The Vectorform team recently completed a project we are very proud of, and excited to share. Eco-responsibility and sustainability is a key focus for LAUNCH, a strategic partnership between Nike, NASA, the U.S. State Department and USAID. For a recent LAUNCH Summit, Vectorform helped create an amazing experience that brought to life the important need to collaborate with peers and work across industries to create a better future. At Nike World Headquarters, rooms were transformed into an immersive experience that focused on new innovations that would have the potential to create a better world.
As developers of the application which drove this immersive experience, the Vectorform team envisioned an interface that would allow for intuitive navigation and aggregate team choices as they progressed through rounds of gameplay throughout the day. With huge video walls explaining content and a lively MC guiding the 150 attendees through the day, it was an incredible experience for all involved. More information about the experience can be found here, and photos can be seen on the LAUNCH Flickr account.Jennifer Tonio – May 2, 2013
While Coke already had plans of creating a graphic novel over a year ago, they had engaged numerous partners to begin scripting a story for a set of characters that are now synonymous with the Fanta brand. With a graphic novel created, they ran into a problem – “How do we make this available to the world?” After searching their current partners and the web, they came across the TRON: Legacy interactive graphic novel we produced with Disney a few years back. Being impressed by that work, they reached out to discuss an opportunity to push HTML 5 and their brand further than ever. Through multiple months of planning, we worked with various partners to develop a strategy that would accomplish exactly what coke was looking for…an experience that is localizable, available via the web, and works on more devices than we even want to even mention.
Vectorform’s Role in Fanta Play:
- Invented a HTML 5 framework for graphic novels that significantly reduces the costs in dealing with cross-browser incompatibilities that arise in large projects and applications.
- The framework employs Canvas (an HTML 5 technology) to render all of the beautiful animations, transitions, interactive elements and meta games inside the experience.
- Used advanced localization features of the framework through the entire experience for language and graphics so that items that are different in local markets such as bottle shapes and labels can easily be changed.
We are proud to announce that Vectorfom was honored in the Digital Technology category,at the fourth annual DiSciTech awards, April 18, 2013, at Oakland Community College in Auburn Hills. Patrick Samona, Director of Engagement and Amy Stoddard, Senior Interactive Designer, were there to represent Vectorform and accept the award.
Jennifer Tonio – April 23, 2013
Our Seattle team attended Creative Mornings this month at the Experience Music Project in Seattle Center. August De Los Reyes headlined the show with a compelling perspective on the Future of Design. August is the software design lead at Xbox and is known for his unique presentation style. At Vectorform we take pride in specializing in emerging experiences and value the important role of design in technology. August’s presentation provided valuable insight on this subject.
Link to Presentation: http://vimeo.com/63934434Jennifer Tonio – April 5, 2013
Neowin’s John Callaham spoke with Kevin Foreman, Director of Product Vision, at Vectorform about Toolbox for Windows 8.
Here’s a sneak peek of the interview…
How did the idea come about to develop Toolbox for Windows 8?
We’ve noticed a trend with recent mobile operating systems in that they trade productivity and control for simplicity. For smaller devices, such as phones, this makes sense. However, for tablets and other larger-screen devices, we felt that there is an opportunity to take advantage of this under-utilized screen real estate. Our mission was to prove that simplicity and productivity are not mutually exclusive, and to provide a true multitasking environment for the touch computing era.
Click on the link below for the full interview and the inside scoop on how Vectorform brought Toolbox for Windows 8 to life and our plans for the future.
Jennifer Tonio – March 7, 2013
Developers are already preparing for “iWatch” and Samsung Smartwatch launches.
For more information on concepts and how Vectorform can help you develop new smartwatch app concepts contact us direct at 1-800-475-6279
Full release can be viewed from link below.Jennifer Tonio – March 6, 2013
Last friday our team attended the February Creative Mornings event, held at the Madison Building, in downtown Detroit. Artist John Houshmand shared his story and creative approach to creating art and architecture with salvaged wood. It was a very inspiring morning in a beautiful space, we’re looking forward to the next one!
Check out the Creative Mornings Detroit vimeo to view the talk, and previous events: https://vimeo.com/cmdetroit
John Houshmand’s Site: http://johnhoushmand.com/
More about Creative Mornings: http://www.creativemornings.com/Jennifer Tonio – February 12, 2013
Toolbox Expands its Tool Depot to 11 Productivity Tools
DETROIT, Feb. 12, 2013 – Vectorform, the global design and technology firm that developed Toolbox for Windows 8, the ultimate multitasking productivity app, has released two new tools, Notes and Stopwatch. Notes and Stopwatch join a lineup of eleven productivity tools within Toolbox’s growing Tool Depot. With Toolbox, users can view and interact with up to six different tools on-screen at once including Facebook, Web, Calculator, Unit Converter, Voice Notes, Notifier, World Clock, Weather and Doodle.
The ability to take notes was one of the most requested utilities for Windows 8 users. The note-taking tool allows users to create notes and manage multiple sets of notes simultaneously. Notes are synced to the user’s Microsoft account, can be accessed across different devices and easily shared to SkyDrive and Mail. In addition to keyboard and touch input, Surface Pro users will be able to utilize the pressure-sensitive pen for a more natural hand-written experience when using Notes. Notes is the first paid tool within Toolbox and is available for purchase from the Toolbox Tool Depot for $1.99.
Stopwatch is an intuitive and easy-to-use free tool that supports split time, pause, resume and more. Users can load up multiple instances of Stopwatch for easy timing of various activities.
Additional Toolbox Features:
- Notes, Stopwatch or any other tool can be viewed simultaneously, or in multiple instances of the same tool.
- Dock Toolbox into Snap View to complement your primary application with all 11 tools at your fingertips.
- Save layout settings across multiple devices and pin customizations into Toolsets for quick and easy access to multiple layouts.
“It usually takes more than one tool to get the job done. On a tablet where space is constrained, productivity doesn’t have to be restricted to one activity,” said Kevin Foreman, director of product development for Vectorform. “Users now have an indispensable app that is able to keep up with the way they think and work in an organized and clutter-free way. Notes is an essential addition to our Tool Depot and adds greater power to accomplish tasks quickly and simultaneously.”
Vectorform will continue to expand the Toolbox Tool Depot with additional premium and free tools to be released this spring.
Toolbox, the ever-evolving platform that launched with nine tools in 2012, has recorded over 460,000 downloads and is currently one of the top five productivity apps available in the Windows Store. Toolbox is designed to bring unparalleled productivity enhancement to the Windows 8 platform. With Toolbox, you can view and interact with up to six different tools at once, giving you the power and flexibility to customize your workspace for maximum productivity. Toolbox is also available to the enterprise market, allowing businesses to use Toolbox and custom tools developed specifically for their needs.
Part Think Tank. Part Lab. Part Studio. Vectorform invents digital products and experiences. As an elite team of artists, engineers, entrepreneurs, and technologists, Vectorform changes the way you experience modern life. In the car. At the hospital. At the store. On the phone. Vectorform partners with premier brands around the world to create the next iconic experience. Vectorform was founded in 1999 and has studios in Seattle, Detroit, New York, Munich and Hyderabad. For more information, visit http://www.vectorform.com/
Click on images below for screenshots of Notes and Stopwatch
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