After two hours at the Mont Holly Crafts fair, I learned the following:
- More people are interested in the isochrone maps than I would have thought.
- The colors that either I like or Amanda likes are also popular.
- The acrylic print was hugely popular. The canvas print of Manchester was popular. Nobody made a single comment about the Ludlow canvas print, though admittedly it is not much to my liking.
- The concept of an isochronic map is utterly alien to everyone but easily comprehended.
- I need to figure out my costs in order to determine a fair price.
- I meed to finalize a good logo because no logo would be a hugely missed opportunity. The maps will clearly generate conversation and future onlookers might genuinely want to know where to get one.
- I must find a cheaper acrylic distributer.
- I recieved one firm, two probable, and one potential commission, which is great and strange. Great because it's nice to see that others share my fascination with these maps and I am honored and excited to produce them. Strange because, over the past thirteen months, 99% of the time I worked on this project was spent writing code to facilitate the production of maps. I assumed that any profits would come through the code. And they might. But I realized today that actually crafting a good looking isochrone map is not as easy as pushing a button. It's nice to have built the machine that makes building the maps less arduous and more like pushing a button but there remains the final step of refining the map aesthetically. Today at least, it struck me that my first clients will be in the art market.
- Finaly, if this market grows any faster, I might need to hire soon just to deal with the business aspects.