cdt.eth - Christian is a software engineer who has worked on the Nouns POAP team, created ToadzToolz for Cryptoadz, and SharkDAO’s website as well as the forthcoming SharkDAO PFP project and a secret Nouns project with 12BNoun. He’s also opened some PRs on https://nouns.wtf/ and has been an early-supporter of Nouns.
Nouns Center (nouns.center) will be a home for the Nouns community. The hope is to document all existing creators & projects, and help people discover the hundreds of new ones that will launch in the future. I did something similar with the Cryptoadz community by creating ToadzToolz.com, but that was mainly to showcase projects. Whereas my vision for Nouns Center is to serve the community in 3 main ways.
1. Knowledge Center
- Brand & product design resources
- A traditional help center
- Responses from Nounders to FAQs
2. Project Aggregator
- showcase all projects built off Nouns
- prove the power & track scale of CC0
- inspire more art & derivatives
3. Onboarding Ramp
- help others use Nouns in projects
- explain Nouns buying process
- submitting proposals
Whether you want to buy a Noun, create a derivative, contribute to the codebase, or submit a proposal, this information should be clear and immediately accessible to you.
Here is a pitch from Christian to Seneca on the idea, for anyone who might prefer to hear him talk through his vision for Nouns World.
I will compile all Noun trait files, fonts, logos, colors hex values etc in one place to help people get up and running to build with Nouns. Until the forthcoming Design System is released, which can also live on this site. Imagine simply visiting
https://nouns.center/assets and finding everything you need to work and create with Nouns. Whether that be PNGs for artists or links to the folder on Github. The answers to all questions asked should be one link away.
My second pitch is to the Nounders to open their Discussions forum feature on the monorepo to begin to capture all the answers they give to user questions every day. I added some example categories below to help visualize this. We could break up question types be category and begin to collect dozens of questions & answers in each section. The Nounders have spent a ton of time answering every question imaginable and very thoroughly, on a daily basis and I want to give them their time back. It will be some work up front to get the Discussions content up and running, but to have a technical content repository would be invaluable.
Github Discussions is free, comes with Search built-in, and the Nounders are Github-native. My plan is to fetch this data and bring it into the site. Imagine, if someone has a question they could simply visit https://nouns.center/dev to find all these answers, and I would fetch the data on this new site because artist and non-devs could benefit as well. Those who don’t have a Github account nor would ever go to the Developer channel on Discord could simply go to https://nouns.center/artist to find questions answered already about where to find assets, how to compose a Nouns, canvas dimensions etc.
It will snowball once the infrastructure is in place.
Questions will be asked once, and linked forever.
I’ve aggregated every piece of Nouns content (so far) that I could find in this spreadsheet.
It’s a lot. We’ve done a lot. I want to showcase all this effort.
Imagine going to
https://nouns.center/projects and being able to see and access every single derivative, podcast episode, proposal project, YouTube video, and news story about Nouns. We should have a one-stop-shop for that as well. It should be compelling visually and truly highlight the power of CC0 and our community. We’ll highlight creators and link to their profiles as well. I’ll create a backlog submission system so we can capture user-submitted projects to streamline the process of getting added to the site. I did this with https://toadztoolz.com/ideaz.
I want to inspire the next hundred projects to spawn out of Nouns,
and we’ll be ready to give them the tools to do so.
Lastly, I’d like to reduce as much friction as possible with people understanding the concepts & processes of NounsDAO. I’d like to find an artist to help with create some infographics about some key aspects of Nouns to help explain concepts like Proposals (How to Submit, Criteria, Timeline, and Payment), the Auction & Settlement process, buying a Noun = 1 vote in Dao, cloning & getting the Nouns webapp running locally for devs etc etc. There’s plenty of room to play with here, and yes, all these questions can be answered by a long paragraph of copy, but I loved what The Oracle did with the Proposal infographic.
and SharkDAO has an excellent one explaining its role within the NounsDAO. I believe these things work and they help solidify the concepts for folks. Plus it adds an air of Nouns both high-quality and creatively capable.
Make the unknowns, known.
Let builders get back to building.
Some random thoughts where this could go in the future:
- integrate Nouns official Design System?
- sub-DAO onboarding?
- Nouns Newsletter?
- Verb Team Nouns O’Clock integration to build something off auction endings?
- Specific Nouns lore (integrate with nouns.wtf sub-pages? show projects using a specific Noun in them?)
- Decentraland meetups with 3D Nouns?
Right now my plan is to establish this site as the central resource hub to serve the DAO and our community. Once the solid foundation is established the site can serve as a flywheel for creativity and projects to be housed and built on top of it.
This proposal requests a total of 15 ETH from the DAO for design, development, planning, commissioning an artist, and maintenance for 6 months:
- 6 ETH up-front
- 3 ETH on go-live
- 3 ETH reserved for an artist (TBD) which will be returned if we end up not using them
- 3 ETH at the end of 6 months