- P = Person
- K = knowledge
- I = input
I thought this was an interesting formula posted by a design student over at Sweden’s renowned design school Hyper Island.Â It pretty well applies to art and photography doesn’t it? Is there an inspired work of art that isnâ€™t a combination of some other artists style or something seen or known in nature?
As we prepare for to launch in support of our next big partnership, we’ll be unveiling several new features. One of which is a new member email system in the member admin. Our current member-to-member email system was really just an interim system and it’s not even close to perfect. Some of you may have noticed that when you sent an email to another member (telling them that you liked their work for example) they received an email FROM IMAGEKIND and could only reply if they cut and paste your email address from the message. So half the time people just hit the reply button and bounced the message back to Imagekind.
The new member admin will have a messaging system almost exactly like Flickr where you have an inbox. Everytime you login you see if someone sent you a message and you reply from there. You can optionally get notified to your own email everytime someone sends you a messsage.
Lots of other little things too. For example you get to choose what image represents your gallery.
You get a SINGLE unified page that shows statistics for your galleries so you don’t have to click on each image.
We added back a BIG message to shoppers the message option that it was ok for us to forward their contact information to the artist who created the work they bought.
We added PayPal as a commission payment option for our foreign friends!
And so much more.
Two weeks til launch!
We are experiencing some minor technical difficulties right now – we’ll be back on line as soon as possible and give you an update right here!
Imagekind member John Rocco officially released his latest children’s book, titled “Wolf! Wolf!”, on March 1st in bookstores across the country. He then promptly threw a party for his adoring young fans at Pomme, a children’s store in NYC, on March 2nd.
John is a fantastic illustrator who has worked on many children’s books, and twice won top prize at the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators New York Showcase, most recently for this painting from his next book “Moonpowder”. “Wolf! Wolf!” is the first book he has both authored and illustrated, and everyone here at Imagekind wishes him the best success.
You can find John’s latest happenings on his blog. To get info on his book related appearances and, of course, buy the book, see John’s website. Naturally, you can always find beautiful one of a kind prints in his Imagekind gallery.
Imagekind turned a little over 6 months old in March, so we thought it might be a good time to show you some of the metrics we’ve garnered over this last half year. These graphs represent unique visitor traffic and orders. We think it’s a good picture of a startup doing something right.
Take a good idea that people need, execute it well, spread the word, and over time it will take off. We know everything will continue climbing from here, because we’ve got a lot of new developments coming out very soon which are a culmination of 6 months of happily received feedback from our artists and buyers.
We’ll keep listening and moving fast to make Imagekind the best place to buy, sell, and create art – period. We think we’ll see the metrics above get blown away over the next 6 months.
Donnachada Daly shows how to use a free blog system to share some fantastic Imagekind prints.
Donnachada is an animator & illustrator who frequently shares new work on her blog – much of which ends up in her Imagekind gallery. Her drawings have a gorgeous style and elegant simplicity. We were very impressed with her prints, and it looks like she was too! Thanks for the kind words Donnachada!
Did you know that in your My Account area you can customize the design of your mat and frame? This not only makes your print presentation look better on-screen, but also helps promote sales of mats and frames for which you earn commission.
To help out further, we’ve recently added this new link that says “Buy as the artist intended” which just loads YOUR design right into the shopping cart. Shoppers often have a hard time knowing how to design a mat and frame combination, so your assistance can make all the difference in prompting that sale… and your commission.
Imagekind member Nikolas Schiller’s “Geospatial Art” was featured on the front page of today’s Washington Post Style Section.
This is a very interesting article about Nikolas’s prolific use of public domain geological surveys, formed into personal and political statements that coincide with his other interactive uses of cartography and data collection. His work usually stimulates a wide variety of responses – which is a large part of his interest in creating it.
“His map quest is for more than just art, let alone directions from here to there. In a way, it’s a pixelated riff that hyperlinks to ancient times, when maps implied a worldview — flat or round? — and cartography was existential.”
Nikolas’s online presence is also notoriously, and purposely, hard to find – but he has much of his work available exclusively here on Imagekind. I encourage everyone to check out the article and browse his galleries; the story and these creations show a unique and especially interesting point of view that is certainly worth a look.
Washington Monument Quilt by Nikolas R. Schiller
Tonight Imagekind’s own Aleks Davidovich will be presenting at a live chat forum hosted by EBSQ Self Representing Artists on the topic “Imaging Best Practices for Art & Photography Print Production“.
Learn how to best prepare and correct your images for superb web viewing and more importantly final output to print. Some of the main topics being covered in this presentation will include file formats, image sizing and scaling, image resolution, color management basics, and a brief look at using Photoshop to bring it all together. There will also be a Q/A session afterwards to clear up anything that might not get covered.
This will be a somewhat beginner-level presentation on these topics, but if any of the material mentioned above has ever puzzled you, this might be a great presentation to sit in on. It’s open to EBSQ members and non-members alike.
It all goes down tonight – Monday, March 12, at 9pm Eastern (6pm Pacific). Read more about the format and details here.
One of the more popular questions we get asked is whether or not we’ll introduce any new kinds of products besides what we currently offer. In short the answer is yes. Very soon we’ll announce a few new things but they are still very much in the “wall art” space. After that we’ll be looking at a variety of other products that we think will fit into our brand without degrading our image. Any good ideas you’d like to share? What new products would you like to see? High end artist “portfolio books”? Something else?