Welcome to the August Newsletter! Today is actually an important day: the first birthday of the Blender Network! Thank you for staying with us after a shaky start and making the Network the great collection of professionals that is now.
We would like to celebrate this moment with a full report on the status of the Network.
First of all, let's review the major steps that brought the platform to the current situation.
The Blender Network concept was originally announced by Ton Roosendaal in 2010 and described in a Blender wiki page.
The project was developed during summer 2012, under supervision and management of Bart Veldhuizen. The first version of the Blender Network went public during SIGGRAPH 2012 in Los Angeles, California. Soon the website was featuring almost 100 profiles of professional Blender Users.
Due to time availability issues, management of the Network passed to Francesco Siddi and Pablo Vazquez in January 2013, as they started to develop the platform from scratch.
In March 2013, version 2.0 of the platform was released. After spending several weeks focusing on improving the quality of subscription management and user profile creation and editing.
A few new features were introduced, such as:
In the following months up to this date, we have focused on improving the overall usability of the website, as well as making sure that each and every Member Profile is up to date and well maintained. Special features such as realtime 3D model visualization on profiles were added, provided by Sketchfab.
Since February 2013 we have been collecting data about the website.
Some highlights on visits:
About our Members:
During the two weeks before Siggraph an internal memo was sent, inviting all members to participate in a poll to give feedback about the platform. Key points were:
We are continuously working on new ways to provide great features to our members, but the ultimate goal is to create opportunities. Since the beginning our work has been more towards the structure side of the site, we are now ready to shift focus. In the coming months you can expect:
Bring the network with you, show off your profile on the go and keep it up to date in the easiest way possible. (e.g. mobile applications, integration with other platforms)
We believe this will lead to a faster growth of the network in terms of popularity and visibility. We are already working on the jobs board system and it should go live very soon!
We are very proud of the current status of the Network, as well as the evolution path it has gone through in the last six months. Thanks again for your support, have a good networking experience!