I’M A LAVIATOR T-shirt design dilemma

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In case you’re wondering why I haven’t been blogging, it’s because I’ve been busy trying to design a T-shirt for the laviators club.  I actually met with a T-shirt designer yesterday who came up with the flying camera design to the left.  Yes, I am aware that he misspelled laviator, but he has since corrected the problem.  Don’t worry. 

While I do like the design, I don’t know if I LOVE IT – LOVE IT.  I mean I don’t know if it’s the right design for the laviators.  The laviators, you see, are an interesting group.  Laviators are mostly frequent fliers, which means a lot of them are world travelers, which only means this shirt has to be special.  It also has to be something they’d actually wear.   

I saw airplanes, super heroes, lavatory doors, occupied signs, flying toilets, and at one point a sketchy picture of me.    THE DESIGN WE NEED IS SO SIMPLE IT’S STARING US IN THE FACE  my designer kept saying as he drew and drew and drew, each drawing in turn ending up as a wadded ball of paper that was then chucked against the wall.

All the chucking began to make me nervous.  In fact, at one point I ordered him to STOP DRAWING, PLEASE!  And then asked him to take a look at the gallery of photos, thinking maybe that might inspire him.  Anything to make him stop drawing!

That’s when it hit him.  Quickly he pushed a few buttons and VOILA!  He came up with this amazing design…. 

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I LOVE IT.  I can’t even tell you just how much I love it, I love it so much.  It’s simple, yet cool, and creative!  I’d wear it.  I couldn’t wait to share it with a few laviator friends. 

YOU KNOW YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE TO ASK EACH PERSON PERMISSION TO USE THEIR PHOTO, one laviator wrote.  OF COURSE, I wrote back.  I knew that.  I’M NOT SURE I EVEN WANT MY FACE ON A T-SHIRT, another added.  OKAY.  NO BIG DEAL, I typed back. 

Of course as I drove my husband to the airport, I couldn’t help but mention the above conversation to him, which caused him to bark ARE YOU CRAZY?  DON’T USE THE PHOTOS!  With my eyes on the road, I said, BUT I LOVE THE PHOTOS, because I do, I really-really do, which made him shake his head and ask, DO WE REALLY NEED TO GET SUED BY 40 DIFFERENT LAVIATORS? which caused me to remain quiet as I continued driving to the airport.

Okay, so tell me, what do you think of the flying camera design?

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  1. Well, flying cameras are cool, but they don’t really capture the “Lav” part of “laviators!” Keep thinking…something with a tiny plane potty in the background is sure to jump out at you! 🙂

  2. I like the flying cameras, but I agree that they don’t capture the lav part. I do think the top design is pretty awesome though. Something about the repetition works for me. If you come up with a better flying potty or something, I think the words behind the image look great. What about a play on the “occupied” image?

    Now granted I’ve been called vain before…but the design with all the pictures is FABULOUSSS. Honestly I’m not just saying that because my face it on it, for real, I promise.

  3. Try having him put a small “occupied” sign inside the lens of the cameras or even putting a “few” of the best laviator pics inside of them. Might even go with less cameras to put that in and make them bigger. Best of both worlds.

  4. I prefer the idea of a cool graphic to actual photos…I don’t know, it just seems weird to think about wearing actual people’s faces.

  5. It took me a while to realize they were cameras – I thought they were flying speakers (the double lenses look more like speaker cones).

  6. As the Laviator second from the right, bottom row, I would GLADLY sign a release to happen across someone else wearing a picture of me holding my nose.

  7. I vote for the photos. The graphic doesn’t really capture the concept. It might be a headache, but with a release statement signed by anyone who’s image you use, you should be okay.

    Is there a way to include the “Occupied” slider, maybe on the back? That would be brilliant!

    Best! 😉

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