Renderosity Today and Tomorrow

tammymc · May 6, 2002 1:18 pm

Below is an update on where we are now and where we want to be for the year Sept 2001 to Sept 2002. Mission Our mission is to create a thriving, productive environment that encourages an atmosphere of community, respect, collaboration, and growth for graphic artists of all backgrounds. Where we are now... Thanks to the support of our community members and the hard work of our site management team, Renderosity has become one of the premier online communities for a wide range of artists. A brief look at our current site statistics will give you an idea of how much we have grown in 3 years: 86,000 members 1,200 new members per week 15 million page views per month 75 million hits per month Members from 134 countries 9,000 messages are posted to the forums per week 117,000 art images in the gallery 875 art images are added to the gallery weekly 7,700 comments are posted to the art images per week 6,700 total free stuff items are available Over 80 new products in the Marketplace each week Our goals for the year.... In September 2001, Renderositys management team met in Nashville to create a development plan that would allow us to grow while providing quality services to the members of our community. Based on the data collected from our first annual Community Survey, input from members via site feedback, and a lot of brainstorming from the team, we created a plan to achieve our goals. The plan had several components that are outlined below. Upgrading the Infrastructure.... Due to our rapid growth, it was necessary to make a significant investment in several servers to handle the growing traffic and ensure fast reliable access to the site. Renderosity will continue to upgrade our infrastructure on a regular basis, so that we can continue to meet the needs of our community. The Marketplace: facelift.... Based on feedback, survey responses, and direct interaction with our members that use the Renderosity Marketplace, it was decided that we needed to improve the overall experience. Subsequently, the team began working on a new design that would make it easier for merchants to list and promote their products while simultaneously creating a more user-friendly way for buyers to find and purchase products. The final phases of this design are still rolling out into the marketplace as we speak, but early merchant results along with customer feedback indicate that we are on the right track. Promoting All We Offer.... To achieve our goals of continued growth and providing quality member services, it was decided that we needed to do more to promote Renderosity and our community members. To accomplish this, we have hired a public relations specialist to increase public awareness and promote our message.. The results have been high profile publicity for Renderosity, and for our members in newspapers, magazines, and soon television. We have a Magazine.... A familiar discussion among members is the issue of "legitimacy" for digital art and artists. Often times this comes from the print publication of the artist's work. Our solution is to assist our members in this regard by providing a venue for tutorials and information applicable to all members regardless of their specific needs or skill levels. To facilitate this, we have launched Renderosity Magazine, a quarterly publication dedicated to print publishing of our member articles and artwork. Forums.... We have added many new forums that were requested by our members. While Renderosity forums have always been informative, within the last year many moderators have enhanced them by adding such events as challenges, contests, special announcements, showcases, tutorials, and other extras. It is our continuing goal and commitment to provide an informative, sharing environment in the forums. Upcoming conferences.... Our most recent initiative originates from member feedback regarding a desire to meet fellow Renderosity members face-to-face. This effort has evolved into Renderositys partnership with Siggraph and the mini-convention at Dragon Con. What we look forward to seeing over the next six months.... We will continue to directly address the needs of our membership, and work toward meeting these needs in the best possible ways. To help ensure communication and understanding, we provide a brief summary of these objectives below. Becoming a home site for graphic artists worldwide.... Increased public awareness of Renderosity is good for our community. Thus we will continue to make our best efforts to reach the broadest possible audience of graphic artists. This means that we will continue to encourage a high level of professionalism in all areas. Free items.... Our Free Stuff area continues to be one of the most popular areas of Renderosity. Our goal is to improve the efficiency and accessibility of this area. Tutorials.... The Tutorial section is an enormous asset to our member's skills development. Our goal is to make constant improvements in this area to meet the needs of our membership. Printing.... Many of our members have shown a definite interest in reproducing their art in printed form for sale. It is a goal of ours to provide those members an area of the marketplace to offer their printed works for purchase. During the next several months, we will be working with our partners to make this available. Survey says.... We will be asking for your participation in our annual Community Survey. We will use this data to guide our future planning process. Mutual Partnerships.... Lastly, we will be working closely with partners in fields that compliment Renderositys growth and development. More details will be made available as the relationships mature. It has been our pleasure to serve our members over the last year. Our actions have been guided by direct feedback from members, and a desire to advance the opportunities available for everyone. We look forward to working with you, and together making Renderosity the best resource for modern graphic artists.

Article Comments


derjimi ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 06 May 2002

Dear Renderosity Team, it's just time to say "thank you" for this huge project. And a thank to the community, too. This project is combining Pro's work and beginner's first steps to an excellent place, where knwoledge and the joy of art is shared. For being new to digital art, I appreciate that the most. The atmosphere here is very good, and to have a good community, the staff is most important. And you are indeed a wonderful staff. I can't imagine, how much effort this all must be - the statistics above speaks for itself. Handling this huge community must be a real piece of work. I personally feld comortable from the first day here - and I'm looking forward to your next plans. Thanks again, take care, Jimi

dadamson ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 06 May 2002

Very nicely written Mission and Vision statement. Growth and change is never easy to manage, I think the staff has been making an honest and good effort. There are good things happening, and some very nice infrastructure/software updates have been put into place. I think most of us realize it is going to take time and a lot of planning to get to where you want to be... also that you are trying to hit a moving target. The work you have done has not gone unnoticed or unappreciated. dadamson (Castle Dev)

Aeneas ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 06 May 2002

Renderosity is unique, and I am glad to be a member. It is a continuous storm of creative energy of all frequencies. May I add one remark? If you don't know the exact spelling of an artist's name, it is nearly impossible to find her/his gallery. Perhaps the search database could be divided into 26 pages that follow the alphabet? Then at least one wouldn't have to click "next" ad infinitum to reach for example the letter "z".

SndCastie ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 06 May 2002

Just want to say thank you for all you have done for us the community and looking forward to the new changes yet to come. You all work hard for us here and I think you need to pat yourselves on the back once in a while for doing such a fantastic job!!

PhilC ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 06 May 2002

Just a very simple, but heartfelt note of thanks. I would not be where I am today without Renderosity.

CrystalWizard ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 06 May 2002

the free stuff area and store banners have a problem. there's far too much stuff in them for poser and not nearly enough for other applications and users that dont use poser. Nothing against poser but the impression I had for quite a while was that this site was mostly a poser website. I know different because i've been around a while but still...most of the banners are for poser products. and the banners are what you see on every page. If renderosity really wants to be attractive to every type of graphic artist out there they need to do something about toning down the ammount of poser stuff and increasing the rest of the nonposer stuff. Maybe just a lot less poser banners and a lot more banners for all sorts of other things.

bluevenus ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 06 May 2002

Thank you so much for all your hard work. I discovered Renderosity only a couple of months ago, and I have seen my skills improve vastly as a direct result of being able to interact with all the friendly people here. Thanks for making that possible :)

davidm ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 06 May 2002

Please accept my "thank you" too. Renderosity has grown into the VERY BEST graphics community on the internet, mainly through the hard work of the management team, but also through listening and responding to it's highly creative members. There's something for everyone here, and Renderosity has become a daily part of all our lives. Long may it continue! :-)

AGOR ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 06 May 2002

Home sweet home:)Thank you people for the great work on this site!ALL THE BEST!!!!

Elentor ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 06 May 2002

Poser RULES renderosity. EVERYTHING here is almost owned by poser users. That makes me so sick. i.e. someone posts a image, and 5 seconds after someone posts a poser image. That poser image will have almost 10x more viewings than the other, except if it's VERY GOOD. And almost all poser images are just compositions with poser props bought here. Ridiculous at my point of view.

Dave71 ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 06 May 2002

I would like to take this oportunity to say thanks for your help for a small time artist like me to be accepted so welcomly by everyone here.

3digs ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 06 May 2002

Dear Renderosity, I could not thank you guy's more, you make it possible not only to share your own work with the world... but able to see what the world has to share... Thank you very much "Den" 3digs.

graphicnovel ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 06 May 2002

renderosity rocks, you guys are the best and there's no amount of thanks that can be said to express how thankfull I'm!!!!! by the way whenever you guys needs a portuguese translator let me.... I be glad to help

Daniel7Mc ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 06 May 2002

Renderosity has introduced me to a range and quality of art that I had never dreamed of, and the people from all over the world who have created this art also share their knowledge and friendship. It just doesn't get any better than this ... ;-) Thank you Renderosity.

Blowfish ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 06 May 2002

I quote "Upgrading the Infrastructure.... Due to our rapid growth, it was necessary to make a significant investment in several servers to handle the growing traffic and ensure fast reliable access to the site. Renderosity will continue to upgrade our infrastructure on a regular basis, so that we can continue to meet the needs of our community." When is this going to happen, because I'm sitting here with DSL in Canada and this site is one of the slowest sites I come across and that's really a pitty, because there's so much nice stuff to read or to look at, but with these slow speeds I run out of patience very soon.

humorix ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 06 May 2002

Kudos to the renderosity team for a job well done! Not only for having formulated such an ambitious plan, but on also having gone and achieved it! Its not an easy task to manage such a humongous site, yet for all of us, renderosity continues to be a very warm, friendly (at times confusing :-P) and comfortable experience! Achieving this is no easy task! Achieving it and still stewarding growth calls for ovation!!!!

tammymc ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 06 May 2002

Blowfish, we have put in a dedicated database server which has bought us some time under this load. We are still working on multiple front end servers that access a shared file system. This has been a 6 month work in progress. We are targeting to have this complete within 2 months. thanks for everyone's patience on this.

sargebear ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 07 May 2002

good luck

aragorn_elendil ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 07 May 2002

When I first came here, about a year ago, I was greeted on the most fabulous way I could imagine. Everyone is just so nice and when you need help, it is there. Right now, this website is the first one I log on to when I open the internet. The connection is many times quite slow, but, man, I like the community here. I wish the whole staff and every member at the Renderosity website a good future and may the Force be with everyone I forgot. Hope this website will improve as much as when I came here the first time, Thanks, Aragorn Elendil

Charmz ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 07 May 2002

When I first found renderosity i was doing ok with my digital artwork, but I gotta say having this place to see what is available and how it can be used has opened up new possibilities for those of us who live in the "sticks" and dont have professional trainers available. One little note of disension though.. why cant we in the marketplace have like paypal or something installed so that we could purchase the items without a credit card? some of us still dont have that lil plastic demon.

Moebius87 ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 07 May 2002

Thank you very much, Renderosity.

L.W. Perkins ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 07 May 2002

You might want to approach Corel again about a sponsorship; unless World Builder has a conflict with this--the Bryce gallery is huge and the Bryce forum is very active, Painter is also featured in the 2d gallery and it's own forum, as well as being use in other apps. If you are putting money into infrastructure the sponsorships are enormously helpful and they benefit the sponsors as well, getting their product in front of a highly interested and targeted audience.

Eugenius ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 07 May 2002

Renderosity opened my eyes not only as making me feel part of a great community, but also as a new 3D artist. The staff has been very helpful of getting my website off the ground despite of my stupid beginner questions, and getting positive feedbacks from more advance artists than myself have teached me to become a beter 3D artist. I am meeting artists from around the world and currently working on a collaboration with some one from Australia. Who would have known? Thanks to all the Renderosity staff for your hard work and sharing your vision with us. Eugenius

kzarah ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 07 May 2002

Renderosity is resposible for putting my head in focus and getting my goals set. When I posted here a year ago for the first time, the community was so supportive and positive. It still is. The responses from fellow members, the forums, all helped play a critical role in making a long ago, pushed aside dream become a reality. I will always be greatful to and hold a very special place in my heart for Renderosity!

d_authority ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 07 May 2002

another suggestion for the filter for the "artist search" is to list artists by country or by genre. that would in a way help others find the "Artists" gallery fast. Listing by country would also provide insight to the viewers as to why his/her art is the way it is. Example, if someone would think of a certain image as unacceptable, and then he would he that the artist comes from a certain country which sees that "topic" shown in a image as acceptable, then it would lead to a better understanding of the art by knowing the background of the artist, where he came from, what his society believes in.

GrayCloudDesign ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 07 May 2002

Thank you Renderosity!! Home, sweet home:-))

3DKiwi ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 07 May 2002

Thanks from a new member of Renderosity. My art is getting much more exposure than previously. It's great to get inspiration from artists with more advanced skills and be able to interact with them. The search feature for images is a big help. I like techinal type images so a search on machine etc turns up a wealth of inspirational art.

peejay ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 07 May 2002

Many many thanks for the hard work and dedication that have created the best internet site on the planet. Keep it up!

Wadus ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 07 May 2002

I want to take this opportunity to thank the Admins and Mods for a job well done! This site has been my first stop on the web since I first found it, and I am continually amazed by the generosity of the members. There is always plenty of people willing to do their best to help out even the newest member. So again BIG THANKS to the whole community...

vasquez ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 08 May 2002

My homepage since I found you, and forever... when I stay 3 or 4 days away from you I fell lonesome, you became my second girlfriend!! Your work on this site is incredible and the comfort in your pages is outstanding, keep on!


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