Print On Demand Websites
I opened my first POD (Print On Demand) shop at Cafepress in 2004, and have had shops at (or extensively reviewed) pretty much every merchandise POD site in the years since. See the list of current and former POD site shop names on this page- click it to see a larger version. I served on CafePress Voice (CPV) as a Designers Representative. For awhile I was a senior Forum Moderator at a website dedicated to supporting artists and designers who use POD sites, as well as active on a few other forums last decade.
And I used one of my numerous domains to share my experience as a professional Creative who ‘sold out’ by offering my work at online galleries and POD shops. That world has changed significantly since Amzn entered the POD field. My ‘Selling Out‘ site is no longer, but I continue to operate a small number of POD shops.
One of the Shops I continue to operate shares the heritage of 1980s and ’90s gay folk music duo Romanovsky & Philips. In addition to that shop, I redesigned their website, published a collection of their lyrics, and generally continue to promote their place in gay history.
Self-Publishing Oracle & Tarot Decks
While many designers are using crowd-source funding to self-publish their oracle decks, there are some folks who can’t or won’t make the intense long-term commitment that process entails. With my POD site background, and current experience using TGC, I’ve written some notes on Self-Publishing Your Oracle Deck that highlights what The GameCrafter offers.
I’ve been an Oracle Cards Reader since 1980 and continue to collect tarot and non-tarot oracle decks that inspire me. My design and production experience combined with my experience as a Card Reader to help Sister Who publish and promote The Tarot of Sister Who through TheGamecrafter (TGC) website.
Update, May 2022:
I am in the process of testing out MPC: Make Playing Cards, the Hong Kong-based Print On Demand website. Here are my notes so far:
# MPC v TGC: Pricing and Profit;
# MPC v TGC: A Case Study;