It’s been about two years since we first conceived the app, and I have been thinking about some consistent feedback that we seem to receive. Some people don’t like not seeing the artist’s name, title, or description before rating.
I wanted to remove any biases. I wanted you to form your own objective opinion on how the work makes you feel. I don’t want you to think that you have to feel compelled to rate it highly because it’s a Rembrandt, Picasso, or a Basquiat.
During my Stanford University-funded beta, one of my favorite moments was when I told a user that one of his favorite pieces would likely depreciate if he bought it at the price the artist wanted to sell it for. He told me that he didn’t care. The piece reminded him of a mother’s love, particularly his mother’s love. He got a moment to explain to me, a total stranger, to discuss his love for his mother, and for me, it was one of several beautiful moments within the test.
I loved each one of those moments, and in our next major update, we plan to make it easier for people to share and develop their thoughts.