Big Cartel Blog

Welcome Andy Borsz

The Big Cartel family continues to grow as we’ve just added Andy Borsz to our team of developers. A studious practitioner of agile software development, we’re beyond excited to be adding his expertise to our dev team.

As a bona fide nomad, Andy grew up all over. He called Brooklyn home for eight years and just relocated to Chicago by way of Jacksonville during the Polar Vortex of 2014. An experimental music lover and musician, you can find him destroying the sound of his guitar in the duo Slasher Risk, or revamping and readying his bus conversion for international touring adventures.

Let’s all give Andy the warmest of welcomes, as we couldn’t be happier to have him joining our ranks.

No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit.
– Ansel Adams

Paper Cuts by Ryan De La Hoz

We’re always happy to gain a little insight into an artist’s mind, so we had to share this glimpse into SF-based Ryan De La Hoz's studio and creative process. Check out more of his creations »

Book Hive

To celebrate 400 years of public libraries in Bristol, the Bristol Central Library partnered with Rusty Squid to create Book Hive, an animatronic sculpture combining books and robotics. Basically, the coolest collaboration ever.

Follow along on Instagram »

Rails Girls course in Salt Lake City

On March 21st, Rails Girls is coming to SLC by way of Big Cartel with help from some of our favorite friends, Freshly Picked, and CityHome Collective. Getting more women into programming is a big deal to us - and with this free course, we take a big step to make that happen. So ladies, no matter your skill level, you can come to this fun course and leave with your own bonafide web app that YOU built - from the ground up - with your own beautiful brain.

The course is totally free, you just need a laptop and, well, you! Space is limited so apply now to be considered for Rails Girls SLC.

For full information and to apply, visit

UPDATE: SFS contest

We’ve decided to extend our contest deadline until Monday, Feb 3rd at 11:59 PM MST. We’ve received a bunch of amazing submissions we’d LOVE to share with you, but our buds at Vimeo (poor guys) have been having some issues. We want everyone to have the opportunity to participate in this contest and hope this extension gives you a little more time to polish those videos.

For those of you who haven’t even started, our example video was shot and edited in a day, so there’s still plenty of time. Get out there, scream your name from a rooftop, strap your product to a rocket and launch it into outer space, just make sure you have a friend with a camera rolling.

Enter the contest now »

3 days left in the SFS contest

We’re getting more videos of all styles from all different types of stores. Hopefully this little profile of Phyllis Harris Designs gets you motivated to get your own video entered for the chance to win a cool $2,000 for your store. Only 3 days left, get to it!

Enter here »

Finnish artist Kustaa Saksi's latest work, Hypnopompic, has left us completely mesmerized. Read and see more »

Contest videos rolling in

Our Store From Scratch contest deadline is fast approaching, and video entries are starting to roll in - like the above gem from Longlive the Swarm. Let this be the kick in the pants you need to get moving on your own behind-the-scenes video. I mean, come on, you could win $2,000 and a store for life. Enter here »

For those of you still nervous about making your video, we’ve put together some tips so you can dive right in with confidence. Remember that you don’t have to have a big budget or be a pro - we just want you to get your hands dirty and make something cool to help promote your store. Get video tips »