Sunday, March 15, 2009

Another layer of approvals

One of the most frustrating things in the ad business is presenting ideas to the people you believe are the decision makers, getting those ideas approved, then discovering that there's another layer of people with different objectives who are also going to have a say.

Turns out that nothing changes.

Colleen and I spent last weekend playing tourist in Victoria. While there we took the tour of the legislature buildings. One of the stories they tell is of the province's original coat of arms, shown in this stained glass window.

Apparently this design was completed, approved locally, and then sent for heraldic approval in London. Being the 19th century, that journey from BC to London took a long time, during which this lovely window was created to celebrate the event.

Unfortunately, there's a major flaw in the design. The setting sun, which symbolizes BC being in the west, is undiplomatically placed above the Union Jack. However, at that time the idea that "the sun never sets on the British empire" was still paramount. This was a real no-no.

So, they had to redo the crest, flipping the two elements.

I feel the designer's pain all the time. I'll bet he didn't have enough time or budget either.

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