In this week’s Designer Moment, enter the frightful world of Halloweenies’ Wendy Bagley.
Tell us about yourself! Where is your hometown? Where do you live now? Do you have any hobbies or interests outside of design? Any fun facts about yourself?
Mill Valley, California is where I do a great deal of my design work. However, Salt Lake City, Utah is where I currently live in a house situated against the Rocky Mountains, which is why, deer, coyotes, porcupines, the occasional cougar, and rattle snakes show up in my yard. By day, I work as a writer, in fact, I’m an author whose last book failed to sell many copies despite national publicity and a six-figure advance. As grim as that turned out to be, I am back at it, writing another book, which I hope to finish someday.
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? Both are equally wonderful and we’re excited to learn more!
All my Zazzle designs were created in my home office or at my sister’s house in Mill Valley, where the backyard is filled with lemon trees, flowers, and delightful wind chimes.
What is your background in art/design? What got you started creating?
Before switching to English, I was an art major. After college, while working as an advertising copywriter, I learned a great deal about design.
Where do you find inspiration for your designs?
Nearly every day, I’ll see something that inspires a new design idea. I have two large storage containers filled with pages from newspapers, magazines, and idea journals.
When do you feel your most creative? Your least?
Creativity often hits when I’m driving or drifting off to sleep. My best-selling designs on Zazzle, however, hit me out of the blue. I’m least creative when a work deadline looms.
What are your favorite products to design on Zazzle?
Party invitations and Christmas ornaments.
If you could wish for one new product on Zazzle, what would it be and why?
As it is, I’m rather overwhelmed by the amazing variety of wonderful products Zazzle offers.
What was the very first Zazzle product that you sold?
A ping pong-themed baby onesie.
What are your favorite product types to design on Zazzle?
Besides invitations, probably gifts and home decor which can be easily customized.
What are your 5 favorite products in your store?
Do you have any advice for new Zazzle Designers?
Less is more. Quality beats quantity. Just wait until Christmas.
Is there anything else you’d like our readers to know about you?
My puns are always intended, if not entirely appreciated.