Especially for you.
Do you ever see people lining up for an autographed book/C.D./whatever and wonder what compels us to seek proof of the artists hand on what is otherwise a mass produced item. Is it odd that we are not satisfied that the author has written the book, we then want a level of authenticity and intimacy with the person behind the object.
How meaningful is it when the ‘personalization’ of the signature is also an act of mass production as shown in these images by Jan Chipchase? Is the value of the signed object degraded or is it equal to a signature the artist would inscribe for a close friend or colleague, not part of a marketing tour?
I would like to know what Ponoko users thoughts are on personalization, do you include a personal note or signature to any products you sell on the Ponoko website? What is the importance of the immediacy of personal interaction, albeit computer mediated?