Archive for January, 2009

Groundhog Day – Guess and Win!

January 30, 2009

Do you fancy yourself the best weather prognosticator in all of the land? Well prove it by predicting what will happen on Groundhog Day (Monday) before Punxsutawney Phil (reigning weather prediction champion for 120 years) does with the Zazzle Groundhog Day Guess and Win Contest! Submit your prediction to Zazzle this weekend to show off your weather skillz and win $5 off your next order for yourself and any other weather-lovin’ friends you’ve got. Enter now!

Also check out some of my favorite Groundhog Day gifts below to help get you in the mood.

groundhog day mousepad groundhog day t-shirt groundhog day mug


Renew Your Zazzle Gallery

January 29, 2009

I just finished reading a little article with great tips for first-time Zazzlers and it got me thinking… now is really the best time to be renewing and rebuilding your Zazzle store. With continued growth in the Zazzle marketplace and great seller tools (more coming this year), it only makes sense that you, your mom, and even your half-sister you only see on the weekends should be getting every idea possible onto Zazzle products. I’ve even started to make a plan for the weekends to create some great new products. Here are some helpful tips from the article (and my head) that can get you started in the right direction this year.

  1. Always keep a scrap of paper with you – an idea can strike at any time and by writing it down, you’ll be sure to have it for later when you can use it.
  2. Pick a user name that reflects your store – if you’re only going to sell wedding postage you might want to name your store something like “wedingpostagestore” so that customers know they’re in the right place.
  3. Put your idea on everything that applies – Use quick product create to put your design on every product that is appropriate. This will make sure the customer has the best chance of finding your design on a product they like.
  4. Organize it – Make sure that you organize your store so that it’s easy for the customers who want funny t-shirts to find those t-shirts and the customers who want Valentine’s Day gifts to find those as well.
  5. Don’t be shy, tell the world – Use the “link to this” tool to show off your Zazzle products on your blog and in forums or email them to friends. The more people you tell about your Zazzle store, the more products you’ll sell!

There are more great ideas to sell your amazing Zazzle products in the Sell Section of Zazzle. Check it and make your gallery the best it can be.


Update from the Founders

January 29, 2009

We are pleased to announce that 2008 was another fantastic year of growth and revenues continue to climb rapidly. Our marketplace is thriving. Our customers are enthusiastically endorsing our many new products and features, putting more money in the pockets of our many sellers and partners.

That said, nobody is immune to the stark realities of the economic climate, and it is with heavy hearts that we are announcing a 15% reduction in force today. This difficult decision was essential to ensure our profitable status and protect our solid balance sheet, no matter how long the global markets are economically-challenged.

Ever since we took outside funding in 2005, we’ve invested aggressively in the company’s future, primarily by seeking the absolute best and brightest employees. We are very picky. It took us more than three months of sorting through hundreds of resumes and interviewing literally dozens of candidates, before we hired our first engineer.

Not compromising on people was the best thing we ever did. We’ve always prided ourselves on having the most passionate, intelligent and creative people in the Valley. We’ve grown from just a few people in a portrait studio side office to hundreds of employees (here & here), and in the process we’ve become a family, respectful and appreciative of all who have contributed so much.

It is extremely difficult for us to say goodbye to some of these extraordinary people today. We truly wish them all the best in their future endeavors.

Moving forward at Zazzle, our team is fully committed to continuously improving our platform for our millions of customers, sellers and partners. We will proceed with a relentless passion for innovation and continue to grow in these challenging times.

Robert, Bobby & Jeff

FREEEDOOMMM – George Michael on Zazzle!

January 28, 2009
george michael valentine's day card

Well, I guess it would be nice if I could customize George Michael cause I know that not everybody can get custom George Michael gifts for you. But don’t think twice, cause the big GM is now on Zazzle! We had Faith and it has paid off, because George Michael has a new Zazzle gallery! George Michael has joined Zazzle to fulfill all your needs for custom George Michael t-shirts, George Michael posters, George Michael mousepads, George Michael cards, George Michael shoes and more! There’s classic art from Freedom and Too Funky to new art for 25 Live. Check out some of my favorite like the George Michael greeting card template where you can put your favorite leather-jacket-guitar-dancing picture of yourself right next to the man, now that’s the freedom that Zazzle empowers users with.

george michael t-shirt i heart george michael t-shirt george michael faith t-shirt

george michael mousepad george michael shoes george michael posters


Happy Thomas Crapper Day

January 27, 2009

Go flush a toilet or two because today is the day we all honor Thomas Crapper and his contributions to the sanitary arts. Now it’s not known if he actually invented what we call a toilet, but one thing is for sure, his name is forever tied to that most basic of human devices. See below for some of my favorite crappy products (hehehe).

crapper t-shirt crappy mousepad ipoop baby t-shirt


Happy Chinese New Year– Year of the Ox

January 26, 2009
chinese new year dragon

Happy Chinese New Year! Today is the first day of the Year of the Ox! It’s time to dress your house in red lanterns or red scrolls (red is an auspicious color on this date) and light firecrackers to scare away evil spirits. However, if you live in an apartment building like me, it is hard to light fireworks without setting off the neighbors place at the same time. So, now I use Zazzle to celebrate with dragontastic t-shirts! Check out the whole collection of fireworks gifts, Chinese New Year cards, Chinese New Year t-shirts, Year of the Ox t-shirts, or just some red t-shirts. These Chinese New Year gift ideas are just as fun as fireworks without the going deaf part…

year of the ox t-shirt chinese new year greeting card year of the ox kids t-shirt


Banking off Zazzle's Elite Edition T-shirt

January 23, 2009


As you may’ve already heard, ARTSPROJEKT launched an exciting new initiative today: ARTSPROJEKT/LABz.

With this launch comes two exciting opportunities for all you sellers out there to earn cash and get recognized.  How do you do it?  Check it out …

1. Offer this Elite Edition tshirt to your buyers and fans. You earn 15% on all purchases – and you keep your buyers interested by featuring a product that is new and totally cutting edge.  Use this link and be sure to add your referral ID:

It’s the tshirt to wear this season.

2. Submit your own design to be considered for the next round of products.  Ever want the chance to see your design in a retail shop?  Interested in exploring mind blowing embellishments?  Now is your chance.  The deadline to submit is February 20th – so get rollin’!

More juicy marketing info on the project

The shirt will only be available for a limited time, and features an original design and collaboration by internationally renowned artist Luca Ionescu of Like Minded Studio in Sydney Australia and the fashion apparel brand Drifter.  The design is called “NEON DREAMS” and features a 3-D chrome skull illustration with neon reflections.  This one of a kind shirt features many high-end embellishments including specialty inks, silver and black foil, textured flock, and high-density raised ink.

ARTSPROJEKT/LABz is powered by Zazzle’s manufacturing R&D laboratory and also leverages Zazzle’s innovative on-demand retail platform.  ARTSPROJEKT LABz will feature original art from ARTSPROJEKT artists combined with cutting-edge product embellishments. We will release new, mind-blowing products on a regular basis.

Each new product will also bring a new opportunity to enter your own designs for a chance to be featured alongside your favorite international artists & brands, with the release of your very own AP/LABz BREAKOUT EDITION product!



LUCA Ionescu’s iconic identity and illustration work can be found in films, television, magazines, and galleries worldwide. Luca guides the interview and design magazine Refill, and counts MTV, VH1, Tiger Beer, Etnies, Reebok, and Zoo York among his clients.

Drifter supplies LA’s fashion elite with finely tailored apparel using high end blends of Supima cotton, modal, and mercerized jersey.  Featured in top retailers including Saks 5th Avenue, American Rag, and Fred Segal, Drifter is worn by Adrian Grenier of Entourage, hip hop icon DJ Shadow, and in such publications as Glamour, Stuff, and URB.  The men’s and women’s Drifter SKUs used for the ARTSPROJEKT LABz0001 Elite Edition are double-layered 60 single Supima Twofer Tops, which are stylishly fitted and extremely soft.


Each time we launch a new LABz product, we’ll also kick off a new BREAKOUT EDITION Design Challenge. The BREAKOUT EDITION Design Challenge will transform today’s underground visionaries into tomorrow’s global success stories. We’ll pick ten winners for each contest. If you win, your design will be sold in the LABz Special Editions Gallery. We may also show the winning designs to potential buyers for high profile retail lines, so you could find yourself checking out your T-shirt in your favorite boutique.  Each time we launch a new product, we’ll tell you how to submit your designs! You’ve got one month to cook up a design to send back.


It’s easy to submit your designs. Have a look at the AP/LABz0001 Neon Dreams design, download our design template and cook up your own version. When your design is done, just fill in the submission details on the Labz Contest PageThe deadline to submit design for the LABz BREAKOUT EDITION 0001 – the Luca inspired t-shirt – is Wednesday, February 20th, 2009., and upload your design.


1.      We’ll make your design, including the hangtag, and package it up with your sticker design. It’ll be the real deal.

2.      We’ll promote and sell your design on the website. You’ll get 10% royalties on every shirt we sell.

3.      We’ll also be showing the winning designs to buyers for high profile retail lines, , so you could find yourself checking out your T-shirt in your favorite


Luca Ionescu Designs Insane Skull for Labz 0001!

Australia based artist Luca Ionescu applied his crazy mix of technology and art in the creation of the 3D rendered ‘Neon Dreams’ design.


Luca currently operates Like Minded Studios where he has created incredible stuff for clients like Nike, Zoo York, MTV, VH1, ONeil, Etnies, Absolut Vodka, Reebok and Coca-Cola. He also co-runs and publishes Refill Magazine along with curating the Refill Seven Laser Skate Deck exhibition.

We caught up with Luca – over the phone of course – we’re way too low budget for a trip to Oz, and learned about his background, design inspirations and that amazing Skull.

Q: Tell us something about your background?

I come from the eastern land of Romania. I was raised in the land of OZ, and now deliver the typographic message worldwide.

Q: How does the world REFILL?

Through the global network known as Synchronicity.

Q: How do you define synchronicity?

Synchronicity is the way we are all connected globally. It is why so many community websites pop. They are networks driven by synchronicity, showing how we are all connected within six degrees of freedom. It is the way people inspire each other.

Q: What is Refill magazine?

Refill magazine started locally in Sydney in 2003. There were no magazines to bring artists together, globally. And there was all of this fresh work and new ways of doing things. I wanted to document the global art scene and bring that global flavor to my local audience. It was a period of self-discovery, bringing the design community together, creating something collaborative and being able to give something back to the community. Creating a physical magazine was important because it’s something tangible – something you can hold. It’s a quality magazine, versus an abstract digital media presence. With print, the smell of the ink and the feel of the paper complement the artists’ work well. We grew up on prints and books; it’s traditional. However, we embrace digital media as well and there will be a stronger online presence for the Refill re-launch, with daily community exchanges and artist interviews. This will be paired with a quarterly release of the physical magazine.

Q: What is Like Minded Studio?

Like Minded Studio is an umbrella for four artists. We each have different skill sets that complement well and we do work for various clients and agencies, ranging from answering briefs on a commercial level to t-shirt design. Sometimes we bring other artists on-board for individual projects.

Q: What is one word you would use to describe yourself, and why?

Progressive. I am always changing and evolving as a creative and applying that to my work. I like to use older, traditional techniques and bring a new translation to traditional design work.

Q: Describe 3 inspiring encounters you have had as a designer and magazine publisher.

1.     My first inspiring encounter was discovering the work of the Designers Republic while I was a design student. This snowballed into a hunt for more knowledge and who was behind the work. I discovered one of the men responsible for much of the goodness was Michael C Place. His amazing layout skills and typographic work includes brilliant use of one of my favorite typefaces at the time, Helvetica. He motivated me to keep producing what I loved doing most: design. I got in touch with Michael and since then he has been both a friend and a source of inspiration.

2.     My second inspiring encounter was meeting Futura 2000 in 2002. He triggered what was to become one of my greatest learning journeys via Refill Magazine. The concept behind Refill Magazine was for me to learn about and showcase artists such as Futura. Since launching Refill, we have showcased several hundred artists and have tried to enrich the Sydney art and design community by cross-pollinating with international artists through exhibitions, collaborations and the like.

3.     I would have to say my most recent inspirational experience was meeting my beautiful partner Bianga and the birth of our son, which without I wouldn’t be producing the work I am today. The love I feel for my family and which they give me is an endless source of inspiration for my work.

Q: Tell us about the story of “Neon Dreams”

It was originally a white skull on my homepage. It represented me. Faceless, it was the bare framework or structure that clients would come to my studio for work on. It was a starting point, from which I would flesh out my designs.

I redesigned the skull in titanium for a client, and while playing with it in my 3D rendering program, was excited about the look of all of these multicolored lights reflecting off of the surface. It is a stand-alone piece but could also be developed into a series, which I’ve considered. It represents Like Minded Studio’s love for design and that we’re here for the long haul, and we’re going to let the work shine. But it’s also open to interpretation, and overall it’s just a cool-looking skull.

Q: Snapshot the Sydney scene for our friends around the world.

Sydney has a lot of talent to offer. For a small sample, keep your eyes on and My agent, Rebecca Wolkenstein also represents a group of amazing photographers and artists who I am honored to be on books with.

Friends and Family:





Monster Children


Terrence Chin






What are you working on right now?

Something I love. View some of it here.


Introducing LABz Elite Edition 0001 and Design Contest

January 23, 2009

Say hello to the Neon Dreams shirt, LABz Elite Edition product 001!

neon dreams mens t-shirt neon dreams womens t-shirt

Whoa rewind, what’s ARTSPROJEKT LABz and what’s an Elite Edition product? ARTSPROJEKT LABz is the first-ever experimental design lab for artists, designers, and brands. It’s ColLABzoration between imaginative geniuses and technological wizards that produces an exclusive, limited run product called LABz Elite Edition! This first product, Neon Dreams, was a little bit ARTSPROJEKT, LUCA Ionescu (designer), Drifter apparel, and of course just a dash of powered by Zazzle. To learn more, check out the video from ARTSPROJEKT Founder Andy Howell below.

On top of the launch of Elite Edition 0001, the ARTSPROJEKT team is calling for artists to enter the BREAKOUT EDITION design challenge. Invent the new standard in fashion by submitting your crazy, insane, over the top designs to the BREAKOUT EDITION challenge. Ten winners will be chosen from each contest and if you win, your design will be sold in the LABz BREAKOUT EDITIONS Gallery and could also be featured in high profile retail stores. Enter the contest and show off your elite design talent.

Enter the contest here »

Other cool shots of Neon Dreams T-Shirt:


Learn more about Luca Ionescu t-shirts, Luca Ionescu skateboards, Luca Ionescu hats and more at Zazzle.

Criterion Games on Zazzle!

January 22, 2009

Criterion Games is on Zazzle! Now you can get Criterion Games and Burnout Paradise logos on t-shirts, mugs and more! Check out some favorites like Super Jump t-shirts, Burnout Paradise shirts, and even Burnout hats. Check out all the great gaming gear at the Criterion Games gallery.

super jump t-shirt burnout hat downtown gym t-shirt


Obama Presidency – Day 1

January 20, 2009

Today is the first day of 44th President’s term and already there are tons of products in the Zazzle marketplace to commemorate the occasion. Just look at a small sample of Obama t-shirts that were created TODAY to honor Barack and his new presidency (there are a lot more…).

obama 44 t-shirt obama one america t-shirt obama hope 44 t-shirt

obama computer watched t-shirt inauguration I was there t-shirt obama history was made t-shirt

Also, in true Zazzle customize-the-world fashion, we’ve partnered with Paste Magazine to give you the Obamiconme generator that will turn your image into one of those iconic Obama designs that was so popular during the election and then allow you to get that design on products! Check it out at Paste Magazine’s Obamiconme site to have your personalized piece of this historic event.

obamicon mug

One final note, when the election first began, I was stunned by the passion and excitement people expressed in t-shirts, hats, and buttons putting countless hours into designs that represented their ideals. Today, we’ve see the culmination of this passion in an explosion of Zazzle creations unlike anything in Zazzle’s history. This election has been exciting to watch both as a voter and as someone that loves the creative fire that Zazzle has empowered artists to share with the world. Thank you to everyone that has helped make this election special for Zazzle and beyond.


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