Archive for August, 2012

New iPhone Cases, and New Droid/Android Cases!

August 14, 2012

You may have already noticed, but if you didn’t, we added new iPhone 4/4S Vibe cases, two Samsung Galaxy cases, HTC Vivid cases, and Droid RAZR cases to Zazzle! All of these new cases come from the deepening of our platform partnership with case manufacturer Case-Mate. Each case is unique contoured to your device and a great way to customize the heck out of your phone. Check out some of the new RAZR cases below (I just like saying “RAZR”).

What’s the phone case we need to add to Zazzle next? What’s your favorite of the new cases? Share in the comments!

Is Paul Ryan Loved or Hated? Zazzle Data Weighs In.

August 13, 2012

Paul Ryan wasn’t a well-known politician (outside of Washington circles) until this weekend when he was thrust into the spotlight as the running mate for GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney. With stardom firmly achieved, it brings the age old question to light: What do people really think of Paul Ryan? Well, let’s use Zazzle’s data to try and figure that out… Below is the graph of positive Paul Ryan search terms on Zazzle soon after the announcement.

As you can see, there is an absolute EXPLOSION of people (and Zazzle Sellers) hard at work searching (and creating designs) for Mr. Ryan. Now, this doesn’t necessarily mean that most people are supporting him; it only means that there’s interest in this new political figure. To figure out the feelings of the internet/world, we need augment the above data with “anti-Paul Ryan” searches to see the below graph.

So there you have it. It seems that the fans of Paul Ryan are much more motivated right now than his detractors. Will this change? Definitely. There’s only one constant in all elections, every politician screws up and when he/she does, the Zazzle Community reacts. What do you think of the data, does it agree with your views on Paul Ryan? Share in the comments!

Foto Friday!

August 10, 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.

My mom surprised me with this Big Time Rush Tank top for a BTR concert she had also gotten me tickets for. It was really hot at the concert and everybody else had the full T-shirts with the sleeves. I was literally the only one with this cool Big Time Rush tank top. Every girl there wanted it and they were all asking me where I got it. So I said Zazzle on the net of course where you can get all the really cool stuff! Thanks for making this great tank top I love it, and so did every girl at Six Flags in New Jersey at the BTR concert. – Jess (BTR’s & Zazzle’s No.1 Fan)
I Love Big Time Rush T Shirt

I had a meet and greet with the band Marillion. When Steve Hogarth saw this t-shirt he said “Where in the Hell did you get that?” I told him about Zazzle. He replied that he jokingly made the comment that the next album would be named “Conspicuously Unsuitable Girlfriend”. He added, “next they will be tapping into my dreams for t-shirt ideas.”

We used Zazzle custom stickers throughout our wedding celebration. Large 3″ stickers adorned our hotel welcome bags, and smaller 1.5″ stickers closed our thank you notes and wrapped out favors. Here our Shih-Tzu/Bichon mix checks out our progress on the favors! – Laura

Sissy has been a member of blogtv since 2007. She has received a shirt from winning one of the blogtv game nights. After that, she decided she had to have a hat as well, so bought a matching one from Zazzle.- Blog TV Team

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

Zazzle Featured Seller Interview with origamiprints

August 9, 2012

Shelby, from the Zazzle store origamiprints, talks with us about the joy she feels knowing her designs have contributed to someone’s special day. Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out her store origamiprints!

Zazzle: To start, tell us a little bit about yourself.

Shelby: My name is Shelby and I’m 24 years old. I studied graphic design in high school and in college and currently have an associate’s degree in graphic design.

Zazzle: When did you become interested in design?

Shelby: My love for design started when I was a kid, some time in elementary school when I discovered that silly little program called “Paint” on our family’s computer. You couldn’t do much in that program at the time, just paint with a paint brush or add text, but I still had so much fun with it! As I grew older I became drawn to many other types of design like interior design, fashion design, and typography. It wasn’t until my wedding last year that I realized I had a real passion for invitation and stationery design. I had always known that I’d want to design my own wedding invitations and when the time came, I created so many styles that I had a hard time picking one! I loved the process of designing invitations so much that I didn’t want to stop….and I’ve kept designing invitations ever since!

Zazzle: How would you describe your design aesthetic?

Shelby: I love to create and tend to be drawn more clean, simple designs with a strong attention to detail in typography.

Zazzle: What inspires you to create?

Shelby: Weddings, parties, interior design, patterns and fashion are some of my favorite things that give me inspiration for my designs!

Zazzle: Your products are very occasion oriented, what is your favorite occasion to design for?

Shelby: I love designing invitations for specific parties and events, like housewarming parties and baby showers, but wedding invitations are by far my favorite because I remember so well how much I loved planning my big day. Wedding invitations have really changed a lot over the years. Brides are becoming slightly less traditional and are looking for more unique and modern designs to suit their own personality and style.  I just love exploring and creating new styles and color schemes. There’s so much that goes into planning your wedding, like choosing colors, flowers and decorations. When I sell a set of invitations I get so excited because it’s great knowing that one of my designs is being incorporated into someone’s wedding day!

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

Shelby: I contribute art and designs on a couple of stock image websites where I have the opportunity to make royalties on my designs each time I make a sale. I was doing some more research on the subject when I found a blog somewhere about a graphic designer talking about making money on Zazzle and the fact that you are able to set your own royalty rate. I decided to give it a shot, and once I discovered that you can create invitations, that’s when my real passion for stationery took off. And that’s when I decided to open up a shop called Origami Prints, specializing in invitation design and other paper goodies!

Zazzle: Other than yourself, who’s your favorite seller on Zazzle?

Shelby: After looking at some recent Today’s Best Award Winners I’ve come across a seller which I LOVE! Her store is called Liza Phoenix and she creates the most adorable little characters!!!

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

Shelby: To anyone who is just starting out on Zazzle, try to find your niche- what makes you special and unique. Only put up for sale designs that you think will do well or that you, yourself would buy. Stick to your passion and design what you love….and others will love it too!

Zazzle: Can you give us a sneak peek of future designs?

Shelby: At the moment, I have no sneak peeks to show, but I can definitely say that my plans for my future designs include fresh new color schemes and bold typography!

Zazzle: Thanks for sharing Shelby!

What do politicians, gardeners, and nail salons have in common?

August 6, 2012

Awesome yard signs! In partnership with yard sign manufacturer Speedy Signs, we’ve just added custom yard signs to Zazzle. Made of weather resistant corrugated plastic, these yard signs are a great way to display your business logo, garage sale location, or a new baby announcement indoors or outdoors. Featured in three sizes, you’re sure to find a yard sign that meets your needs (yep there are even Ron Paul yard signs).

It’s time for Zazzle’s Foto Friday!

August 3, 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.

My name is Missy. In this photo you can see me admiring a poster I bought which I think is beautiful. I do hope you will publish my photo because it is the most beautiful poster I’ve ever seen. It’s beautiful because it’s from Zazzle. The two posters next to it are also from Zazzle. The fact that I’m in all of them has nothing to do with it. -Missy

I am a school counselor moving into a new school and office. My new office has no window so i searched the web and found your website. I purchased this window poster and everyone loves it. I hope you have different seasons too. -Wanda

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

Zazzle Featured Seller Interview with tammysmithdesign

August 2, 2012

Tammy, from the Zazzle store tammysmithdesign, discusses how she became a surface pattern artist and where she finds inspiration. Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out her store tammysmithdesign!

Zazzle: Tell us a bit about yourself! When did you become interested in design? What inspires you?

Tammy: I’m a self-taught artist who became interested in design around the age of 27 when I realized that there were actually people who did surface design for a living. I took some night classes in surface pattern illustration and was hooked!

Tammy: As far as what inspires me, I honestly believe that good ideas can come from SO many places: a rusted piece of metal lying in the street or visiting blogs of artists that I love–I also keep a notebook with me to sketch down ideas for later.

Zazzle: Where’s your favorite space to create?

Tammy: My favorite space to create is my home studio. I also make mixed media work so my studio is sometimes a bit messy with clay or wire bits lying around, but I like not having to drive somewhere each day to create.

Zazzle: What’s your favorite product to create?

Tammy: Well I have to say I’m really liking doing t-shirt design–so far on Zazzle, I’ve opened 3 stores because it’s so easy to do and now I have a tshirt store, a color themed store for products that are black, white and ultrabright, and a store that sells products based on different styles like traditional, hand lettered, graphic, floral, etc.

Zazzle: What was the first product you’ve sold on Zazzle?

Tammy: It was a t-shirt; maybe that’s why I like them so much!

Zazzle: How would you describe your design style?

Tammy: I would describe it as eclectic, textural and graphic. I like to make things that give the look of felt, linen or some other texture–I think it looks really interesting when you see it on an iPad cover, for example.

Zazzle: Do you look up to any artists or designers? If so, who?

Tammy: Oh definitely! I look up to many artists, one that I have loved forever is Tammis O’Keefe. She was a brilliant illustrator who had a wonderful style that has become classic. I also love some of the illustrators on the Artsprojekt on Zazzle–completely inspiring.

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

Tammy: I read so many good reviews when I did my research on where to sell POD designs. Zazzle kept getting the highest ratings so I went with them!

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

Tammy: Read the forums and also read the HELP section before you begin. It will save you lots of time in the long run and they have terrific advice there.

Zazzle: Can we get a sneak peak of any future designs?

Tammy: Sure! Here are some more that I plan on putting in my shop within the next week or so:

Zazzle: Awesome stuff! Thanks for sharing Tammy!


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