Thanks for all the feedback everyone, we are taking notes!
Somehow this thread turned into a features wishlist which was not our intent really (the Wishlist forum has plently of space for that!)
The hope was to open a conversation regarding how you all are doing as far as work, clients, mobility, and the near future. Do you foresee major pivots in your personal and business strategies, or is this just a pause in your plans and you’re already gearing up for next season without too much worry?
It would also be great to know about your local situation for work, as we are only aware of our immediate areas.
@Rayj Good question on future direction. While we could talk for hours on specifics, more generally TouchDesigner’s development will certainly continue with these 2 core tenants in mind.
- Making sure the platform is flexible and open enough to be useful for tech’s quick zigs and zags, and whatever new things are introduced tomorrow. This has generally been the case for TouchDesigner in the past 8 years and has allowed people to bring TouchDesigner into other fields quickly and effectively. We want to open up to other industries and use cases as our resources allow, and in so far as it doesn’t detract from current strengths and applications.
- We always give ourselves headroom to pursue and build on new directions our users present us with. We estimate 20-30% of each year’s development is community driven demand, so we continue to listen and research those trends that bubble up and dig into them as timely as we can.
Sort of general answer, but maybe good context as you just joined us recently. Welcome to the community.
@jacqueshoepffner Thanks for the personal account and insight. Happy you are making a recovery and please focus on returning to full health.
My personal update - I’ve been busier than usual as the community’s increased online activity has been very engaging. With less leaving the house I’ve found more time to be in the forums and engaging with you all on whatever service we might be chatting on. It has been odd not doing workshops and meeting with people regularly, which I miss, but the extra community activity has somewhat replaced it and meeting all the new people in the forum trying TouchDesigner for the first time is equally as encouraging and insightful.
I’m currently in Kyoto, and while Japan was largely spared from a major outbreak, many people here are also finding their events and installations delayed or cancelled. Obviously, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics many people have been preparing for, and that is completely off for this year. If the Olympics do happen next year, then that work is still there but just delayed by a year. Hopefully government support and bank deferment on loans/debts will carry these projects over to next year. If the Olympics are completely cancelled for next year, it will be very damaging to a lot of studios, artists, and companies that have invested considerable resources already.
As with other economies, the Japanese economy has been hard hit and officially entered recession last quarter, and this will also have an impact on everything from hiring to funding to new projects being green lit.
The companies I have talked to are spending their new-found time focused on R&D, with people working from home in many of the creative industries. As the state of emergency was just lifted, many are returning to work. It seems many workers were not laid off for now, but work availability and new positions has sunk to a multi-year low. Freelancers and individual artists are facing the biggest uncertainty now.
The Japanese TD community is a buzz with online events, microblogs, and generally trying to use this time as productively as possible. #TDSW is back doing events multiple times per month and I see a lot of new people taking up blog and tutorial writing.
Anyways, that’s an update from here, would love to hear how the landscape is elsewhere. Hope you are all doing well.