Originally Posted by 28980
The whole thing with the wizard design was arbitrary I'll admit, I'm sure there are plenty of people with a lack of artistic ability that would like to have an awesome design and would pay a premium for it, and I can't fault them for that. It in fact the took me 4/5 revisions of random things and about 4 months of research and design to create my own customs.
Wizard is an artist who uses CIEMs as his medium. Show me another company that has come up with more *unique* aesthetic ideas. Using wood is common place now, but Heir was the company that really introduced the technique to people. He's used circuit boards as faceplates, added gold into the shell fill, done coral faceplates, devised anti-yellowing clear shells, even made shells with woven grass inside. When someone pays Wizard to design a CIEM, it's no different than paying an artist's commission rate. You pay for their time and design work. It's not really a matter of being "lazy." Some people just aren't as artistic as others, or maybe they just want to be surprised by the design.
But honestly, it's not even really about that either. Even if you have artistic ability, you still appreciate the art made by others, right? Artists still commission other artists, are still interested in seeing other forms of artistic expression. Wizard seems to be an endless reserve of creative ideas. People who pay the extra fee for his designs want some of that applied to something they'll own.
Also for the record, it's not just Wizard making all the choices (unless you want him to). He still involves the customer and asks what sort of look he/she wants. Just like when you commission an artist, there is usually some input involved in dictating what parameters you want the piece to fall within.
Having said all that, I'm not really a fan of everything Heir does either. They've been having growing pains, and not all of their products have been a success IMO. Their universals in particular leave a bit to be desired. However Wizard himself is a pretty cool guy and working with him is the only reason I'd ever choose Heir over another company, to be frank.
Edited by MuppetFace - 2/23/13 at 4:01am