Monday, September 30, 2013

Interview with Dorin Cojocariu of Dorinco



Rico:
What's Your Name?


Dorin Cojocariu :

Rico:
List your shop(s) -


Dorin Cojocariu :

My main shop is:

Dorinco

I specialize in customized postage/ personalized (personalised) postage stamps. As an advanced stamp collector/philatelist/maximaphilist, my main interest is about Wild Mammals. Also, whatever else catches my eye--I have a collection (among several collections) showcasing at least one philatelic item (normal stamp, not personalized) from just about every theme of interest. For example: Sports. I want to have at least one stamp for each sports discipline and some subcategories. At least one stamp showing a discus thrower, etc. Just for educational purposes. For the love of the hobby.

I designed, bought and sold many types of personalized stamps, collaborating with friends and partners from several countries.

Maximaphily is my most preferred area of philately, because you can create your own philatelic items by choosing which postcard, stamp and postmark you want to use. At the end, see my links to my websites.

My second shop is:

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The name was assigned by Zazzle when I was experimenting with the Zazzle Instant phone app.

In this store, most items are created with Zazzle QR (QuickCreate).

Speed in creating is more important here than individual quality. I don't have the time to fix every item (Zazzle could have done a better job at automatically sizing and resizing images for different products in QuickCreate).



Rico:
How long have you been at Zazzle? How Long did it take to achieve ProSeller status?


Dorin Cojocariu :
I discovered Zazzle in 2006, and I started my shop then. After a couple of years, I got the ProSeller status. I never had enough time to promote my Zazzle activities on a large scale.


Rico:
Who or what inspires you?


Dorin Cojocariu :
Any compelling image, or idea that I envision.


Rico:
How would you describe your design style?


Dorin Cojocariu :
Photographic, with mastery of text (fonts, size, color, positioning, etc.)


Rico:
What medium/tools do you use to create your designs?


Dorin Cojocariu :
I don't have anymore access to my old Mac graphics software, but I don't usually have the time and the need for DRAWING something. I'd rather use what I find, if the copyright allows it.


Rico:
What makes your shop stand out from the rest?


Dorin Cojocariu :
Probably I am one of the most advanced designers of personalized Zazzle stamps in the world. Over 150 designs created, of which I have actually bought over 50 designs, and I sold (or Zazzle sold for me) in several continents.


Rico:
What's the best advise you got when you were starting out?


Dorin Cojocariu :
In 2006, my friend Peter E. told me to design new stamps by customizing my old stamp designs, thus getting an additional 10% royalty. That I did.


Rico:
What's the best advise you can give someone just starting out on Zazzle?


Dorin Cojocariu :
DO NOT expect to make a living out of this, from now on. Even if you work all day long, by now the Zazzle products marketplace is saturated with the competition from your fellow Zazzlers. Do it primarily for fun, like me, and then you'll see.


Rico:
Zazzle has helped many people meet goals that they otherwise wouldn’t have achieved. What has Zazzle helped you to achieve in your personal life?


Dorin Cojocariu :
Zazzle allowed me to have creative fun, especially about stamp designs that I really wanted to have in my collection.


Rico:
Tell me 5 random things you want everyone to know about you?


Dorin Cojocariu :

I'm from Romania/USA.

My greatest achievement is my family.

I'm famous for global promotion of philately / maximaphily. Designer of personalized
phila​telic ​ items​ .

My hidden talents are foreign language skills.

I could design ANY Zazzle product, for anybody in the world, not just personalized stamps. If you browse my stores, you'll see, if you have patience, that I already designed in every product line.


Rico:
Include links to 5 of your favorite designs you want me to feature. Tell me something about each design.


Dorin Cojocariu :


Siberian tiger hug postage stamps

I love how the tiger cub opens up his loving arms to play with Mom. 



Some Zazzle custom stamps by dorinco Case For The iPad Mini

These are some of my personalized stamps designs. I have many cool creations. :) 


Bengal Tiger 2 iPhone 4/4S Case

Smartphone covers are a super-cool way to make a silent statement, only when you want, by pulling them out and letting the viewership marvel at them, start talking with you (if that's what you want), etc.


grey,squirrel,maximum+card, MPP postmark cute Cover For iPhone 5

This is a custom maximum card/maxicard/dorincard that I created with a postcard made from a real photo print taken by me in downtown Washington, D.C. Then I affixed the USPS stamp and I postmarked it with my own postmark (Mailer's Postmark Permit). Ask me, and I'll give you details.


Giant panda Tai Shan and Mei Xiang Washington DC iPhone 5 Covers

The stamp featured on this phone case shows the two famous and lovely giant pandas from the National Zoo, Washington, D.C., 2006. The mom, Mei Xian, just gave birth to another cub a few days ago.


Rico:
Where else can our readers find you online? (Facebook, Twitter, other blog or website)


Dorin Cojocariu : 
 
I can be found on Facebook

On Linkedin: Linkedin

On Twitter: @Maximafil

"Philately (stamp collecting) in general, and maximaphily in particular, as a confluence of domains: learning, writing, web design, business administration, etc. Squidoo
 

My Picks: 

Superb collage 3 of cool images iPad cover



Great Blue Heron maximum card Audubon Postcard

Great Blue Heron maximum card, after a drawing by Audubon. Chesapeake Bay stamp. Mailer's Postmark Permit postmark. 


Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights, Alaska Canvas Prints

Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights shines above Bear Lake at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, 


Su_Lin_giant_panda_bear_cub_at_the_San_Diego_Zoo Poster
Su_Lin_giant_panda_bear_cub_at_the_San_Diego_Zoo Poster
Su_Lin_giant_panda_bear_cub_at_the_San_Diego_Zoo Poster by dorinco
Find other designs of Art & Posters at Zazzle.com



Rocks pattern 1 mug
Rocks pattern 1 mug
Rocks pattern 1 mug by dorinco
Check out Rocks Mugs online at zazzle



3 comments:

  1. Interesting. How did you become interested in stamps?

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  2. Valerie, I was fascinated by regular stamps since I was a toddler. Many interesting things to study about them. I started in 2006 with personalized stamps.

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