Posts Tagged ‘Zazzle’

Behind the Scenes at Zazzle

November 19, 2013

It’s getting busy here at Zazzle headquarters, and the Zazzle elves who bring your designs to life and get them shipped safely to you are working harder than ever.

With the holidays fast approaching, our production facility in San Jose, CA is running around the clock. Here are some behind the scenes snapshots to give you an inside look. Enjoy!

Z is for zoooom! Packages on their way out the door of our manufacturing facility – straight from Zazzle to you.

zazzle shipping line

Looking good! A brand new batch of invitations coming down the line at our manufacturing facility.

Zazzle holiday invitations

When we say we can print pretty much anything, we mean it! This unique t-shirt is colorful – though somewhat droopy – proof!

Zazzle Basset Hound Collage Shirt

Freshly printed Christmas cheer from our manufacturing facility. The early birds are getting ready for the holidays already!

Zazzle Merry Christmas Cards

Boxes galore! All packed up and ready to ship out to you from our manufacturing facility.

zazzle shipping boxes

Stay tuned for more!

Saying “I Do” with Hallmark and Zazzle

May 13, 2013

Our pals at Hallmark always have perfect designs for celebrating life’s best moments. We have a wide selection of products on our official Hallmark Wedding Store on Zazzle, and if you’re about to say “I Do” this summer, check out some of our top picks:

Don’t just say “I Do” outloud — say it on custom postage and even makeup clutches:

I Do Diamond Stamp
I Do Diamond Stamp by hallmarkwedding
I Do Diamond Makeup Bags
I Do Diamond Makeup Bags by hallmarkwedding

Fans of carved initials on wood will love this rustic design:

Rustic Wood Initials Invite
Rustic Wood Initials Invite by hallmarkwedding

“His & Hers” silhouettes are always popular:

His & Hers Silhouettes Postage Stamp
His & Hers Silhouettes Postage Stamp by hallmarkwedding
His & Hers Silhouettes Custom Invitation
His & Hers Silhouettes Custom Invitation by hallmarkwedding

Here’s our pick for vintage lovers:

Vintage Map Custom Invitations
Vintage Map Custom Invitations by hallmarkwedding
Vintage Postcard Postage Stamp
Vintage Postcard Postage Stamp by hallmarkwedding

And organize every last detail of your big day with this “Mr. and Mrs. Right” binder:

Mr. and Mrs. Right Binder
Mr. and Mrs. Right Binder by hallmarkwedding

Capture (and Customize) Your Memories with Instagram and Zazzle

April 29, 2013
Create Your Own Instagram Pillows
Create Your Own Instagram Pillows by ECRyan

Back in February, we announced the ability to take your pictures straight from Instagram, the beloved online photo-sharing and social networking app, and apply them to products of your choice on our site.

Whether your favorite filter is Amaro or X-Pro II, we know that some of the best potential designs for custom products can come from your personal photos. With proms, graduations, spring vacations and road trips on the horizon, we have the perfect products and templates to help make sure that your upcoming “Epic Summer Road Trip 2013” is forever (and colorfully) emblazoned across iPad covers, iPhone covers, mugs and more. Check out some of our favorite picks below:

Instagram Photo Template Circle Mug
Instagram Photo Template Circle Mug by WarmCoffee
instagram photo button
instagram photo button by sketchbook39
Twelve Photo Instagram, Black iPad Mini Case
Twelve Photo Instagram, Black iPad Mini Case by Antepara
Five Photo Instagram Board Dry Erase Whiteboard
Five Photo Instagram Board Dry Erase Whiteboard by Antepara

Viz Series: What is Visualization?

February 27, 2013

In this three-part series, we’ll find out how visualization plays a crucial part in making your favorite Zazzle products and learn more about some of the mystery members of the Viz Team.

Every day on our site, people are zooming in on their one-of-a-kind iPhone case to get their initials just right, they’re designing the perfect slogan on a fitted t-shirt for their favorite pooch and they’re transforming their gorgeous wedding photos into a wrapped canvas work of art.

There’s much more that goes into making it all happen than meets the eye. The technology we use is completely novel — to make that bright red “Keep Calm and Om Nom Nom” mug you’ve been pining for, it needs to be rendered virtually, as though the mug were already sitting on top of your kitchen table. While your mug doesn’t exist (yet), you’re able to see just how it would look, as if it’s already been manufactured. Without our technology, you wouldn’t be able to make your perfect product — exactly to your personal specifications, just how you want it.

Om Nom Nom Mug
Om Nom Nom Mug by carryon

You have Zazzle’s Visualization Team (or the “Viz Team,” as we affectionately like to call them at Zazzle) to thank. Though they tend to hang out in a dark room, questions about who they are and what they exactly do became so numerous (and so pressing) that we decided it was time to shed some light on this team.

We cornered some members (they don’t put up much of a fight) and got the download on visualization (or as much as they could tell us without giving away all their secrets).

Visualization

Visualization at Zazzle can best be summed up as the perfect blend of engineering and art. The team uses proprietary technology and computational photography to make it easy for anyone to upload an image, make design tweaks, and see a product as though it’s already made. Users and sellers don’t have to know anything about 3D modeling — that’s why we have the Viz Team around. The Viz Team is responsible for making it look all too easy.

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Product Magic

A lot of the magic happens when they gather information about each and every product before it launches on our site. Products and samples are examined to see what areas can be customized and where designs can be printed. When they talk to product manufacturers, the Viz Team gets manufacturers to help specify design areas (which later become your design areas on our site).

After they nail down that info, they prep the product samples for a photoshoot — much like for real-life human models or starlets, except the products don’t demand bottled water or take calls from their publicist.

“Special” Photography

Once the Viz Team figures out what one can actually design or make on the specified areas, they take a photograph with “special cameras.” This process is meant to help you: it gives consumers and designers a way to look at the product and see exactly where the design could go once the product is on our site. For more complex products, the team will actually go the distance and build 3D models.

On Site, Ready to Customize

Through “special image processing,” the team locates the design area for the product and then the product goes on our site for your customization.

Once it’s on our site, the product is ready for your designs (using our nifty design tool.) A lot of people don’t hit “the plus button” (shows the high art view of the product), which gives you the precise field of the area that you can design. This makes the Viz Team sad.

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More fun facts: the red dotted line is called the “safe area,” or the area where the image is guaranteed to be printed, the “black area” shows the actual size of the design area, and the “the bleed area,” or red solid line, allows for extra jostling when the product is actually made, so you won’t get uneven spaces of white on your product.

Next up, meet some of the members of our Viz Team. 

Get Your Poker Face On

January 3, 2013

Are you a fish or a shark? Poker players know what that means, but we know that Bicycle® Playing Cards are for everyone. For the holidays, we can tell you without bluffing that Bicycle® Playing Cards were a big seller — Zazzle sold thousands of decks of cards.

Of course the most popular kind were the ones made by you with your photos, text or designs. It’s not surprising that most people want to make their own by adding their own personal photo or image, and there are many designs to choose from, including this popular deck for wedding favors –

Chevron Framed Photo Playing Cards
Chevron Framed Photo Playing Cards by NightOwlsMenagerie

Here are some other popular designs that are great for children, birthday party goodie bags, bachelor parties and much more:

Owl with Mustache and Hat Card Deck
Owl with Mustache and Hat Card Deck by cutencomfy
Grumpy Cat Fancy Cards Bicycle Poker Cards
Grumpy Cat Fancy Cards Bicycle Poker Cards by thegrumpycat

And of course by adding a personalized monogram, you’ll always know it’s your lucky deck –

Black White Gold Stripes Monogram Poker Deck
Black White Gold Stripes Monogram Poker Deck by ClownFishCafe
Modern monogram gift black chevron playing cards
Modern monogram gift black chevron playing cards by partyondesigns

Bicycle® Playing Cards are the world’s most well-known and respected playing cards. These cards are made with patented casino quality paper and a sophisticated color printing process. The cards are easy-to-shuffle, durable semi-gloss cards with 52 playing cards and 2 Jokers per deck. Each deck comes with a standard Bicycle® cardboard case and are made in Kansas City, Kansas.

Seller Spotlight: AudreyJeanne

December 6, 2012

One of Zazzle’s biggest fans is AudreyJeanne, artist extraordinaire with a background in watercolor, graphic design, amalgamated art, calligraphy and more. She paid a visit to our Z headquarters recently and we chatted with her about her background in art, what she loves to design and why she loves Zazzle with a passion.

I wish Zazzle existed back in the day, when my kids were little. I’m a professional artist — I’ve done it all and seen the art world change. As a licensed artist, I can tell you firsthand that it used to be that you could have thousands of images and art that are market worthy, but most wouldn’t see the light of day. It is almost impossible to get your art out there unless you have a great agent or go through the tedious work of doing art show circuits and hope that one or two collections will be picked by a store or a manufacturer. I’m blessed with the best of both worlds, a great agency, MHS Licensing, and a place to test and prove my designs prior to offering them for licensing.

As a licensed artist, you have to be aware of trends, yet you still have to have your own unique vision. There’s tremendous pressure. The joy of Zazzle is that I can get to do what I love and not be a slave to whims or an art trend. I don’t have to bang on doors. I don’t have to have one niche (though I do love elegant, vintage and feminine) and I can let the different sides of me show. I can stay at home, do what I love and be who I am. Zazzle gives me a place where I can take my art and say, “Where can I put this?” To me, that’s amazing. Zazzle is a phenomenal outlet for artistic expression and I encourage all artists out there to give it a try.

My personal style is varied — I love elegant, sophisticated and modern, and tend towards traditional with a touch of edge. I love the invites on Zazzle and love designing for weddings. It’s really a two-way street with customers — you have to be open to feedback. I try to create invites that fit their individual style, as well as color pallette. What’s so fun about Zazzle is that I’m able to have many stores with varying styles, some that you’d never expect from me. I have the freedom and support to create!

Sock Monkey, Fire Truck Boy Baby Shower Invitation
Sock Monkey, Fire Truck Boy Baby Shower Invitation by AudreyJeanne

Lions, Tigers, and Bears Oh My!

December 5, 2012

For all of you animal lovers out there, we are pleased to announce the National Wildlife Federation store on Zazzle which features more than 1,000 great wildlife photographs and paintings on a wide range of products. All of these breathtaking images were donated by nature enthusiasts so the National Wildlife Federation can pursue partnerships (such as this one with Zazzle) as a way to raise funds to help protect wildlife. These images are beautiful and adorable and make perfect gifts for loved ones or gifts for yourself.

These lion cub triplets don’t won’t give anyone nightmares and could be a perfect addition for a child’s bedroom – that is, until they get old enough to learn how to roar.

Lion Cub Triplets Mattas Print
Lion Cub Triplets Mattas Print by nationalwildlife

This Sumatran tiger is a rare tiger that inhabits the Indonesian land of Sumatra. Sadly the tiger was classified as critically endangered a few years ago, but now you can help raise awareness about its beauty and power.

Sumatran Tiger Pettitt iPhone 5 Covers
Sumatran Tiger Pettitt iPhone 5 Covers by nationalwildlife

This brown bear and her cub were spotted in the wilds of Finland and caught on film for everyone to appreciate their intensity. Impress your friends and call them by their Latin name, Ursus arctos.

Brown Bear Randall Ward hires Ornaments
Brown Bear Randall Ward hires Ornaments by nationalwildlife

Snuggling up to the three-toed sloth – the adorable tree-living mammal — more your style? This pillow would be the ideal way to bring the animal into your home for afternoon naptime.

All of these beautiful creatures can be customized to appear on various Zazzle products including shirts, posters, canvas, iPhone and iPad cases, mugs, stationery, and much more. Please visit here to learn more about the National Wildlife Federation.

New Styles Are Here!

November 19, 2012

Everyone knows having the same styles and colors in your closet or wardrobe for a long time can get a little, well, old and stale.

Here at Zazzle, we’re excited to announce our first round of new apparel, with new tops and pullovers for both men and women, new styles (such as “The Karen” from Alternative Apparel and the “Nano T” from Hanes), as well as new colors.

We’ve teamed up with top brands, such as Alternative Apparel, Adidas, Bella, Hanes, Sport-Tek, Harvester, American Apparel and Champion. Want to work out in customizable style? We’ve got new Champion Double Dry Mesh T-shirts and Ladies Performance Micro-Fiber tees. For all you soon-to-be new moms out there — we’ve got new maternity tees, too.

Check out all of our new styles and colors by clicking below.

Zazzle Is Army Strong!

November 12, 2012

In honor of Veterans Day which celebrates all U.S. military members, we wanted to recognize two Zazzlers who go above and beyond the call of duty every single day. Both are named Andrew, and manage teams of more than a hundred people at our manufacturing facility in San Jose, California.

Also, Zazzle is now offering official U.S. Army merchandise that you can customize and make your own. By federal law, licensing fees paid to the U.S. Army for the use of its trademarks provide support to the Army Trademark Licensing Program, and net licensing revenue is devoted to U.S. Army Morale, Welfare, and Recreation programs. Truly a great program, and we’re proud to be partnered with the U.S. Army for years to come. And you can also count on the fact that our very own Army guys are on the look-out to make sure that your mugs, shirts, postage, keychains, phone cases, stickers and posters are going to be made to order quickly with the highest quality.

We invited both Andrew and Andrew to share a bit about what challenges them every day to grow their skills and expertise in both of their professional pursuits.

Andrew Kim oversees the customization and manufacturing of embroidery products, skateboards, cases, buttons, magnets, and keychains:

I joined Zazzle in 2008 and also serve as a Specialist in the U.S. Army, since enlisting in 2010. It is definitely hard to balance both my Army career and management position at Zazzle without letting my foot off the gas on either side. The Army encourages you to grow your career by leaving it all up to you. It’s a hard balancing act but I like to be challenged. Being in the Reserves means that I’m on call all the time. Travelling, or training exercises, I’m often called away for a few weeks at a time. I’m fortunate that Zazzle is a supportive place to work, but even more fortunate that my wife and son are always supportive, too. I’ll be making a unit t-shirt for myself with our official crest now that we’ve got an Army store at Zazzle.

Andrew Lumidao runs the digital press finishing which includes holiday cards, stationery, and custom postage:

There were only 20 of us in manufacturing when I first joined Zazzle in 2004. We’ve definitely grown a lot since then. I joined the U.S. Army in 2005, where I’m still in the Reserves as a Specialist. It’s definitely a challenge to juggle my role at Zazzle with my military career, but I manage to get by. I was deployed in Iraq from 2007-8 for one year. It was an interesting experience to say the least, as we were in the thick of things with no showers and no bathrooms in a highly targeted area. In the long-run, I aim to grow my career at Zazzle, and also raise my first child who is expected to arrive in just a few months. Since my unit will be deployed again soon, I plan to send some care packages to them because I know how much it meant to me when I received care packages from my colleagues at Zazzle while I was away.

On Veterans Day, we wanted to thank all of the brave and hard-working members of the U.S. military for their service, including those members of the Zazzle family who currently serve. Thank you!

Zazzle Hearts DODOcase

November 9, 2012

The art of bookbinding is alive and well! Zazzle and DODOcase are working together to manufacture products locally and help the art of bookbinding gain a following for the 21st century world of e-readers and tablets. Zazzle now offers iPad cases from DODOcase that can be customized to fit your individual style.

This iPad case is designed to protect your iPad while also giving your device the timeless look of a hardcover book. It provides security and protection, as it’s simple and discreet. The exterior is made from black Moroccan cloth, with an eco-friendly bamboo tray and a custom interior liner that for the first time you can now design yourself.

Solid White
Solid White by designs4you

This true classic feels just like a journal from the old days – when you hold it in your fingertips you are able to travel back in time to previous era when bookbinding was done by hand. At the same time, your iPad keeps your feet firmly grounded in the 21st century.

In addition, iPhone 5 wallets are also available now on Zazzle. It’s sturdy and soft all at the same time. There are two pockets for cards and cash, with genuine mahogany leather that feels great in your hands. Sage waxed duck canvas is also used in addition to the cotton interior.

The Dodo bird remains on the list of extinct animals but thanks to DODOcase, bookbinding continues to thrive. DODOcase has expanded and grown their San Francisco operation to include an in house print shop, bookbindery and woodshop. Combining DODOcases’ style and quality with Zazzle’s customization — now that’s something you can hold onto for years to come. Each wallet and case is handcrafted in San Francisco.


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