Throughout the past week we have been discussing the different platforms and outlets we can post our digital work, specifically for the aspect of visual storytelling. I think Etsy is a great website for creators and artists to spread their talent and gain attention in an online space. Through Etsy, creators and businesses can post examples of their work and what they can do in a very organized way (similar to Pinterest) as well as showcase their work next to others. People can favorite and share a creator’s work as well as buy and order through the website. Another aspect I find very interesting about this platform is that consumers can communicate with the creator directly, which is very powerful in gaining feedback on your work and explaining your pieces.
I think the visual storytelling field is shifting to this type of space, and I think these types of websites are a great outlet for us to use as a portfolio as well as see what other designers and storytellers are presenting. Visual storytelling is such a broad field with a broad base for an audience. As storytellers we need to “brand” ourselves in a certain type of visual storytelling and excel in that specific area. Etsy provides a great way to label your work for the exact audience you’re wanting.