The main aspect created for profitabilty this term was the online shop, this shop was made to help student photographers sell their books. However, unlike other book shops it’s unique selling point was the system I created, helping photographers who can only afford to print one book at a time. The system took inspiration from Amazon once a customer purchased the item through the website, the order was then sent to the artist and they then sent the work to the customer. Once the item had been received by the customer, which would be confirmed by recorded delivery, the commission from the item would then be sent to the artist. By using this process, it means no stock is held by The Pupil Sphere keeping running costs at zero and in turn meaning the artist could have a larger percentage of the purchase price unlike other book shops. For example, Village Books was taking 40% of one students commission and I was offering 12.5% and managed to sign a large deal with this student.
The design of the webpage is very simple as it runs through the template already used. Users are first greeted by a section of thumbnails with the items title below each item, above this is a section bar, letting you select the type of item you would like. Upon clicking on the thumbnail or title, users are then taken to the items page which contains images of sections of the book, alongside the title, artist name, price, description, printing/paper specifics and a large purchase button. The thumbnail images for the items were shot in the studio, because by having this high-quality image, it would then reflect on the product, hopefully in turn promoting sales. The shop was meant to be launched fully at the exhibition, replacing the need to make sales at the exhibition however, I needed more time to add more content so decided to wait until later in the year. Despite this, the shop has been tested and runs perfectly and is now ready for launch.