Today we’re talking with Designer Nick Greenaway of Zazzle store BartonLeClay Design about his design aesthetic, workspace and favorite products. Check it out!
Tell us about yourself!
I live in Bedfordshire, England (about 20 miles north of London). I do a lot of sketching and art, but I also like photography and astronomy. I actually combine those last two interests by photographing the night sky.
Tell us about the space where you do your work. Do you have an official studio or have your carved out a nook in your home?
I work in a Studio building built in 2012; I live in a village in the countryside with a large garden and the building is situated at the bottom of the garden behind trees and a pond. I use an iMac and a Macbook Pro on a large desk. I would like to add that my income from Zazzle has actually funded both computers!
What is your background in art/design? What got you started creating?
All of my life – I never started creating, I have always done it. I am now a full time Illustrator/Designer/Artist. I create all sorts of poster designs, covering various subjects from weddings to travel.
Where do you find inspiration for your designs?
I love poster prints from post-war to the 1950s so this style influences me. The typeface and the vintage style I find satisfyingly attractive, but I can take my inspiration from anywhere.
When do you feel your most creative? Your least?
I feel most creative in the late morning! I find I’m least creative when I’ve just created something that’s taken a few hours, but all I need is a short break and then I’m already thinking of the next design.
What are your favorite products to design on Zazzle?
My attitude bases my store around postcards and posters. I of course do add my designs to other products, on things like the wood wall art, etc. This is a policy I’ve evolved into from about 2014 based on research of what’s popular. Rather than putting my designs on absolutely everything, I’m finding more success with focused designs (what my customers want) and focused products.
If you could wish for one new product on Zazzle, what would it be and why?
Wow, honestly there’s so much now it’s hard to imagine what else could be added. So this will have to be my answer: Zazzle, surprise me!
What was the very first Zazzle product that you sold?
A mouse pad!
What are your favorite product types to design on Zazzle?
As mentioned before, postcards and posters, canvas and other wall art. I actually quite like the wood wall art as I think my designs look great on them (if I may be so bold to say!)
Do you have any advice for new Zazzle Designers?
Find a niche, create all your own work, have patience and keep at it.