Archive for July 2008

print on demand showdown: Zazzle vs. Cafepress – part 1

So I did some user testing at my brother in law’s company and got paid properly, so I ordered a few of the t-shirts that I’ve been designing over the past 5 years or so but haven’t had a chance to actually purchase. ) Since black t-shirts are the best thing since sliced bread, that’s pretty much all I’m designing for anymore. Several companies are offering up print on demand t-shirts now. Recently, there was some magical improvement to print white ink onto dark garments as part of the process (thank you, alpha channel), and then just industrial-ink-jet-print as usual, and probably some kind of heat-setting process to lock it all into the fibers of the shirt.

So! part one of my research will cover Zazzle.com’s quality. In fact, I can tell you that that Zazzle already has one thing going for it over cafe press: I ordered t-shirts on the same day, early in the day, from both sites, and my zazzle order showed up today. No cafe press shirts so far.

While I’m waiting for my other order to show up, let’s take a look at how Zazzle did.

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Overall, I’m happy with the quality of the print. When I look at the results from a north-american-personal-space distance away, the print resolution looks fine. When I just look down at the shirt while wearing it, it’s very pixelated. I know for a fact from over a decade of professional experience that my graphics are *not* low res… so I’m guessing that due to the sheer volume of work that their printers are subjected to that they have an automated process of de-rezing everyone’s graphics. Probably especially people like me, who intentionally load the absolute maximum resolution image size the system would accept. So, all in all, acceptable.

Once I wash these I’ll report back to see how well they handle it.

Price is one of the ways that Zazzle and Cafe Press differ. Zazzle says “hey! thanks for designing something with our system! Someone bought one of your things,so here’s a tiny tiny tiny commission.” They do give you a “discount” to buy your own stuff, but for some reason it calculated the discounts unequally when I ordered one of each of these two designs. I don’t know what the story is there, but it didn’t make a lot of sense to me. No doubt these shirts are sort of a luxury because they run near $20 each with shipping, so it’s sort of a big commitment.

I’ll cover how cafe press handles price and commissions… when my order arrives.

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Shih Chieh Huang’s Recycled Robots


NOTCOT at GLOW: EX-SE-08 Shih Chieh Huang from Jean Aw on Vimeo.

This exhibit was at the san jose museum of art during the zero one festival 2008. SJMA has photography nazis lurking everywhere ready to pounce on you and detain your photos should you actually try to help market what’s going on in there for them. How dare you? Too bad, SJMA. Santa Monica’s GLOW festival gets the credit. Not you. You shoulda had it.

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timelapse of me painting Balance/Imbalance

Back in 2007, I did a painting I ended up titling “balance/imbalance”. I also photographed myself painting it at 1 frame per second as I painted. Here now, in full vimeo glory, is the video I’ve been sitting on for over a year. )


timelapse of me painting balance/imbalance from stevecooley on Vimeo.

The general rhythm is “mask, mask, mask, mask, mask, mask, paint” over and over and over.

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Screenshots in iPhone os 2.0

Haha, Bill… It totally works! As seen in netnewswire on my iPhone.

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Steve Cooley showing at Works/San Jose

Through the prism of San jose

I have a small show called “through the prism of San Jose” in the windows of Works/San Jose while it is preparing for an upcoming members show. Check it out!

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Check out higher res photos and more of my artwork on flickr.

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Vallco mall


This place hasn’t quite become the “Cupertino Square” they’ve rebranded it as, but its not hard to see that they’re working on it. Over half of this huge mall has atrophied to emptiness. It makes me wonder how its gotten along all this time. Befor the megaplex movie theatre went in, it was easy to call this place The Mall That Time Forgot because of its _heavy_ 1980’s design aesthetic. I don’t know how they are going to handle all the brass bar railing and colorful tile all over the place. Hopefully with a total do-over. I’m hanging out with Max at lunchtime. :) someday this mall may be cool.

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Yummy…?

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