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.


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

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

  3. 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

  4. 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.


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