A few weeks ago, I asked you all to share your favorite images on Imagekind with me. And really, I am impressed by what I have seen. Take a look below to see just some of the amazing artwork people have shared with me.
I have gotten artwork by artists from around the world, of all different artistic mediums, styles, genres and subjects. However, through all the varying differences, one thing remains constant: the amount of skill our artists’ have. And that is what makes Imagekind so great.
Personally, this is what excites me the most; to see how Imagekind is changing the way people think about, experience and shop for artwork.
Now, I hope you go share your favorite artwork with your favorite people, and invite them to participate in this community to buy, sell and create art.
Wow, we are totally blown away! We just heard we were named one of the 50 most innovative companies by the editors of FastCompany.com. A few weeks ago we told you about our nomination, and now, the results are in. There are some fantastic entries on the list and we are thrilled that this artist community has been recognized as a leader in innovation through the democratization of art; revolutionizing the way people experience, interact with and enjoy art.
We are extremely excited by such an honor. Imagekind took number 34 on the list of the Fast 50 most innovative reader favorites based on overall user feedback and rating.
A huge thanks to everyone who helped earn us this amazing recognition. There is no way we could have got to where we have without the help of our fantastic member community. We truly appreciate everyone’s participation and feedback as we continue to make this the best site for buying, selling and creating art.
You can check out all of the reader favorites on the Fast 50 list for 2008.
Check it out! You could win a free, exclusive, Imagekind Story Frame. Sign up now to be entered in to receive a Story Frame, personally customized with your favorite photos.
With the Imagekind Story Frame, you can add multiple images to create one customized artistic montage with your personal photos; perfect for hanging just about anywhere.
To enter, just submit your email address in the sign up box on the homepage, or anywhere else you see the special giveaway announcement on the site. But hurry, the contest ends August 15, 2008. Sign up now and you could be chosen as one of the five lucky winners. By signing up, you’ll also be entered in to receive exclusive Imagekind news, sales and discounts.
Robot Artwork: Watering the Garden by Sharon Rosa
Robot Art: Stopping the War Machine by Mario Zucca
Robot Art: Renaissance Robot by Mike Cressy
Robot Artwork: Robot Rock by Luther Brown
Robot Art: RocSock by Eric Joyner
Robot Artwork: Ambush by Pint Sized Panda
Robot Art: Robot by Michael Rastovich
When they do attack, make sure you have proper insurance.
You ever look at your art and regret you ever created it? Well, you’re not alone. In fact, Tim Nyberg, one of our witty member artists, is hosting a pretty comical art show where he will be exploring just that phenomenon. It’s called the Plain Error Festival and is a humorous take on the “Plein Air” festival happening at the same time near his hometown in Wisconsin.
But, because Tim has fair skin and sunburns easily, “even when liberally doused with sunscreen,” he can’t paint outdoors. “So, he’s launched the indoor “Plain Error Festival” at Gallery Forty Two in Juddville.” Plain Error is his take on Extreme Makeover, Gallery Edition. At the festival, Nyberg will be pulling previously painted images (his “errors”) straight off the wall and repainting over them to create newly made-over works of art.
Fridays through Sundays, July 21st through August 2nd the artist will be painting over some of the most grievous errors he’s ever placed on canvas. Paintings will be yanked off the walls and painted over in full display of the viewing public. There will be ample wine available to calm the nerves during this daring display of public humiliation.
You can find out more about the festival by reading the full press release.
I love the witty humor of this. What other comical or clever gallery showings have you participated in or attended?
CafePress sent over some sweet gifts today as a way to welcome us to the team. They are cool boxes with a tile insert including both our logos.
We are all really excited to join forces with CafePress and look forward to the all the future opportunities to leverage the strengths and resources of both companies as we continue to grow.
Note: this in no way represents the entire Imagekind team.
Recently, I let you know how to create a slide show featuring your artwork. Making a slide show is a great way to promote your artwork for sale and can be added to your personal webpage, MySpace page, etc. Including links back to your Imagekind gallery gives people an easily accessible way to view and purchase your work.
Creating a video featuring your artwork is easy and an excellent way to help promote your artwork.
Once you have created a video you can upload it to YouTube and other video sharing sites where others can find, experience and enjoy your artwork. Providing a link back to your artwork available for sale on Imagekind is a great way to help market your art.
Steps to creating a video with your slideshow:
- Create a slideshow of your artwork following the previous instructions
- Go to slideroll.com
- Click the Free Slideroll Video Creator button on the left
- Download the video creator and open the program
- Login and find the slideshow you previously made
- Create the video and upload it to YouTube
Take a look to see an example video on YouTube I created using one of our member artists’ images.
If you have any questions or need additional help, let me know and I’d be happy to walk you through the process.
I want to feature your favorite art on the blog.
We recently told you about one of the cool new features we added in our big site change that lets you easily share your favorite art. Now, I want you to share your favorite images with me. Share your art, and it could get featured.
Under every image on the showartwork page (the page that shows the image with comments), we added a new tool. Now, in addition to having the option of adding a comment, emailing the artist and becoming a fan, you can now share the image. When you click the share button, a box will appear that gives you the option to email the image to a friend, or post it to various online social sites.
So, I want to see the art you love.
- Search the site or select one of your own images
- Click the share button
- Select the email option and send it to me, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Check the blog and see what others love
Who knows, you might end up seeing the art you love right here on the Imagekind blog.
While other sites have chosen to limit artist’s control, Imagekind continues to keep control in its proper place…with the artist.
Giving control to the artist is just one of the reasons artists prefer buying and selling their artwork at Imagekind, over other art print sites. Some other reasons include:
- All artists (paid or not) can purchase their own work at base price.
- Our base prices are low.
- We give our artists control of how they price their artwork; we never determine the price for them.
- Artists keep their markup; we never profit from an artist’s markup.
- Our frame and giclee print quality is superior.
For the level of quality and choices Imagekind offers, our base prices are an excellent option for those looking to buy their own work. Whether you want to buy your art prints for an upcoming art show, have us drop ship your artwork to your customers or just want to own or give one of your works as a gift, Imagekind really is your best option.
Today is a great day for our entire Imagekind family. I’m thrilled to announce to all of you that Imagekind has been acquired by CafePress, the recognized leader of user-generated commerce. We are excited to join forces with CafePress to leverage the strengths and resources of both companies as we continue to grow. We also want to let you know that we will continue to operate the business under our existing Imagekind website and brand.
Since launching Imagekind almost two years ago, the Imagekind team has been focused on creating the largest user-generated art marketplace. We believed the world was ready for a new way to shop for art, that there were millions of artists on this planet that needed a better way to showcase their work, and that customers wanted an easier way to find and create unique custom-framed art and photographs. Today on Imagekind, consumers can choose art from over 50,000 artists from around the globe within a single online shopping experience. Thanks to all of you, our vision has been realized.
With this announcement, we have effectively gone from a quickly growing online marketplace to the market leader. Your work will now be visible to a continually growing number of CafePress members (more than 6.5 million worldwide). This will undoubtedly offer you greater awareness than ever before and, ultimately, greater art sales.
In the coming months, we will continue to innovate by expanding our technology in ways we hope you find interesting and useful. At the same time, the dedicated team at Imagekind will stay laser focused on continuing to offer the industry’s “gold standard” for giclee printing and museum-quality framing, while continuing to serve all your needs from hosting your galleries to order fulfillment.
I’m proud of how Imagekind has disrupted the world of art by returning control of the global marketplace to you, the artists who showcase and sell your work on our site. I hope you’re as excited as all of us at the possibility of explosive growth and I’d like to personally invite you to continue to work together with us to build something truly special.
With you, we look forward to continuing to build the BEST user-generated art marketplace in the world. I’ll be sharing more as we move through the coming months.