I have been basing the sizes of my puzzles on the photographic standard: 8×10, 11×14 and 16×20. These sizes are now less relevant than they used to be. Like movies and television, the new standard is more horizontal. Many digital camera sensors follow the 24×36 millimeter standard, a width to length ratio of 1 to 1 1/2. So now I will offer puzzles based on the new standard as well as the old. The new sizes are 7×11, 10×15 and 15×22. Here is an example of a custom puzzle I made under the old standard and what it would be under the new:
The puzzle was 8.75 x 13.7 from an 11×14. Now I would make it 9.4 x 14.7 from a 10×15. I forsee making almost all of my special puzzles this way and, as time goes by, my standard puzzles as well. Prices will remain the same.
Recently I made a puzzle for a corporate client. She wrote the following story. I could not have written it as well.
The world’s largest chocolate company recently went through a big merger, resulting in the world’s largest confectionary company. We contacted Ayer Puzzles to construct a puzzle that would aid in a “meet-and-greet” of members from each of the merging companies.
400 associates met as a group for the first time in Orlando, Florida. The purpose of the meeting was to unite as a group, learn about each other’s capabilities and form a plan for moving forward as a cohesive team. Part of this meeting was a one-hour teambuilding session named “Stronger Together”. Working with MossWarner Communications, Ayer Puzzles crafted a very large puzzle with 400 pieces. The puzzle was a graphic representation of the two merging companies’ products. The puzzle was a puzzle in itself, as it was made up of 18 mini-puzzles. When constructed, the 18 mini-puzzles came together into one large one.
As associates entered the room, they were assigned to one of the 18 tables. When the moderator yelled “GO”, each table assembled their mini-puzzle. When the mini-puzzles were completed, the 400 associates needed to work together to compose the larger puzzle onstage. While this may sound simple in words, watching 400 associates find their way through a packed conference hall to find their matching mini-puzzle was quite a sight! To complete the task, associates needed to use creative communication skills. As they watched the final puzzle come together, associates cheered.
What made this puzzling teambuilding session so successful? The puzzle was a physical manifestation of the corporate message – working together as a team to create something big!