Senior Interactive Developer
Years at VF: Almost 5
Years in the technology industry: Almost 5
What did you want to be when you grew up?
When I was little the first thing I ever wanted to be was a hot dog salesman. One of the guys with a little cart and umbrella that sets up shop in a parking lot! To this day my family likes to remind me of my younger aspirations. Fortunately for me, I discovered programming instead. I will say though, that I can still grill up a pretty good hot dog when needed.
How do you spend your time outside work?
I am a die hard Dallas Cowboys fan. I’m pretty sure I actually bleed blue and white stars. During football season, and most of the off season, if it’s not work it’s the Cowboys. I also love hanging with my wife, dog, friends and family. I’m a huge gamer (mostly console and board games) and I love going on vacation. Give me a warm beach with a drink in my hand and I am golden.
What is your favorite Vectorform project?
How could I possibly pick just one!
What’s your favorite part of working at Vectorform?
The variety in what we do. Over any given year most people at VF will work on multiple projects on multiple platforms. It keeps work new and exciting. It also provides for plenty of opportunities to learn and grow. I’m always looking forward to what’s coming next. What problems are we going to solve? What are we going to do that no one else has done? I also have to give a shout out to the people here at VF. I can’t imagine a more dedicated and passionate team to work with and it shows in everything we do.
What inspires you?
Other developers inspire me the most. I love seeing other devs pushing boundaries and doing new things with technology. The amazing, innovative creations that others come up with make me want to push myself harder and become one of the visionaries myself. If others can do these things than so can I and so can we!
If you had to work at another VF office, which would you choose? Why?
It would be VF Jamaica. This may not exist yet but when it does I will be there. There are not many places I enjoy more than a tropical beach. If I had to pick a current office, it would be Seattle. Most of my current work is on Microsoft technologies and it is a rare project that I’m not working with Seattle in some way. Plus, the pictures of that office always make me jealous and I could get hugs from Woody whenever I want.
What was your favorite piece of technology as a child?
My Sega Genesis. It was my first gaming console and started my love of gaming. In a condensed version of my life, I would say that love of gaming lead to my love of technology and eventually programming. I might have been a completely different person if it were not for that Sega.
If you had to take a week off from the internet and all your devices, what would you do?
Be sad? No, I would go hang up north. For those who don’t live in Michigan everyone goes “up north” into northern Michigan as an easy getaway. My family owns a place on a river in the woods and it is a great place to spend time away from tech and just relax. My week would consist of simply doing nothing, possibly slowly tubing down the river, and a lot of reading. If would be more difficult without my Kindle but I guess I could survive with physical books for one week.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.Ken Disbennett – November 8, 2013
Last week was the annual Seattle Interactive Conference (aka SIC), an event where the entire Northwest creative community comes out to discuss digital trends, projections, and share perspectives on this constantly evolving landscape. With a gathering focused entirely on interactivity, in a city that boasts one of the largest technology hubs outside of Silicon Valley, how could we possibly miss it? So this year the entire Seattle design team, along with some of our account managers, had the opportunity to join the conversation and attend multiple sessions over the 3 day event.
Below are some recaps of the weeks highlights from our team on the ground, Read moreAlison Atwell – October 31, 2013
Pinning down exactly how we can build the best creative culture — the kind that gives our brains the space they need to define the future and design for it — is essential to the people who do the kind of work Vectorform does. Industries that rely on fresh, forward-looking ideas to stay relevant seem to have already started addressing this: Entire office buildings have been demolished and rebuilt in the name of improving work culture, and cities have staked their commerce and tourism on remaking their image based on “innovation culture” (I’m looking at you, San Francisco). But removing obstacles like inflexible work environments and restrictive corporate structures to pave the way for creativity to step in and roll up its sleeves is only half the battle. How do we find the right people for the job?Jennifer Tonio – May 16, 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
Thanks to those VFMO’s and those who showed their support. Enjoy the fruits of our faces.
Vectorform is pleased to announce the arrival of Galactic Alliance 2 to the iTunes Marketplace, now available for download on the iPad. Sequel to the chart topping Galactic Alliance (2010), Galactic Alliance 2 has taken the great features of its predecessor, mixed in some more Vectorform magic, stirred in retina optimized graphics, and ended up with an experience that is simply out-of-this-world! Pun intended.Lindsay Lamb – October 21, 2011
Last week, Vectorform’s Jon Pielak and Ed Wrenbeck sat down to talk about the impact of Apple’s newest release, and how it will change the way we interact with technology. Ed, being the former lead iPhone developer of Siri was able to open our eyes to the future of voice recognition software.Lindsay Lamb – June 14, 2011
Ask and you shall receive. At long last Vectorform brings you, labs.vectorform.com. Written by the ladies and gentlemen who work in “The Pit”, Vectorform Labs consists of exclusive, never before seen content. Follow the production process, and learn how an idea evolves into a complex multi-touch experience. Explore the world’s leading technology with Vectorform Labs and get deep into the thoughts of Team Vectorform.
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