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

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

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

We are now into 2015 and I remembered this post from late 2013 wondering which design was still my top seller. A Twitter conversation about my best seller with social media specialist and blogger Kim Yuhl  back then 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

The top selling design in my Zazzle store as of 2015 is still the Missing Puzzle Piece photograph. I recall the idea to shoot the image as a concept 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 variety 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 Sweatshirt
It 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 shopkeepers.

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 shopkeepers 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? Visit the link and add your text idea to the design. 

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.


Unknown said...

It's interesting to learn the story behind a particular design, Patricia! Thanks for sharing.

PPhillips said...

Thank you Deb for taking the time to read and leave a comment.

One of God's Kids said...

I like the dimensions the longer you look it changes from embossed to recessed and then I see puzzle pieces on the

But it reminded me of this quote which may fit somehow into a title for it...

The world's a puzzle; no need to make sense out of it." - Socrates”

thanks for sharing it Tink

PPhillips said...

Hey Tink thanks for sharing your observations. I took all those photographs and it kept coming back to it as a total standout.
Wow, that's a great quote for it. Thanks for sharing that too.