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Klimt: a kiss to build a dream on

July 14, 2014

They say the more things change, the more they stay the same – but sometimes, things do change. Take the painter Gustav Klimt, born on this day in 1862 (happy birthday!).

 

In turn-of-the-century Vienna, his work was controversial: too sensual, even deviant.  Now, we can’t get enough of him. His paintings break records at auctions. Every major modern art museum shows them. He has influenced legions of painters. He was truly ahead of his time.

 

Klimt mainly painted aristocratic women. He did paint them sensually, and he was interested in the female body. Once you’ve seen a Klimt, you can spot them a mile away: the symbolic shapes and patterns, with so much gold. There is truly no one like him.

 

It’s one thing to see a Klimt on a museum wall, but entirely another to live with it at home. (We’re more interested in Option B.)

 

Give us a kiss to build a dream on, and we’d choose The Kiss. If you’ve never seen it, you’ve been under a sad rock. We could swoon every day at how truly it captures the bliss of love. Imagine sitting back on The Kiss Art Nouveau Pillow at home. As Louis Armstrong crooned, our imagination would thrive upon that kiss:

 

http://www.zazzle.com/the_kiss_by_gustav_klimt_vintage_art_nouveau_pillow-189319984054922746

 

Then set your drink down on a Tree of Life Coaster. Interpreting the famous tree from the Garden of Eden, this iconic work is all about unity – between the skies, the earth and the underworld, between women and men. What a useful thing to remember over drinks with your loved one:

 

http://www.zazzle.com/gustav_klimt_tree_of_life_beverage_coaster-163989772315435509

 

For a big finish, Klimt’s Fulfilment is about as sensual as it gets: an impassioned embrace, with epic golden swirls emanating around it. You can literally carry it with you in the Study for Fulfilment Serving Platter, which captures that love and passion as immortally as Klimt’s work:

 

http://www.zazzle.com/study_for_fulfilment_c_1905_09_w_c_gold_on_pap_piocservingtray-256868356777805460

 

 

Design Your Home Office Competition

July 10, 2014

We’re happy to announce a brand new design competition in collaboration with our friends at Fiverr! Fiverr is a community of buyers and sellers where designers, copywriters, and folks with many  other talents can sell their creative services. This month we’re partnering with them on this fun Design Your Home Office Competition and inviting you to join in.

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All you have to do is submit a design for a business card, lamp, iPhone case, mug or mouse pad to contest@fiverr.com and you’ll be entered in the competition. You can read the full description and prize information here.

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Don’t forget to check out Fiverr and happy designing!

Summer Travel: Overseas Adventures

July 10, 2014

This is the second and final post in a series on summer travel was written by Matilda Gollon, one of our fabulous marketing mavens.  Her previous blog post was posted last week.  She is always planning her next trip, and is famous for her expert travel bag packing skills.

 

Perhaps the souvenirs were a disappointment. Out of the suitcase, they’re a bit battered and not as cute as you thought they were after a few afternoon cocktails. Or maybe you’re an armchair traveler, dreaming of far-flung adventures. Either way, we could all do with some overseas inspiration in our lives. Luckily, Zazzle has beautiful designs showing off all corners of the globe.

 

“It’s London Baby!” Remember Joey in his Union Jack hat? With the classic double decker bus, Big Ben, black cabs and soldiers in funny hats, London is one of the world’s most iconic capitals and so, souvenir central. As a Londoner myself, here’s my pick of what you won’t find in the gift shop.

 

 


All eyes have been on Brazil this summer for the soccer and samba. Feel the energy with these colorful creations.

 

 

From ancient pottery to modern manga, Japan is famous for its art and design.

 

 

Still dreaming of Hawaii? These prints also fit this season’s tropical trend.

 

With the rise of Nordic Noir, everyone’s sporting patterned knits and loving lampshades. Get some Scandinavian chic with these folky designs.

 

Relive La Dolce Vita with images of Italy

Or just be really alternative with a shirt like this…

All these designs offer an artist’s unique interpretation of a place, whether it’s their hometown or own favorite destination. So why not leave the souvenir shopping until
you get home!

 

 

 

France Series: Les macarons

July 9, 2014

The ingredients are simple, but the result is extraordinary. Macarons (pronounced de-lish-us) are a meringue-based French confectionery classic, comprised of almond powder, sugar, eggs and food coloring. Sometimes they have flavors added, sometimes they don’t, but there’s nary a time that they cease to amaze.

Macarons are so good, in fact, that there is an entire museum dedicated to them. The museum, Musée de l’Amande et du Macaron (also known as The Almond and Macaron Museum), is in Montmorillon, a small French town that has made its macarons with the same recipe for over 150 years. A century-and-a-half of the same recipe? You know those are some tasty treats.

You know what they say, though: a moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips. So what’s a sugar-fiend to do? We’ve got just the solution for you. Turn your fixation with these crazy-colored confections into art.

Take these sweet treats and hang them high. Turn your apartment into a shrine to the glorious macaron. While all the prints are calorie-free, we don’t recommend eating them. These beauties are best seen and not tasted.

This adorable French Macarons Watercolor Print features five heavenly macarons floating their way down from, presumably, heaven. Pink, blue, yellow, green and purple macarons pop against a white backdrop for a fun yet clean look. Frame it in a bold, contrasting color to make it really funky or keep it classy with a thin black frame.

http://www.zazzle.com/french_macarons_watercolor_print_11_x_8_5-228028616703081348

Transform your suite into something sweet with the Macaron Suite Gallery-Wrapped Canvas. This great canvas is customizable, so you can get the exact size you need. Whether you’re looking for a smaller version for that awkward nook in the kitchen or a larger-than-life size for above the sofa, this delectable print is certain to satiate your sweet tooth.

http://www.zazzle.com.au/macaron_suite_gallery_wrapped_canvas-192276836893321760

Of course, if you’re in need of a truly bold statement piece, this Macaron-centric gem from the Baker’s Joy Collection may be just what your heart has been yearning for. The extra-large poster features renderings of 15 French macarons in just as many colors against a bright green background.

http://www.zazzle.com/bakers_joy_collection_french_macarons_posters-228499036812494050

Can’t decide which print is best for you? You could always get one for every room. There’s no such thing as too many marvelous macarons!

Meet this week’s #zazzlemade winner: Amber Hilton

July 8, 2014

We (virtually) sat down with Amber Hilton, the winner of this week’s #zazzlemade contest, and the design genius behind the ADH Graphic Design store on Zazzle.

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Congratulations again! Tell us the story behind the photo that you submitted!
The photo I submitted is of Bicycle cards I ordered from my shop. I had been wanting some of these for a while and finally placed an order. I ordered two sets, one with one of my spooky graveyard scenes, and one with an abstract self portrait. I love them!

How did you discover Zazzle?
A friend and fellow artist told me about Zazzle.

What was one of your first Zazzle purchases?
My first Zazzle purchase was a skateboard with one of my designs.

As a designer, how do you promote your store?
As a designer I promote my store on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

What are your favorite Zazzle products?
My favorite Zazzle products are the Rickshaw bags, Lamp in a Box, Bicycle Cards, the compact mirrors, postcards, and stickers! There are so many great products!

What products do you wish that Zazzle offered?
I wish Zazzle offered blankets, sheet sets, and more shoes!

What is your best-selling design?
My best selling design is Zebra Pop Art! I have sold a lot of postcards with this design. I have also made lots of sales of wrapping paper with various designs, wallets, and Rickshaw bags with other designs.

What is your favorite ADH Graphic Design design in your Zazzle store?
My favorite design in my store is called “Prosperity” and it is the design I printed on the skateboard I ordered. It is a picture of the Hindu goddess Lakshmi.

What did you think you would be when you grew up? Were you right? ;)
I thought I would be a singer when I grew up and I still sing but then when I finally did grow up I wanted to be and artist and I was right to follow my dreams! More people should do that.

How will you spend your $50 Zazzle credit?
I already spent it on a Dodocase for my iPad and I can’t wait to receive it!

Design is Only Half the Battle

July 7, 2014

Creating an inspiring and original design is the first step to having a successful product. The second step is making your design visible and searchable by creating a unique  title and description and tagging your design correctly.

Product Design Title Tips

o   Avoid special characters.

o   State what the product design is in simple, searchable terms.

o   Add in general descriptors such as color, pattern and size.

o   Spell check for typos or misspellings.

o   Place the main descriptors towards the front of the product design title based on how a user would search to find your product design.

Example:

Okay title:

BBQ Baby Shower Invitation

Great title:

Vintage Chalkboard Baby Boy Shower BBQ Invitation

Product Design Description Tips

o   Provide design details such as: – Features and benefits- Dimensions, fabrication and materials.

o   Use at least 150 words.

o   Spell check and carefully proofread for typos or misspellings.

o   Include keywords, but write for your customers, not a search engine. (We do that for you.)

o   Consider other closely related terms to your product design that didn’t make it in the product design title and use those appropriately (don’t keyword stuff) within your description.

o   Start with a strong/enticing opening description of your design to make customers want to read what you have available.

o   Make it easy to read by formatting your description into multiple short paragraphs.

o   Tell a story! Ask the follow questions and then answer it in the description:

  • What inspired your design?
  • Why does this design work so well on this specific product?
  • Has your design won awards elsewhere?
  • What occasions might this design be great for?
  • Can there be custom changes if they contact you?

 Example:cat

 

Okay description: 

Black and white 8.5 x 11 matte cat print that’s great for decorating any room in the house.

Great description: 

Are cats the animal that you just can’t get enough of? If so, then this 8.5 x 11 matte painted black and white cat poster print will not only brighten up your home, but also brighten up your mood.

This watercolor print was inspired when I was standing in my house, looking out the window at the neighbor’s tuxedo cat sitting in the window sill. She looked so peaceful and tranquil, and yet those black eyes looked like they were carrying the world’s deepest secrets. It makes a great conversational piece and is a great gift for any occasion.

I do offer customization, so please message me with any questions or request.

Product Design Tag Tips

o   Be as specific as possible, avoid vague one word descriptors.

o   Ask yourself if you were to generically look for your product design, what would be the most common search terms?

 Example:                     

Okay tags:

Yellow, white, blue, tags, travel

Great tags:

Sunshine monogrammed awning stripe, yellow and white striped monogram, yellow white and blue,  monogram, striped

Other

o   Audit your least successful designs against your most successful and determine what changes you need to make.

o   Add videos, customer photos, or awards received for your designs to help sell your product.

o   Get reviews on your product designs to help convince the customer the quality is amazing.

 

Frida Kahlo: just as strange as you

July 6, 2014

There’s a bit of Lady Gaga in Frida Kahlo (bet you didn’t see that sentence coming). The freak, the different, encouraging us all to embrace our weirdness.

 

Lady G. or Frida K.?

 

I used to think I was the strangest person in the world, but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do.

 

Answer: Frida!

 

Like Lady Gaga today, Frida (1907-1954) was a genius whose art expressed (among other things) her struggle to accept herself, her pain and her identity. Like Lady G., she had tons of influences: Mexican indigenous cultures, Symbolism, Eastern philosophy. And like Lady G., she’s a big deal.

 

Frida started painting after a bus crash severely injured her and forced her to stay in bed. She married fellow Mexican painter Diego Rivera, whom she called the second accident of her life (and the worst). She painted many self-portraits depicting her isolation and physical state, yet also her spirit and sense of self.

 

I paint because I need to, and I paint whatever passes through my head without any other consideration. The Frida Kahlo Seated with Frida Painting Poster shows her sitting below a self-portrait, looking similar in “life” and in art. Who is the “real” Frida? What are the differences (and similarities) between the two versions of her? Why make a self-portrait of her self-portrait? You could gaze at this photo for years, and only come up with more questions:

 

http://www.zazzle.com/frida_kahlo_seated_w_frida_painting_poster-228230663136184424

 

Nothing is worth more than laughter. It is strength to laugh and to abandon oneself, to be light. Tragedy is the most ridiculous thing. Whether you’re confined to your bed or walking freely every day, that’s the right attitude. With big purple flowers almost popping out of the page, the Frida Kahlo Painted Flowers Notebook reminds us how much beauty there is, and how much to be grateful for:

 

http://www.zazzle.com/frida_kahlo_painted_flowers_notebooks-130128965238193651

 

Everything changes, everything moves, everything revolves, everything flies and goes away. Wherever life takes you, share your adventures and pasión por la vida with friends and loved ones with an iconic Frida Kahlo greeting card in colors as bold as you are.

http://www.zazzle.com/frida_kahlo_pasion_por_la_vida_2_greeting_card-137021089113589652

 

I’m here, and I’m just as strange as you. We could all do with some Frida Kahlo in the brain. Happy birthday, Frida!

 

Copyright © 2014. Frida Kahlo Corporation.  All Rights Reserved.

France Series: La Bicyclette

July 4, 2014

From the first clunky prototype in the 1790s to the high profile drama of the Tour de France (which starts today), the bicycle, and the folklore surrounding it, has ridden a colorful journey through the international mindset. Originally named the velocipede, the bicycle’s ancestral design was temperamental and its ride was rather stiff. With no pedals, handlebars, forks or brakes it’s surprising that anyone straddled one at all! Many agree that the bicycle was the most significant invention in transportation and you can bring these French classics home to add a certain je ne sais quoi, to your favorite space.

Ever wonder what Athena would look like riding a bicycle on a windswept evening road? You can ponder this mystery and why she might have a falcon resting on her right hand as you gaze upon this vintage poster. Get lost in reverie, while wondering what it’s like to be free enough to not even have to look at the road in front of you! The poster’s leading lady exudes a timeless air of class and innocence and will bring this with her to any wall she adorns.

http://www.zazzle.com/falcon_cycles_vintage_french_bicycle_advertising_poster-228653571689620301 

The early 20th century European style of this poster will make any wall pop out with a regal, whimsical feel. The bold red and blue lettering conjure up the optimism of Le Belle Epoque while offering mischievous hints of a 1920′s Ringling Circus. Hang this handsome relic of French bicycle advertising in your boutique, repair shop or reading nook!

http://www.zazzle.com/vintage_bicycle_poster_paris-228007763660590648 

We are pleased to feature this iconic poster for Peugeot Bicycles, composed in bright primary and secondary colors. Its bold simplicity exudes the dramatic pageantry of a 1930′s movie poster.  You can command the walls of your pied à terre with the chic strength of this classic beauty.  This piece is perfect to brighten an empty corridor or hang as your living room’s focal point.

 http://www.zazzle.com/peugeot_bicycle_vintage_postereurope-228619008797451427 

Bicycles have been a cultural mainstay for the better part of two centuries and you’ll harness their power when decorating with these retro French posters, making any room a tour de force!

Summer Travel: All aboard!

July 3, 2014

Today’s blog post series on summer travel was written by Matilda Gollon, one of our fabulous marketing mavens.  She is a travel expert and writer who is already getting ready for her amazing summer travel plans (Italy, anyone?).

 

It was all booked in January and it was going to be awesome. Come July, you’d be half a stone lighter, lounging by the pool looking glamorous and carefree.

 

Six months on and the diet didn’t happen. You dig out your beach gear to find a shrunken bikini and your suitcase is nowhere to be seen. This isn’t going to plan… and you’re leaving on Saturday! Is it Saturday? You can’t even find your ticket.

 

Not much can be done about the diet – best to breathe in and accessorize. But luckily Zazzle has a few last-minute essentials to save your vacation.

 

Not to worry you further but sometimes bags can go astray, so label your luggage! Make yours stand out on the carousel with an eye-catching luggage tag.

http://www.zazzle.com/gray_and_mint_striped_pattern_with_monogram_luggage_tag-256766885330271706

 

 

 

 

 

Be ready to disguise the frizz with a stylish bandana.

 

http://www.zazzle.com/triangles_geometrical_pattern_head_kerchiefs-256573055578824671

 

 

“Of course I’m taking my iPad!” If you can’t leave digital life behind, make sure your device is safe and dressed for summer.

http://www.zazzle.com/colorful_summer_polka_dots_pattern_case-222773848159929666

 

 

 

Then pack it all in a cute beach bag.

 

http://www.zazzle.com/coral_and_navy_nautical_anchor_script_monogram_bag-149263500219602471

 

Now go get that suntan!

 

Party Series: Shiver me timbers, a pirate extravaganza

July 2, 2014

Ahoy, buckos. Ye be after a pirate party, eh? And not a silly little one for mere landlubbers: a festive evening worthy of true buccaneers. Aye.

 

A pirate’s life, ye say. We understand why ye villains yearn to be like us, to party like us lads and maids. We be loving it.

 

Truth be told, if ye don’t want to walk the plank by party’s end, ye must offer the guests a good activity or three to entertain. We be enjoying this Pirate Map Puzzle — the best way to practice hunting for booty:

 

http://www.zazzle.com/pirate_map_puzzle-116278836539737913

 

Ye must also offer yer hearties prize swag, lest they call you a scallywag. The greatest gift of the whole seven seas be this custom Jake Keychain, yarr:

 

http://www.zazzle.com/jake_2_key_chain-146411402758701816

 

When yer rascals take their leave to go chase the high seas, be not a hornswaggler. They’ll be expecting a Pirate Ship Favor Box for their keychains – a memento for true buccaneers. Blimey, who wouldn’t love to be marooned with it?

 

http://www.zazzle.com/a_pirates_life_pirate_ship_favor_boxes-256271985750485930

Happy birthday, bucko!


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