In August 2015 Sander Van Dijk released a project he had been working on for a while. It was an in depth and fully visualised wish list of changes he thinks should be made to the way After Effects operates.
Many of these suggested changes are small and easy to incorporate (Like a suggested keyboard shortcut for trimmimg down the work area). Some of the suggestions, involve a complete reimagining of the way we deal with properties (Like the concept for Parent in Time).
Reading through all of his suggestions, I can really get to grips with Sander’s frame of mind. Of course as an experienced motion designer, he is used to communicating his vision, and this shows. It’s equally as interesting to read the reactions, and comments from other motion designers.
What I admire about this project is that Sander is sucessfully starting a conversation among motion designers by presenting his suggestions first, then asking people to vote on the ideas, comment their opinions/criticisms and suggest their own features.
I was especially excited to see other influential figures in the industry comment their thoughts. Like for instance EJ Hassenfratz, who is responsible for practically 90% of the shared knowledge currently online surrounding flat motion graphics in C4d.
I liked his comment so much that I adopted it as a working title for my dissertation.