Posted Tue Aug 7, 2012 3:49AM
I'm a surface pattern designer and would like to contribute some designs to istockphoto. When I design a pattern, I usually have some idea of what the pattern is going to be used for - web design, crafts etc. so it would help me greatly to know what sort of projects the seamless patterns on istockphoto are used for. Many of the favourites look like background designs maybe for websites, but I'm not sure. Does anyone have any insight on this, or any ideas on how to research the market? (other than looking at which ones are downloaded most). Thanks.
Posted Tue Aug 7, 2012 2:13PM
I would post this topic in discussions - you might get some nice feedback from users there or you might get some grumpy feedback from others
Posted Tue Aug 7, 2012 2:22PM
especially since you're listed as a photographer since 2008 and don't have anything in your profile - that often gets a negative response... just a fair warning. most people here contribute first and figure it out as they go based on what sells. there really isn't a magic ball, as one guy says. "shoot, upload, shoot" or something like that... for you it would be 'design, upload, design"... once you have a collection of things in your portfolio, usually 100 items is a good number, you will have a fair idea what sells and doesn't sell and then can ask for advice on what you might do to diversify. My thoughts anyway.....
Posted Thu Aug 9, 2012 8:19AM
OK, thanks for the warning. Designing then seeing what happens just seems a bit hit and miss really. It would be helpful if istockphoto did some research of their own, but I realize that probably isn't going to happen! I don't relish the thought of grumpy feedback (don't see the need myself), so I think I'll forgo posting elsewhere. Thanks for your ungrumpy reply
Posted Thu Aug 9, 2012 2:52PM
I see your point, but really, there are so many things that iStock could theoretically do research on, yours is just one area. They do the main things - like 'no more shadows, dogs/cats, etc'... and have a list of what they do want, and they have the 'top sellers' lists. Mostly they only do that much because they just want to make money so try to feed us in the main general directions that will do that, but as to quite specifics - they're not going to do that kind of work... they can't even keep their web pages working, so why do you think they will do extra research (scarcastic there .