stranger wearing my shirt.  That’s what keeps me going.

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

Sean: The best advice is just to stick with it and keep producing.  All it takes is that one design that starts to sell, and like magic you’ll start to sell other things. Honey Badger was huge for me. I actually designed that as a one off for a friend a week after the video was released, and didn’t even have it on the marketplace for MONTHS until I saw it was the number one trending thing on Zazzle.  Huge mistake.  It’s been a cash cow, but I still might have wasted hundreds if not thousands by being a few weeks late to that party.  Put it up. It’s up there forever.  A big holiday seller for me this year is my “Santa Hates You,” which features an angry Santa flipping the bird.  I think that’s like 3 years old…but since I’ve been selling other shirts, its apparently coming up on peoples searches and has been a really nice treat.  Just keep making stuff and pay attention to trends.   Make your designs as fresh as possible.

Thanks Sean!


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