platform

I am super excited to finally be writing this!

The platform at talk.bindpose.com is now live and open for everyone! There probably are some bugs as it’s still rough around the edges, but most importantly we can start using it!

So head over there to register and start asking, learning and talking about the cool rigging topics you are interested in!

A screenshot of the first post on talk.bindpose.com
A screenshot of the first post on talk.bindpose.com

Thank you

Firstly, I really want to thank everyone who subscribed and now registered to use the website. If we want to have an online rigging community we all should do our best to make sure it’s alive and kicking. So again, thank you to all who supported this endeavour!

The platform has been running hidden for about a week now with no more than 5 people on it and already I have found out ideas that are beneficial to my rigs! Big thanks to those who weren’t scared of the blank page and came in early on to get some content running!

I have talked about why I wanted to create this place previously – here and here – so I don’t want to repeat myself, but I want to share some ideas of what I want this place to become.

Sharing ideas

Most importantly, I wanted to have an active rigging community, so I can pick the brains of people way smarter than me and learn as much as I can directly from them.

That being said, the idea of sharing my knowledge as well has always been an exciting one for me and that is why I have started the blog as well. The thing with a blog is that it is quite one-sided, so it is nice for showing and sharing ideas, but not great for starting a conversation and hearing different opinions on them.

Getting feedback

Having opinions that are never challenged is dangerous. Going through your rigging career without checking your premises would put you in a disadvantage to people who do. In an industry like ours everyone knows how important feedback is. Therefore, I wanted to have a place where people are welcome to criticize my ideas and more importantly, a place where I can easily see that criticism.

Just chatting and lurking

Additionally, I really like rigging, but it’s a niche topic, so finding people to talk to is tricky. And I do really want to talk to people about it, even outside of my professional interest!

I tend to spend a big portion of my free time reading (lurking) through Hacker News and various subreddits about things that interest me. I’d like to be able to do the same with rigging.

Sharing tools

I don’t know about you, but I always get excited about people sharing their tools. Granted most of the time it’s things that pretty much everyone writes for themselves and they often have horrible interfaces, so I rarely if ever use those tools, but even just seeing them is inspiring. The fact that there are so many people out there working on these things and sharing them is kind of cool.

That being said occasionally there are things that are just insanely cool like the Cosmos launcher or ngSkinTools.

My hopes are that if we have a place where people share their tools, we have a place where we can always look for references when building our own ones and hopefully inspiration. I would really like to see more cool tools and I feel like talk.bindpose.com can help!

Additionally, if you are trying to sell your tools, it would be handy to have a place where you know riggers hang out. And if your tool is any good, people will be happy that you posted it.

Conclusion

All in all, I think if we have all that, it will inevitably lead to us improving as riggers, while having fun hanging out with like-minded people!

So head over to talk.bindpose.com to become a part of that place!

Again, thanks to all who supported this!

Firstly, I want to thank everyone who signed up for talk.bindpose.com. I know in today’s internet everyone seems to be trying to get your email and I myself am always very aware of subscribing to anything, so it is much appreciated!

Since I posted the page the other day, I have had about 30 people sign up, which is not an overwhelming number, but to me it says there will be at least 30 people to chat with and exchange ideas when I am stuck somewhere. Additionally, there will be at least 30 people to share and discuss cool rigging stuff with. When I put it this way, it feels like a lot! So, again, thank you!

That being said, any online community would need a bit more than that in order to be sustainable, as we are all too familiar with places that look dead and how unappealing that is. Unfortunately, that has been the fate of many good discussion boards, not only about rigging and computer graphics, but about anything really. Therefore, once the platform is live, we will need to make it grow a bit more in order for it to keep going.

If you have any tips and/or ideas on how best to maintain an online community for riggers like that and make sure it keeps going strong, please share them as comments here or hit me up on email or Twitter.

Additionally, if you have been a part of such online communities that have for one reason or another died, you might be able to point out some of the mistakes and I would be very interested in hearing those as well!

Roadmap

With the numbers out of the way, I want to share what I have in mind in terms of steps for creating the platform and kicking it off.

The way it is going to work is, as soon as I have a proper working solution (which should not be very far off) I am going to gather a bunch of people, from the ones who have subscribed, to give it a test and see if there is anything terribly broken. If that’s not the case then we are going to seed it with some initial information (questions, answers, sharing interesting resources, etc.) just so nobody other than me is faced with the big empty when they come for the first time.

That’s where I’ll need some help. I have some ideas about things I would like to have posted on the platform, but the point of the community is to have variety. So, I would really appreciate it if you have any ideas for specific rigging tips, questions, shares, etc. you would like to see and share them, so I can crack on and make sure we have a variety of content to start with.

Distant future

On top of sharing cool ideas and asking/answering questions, I have a few other notions for features that a platform like ours should have once it has been established.

Job board and freelance area

To begin with, I think it would be really handy if we have a job board and a freelance area. The reason for that is, again, similar to the whole reasoning about the platform. There are other huge places which try to do this, but I think the more narrowed down it is (rigging only) the better. That way, we can rate the jobs and make sure riggers do not have to settle for neither bad employers nor terrible rates, as of course, that affects all of us. I would imagine it would be really easy for companies to find people this way as well.

Workplace information

While we are on the job topic, it might be cool to share information about people’s workplaces. Since our industry is very fast paced and often people have shorter contracts, it would be amazing to be able to read about the work environment at all those other potential places you could work at through a rigger’s perspective.

Rigging challenges

Additionally, I think it would be so much fun if we do some rigging challenges. One of my teammates for my final university projectZeno Pelgrims – started a really cool online place for lookdev challenges – shaders.xyz and it looks amazing! Wouldn’t it be nice to set up a similar rigging challenge, where we all have to rig the same asset and then we all share our processes? It seems to me, this would be the ultimate way for learning from each other.

I am sure that for every one of these ideas, you guys probably have 10 more and I am looking forward to talking with you about them once the platform is live!

Conclusion

For the time being, while I am working on the website, I will be taking time off writing here, as unfortunately, there is only so much spare time. I think it will be well worth it, though!

Once again, I’d like to thank everyone who signed up! If you haven’t done it already, please reconsider it – talk.bindpose.com.