This site exists, but it hasn't been updated since about 2012. Would this be a useful thing to make? Would anyone use it?
I definitely think it could be useful. Back in the day when I was freelancing in NY i copy and pasted all the NY companies from that MDD site, dropped them into a spreadsheet and it was the basis for my own personal directory. I was always hitting up all the companies in my directory for work and kept it updated on a monthly basis for years. Every couple years id come back to see if anything had changed but it stopped getting updated which bummed me out.
I could see this being super helpful. Maybe to start, it's a roster of mixed.parts members and links to their portfolios
Use labels/tags for studios to select and people to search for, to filter what you're looking for ("motion"," animation"," interactive", etc.)
i just meant the way anyone can add to it, would make less work for you.
and also: http://www.yesequal.us
The original idea was simply a better version of the motion design directory. To Dan's point, those lines are blurring all the time.
Likely never going to do it. hah
There are a few sites that sort of do this as a business:
and then there are the creative networks like WNW, Behance, and stuff like this: https://goshortlist.com
I guess you'd have to define who this directory would be for and how they'd be using it. Is it a wiki or open source that anyone can add themselves to or is a curated or somehow managed member list?
So this was something I was tinker with for a while. The idea is simple, an index of all the current studios and artists currently working with contact info.
You could make it in the form of a wiki (but nicely designed) where people can add there own card to the "Rolodex". You could implement some simple verification to avoid trolls or bots etc.
Then once a card is made, kind of like WNW, every quarter or 6 months an email is sent out asking if you are still active/in business. If so hit yes etc. If you don't respond or hit no the card leaves the "Rolodex" (There would have to be some kind of verification to ensure peoples card doesn't just get deleted because they didn't see the email etc).
It would take some upkeep but it really wouldn't be all that hard.
Product design is perhaps even dumber as a name. 😳
But yeah, interesting site. Wonder if it's at all useful for those designers, though?
This product designer site is interesting as inspiration, anyone can submit and then someone approves it http://www.n-y-p-d.com/
This is a great point. I think a lot of this stuff tends to stick within the bubble and misses out on the multidiscipline aspect of what a lot of us do. But then again, it could also become watered down to the point that it has no focus. 🧐
I know, I know. It seems like some animators hate being called motion designers, and lots of motion designers might feel like they animate but aren't animators in the traditional or character sense, etc. The terminology is problematic.
I think it's a good concept. Filtering by location would be great too. But the big question is how to make it inclusive for new or smaller studios or studios that have a motion team but don't do motion primarily… ?
I think calling it a motion design directory is too limiting and alienates a lot of people who do the same thing. But I could see this being useful. Maybe we can host it if it makes sense.
I would. Every so often, I actually get inquiries from this old thing: http://www.c4dfreelancers.com
I imagine a more robust list would be even better.