Ray and Andrew recently went to Germany to attend World Hosting Days. Along the way, they came into contact with Stephan Merkle and Christoph Ptok, two of the three co-founders of bacon.design. Stephan and Christoph were kind enough to lend a moment of their time to talk about their work and why they chose to purchase bacon.design, which will eventually become their main site. Check out the video!
Just a couple of weeks ago, .design hit the Midwest with our friends at Rebel.com, for a fun-filled three days at Weapons of Mass Creation.
WMC is the premier design and entrepreneurship conference in the Midwest, bringing over two thousand creatives together to talk shop, share their stories and get inspired.
Now in it’s sixth year, WMC still has that grass-roots authenticity that is valued so highly by it’s attendees, many of whom are Midwesterners themselves. You can feel the popularity spreading though, as the size of the conference increases each year, and the attendees, speakers and vendors come from farther-flung locales.
Highlights from this year’s conference included a presentation by Mike Jones (Serve Studios and Creative South) that was at once hilarious, tear-jerking, and inspirational. As it has for the past five years, the Ink Wars event kicked off the event, drawing as large a crowd as ever. Pitting eight “Ink Warriors” against each other in a battle of creativity, each using nothing more than a black pen and a giant, blank canvas. Rebel.com was proud to sponsor or the event this year.
Many of the veteran attendees we chatted with spoke of WMC as a festival where you “arrive strangers and leave family.” It certainly had a “summer camp” aura. We’re already looking forward to next summer!
This past week .design officially passed the 10k registration mark. General availability opened up a month ago and yet .design has already overcome a milestone that only 15% of other new gTLDs have reached.
The enthusiastic and powerful response to .design confirms our belief that people are ready for a TLD that speaks to them on a personal and professional level. Our registrants are graphic & web designers, interior and fashions designers, as well as architects and bloggers. They deserve a big thanks for leading .design to such a successful launch. We can’t wait to see what comes next.
Design is ubiquitous, affecting every person in some manner. So, it’s no surprise that it is the most frequently used word in the .com namespace and the fourth most common word at the end of a .com web address. And now, it’s moving to the other side of the dot.
By launching .design we are giving anyone who is a designer and any business dedicated to good design the opportunity to showcase their passion and their profession online. Just consider how many design-centric industries there are, web design, graphic design, fashion design, interior design, etc. This is going to be one of the biggest TLD launches to date.
The next step for .design is the Early Access Period (EAP), which begins on May 5. This is where the highly desirable and contentious names will be bought in a “dutch auction.” This means the price of the domain will drop every day leading up to General Availability on May 12, when there will be no additional EAP fee.
Common names, such as smith.design, highly cachet words such as modern.design and luxury.design, and category killers such as app.design and hotel.design are all likely to be purchased during this period. If you have your eye on an excellent domain name then you’ll want to consider buying during EAP, which you can do at the following registrars:
Going once!–This week Las Vegas played host to NamesCon, the largest and arguably most influential annual conference for domain name investors. A major highlight of the much-anticipated conference was Right of the Dot’s live domain name auction, which included a mix of legacy and new TLDs. Top Level Design did not hold back, auctioning off valuable names such as Food.wiki, Casino.wiki, Celebrity.wiki, Red.ink, and Wholesale.ink.
Going twice!–Both .wiki and .ink names made a strong showing at the auction with 4 .ink names and 6 .wiki names purchased. Highlights include Food.wiki and RealEstate.wiki, which sold for $3,100 and $3,000, respectively, and Miami.ink, which sold for $1,600.
Top Level Design, the registry behind .wiki and .ink domain names, is anxiously gearing up for its first ever live auction, which will take place January 13th at 4:30p.m. at NamesCon in Las Vegas.
The company is expecting their .ink and .wiki names to perform well at auction given the successes of these extensions since their launches last year.
Individual .ink domains have already been selling in the $10,000 – $20,000 range in private sales since the TLD’s June 2014 launch. The .ink domain is seeing high-profile tattoo industry publications Rebel Ink, Urban Ink, and Skin&Ink all making the switch, as well as adoption from the hit TV phenomenon Sons of Anarchy, which launched a tattoo focused mini-site.
The following is a statement from The Wikimedia Foundation’s Yana Welinder, which was read at the public forum at ICANN51 in Los Angeles in an effort to expedite the release of 2-character .wiki names. Wikimedia plans to use the names as URL shorteners for Wikipedia.
“The Wikimedia Foundation is a non-profit organization that hosts Wikipedia and 12 other freely licensed sites with content that is collaboratively created by Internet users around the world. Wikimedia’s mission is to empower people to develop freely licensed educational content and to globally disseminate that content. Providing URL shorteners based on two-character domains will help us reach new heights in globally disseminating the free content on Wikipedia.
The non-profit Wikimedia Foundation is asking for a select number of two-character .wiki domains to create URL shorteners for Wikipedia. We currently support 287 language editions of Wikipedia. The URL shorteners would, for example, allow someone looking for information about the dengue fever in Spanish to type in es.wiki/Dengue to get directed to the Spanish Wikipedia article about the dengue fever (es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dengue). It will also allow people to share short links to Wikipedia articles and other Wikimedia sites on various social media and invite more people to edit Wikipedia. We hope that this will improve user access across the globe.
Top Level Design staff *love* Wikipedia and wiki culture, which explains why we applied for the .wiki gTLD in the first place! Recently, more than 2,000 wiki enthusiasts gathered in London for the tenth annual conference for the Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit organization which operates Wikipedia and its sister projects. Wikimania features presentations and discussions related to wikis, open-source software and technology, and free knowledge. Today’s blog post features Jason Moore, a longtime Wikipedia contributor, to share a bit about his experience at the conference.
First, a quick introduction. My name is Jason and I serve as Top Level Design’s official Wiki Evangelist! You may be wondering what this means. Well, it is my responsibility to lead the company’s wiki development with regards to specific wiki projects, to empower wiki adoption by individuals and companies, and to drive its growth into new wiki centric business opportunities. Continue reading A Wiki Evangelist at Wikimania
ICANN has approved .ink and .wiki’s requests for additional International Domain Name (IDN) capability!
IDNs allow registrants to use non-ACSII characters in their domain names, making the naming process more intuitive and convenient for non-English speakers. In this way, IDNs are a step toward further Internet globalization and accessibility.
Top Level Design is excited to offer domain names in languages such as Arabic, Thai, Japanese, Korean, Lao, and Hebrew in both our .wiki and .ink TLDs! Registrants will also be able to register names using Cyrillic, Greek, and Latin scripts.
Walmart and Apple Are Least Collaborative Brands in America One in Two Americans Feel Favorite Brands Are Not Interested in Their Ideas
Walmart has been crowned the least collaborative company in America by nearly one in five Americans, followed by other major brands including Apple, McDonalds and Ikea.
The findings are revealed in our 2014 Customer Collaboration Report, as we commissioned YouGov to poll the views of a representative sample of 1,220 American adults. Despite the lack of collaboration consumers feel they have with brands, there is an appetite to engage with these companies. Half of Americans actually hold a better perception of brands that allow them to collaborate online. Continue reading Walmart and Apple Are Least Collaborative Brands in America