How we rose from the dust of the dotcom bust…
This month marks 15 years since Vectorform was launched out of a small office in a storage garage facility in Davisburg, MI. Back in 1999, there wasn’t the investment support for tech start-ups like there is today. Our co-founders had to get started the old fashioned way, by using credit cards and loans for funding to get Vectorform off the ground.
Over the course of this 10 part blog series, we’ll take look back on how we got started, how we’ve grown and where our continuing growth will take us. Though many things have changed in the past 15 years, one thing that remains the same is our passion for innovation and inventing cutting edge digital experiences.Ben Dodgson – June 9, 2014
This March, I joined the Vectorform Seattle team to kick off my very first internship that would put my coding skills to the test. Walking into the tech industry for the first time was a little daunting, as I was nervous about all of the new challenges that were in store for me. But after 3 months of working with an incredible team, I can easily say that I am grateful to have worked with the best. We work together and look out for each other like one big family who shares a common love and passion for technology.
That passion is reignited on days like Monday. So much of the work we do here at Vectorform is affected by Apple, and after watching the Keynote at WWDC 2014, I am thrilled to see what the future will bring. To see Apple put such an emphasis on its developer community like never before, is inspiring. As a new developer, I feel less and less overwhelmed by the vast amount of information I need to learn, and more inclined to just get out there and start creating. Vectorform allows me to do just that.
From a developer’s perspective, here are a few of the highlights form WWDC 2014 that I found particularly intriguing. Enjoy!Jennifer Tonio – May 26, 2014
We are happy to announce that we have officially launched the Club Diamond Nation website and iOS app!
Diamond Nation is a baseball/softball training facility in Flemington, NJ which is home to the Jack Cust Baseball Academy and the Jennie Finch Softball Academy. Backed by a collection of former MLB stars (including recent HOF inductee Tom Glavine and Team USAs Jennie Finch), the site attracts thousands of youth baseball/softball players for organized tournaments and training. The 65-acre campus consists of 250,000 square feet of indoor facilities, 700,000 square feet of turf fields and the ability to host 10 games simultaneously, making it the largest turf baseball and softball complex in America. With players, parents and coaches coming in from all around the country, Diamond Nation was looking for a way to keep these players involved outside of the facility and with help from the team at Vectorform, the new and improved Club Diamond Nation took shape.Ken Disbennett – December 6, 2013
Thanksgiving… typically a time for reflection. For Vectorform Seattle however, it is a time to look forward. Our shortened holiday week provided the perfect opportunity to take a break from active projects and focus on experimentation, thought leadership, and living up to Vectorform’s mission of cultivating genius. The concept was simple – divide into teams, pitch an idea, and execute a working prototype in the 3 days leading up to Thanksgiving.Jennifer Tonio – May 16, 2013
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 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 – 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
Nokia reports the app is a home run:
App usage has increased 27% week on week since launch and has received numerous positive reviews from various major media outlets. (For example: This one.)
ESPN Sports Hub on Windows Phone
ESPN Sports Hub for Windows Phone was recently featured in a Nokia commercial with John Kruk, baseball analyst for ESPN and former MLB player. Naturally we love to see our work on the big screen. As Vectorform Associate Creative Director Ken Disbennett describes,
“It is great to see this Windows Phone spot. When designing the ESPN application one of our main goals was to elevate the sport fanatic’s experience to the next level. This commercial really captures the essence of that vision.”
Even John Kruk is a fan of the new Lumia 900.
In St.Pete, doing a tv commercial for Nokia, got to preview the new Lumia 900, very cool — John Kruk (@JohnKruk_ESPN) March 19, 2012
Featured in Engadget late last year, the ESPN Hub is a part of a “uniquely Nokia” experience. The ESPN Hub provides real time score updates and quick access to news, videos, and social content immediately upon launching the app, truly existing as “…The smartphone for the sports fan.”
Over the last few months, Vectorform has delivered a series of key updates to the ESPN Sports Hub, adding support for Golf and the Olympics, which have further increased the appeal of the Lumia 900 to the sports-minded crowd.
If you’re like us, you don’t like missing out. Find out more about the ESPN app, free exclusively for Nokia Lumia phones.