Droids Custom Gonk: QC FAIL!!

by Bill Cable
on 2019-07-17, 07:17:55

I'm not sure anybody cares about the minutia of my Droids Custom development process... but I don't have anything else to post about at the moment, so you're getting it anyway! Ha ha!

Thing were going swimmingly with my next custom. I was in the process of printing out my stack of card fronts and backs on my color laser printer, on the final five sheets of paper. I was shaking the toner cartridges between each set to eek out every last bit from my yellow cartridge before I had to replace it. And it looked like I was going to barely make it!

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And then I noticed it.

When I work on the card art, I have an "overprint" area that's never supposed to show up on the card itself. While shrinking and repositioning the art on the template, I accidentally exposed the overprint area. So a couple of the wall lines just kind of end when they shouldn't...

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This lead to heavy disappointment, and also to cognitive struggle! You see, I'm very passionate about waste. Part if it is because I'm a cheap bastard (hence the shaking the toner cartridges thing). 20 sheets of full-color paper is like... multiple dollars! And I hate to waste multiple dollars!

Like... we have "fuel perks" through our grocery store, and I wouldn't allow my wife to redeem them when she gases up her van because she'd fill up when she still had a quarter tank. With my old Buick I'd take that thing down to fumes so I could get 16 full gallons of free or discounted gas. I'd happily, eagerly risk getting stuck on the side of the road to max out my savings. Now that I have a Mazda with only a 13 gallon tank, I said she should use them since she usually puts at least that much in. I almost miss the thrill, though.

So the prospect of wasting 20 high-quality printed pages really bummed me out. I mean, would any of my customers even notice the couple 1/8" missing black lines? Almost certainly not! So I was thinking I'd just use them as-is.

But I'm also a stickler for quality. I'd notice the flaw. And I'd be mortified if anyone I sold one of these to pointed it out. So I decided to trash the old card fronts and reprint them after moving the art a bit.

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It was the least bad of only bad options. Talk about first-world problems. But the anguish was just as real.

And oh yeah - I had to swap out the yellow cartridge to complete the 20.

Now that everything is ready, I'm set to move to production. And I expect to finish these up over the weekend. So check back Monday and see if I'll have these for sale a week from today.





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