Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Your Interpretation May Be Quite Different From Mine But The Customers Have Picked A Winner

As 2013 nears to an end most of us will look back on some highlights. A Twitter conversation about my best seller with social media specialist and blogger Kim Yuhl had me gravitate to that topic. My top seller has to be a specific design which refers to my digital artwork and photography. I have no control over what products print-on-demand company Zazzle offers but I do control what designs I add to particular products.
Missing Puzzle Piece Print

By far the top design up to now is the Missing Puzzle Piece photograph. I recall the idea to shoot a concept image for independence. At the time, I had been working on what I think was a 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle.  Late one night as I was trying to find a missing piece for a particular segment I realized that was the image I wanted for the concept. The monotone of this puzzle segment  captured my attention while photographing so I took more images of this segment giving me a good selection of nearly 100 photos. After reviewing all the images, I decided the missing piece segment above was the photograph I wanted to initially use. Since the design idea is a favorite of many people that encourages me to test new concepts.

Missing Puzzle Piece SweatshirtIt is quite subjective as to which products I add my designs.  I may not select a specific product because I don’t think the design will look good on it. But I realize that a potential customer may want to see it on a product where I didn't add it.

The upside to someone wanting to view a product to which I haven’t added a specific design is my email contact availability via That contact information is also offered on individual products. Be aware that in order to use the Contact on a product page you must create an account. Just an FYI, the Contact Us you see at the bottom of a storefront page goes to Zazzle and not individual shop keepers.

When I view a sale of this design, I often wonder if and how the customer interpreted the image. I’m also curious as to how a buyer customizes the product since shop keepers don’t see those changes.

What is your interpretation of the Missing Puzzle Piece photograph?

What caption might you put on a card or print with the photograph?

I appreciate your feedback so let me know your thoughts about the post and/or the photograph in the comments below. Thank you. If you click the puzzle images, it will take you to that product page.

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