ImageKind was founded by Kelly Smith.
Imagekind is an online art website where artists working in 2-dimensional art forms may upload digital files of their work. The work is then displayed on the website in “galleries” where customers may buy print-on-demand inkjet prints (giclée) of the work. After an order is submitted, the company custom prints the uploaded image. Artists set and keep their own markup from the sales of their artwork.
Imagekind allows artist to build online galleries, set their own prices, keep profits and even collect commissions. In addition, Imagekind allows anyone to discover their inner artist through the “create path” which allows customers to upload their favorite pictures or piece of child art and turn it into a framed masterpiece or a museum-quality print on canvas.
Images are printed on large variety of substrates (including canvas and paper) using Epson large format Ultra-Chrome inkjet printers. Currently, Imagekind has over 3 million images for sale and also offers framing services for purchased prints. Framing and matting is provided by Northwest Framing in Portland, Oregon.
The website encourages social interaction through its associated blog. Aside from member art, the website also offers a large selection of posters and prints with licensed images by artists ranging from Michelangelo to Dalí to Mapplethorpe.
Imagekind formed a partnership with EBSQ, an online art association of self-representing artists in October 2008, and were acquired by CafePress in July 2008.
Imagekind has partnered with leading brands such as Walgreens, Snapfish, Flickr, HP, Corel, and Costco.
• control your own pricing
• large selling audience
• easy uploading
• watermarking options
• easy control panel
• large artist base
• no templates provided
• no curating
• pro fee to get attention
ImageKind is one of the least well-known POD sites. It has a limited diversity in the artworks shown there, and tends to be art club in it's basic pre sentence. The style of art advertised and shown gives an idea of their focus. There are tires of membership, and the free one don't offer much, including any features. You get lost in the croup unless you go pro.