Words by Erin, Digital Design Media Manager
We know what you’re thinking.
Our minds should be dragged out of the proverbial gutter and put back in our professional design studio. We don’t disagree (can you hear the giggles and guffaws far off in the distance?).
But it’s only human nature to spy the naughty within the nice and if we can see it, our clients can see it too! And their clients also.
No customer wants to draw attention to her nether regions or have a hairy, sack-like shape on the front of her skirt, so we aim to remove all potential cause for a design to become the butt of a joke (pun intended).
Here’s a small fraction of our collective whoopsies and what we did to correct them. Hope they’ll help you discover your own R-rated errors before a client does!
This one really slipped through the cracks. We only saw it as it was shooting out of our industrial-sized printer! It was on a HUGE poster destined for Premier Vision Paris, one of the world’s biggest and most important textile trade shows. Doh!
This tile print with its circular centres could have wound upright in the centre of a bikini triangle, had it remained at it’s original size. We reduced the scale so that more of the print could be seen inside the tiny perimeters of a two-piece.
FRONT ON FLOWER HEADS
As you can see its modesty was protected here with some artfully arranged petals.
Though beautiful, these hero flower heads have one very noticeable feature — red centres. Red hairy ones, at that. To soften the effect, the designer brought the pink down to brown, removed the coloured strands and reduced the size.
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While inoffensive on a small scale, these felt-covered bulbs were headed for something big: our extra large scale floral collection, Grandiflora. Dark outlines made them an especially eye-catching component which had to be replaced by a petal.
Print School students: a word of warning. It’s EXTRA X-rated. Once you see it you can’t unsee it!
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