Actors and musicians have the leading roles, but their support teams are acknowledged in ending credits and liner notes. But online creativity often discredits the editors, designers, and developers who quietly work in the background to make your favourite sites and services possible. Makerbase wants to change all of that.
The site’s creators, Anil Dash and Gina Trapani, are launching Makerbase today as part of the White House’s first ever Demo Day, a day for entrepreneurs and creators to showcase their innovations in Washington D.C. Many have said that the best way to think of Makerbase is IMDb for web-based creators—a way to track and even become fans of web designers, engineers, and developers who create amazing things on and the internet. Online creators have individual profiles, but also well-known projects—such as Paul Ford’s insanely long What is Code—also gets a credits page, so you can see all the online cooks who worked in that digital kitchen.
When it comes to making things online, one person rarely does it all. I have one byline to share, but Makerbase helps give credit where credit is due.