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It’s Election Day

November 6, 2012

Votes are being cast today at the polls for this 2012 election (if you still haven’t voted, go out and vote!), and everyone’s eagerly awaiting each state’s results.

It’s been a hard-fought battle on both sides. No matter what your stance, everyone can agree that if you’ve already cast your ballot, the election is mostly out of your hands at this point.

While you’re waiting for the big outcome, check out our store with Creative Allies that’s recently launched. Creative Allies is a design contest engine and social media campaign platform for crowdsourcing designs. This year, Zazzle partnered with Creative Allies to reach out to their artistic community and gather submissions reflecting people’s opinions around the election. It’s no surprise that with an anxious election season and record-low public approval ratings, participants were feeling some political angst.

We received over a hundred submissions (even some internationally) featuring a wide range of designs and political positions, and we’ve showcased some of the best here. These amazing designs from submissions can be ordered on our election merchandise, such as posters, t-shirts, stickers, cases and mugs.

Also, check out all of the entries for our contest on Creative Allies’ main site.

Optical Illusion Shirt
Optical Illusion Shirt by creativeallies

Seller Spotlight: PolitiClothes.com

October 4, 2012

Whether you dream of blue donkeys or bleed red elephants, PolitiClothes.com has every item to show your political fervor, frustrations or ambivalence to the world. Launched right after the 2004 election, PolitiClothes has grown into a full product shop of catchy phrases, inspirational slogans and political puns.

Inspired by last night’s presidential debate? Running a political store during the peak time of election season is tough work, but PolitiClothes has some tips for anyone wishing to jump into the political (store) arena.

3 Tips For Running A Political Store

1. Be a Trendspotter

In 2008, it was all about hope and change, and in 2012 it’s all about ___? Well, whatever you decide the theme of this election to be, one thing’s for sure: the political news cycle moves quickly and whatever you design for today will be old news tomorrow. Having an insatiable thirst for current events helps when dreaming up puns or ideas for products, and often the best product slogans come from a mixture of lots of caffeine, the ability to see patterns and jokes in media headlines and a perfectly timed gaffe.

2. Have Thick Skin

In this business, no matter how clever or ingenious the design, you’re bound to ruffle some feathers. Whether it’s a jab at the sitting president or a joke about the most recent debates, you’ll find that audiences will take you seriously when you’re seriously just trying to be funny. Carry on and keep the ideas flowing!

3. Remain Unbiased (Flip-flopping is OK!)

Sometimes, you’ll never know which products will be the most popular. Being able to see both sides of the issue and creatively design for both ends of the political spectrum is necessary. Don’t lean one way or the other (or if you do, don’t let it influence your creative processes), and remember that, in the end, both sides have a sense of humor.

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Don't Feed the Animals Round Stickers
Don’t Feed the Animals Round Stickers by Politicaltshirts
DEBT CEILING FAN GALAXY SIII CASE
DEBT CEILING FAN GALAXY SIII CASE by Politicaltshirts
Member of the Ice Cream Party.png Post Cards
Member of the Ice Cream Party.png Post Cards by Politicaltshirts

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