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« on: March 29, 2008 08:20:35 PM »

I am hoping that someone will be interested to give me a bit of a push here.  I have some ideas, but I'm not very fond of them at this point.  I did post this already in the Bag area, but this area is deserving as well.

I work for a funeral home (a wonderful one, by the way) and when our families leave us, they are given a large Burgundy shopping bag with our name and logo on it, which could be reusable, but it's not really something you would save.  It can be recycled.  The bag usually contains their register book, prayer cards, death certificates, etc. 

Here's what my boss says:

"We are going to design a new tote/bag to use for promotional materials, urns, etc  The bag will be sold at any of our promotional events, and given to our families after a funeral.  I want the bag to be sort of hip and trendy, unlike most funeral merchandise.  It may be made of green materials and be something that would be used over and over.  For each bag sold or given away we will make a monetary donation to Good Grief.  I want the bag to be uplifting with some sort of symbolism, for example a stylized dove to represent peace, or a funky tree to represent life.  The symbol will be on one side and our logo and, with permission, Good Griefs logo on the other.  I want to add a positive message along with the image to the tote bag.  The uplifting message might be something like endeavor to persevere, or carry on 

What I am going to do is mock up the different designs.  I am going to bring his idea to life on one of them.  I drew a dove that I think fits the bill and I am going to pair it with the tree of life (with roots)  One of the messages I am thinking of is 'Celebrate Life'.

PS Good Grief is an organization that we work with that helps children who have lost parents.

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« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2008 08:06:56 PM »

maybe do it along the lines of the reusable shopping bags that are popular with the whole foods/ trader joe's crowd?  they are basically fabric bags made in the size & shape of regular grocery bags. 

i like the idea of the dove/ tree of life combo, especially if it is a stylized print with just one ink color (screen printing can get expensive)  i would do a google image search for things such as "life symbol" or "heaven symbol" and see what images other people associate with your message and go towards an image from there...

this sounds like an interesting project, so good luck with it!

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« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2008 09:46:53 PM »

Do you need help with ideas, or do you just need some encouragement to get started?
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