Continuing Our Support of the Lottie Open Source Community

Joe Lencioni
Nov 11, 2020 · 3 min read

Lottie is an open-sourced Android, iOS, Web, React Native, and Windows library that renders After Effects animations in real time, allowing apps to use animations as easily as they use static images.

Screenshot of the Lottie Open Collective page

After years of working with open source contributors to create new features, fix bugs, and maintain the issue backlog, we are now announcing the Lottie Open Collective. The Lottie Open Collective is a platform to help manage groups of contributors transparently. Lottie joins projects like webpack, Babel, Mocha, Preact, Jest, Vue, and many more in supporting the open source community through the Open Collective platform.

This is our way to help support the efforts of the open source Lottie community, and we’re also kicking it off with some funding from Airbnb. Airbnb employees cannot benefit from the Lottie Open Collective. The collective’s sole purpose is to support the open source side of the Lottie community.

In this post we’ll outline what the Lottie Open Collective is, its structure, and our goals.

What is the Lottie Open Collective

  • Receive funds from backers and sponsors
  • Approve expenses submitted by the community
  • Give everyone visibility on the budget

What is the structure of the collective

Gabriel and Brandon are the original engineers who created Lottie Android and Lottie iOS when they were engineers at Airbnb in 2016. They have since moved on from Airbnb, but continue to be the core contributors to Lottie. Hernan has been an active Lottie contributor since 2015, and created bodymovin, the original inspiration for Lottie, which eventually became Lottie Web. They’re responsible for setting the budget, approving expenses, and managing admins of the collective. We have elected to include Laura Skelton of Airbnb as an adviser.

There are a few contribution tiers that can be found on the Lottie Open Collective page.

Airbnb’s commitment

What is the goal of the collective

To achieve that goal, we will use the funds for things such as:

  • Covering speaker travel expenses
  • Hosting events and meetups
  • Printing and distributing swag
  • Major code contributions

This is just the beginning, and we’re committed to getting this right. If you have ideas on other ways we can support the community, or feedback on the structure of the collective, please reach out to us at lottie@airbnb.com.

Alternative ways to sponsor

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Thank you!

Also, thank you to Rick Hanlon II for allowing us to use his Jest blog post as a template.

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