Can I just say that I was a bit worried about this whole design team process, but you ladies have handled yourselves beautifully. I am impressed by your excitement for the twelve even though they have something that you wanted for yourself. It really says a lot about you! Having lived in the art world all my life, I know all about having my dreams squashed. I have experienced a lot of criticism, rejection and not making the cut. Here's one recent experience that you might relate to.
Just before WCHA07 (our first winter show as a company) an editor from Creating Keepsakes called me and asked if I could do a project with our soon-to-be-released Buck Naked Lacing Cards. The deadline was tight, she had called at 4:00 in the afternoon and needed the project the next morning, so there wasn't time to get any product to a designer. I created the following project. Scanned it and emailed it to her the next morning. By afternoon I hadn't heard back. So, I called. She said to me that the project just "wasn't exactly what they had in mind." I asked, "What did you have in mind," thinking I had misunderstood the assignment. She said, "We just need something really hip and cool."
16 hours ago