In June Zazzle ran a Triptych Design Contest. We received a lot of amazing entries, and, as hard as it was, we choose a winner: German Banuelos. We spoke to German about his design background, entering the contest, and advice he has for Zazzle designers.
What is your creative background?
Although I have no formal degree in the creative arts, I have always been fascinated by it. It all started when I was a teenager. I had family members who were creating video projects, synced to music, for a local contest. The contest was open to the masses, but we treated it as a family competition. It gave me the incentive of learning new programs, to take part in the contest. I learned a video editing program called Adobe Premiere and made something, just in time for the contest. Unfortunately, I didn’t win that contest, but it had sparked my curiosity in the creative arts. Obviously, as time passed, I expanded to learn Adobe After Effects for visual effects and Adobe Photoshop for image editing. I still use all three to this day.
How long have you been designing on Zazzle?
I started about 9 months ago. I use the free time I have, to develop products while still working a regular job. My goal with Zazzle was to simply make extra income. It has worked out well so far.
What made you want to create a submission for the Triptych Design Contest?
I was looking for a niche market, and by pure coincidence I stumbled upon the Zazzle Triptych Contest blog post. There were still a few days left for me to enter. It was an incentive to create the Triptychs I was going to design anyway. So why not enter? What do I have to lose? It was just perfect timing.
What was your inspiration for this design?
I wanted to create a design that would be universally well liked. Something that would attract the vast majority of people. Something that I, would personally hang on my wall. Triptychs based on the Universe/Galaxy/Cosmos fit the bill.
What other Zazzle products have you designed?
I have a store that is purely t-shirts. This store is still my main store. However, I wanted to expand a bit to see what else was out there. I created only two other stores, one that features only pillows and one that features only acrylic triptychs. I don’t plan on expanding further beyond these 3 stores, I plan on focusing on these 3 stores exclusively in the future.
What has been your favorite Zazzle product to design?
Text-based t-shirts are my favorite ones to design. It requires me to do research on what is trending now and what was trending in the past. These types of t-shirts are the easiest ones to create as well. I use a specific font to differentiate from other text-based t-shirts on the Zazzle marketplace.
Any advice for Zazzle designers?
My advice is to just keep going. Keep making products. I made no sales for my first 4 months but I continued to create products regardless and learned along the way. I’m seeing sales now but it was because I was persistent. Remember, the future is bright…don’t give up!