Ukiyo-e reference books

I’ve been an admirer of Japanese wood block prints ever since I bought my first art postcards in Paris. When I went to the Kuniyoshi exposition in Leiden, I looked around for a good reference book.┬áThe Siebold Huis sells art books with large Ukiyo-e prints, but the prices for those books started at 60 euro’s! :O

Eventually I found Ukiyo-e: 250 years of Japanese Art, a gigantic book that’s so large that it doesn’t fit in my bookcase! It normally costs around 60 pounds, but luckily I was able to get it second-hand. It offers an overview of Ukiyo-e prints through the times, which means it contains traditional images such as portraits of actors and famous warriors, but also more modern work.

book Cover of Ukiyo-e: 250 years of Japanese Art
Cover of Ukiyo-e: 250 years of Japanese Art

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Thoughts on trade secrets and sharing

sharing trade secrets

Some time ago I read a joke on the website of a graphic designer:

Success is an important factor for entrepreneurs. We of [company] have discovered the two rules for success:
1. Never reveal all of your trade secrets.

The joke left me wondering about the truth of this statement.

It seems to me that this joke represents an old-fashioned view on what it takes to be successful. It seems to imply that if you have a set of trade secrets, you are able to work better than others, which leads to a more successful business. But here’s the drawback: if the trade secret gets out in public, you no longer have an advantage over the competition. The notion of secrecy is completely at odds with my own thoughts about ‘success’. In my opinion, being successful as an entrepreneur means having the right skills and experience. Continue reading Thoughts on trade secrets and sharing