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On the forefront of licensing branded content: CGTrader partners with renowned US designer Stephen Burks

February 24th, 2017

On the forefront of licensing branded content: CGTrader partners with renowned US designer Stephen Burks

Partnership with Stephen Burks marks a new stage for CGTrader in licensing branded 3D content

Today, February 24 th, CGTrader is officially launching a licensing-focused partnership with one of the stars in the US furniture design space Stephen Burks. Stephen Burks, who is running his own Stephen Burks Man Made design studio, has won America’s National Design Award for his inspiring creative designs, work with global artists and craftsmen, as well as being a true visionary in a design industry. Licensing digital content has never been easy in any medium – digital image sharing has stagnated till Creative Commons has been introduced, music and video content appearing online had its own challenges. The problematic of 3D models licensing is still not fully clear and is just taking first steps in ensuring IP rights. However, co-operating with designers like Stephen Burks we can proactively move towards democratization of CG market in which all creators from initial idea authors to creatives incorporating that work in their projects get acknowledged and share revenue.

Stephen Burks, the principal at Stephen Burks Man Made and artist-in-recidence at A/D/O

CGTrader is extremely happy to be working with Stephen and helping him to transfer his furniture collection into a digital world. The current collection of Stephen Burks Man Made 3D models on CGTrader includes pieces from his Senegalese and TaTu Collections. In addition to simply having branded content licensed and available online, Senegalese collection perfectly encompasses the meaning and importance of real and digital world fusion. When creating Senegalese collection Stephen Burks worked in Africa with local craftsmen and women, whose collective memory is the only source of the Senegal’s traditional art including shapes, colors, and textures of everyday objects. With digital items from Stephen Burks Hand Made Senegalese Collection, studio wants to encourage architects and interior designers to incorporate these details in their work, and themselves look for authenticity and ideas related to African culture. At the same time, having the items on the CGTrader platform makes those accessible in creating realistic virtual environments further spreading of the core idea behind the collection - bringing African design culture to the new light.

Stephen Burks Man Made Starburst Lamp

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Join the upcoming Panel with Stephen Burks: Who owns the future (of design)?

February 23rd, 2017

Join the upcoming Panel with Stephen Burks: Who owns the future (of design)?

Who Owns the Future (Of Design)? With A/D/O Designer-in-Residence Stephen Burks.

Most of what we know of as design today happens without resulting in a physical product.

Nearly every design related industry and profession trades in digital files, including product design, graphic design, gaming, interiors and architecture, yet for some reason most designers see data as part of the process and choose not to acknowledge its independent value as intellectual property.

In fact, most designs are not protected in the digital realm, a seemingly alternate reality that rivals the physical world in terms of design users.

In an open discussion from the forefront of proprietary data in the age of computer generated files, platform distribution and design for digital production, we will attempt to find out, who owns the future?

What time is the Panel? FEBRUARY 24th, 2017 PANEL: 6-8pm

How do I register? Follow This link for free registration to the panel.


Stephen Burks, A/D/O Designer-in-Residence and founder, Stephen Burks Man Made

Ginvile Ramanauskaite, Head of Marketing, CGTrader

Janki Gause, Director, Strategic Partnerships, Source3

Marcus Moore, Intellectual Property and Data Analyst, Source3

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Vehicles from the future - winners announced!

February 9th, 2017

Vehicles from the future - winners announced!

They say the future is something to look for. But we actually have the winners of our last challenge NOW. Which means it's time for countdown - 4 winners to show!

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3D design heaven: TOP countries and designers rocking CGTrader in 2016

January 25th, 2017

3D design heaven: TOP countries and designers rocking CGTrader in 2016

We often talk about globalization, but there is likely no other industry that is so united and global as computer graphics. With technical knowledge accessible online and the digital nature of 3D artwork, there is no surprise that any creative person in any corner of the world can get recognized and rise to the stars. At the same time, there are traditions and strong designer communities demonstrating consistent development over the years.

This year has been quite eventful for the 3D artist. From creative models for games to models being designed for augmented reality, the market has expanded exponentially. The most recent data from CGTrader unveils that 3D designers came from 128 countries to CGTrader in 2016. On the other end - customers purchasing 3D assets represented 113 countries in 2016. This is not the whole world, but CGTrader team will definitely try to get Vatican City engaged in 2017. And before that, let’s look at what countries were the most active last year... and by the most active we mean uploaded the most models to CGTrader.

In 2016, Ukrainian designers were leading the rank on CGTrader closely followed by 3D modelers from Russia. Ukraine and Russia has always been known for strong CG and game developers communities with a number of annual CG events taking place (there is even kind of a brand “CG Event” with its great low poly chilli-pepper as a logo and series of events across countries). There were also a number of US designers joining and contributing to the platform, which has long tradition, HUGE and well integrated CG market.

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CG Furniture Set Challenge Winners announced!

January 3rd, 2017

CG Furniture Set Challenge Winners announced!

Another Challenge is done. With all the fuss surrounding the holidays, it took a while to find out the winners, but some things are definitely worth waiting for. The judges have spoken. These 5 models have been chosen as the best ones in the Furniture Set Challenge. Countdown from no. 5 begins here!

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