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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.

Stephen Burks, the principal at Stephen Burks Man Made and artist-in-recidense 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. "We are always very eager to work with innovative, open minded creatives, who invest time and energy in understanding the technology and contributes to shaping it. Stephen’s work, motivation and personality simply match values and ideals of CGTrader. From the very early days CGTrader has been focused on building a simple and convenient platform in combination to building an open community for designers " - says Dalia Lasaite, CEO and co-founder of CGTrader.

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 the fusion of real and digital worlds. 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. Having the items on the CGTrader platform makes those accessible in creating realistic virtual environments further spreading of the core idea behind the collection.


Stephen Burks Man Made Starburst Lamp

For CGTrader this partnership is an important step in broadening the designer community and ideas floating in digital space. “At CGTrader we have always promoted and appreciated limitless creativity and unique artwork designers bring to platform. A vast options for usage of those 3D assets broadens the audience who actually sees the model. But there are a lot of original work and ideas that are currently only present in the physical world, but that could be of a huge value for those in computer graphics. Therefore, bringing designers like Stephen Burks aboard not only enables other to use his work but also is a first step in diminishing the distance between the real and digital” - says Dalia Lasaite, CEO and co-founder of CGTrader.

The launch of this partnership has been marked with a panel discussion "Who owns the future (of design)?" featuring Stephen Burks, representative of CGTrader Ginvile Ramanauskaite, and Janki Gause and Marcus Moore of Source3. The recordings of the talk covering the burning questions of IP of digital design, licensing, building open designer community in the new era will become available online shortly.

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​30 of The Best Free 3D Models on CGTrader

July 21st, 2016

​30 of The Best Free 3D Models on CGTrader

You can't buy everything - and sometimes, you don't even need to! The great artists in our community often upload free models to give people a taste of their skill. We wanted to make a list of the best free models on CGTrader and we had a hard time doing it - you have uploaded so many free models! But we huffed and we puffed and we made this list of 30 best free 3D models!

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April 15th, 2015

The Leader of the SQUIR 3D Design Team: “my greatest inspiration is watching Hollywood movies”

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3d printing and Intellectual Property: How companies are hurting designers

December 9th, 2014

3d printing and Intellectual Property: How companies are hurting designers

Posted on Dec 9, 2014 by Stijn van der Linden

This article originally appeared on medium.com

For a couple of years I have been publishing 3d printable designs via sharing platforms such as Thingiverse and Youmagine. But I got more than I bargained for.

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