A weekly round-up of craft, design, and business related news and links*:
1,000 True Fans – This 2008 article seems to be getting a lot of recent coverage, and its a must read for every craft business owners. It looks at where you need to situate yourself on the long tail to make a living. (Hint: its not the head or the tail.) Aren’t familiar with the long tail theory? I highly recommend you read Chris Anderson’s book: The Long Tail, Revised and Updated Edition: Why the Future of Business is Selling Less of More
Should Designer Knock-Offs Be Illegal – It’s Complicated – an interesting look at the eternal intellectual property debate.
The Protocol Society – now we make sets of instructions instead of stuff. But how does handmade fit in?
Hobbyists Use Etsy to Trade Day Job for Hard Work – ok, so this came out last week. Still a really interesting look at making a living on Etsy. Plus 2 more related links:
Etsy.com Peddles a False Feminine Fantasy – i have to say I agree.
*Note: this column will normally appear on Fridays, but because of the holidays will be on Thursday for the next two weeks.