Saturday, July 10, 2010

Maura Reed - SM Business Cards


What are your favorite products to designs for? (select all that apply) *
  • T-Shirts
  • Cards/postcards/invitations
  • Posters
  • Mousepads
  • Business Cards
  • Buttons/Magnets/Keyrings
  • Stationary/letterhead
  • Binders
How long have you been working with Zazzle or other POD's *
1-3 Years
What affect has zazzle had on your life in 25 words or more

I found my passion.
I have a varied creative professional background ranging from a BA in Interior Design, photography work and many years as an abstract painter. Working in graphic design has been a wonderful experience...actually something I sort of stumbled upon. It proved to be a blessing.
I find myself waking up in every morning excited to start my day designing. I've also returned to college and have enrolled in several computer graphic courses to sharpen my skills. Because of my eclectic nature, zazzle has given me a wonderful outlet to express through a wide range of themes, styles and mediums, which was exactly what I was looking for.
The possibilities are endless and I love being able to reach out to such a varied audience.
I also love the freedom of working at home.
All in all, it has been a very rewarding experience, especially from a creative and entrepreneurial standpoint.
Zazzle has given me a sense of freedom, purpose and passion.

In an average week how much time do you put into your shops including making designs, adding them to your store, advertising, reading the forums, doing other research or zazzle related work?
(estimate the average week where do you fall)
60+ hours (over 9 hours per day)
What percentage of time do you spend designing/adding products vs advertising/working on referral sites (this includes blogs twitter forums websites and other means of advertising)
What was your favorite design to make & why? (whether it has sold or not pick just 1 & include the link to the product page NOT the image link)

My favorite design to make was the Peace Sign Postage Stamp. It's actually one of my most recent designs and had received a Today's Best Award. It stemmed from a business card design requested by a friend who was looking for a 60's, hippie theme. I love the 60's inspired abstract pattern and colors, as well as the linen fabric background image. This work is a combination of abstract work, photography, and digital graphics -and took some time to create. I like how it looks great on most products offered by zazzle and has an universal appeal.

How many shops do you have on zazzle?
List your shop urls 1 per line with a 5-10 word description after each
(use format - designs for people who love dogs)
An eclectic collection of uniquely designed business cards.
Variety of stylish gift ideas, invitations, cards and more.

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