June 16, 2019
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 it’s circular centres could have wound up right 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.
We make a point of not showing flowers with defined centres straight on as they could be misconstrued as boobs. This one was designed for a collection called Grandiflora, which depicted very large scale flowers, so it was particularly important to negate the nipple.
As you can see it’s 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.
This fluffy tropical flower was a bit conspicuous and, just like Adam of Eden, it’s centre was covered by a green leaf.
Orchid illustrations walk a fine line between elegant and ahem… erotic. To limit the likelihood of a client seeing the latter, we reduced the depth of colour and changed it from blush pink to pastel purple.
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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