Has it happened to you yet?
You open a product on your store – or you go to buy one on someone else’s store and. . . it happens. You are not in Oz anymore and Toto has left town.
Actually, maybe you are in Oz now, because things got weird. Instead of clicking your heels, however, you are pounding your head on the desk.
Zazzle has a new design tool
You know how this works. Zazzle cooks up new stuff and then lets
guinea pigs various storekeepers and customers sample the brews on random browser tests. The new design might appear on one browser and not another. Clearing your cache and cookies may get you out of it, or may not.
So, what is the latest version of the design tool? And is it going to be something to look forward to?
So, you know you have the new tool when. . .
Messages are popping up and down and jumping out from all over the screen. Familiar actions are gone, new ones are in their place. The strangest is the unlabeled pins stuck on the products and the unlabeled circles you will encounter in the design view. Maybe these have a code name, but I’m calling them pins. They look like the pins from the Adobe Photoshop’s Puppet Warp tool. Or from Lightroom’s spot removal pins.
The messages stop popping up after a few seconds and stay gone. In order to determine what to do, you have to test everything. Nothing is labeled until and unless you mouse over it.
It’s like a treasure hunt, but you don’t see little jewels and hats and vials of poison, you see pins that all look alike. There are a lot of opportunities to put objects in position. You’ll see.
The new tool was initially implemented on mugs and then t-shirts and is being fine-tuned along the way. There may be differences, therefore, when you encounter it! I found out today that Rickshaw messenger bags show it when I decided to share the sale of one on my Pinterest board. Yikes!
The screen immediately began tossing random info at me as you can see by the overlay info in the image below. You can see another of the pop-ups in the t-shirt image at the top of this page.
Watch the use of this tool on video
If you want a peek at how the tool works and it’s not showing on your browser yet, below you will find a long video of me fumbling my way through it. And mind you, I had already seen this tool on t-shirts, so I was not totally new to it! I don’t know how customers will like customizing with this new method, but it adds many steps to the process for designers. I do point out the new way to post a product for sale. You could say it’s hidden.
Zazzle tests all these permutations, so presumably they will get it right in the end.
My feelings will not be hurt if you don’t watch all twenty minutes of this video. Unless you’re from Zazzle – you SHOULD watch it. I believe I constrained myself to one actual swear word (pats self on back).
Note: this screencast is not only long, but also done on software new to me, so it doesn’t have a pretty cover or fancy ending. Oh well.
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Thanks for this helpful and amusing insight, Deb!
You’re welcome, Lori! and thank you. I’m glad you enjoyed it!
ack, I just got a massive migraine. WHY, Zazzle, WHY???? It’s almost NOVEMBER!!!!
But thanks, Deb, for this. 🙂
You’re welcome, Holly. I wonder if it’s to convince us that referrals are easier than creations? I know, Merry Christmas, everyone!
Thanks for the heads-up Deb – I’m so tired already! lol
Thanks so much for doing this. Looks like there is lots of new stuff to learn.
You’re welcome! Thanks for reading. There IS lots of new stuff and new products. The learning never stops – don’t you wish it would sometimes?
I just attempted to make a new shirt, and realized I would have to learn to use the tool again. Your video helps. Thanks.
I was just getting used to the earlier changes to the design tool. The newest change is so counter-intuitive for designers, who need to see what they’re designing. As for customers, not many people will buy something sight unseen, which is what this design tool offers them. It makes me wonder who designed this tool, a computer programmer? Whoever did, I hope that they will improve on their design (or drop it altogether — no chance!) Thanks for your post.
Totally agree, Marian. The new tool goes for flashy at the expense of function. It’s not worth using. And no preview? That’s crazy.
Oh dear! Thanks so much for this, had me giggling in recognition!
LOL! The worst thing, Paul, is I keep swearing every time it comes up. People do not like pop-ups – you have to wait for them to get info, for one thing. And they get in the way when you’re doing something else!
O Debra, you are fantastically entertaining!! I think this should be on the Zazzle forum for training purposes. You and I think a lot a like, as I explore new program software in the exact same manner. I couldn’t help but LOL at times! You taught me a lot, and I must bookmark this for reference tool!
Zazzle is getting so software advanced. I wish to sit in the back seat of it all…just going, “Wheeee!”
Thanks, Morcash, I so appreciated your comment!