Thursday, January 14, 2021

Bumper Stickers, Facebook, Tales of Lost Profit- One 2020 Wench In The Wheel

 

Elect Sanity Holographic Bumper Stickers

So... 

Story really goes that I created (AND COPYRIGHTED) this design in 2014.  It was a midterm election year. Things were starting to get loco on the political frontier of the U and S, and I was feeling crafty : )  I designed three versions, printing one, but didn't go about seriously selling the sticker until 2020.   

Elect-Sanity.com Bumper Sticker in Holographic Silver

Elect-Sanity.com Bumper Sticker in Holographic Blue

So...  

I went about reprinting the sticker, this time twice as holographic silver and blue (with accents!), setup an e-commerce website, and paid, PAID Instagram for ads to promote the sticker for a week. THIS SHOULD HAVE WORKED.  Yet, Facebook (IG) assumed my site was a hack or something, took my money but didn't lead viewers to the elect-sanity.com website!!!  Instead, the first 6,000+ onloookers were directed to a blank page or back to Instagram. I was given no notice of their suspicions about the site at all.. I discovered the redirect while viewing the ad on my other IG accounts.



I tried in so many many ways to contact Facebook about the error on their part, but this oh so very ethical corporation has a very active and unhelpful contact method to avoid direct customer service -to paying customers.  

Deflated and over-minded by Friendly Corp., I retreated the project to a drawer in the living room. I didn't have a lot more money to spare on marketing, and I had already spent $1000 +/- on the stickers. Pinterest was given a try will a great deal of pins but no purchases.  I ended up making a few via the 1300 AD and before that manner with word-of-mouth.

So... Long story short, these stickers are still around and available your favorite car, truck, boat, or RV... Just click on the pics to go straight to a purchase link.  And if you do, I will send them with hugs and kisses.

P.S.

I am not a supporter of the current standards of social media, and that’s possibly another reason why it failed to go as planned.  Maybe if I would have been able to pay someone to do this, it would have been big. I’ll never know, but it’ll be here on my page forever and forever. 


Try Again.




 “ If at first you don’t succeed/
you can dust it off and try again/
dust yourself off and try again
try again”



How many of you know where these lyrics come from??? If you don’t, take this.  


I admit to not caring enough about my blog portfolio. To the point of severe time-neglect.  It’s not that I don’t like it, or didn’t want to do more, or wasn’t very happy with my work and the feedback from friends & clients… Just that being grown is hard, and I was working all the time (designing, teaching, Uber-ring even (never no more)) instead of being what I should have been - in business.


To a degree, I’ve been intrigued and somewhat good at business: I have skills and can talk the talk.  But my financial business acumen was not there.  When I was a munchkin, they just never taught us in school.  The other times I was tapping on the door of entrepreneurial-ship, I was flatly discouraged because I was direct competition and didn’t have enough keen to know that.  As an adult, after a career move that gave me mad skills but could have caused me my life (this is literal); in addition, almost made me crazy, I went about this the wrong way.  How?


1. I went to COLLEGE-
Everything people tell you about college is true.  Unless you are into nepotism, a degree won’t get you a good job, then or now. Social Media is going to make it worse, please believe me.

2. Bad relationships-
Sad but just a fact.  Your partner isn’t your partner if he or she is jealous of you.  Believe what you see the first time; let that sh*t go.  Add the word “friend” to this observation as need be.


3. Family Deaths-
After my Aunt Florita died in 2017, my father Rickey Pierre passed away that following October.  It was too much, along with the other top sections above stated.  I think I cried every straight day for about a month.

 

4. NOT ENOUGH MONEY-
The metaphor is true, you must pay to tourney on this real world board of Chess and Monopoly.  And back then, I could barely get a car loan, let alone a business one. 


Yet, it’s all good because I am still here and back to my blog to give you all panchromatic realness.  Changes have come to set me into better patterns, and I have the capital and knowledge to succeed. -I will do that.  


I will be back to post some more; my 2018 thru 2020 compilation.  Leave some feedback, shall you?  Why, thank you then… Alright.


Saturday, May 19, 2018

Medina Sunrise Business Card and Art Poster

Flame if I say so myself. My buddy Medina needed some new cards, and she wanted them vibrant, distinguishable, and funky.  Basically reflective of who she is.  

I did a litany of things in Adobe PS 5 to make this, can't remember it all. I am totally crushing on the Grain effect right now (since 2016, so maybe it's a love affair, hehehe). I think it came good.  I'd love some FEEDBACK... I see y'all creeping on my blog-n-stuff, looking but not showing love.  What up with that?  I can take all critiques, + and -. 

Peace.





Copyright 2018,Renetrice Piere & Medina Perine

Sunday, December 31, 2017

2017 in pop. pour. sip. Graphic Review, Part 1

Just so ya know... all this ish copyrighted.

"The Dunes"...Insecure inspired -acrylic, pencil & tempera on 6 x 9 canvas




Laser Cut Pendants (Adobe Illustrator)


Assata Shakur Pop Art Poster (Adobe Illustrator)




Mr. Right Album Art for Sparkle Motion


 Tell Your Friends Album Art for Sparkle Motion



"Issa In Thought" 1 & 2 ...Insecure Inspired
- acrylic on 4x4 canvas 


Exquisite Corpse Project for 8th grade English,
Zion Central Middle School


Flaunt Your Fly Banner Art 




Self Portrait (Adobe Photoshop & Illustrator)



Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Black Lives Matter


Metal prints will be available soon!  11x14, ready for wall mounting.  Will post pictures of prototype within the week. 

 ©2017 Renetrice Pierre

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

How It All Turned Out


The inevitable day has come and gone.  Tears fallen and dried, but the well still stirs inside.  Thank you to anyone that read my request for help and answered by donating to Florita's goFundme.  Several costs were able to be covered.  We're still in somewhat of a hole but its not as bad as it could be.

Y'all already know I did the program... No one could have done better than I. The people that saw I was stressed told me to give it to the church or funeral home to create.  I said noooooooooooooo way!   It was a minefield to cross though, helping managing the days events, speakers, and the ultimate food offering after (just me and my uncle, mom helped as she could given the situ). I also had to disconnect from Flo to complete my task, as if it were for a client's family member.  Still, there was no way I wasn't going to do her program.


So... to list the creative & technical gist,  I grabbed some tropical flowers from a Google search (thanks interwebs!) selected & isolated them with the tool underneath the magnetic lasso ( escapes me rt now), rotated, screwed... you get it.  There's also the outer glow on the type which is Angelface (script) and Champagne & Limousines- shout out to the creators Mario Arturo & Lauren Thompson.  Long/short, all imaging was done in Photoshop, the layout was done in Illustrator CS5 (my favorite dinosaur :).  Take a look, names and info blurred for privacy.


Just in case you didn't know, which I just found out, some people love collecting funeral programs- yes, I'm puzzled too. I got 75 printed.  Within one hour into the service, they were out.  But!  I received multiple compliments on the design, from those that know I did it. It wasn't about that, yet I have another notch of accomplishment.  A person doesn't understand or know what she or he can endure until it's done.  I didn't expect to have to do any of this, yet I endured like a solider (ppl that know me would say another branch, lol).  Either way, I did it.

Flortia, it was -still is an honor knowing you.