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The winner of the first ever CGTrader Essay Competition has been announced

March 20th, 2017

The winner of the first ever CGTrader Essay Competition has been announced

Elizabeth Henning from University of Virginia is awarded CGTrader scholarship

In the fall of 2016 CGTrader has started its first ever CGTrader Essay Competition inviting students from the U.S. to submit their essays on the topic “The Future of Virtual Reality: On the Footsteps of Changing the World or on the Brink of Failure?”. Out of all the submissions, CGTrader representatives has chosen the submission by a 19-year old Elizabeth Henning from Virginia Beach the best essay and awarded $1,000 in cash prize.

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The Future of Virtual Reality: On the Footsteps of Changing the World or on the Brink of Failure?

March 20th, 2017

The Future of Virtual Reality: On the Footsteps of Changing the World or on the Brink of Failure?

An essay by Elizabeth Henning, CGTrader Scholarship winner

Virtual reality is defined by Merriam-Webster as “an artificial environment which is experienced through sensory stimuli (as sights and sounds) provided by a computer and in which one's actions partially determine what happens in the environment”. While it is considered a recent phenomenon, the concept has been around for much longer than most people would think, dating back to the 1950s. “Virtual reality” was applied in different ways: flight simulators for the military, special effects in Hollywood blockbusters, and additional products for video game consoles such as Nintendo’s PowerGlove.

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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

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, received the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award in product design and beginning in 2015. As of January 2017, Stephen is designer-in-residence at the A/D/O.

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.

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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?

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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 globalisation, 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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