This article was published on June 3, 2015 Jackie Dove was in charge of The Next Web’s Creativity channel from February 2014 through October 2015. Jackie Dove was in charge of The Next Web’s Creativity channel from February 2014 through October 2015. The Threadless design community, which helps artists share and market their designs, has launched Artist Shops, a free platform that lets visual artists create their own customized online stores. The platform aims to make eCommerce less intimidating for people who lack sales or business experience. Users control everything from the appearance and presentation of their store to the pricing of items.Threadless manages the back-end manufacturing and logistics. “We will be using a combination of many different print methods for manufacturing orders,” Jake Nickell, founder and CEO of Threadless, told TNW. “Most items will be made on demand, meaning when the order is placed, that is when we print the product.” 2.9 billion people still don’t have internet access Artists can get started creating a store with a threadless.com subdomain or create a personalized custom domain. A variety of customizable themes are available, or you can use your own design to create a unique storefront.
An easy-to-use dashboard keeps artists up-to-date on the status of their sales and revenues. according to Nickell, “If a product sells at certain volume, we may also screen print and take inventory on those items on the artist’s behalf.” A few select shops are fully up and running and available for customers to make purchases. Currently, 11 shops are live and ready to take orders, with more artists being invited every week leading up to the public launch. Right now, designers can register their site, but only a few get full early access.