Typographia est Professio Conservans Arts

by admin on May 11, 2009

"Printing is the art preservative of  arts." That's an old saying about printing as recorded by Daniel J. Boorstin, Librarian of Congress Emeritus. He recorded that saying reading one of his history books. The latin original in the title of this post is mangled, by the way, I don't have the book anymore and I ran the english saying through on an online latin-to-english translator.

Which brings to me to subject of this post, the web site Fine Arts of America. Now this is a brilliant application of one of the main business principles of the internet: Have the users create content, and have them pay for it. Now in case, you are too lazy to follow the link, Fine Arts America is a web site where artists can upload their artwork for free and have it on display. Other people can view the artwork and have it printed on a variety of substrates for a fee.

As  I wrote in in a previous post, there is now more value in the data you collect from your customers because of the internet. So you should be thinking of different ways to publish the data without upsetting privacy concerns. Fine Arts America gets to publish everything online by implementing a system where public access is a feature, not a bug, and by allowing the content owner to mutual  profit from any sales.

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