One of the best ways I know to make sure people are properly thanked in this business is to make sure I give them credit in any of the videos that I work on and release with others. Sure most designers I know don’t live for credit or awards but they know its a huge honor and compliment to receive one. They also take issue if someone posts a video and doesn’t mention that they worked on it. It not only makes you feel a little let down that you weren’t included but then you wonder why weren’t you mentioned. Was your contribution to the project not respected or liked? I’ve been working tirelessly to get LooseKeys off the ground. Long nights and weekends, which isn’t a surprise for the motion graphics industry or for someone starting a new business. But there is no way I could have done what I’ve done by myself. The people that I have hired or just freely lent a hand, I’d like to thank everyday. By making sure I credit them on a project I’m able to help them out too. I know they are freelancing and they rely on other people seeing the work they have done and hiring them based on it. It does me no good in the long run to hide who is working for me or with me. But crediting everyone publicly has created a double edge sword. This is a business and there is competition in this industry and when I credit everyone who’s worked for me that means the competition knows who I’ve hired. They can and will try to get the people who have worked for me to work for them.
Even with the possibility of the competition snaking away my badass mograph friends and colleagues, I still think it’s a better business practice and really just the nice thing to do, to give credit where it’s do.