Stocky – Bring design to a new level
Stocky: The next movement in stock design/photography
Stocky is a new startup, also an open source project, which aims to easily share photography, videos, vectors, brushes, fonts, templates, sound files.
Stocky is now raising support from KickStarter. The KickStarter project is available here. The project fund raising period will be ended after 33 days. You also can reach the Stocky founder Harrison Weber and interact with him through formspring. He is also the founder of lovevectorfree.
What are needed by the open design community?
(1) The community needs a space to easily share photos, vectors, brushes, fonts and so on, which has creative commons license. There are some other sites, for example, dribbble, but most of design work on the site are protected, NOT FREE.
(2) The community needs a space to allow designers to interact, collaborate among each other.
What we have for now?
There are two main open design websites Flickr Open Source Photography (OSP) and brusheezy. OSP primarily allows users to share photos. It does not provide rich user interaction functions. Brusheezy allows designers to interact among each other, but it only provides Photoshop files for designers such as, Photoshop brushes, Photoshop patterns, Photoshop textures, which are considered insufficient.
Unfortunately, there are no websites offering enough functions to satisfy all the design community needs.
The following is our interview with harrison.
(1) What makes you believe Stocky is valuable?
I feel that the graphic design community is lacking in comradery. Because I’m involved in web design and am a fan of open source, I keep looking towards the way o.s. developers work together and share their work for further development. If you look at the graphic design community online, it is very competitive and protective. This does makes sense, given the high level of concept theft, but I still feel that some sort of community development that encourages collaboration and sharing can be very valuable.
(2) Can you tell us the competitors of the Stocky? It can include some companies or other open source projects.
Sites like brusheezy are great for bringing together designs, but don’t usually bring together designers. Sites like these can also be more about self promotion and feature some subpar, repetitive work. Other sites that could be considered competitors include: Flickr’s open source community and the abundant other free vector, brush, font and photo stock sites.
(3) What do you think the competitive advantages of Stocky compared with other existing ones?
There are many sites geared towards freebies for artists and designers, but these sites usually have less-than-great aspects that Stocky aims to fix:
They can be medium restrictive, lack community, remain a static directory, be filled with ads, have poor layout and navigation design, showcase repetitive work, be aimed at quantity over quality, discourage or allow no collaboration, have highly restrictive licensing, etc.
What makes Stocky different and advantageous is that it supports all mediums of original work (photos,vectors, fonts, brushes, audio, templates, etc.), encourages open licensing and collaboration, aims to be a clean and intuitive UI, and will hopefully open up a whole new world of creative work that’s free for designers, artists and small businesses to use as needed.
(4) What’s your short-term goal of Stocky, say within 2 years.
My short term goal with Stocky is actually allow shorter than within 2 years. I say this because progress can either develop quickly or come to a halt, depending on the progress of my kickstarter funding campaign (35 days). But funding aside, within 2 years I’d like to develop an active user-base that contributes and collaborates within a public launch of the site (it will be in private beta through summer and fall).
(5) What’s your long-term goal of Stocky, say within 5 years.
My long term goal with Stocky is more difficult to see. 5 years on the internet is a very long time, but I can say that I predict the user-base will have the largest part in deciding the direction of the site. Looking at Flickr for guidance, I can see that their site would look nothing like it does today without user suggestions and opinions. As a designer and an artist, I am very interested to see how collaboration develops on Stocky. I am looking to change the meaning of stock media into the idea of open content that can be developed and modified as needed. I am trying to analyze the way designers give away freebies and cast-offs, so I can create a well rounded system of sharing whatever a user wants to share!