One day you may compete with amateurs, and consumer collectives. Right now the the internet can give you the power to create and sell with ease.
The old methods of distribution can be ignored, likewise the old methods of production (on some production techniques) are no longer necessary. Therefore the 2 obstacles to creating reality above concept are removed.
Allow me to illustrate, with a practical project – I’ll let you know how I get on and keep you posted on progress.
As a precursor, this new way of working is just coming to fruition – expect more options in the future.
Idea to reality
1. Firstly identify the methods of manufacture that are available to you.
For those who want their own rapid prototyping machine, the democratization of knowledge bring you this – http://www.evilmadscientist.com/article.php/candyfab for the ultimate combination of 3D prototyping and candy. Google shows more, but this was the most fun.
http://www.styleshake.com – Design your own dress
http://studio28couture.com – takes longer to load, but patterns and prints are more interesting.
http://www.bountee.com – Design your own T-Shirt
www.cafepress.com – Design your own T-shirt
http://www.designbyhumans.com – Design your own T-Shirt
Nb. T-shirts design sites are numerous, I’m not going to go into it anymore café press also do mugs and other custom printed stuff. They’re all primarily just canvasses for graphics.
Typically as ever as mans clothing needs have been ignored in this marketplace.
2. Think of a product and a market
Insert creativity here
By way of an example project I am going to produce a range of beads and buttons on Ponoko. For sale to crafty designer types that want to make their own clothes and necklaces.
3. Produce product – I’d advise knowing what your doing even if the sourcing process has been made easier, especially if using more complex designs.
4. Sell product
There are numerous means to sell your stock. I’d recommend exploring ways in which you can actually sell your product in advance, this will reduce your exposure after your original prototypes.
Local solutions – find a local shop that sells to your market and pitch to them.
Note: at present these ideas are about, thinking small, and revolve around indulging creativity and passion, rather than heaps of cash money. However you might make a few bob for doing what you enjoy, so who cares.
5. Promote product
Send images and links to blogs of relevance, by way of example see below.
Hell you’ve got google, do your own homework now.