Started in 1999 as a 5 person start-up based in Detroit, MI, Vectorform has transformed over the past 15 years into an award winning company with 120+ employees in 5 offices around the globe. As we’ve grown, our culture has remained strong and each person who has joined the Vectorform team has been a major contributor to our success. As CEO & Co-Founder, Jason Vazzano, puts it,
“The Vectorform office culture is as fun and diverse as the industries it serves. The halls of Vectorform are full of smart, passionate, talented people, joined by the occasional office dog – giving the company a west-coast start-up feel. The flexible schedule and lack of dress code provides an open and respectful environment where individual contributions continue to shape the culture of the company. The open floor plan allows the group to switch between heads down production or tuning into the latest industry announcements at a moment’s notice.” CBS Detroit, October 2012 – Royal Oak’s Vectorform, 12-Year-Old ‘Overnight Success,’ Is Hiring
So, what does our team have to say about their time here? I talked with some Vectorformers to learn more about their (and our) achievements, the projects they’ve been a part of, and what it is that they most enjoy about working here. Here’s what they had to say….Jennifer Tonio – November 18, 2014
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.Aimee Dooling – October 6, 2014
Position: Director of Execution
Year at VF: 5
Years in the technology industry: 16 Read more
Workplace culture is a topic that has always fascinated me. Every organization’s is different. When I have the opportunity to chat about Vectorform’s culture, which is pretty much any time I can squeeze it into a conversation, I feel there is only one way to describe it. It’s like electricity; every day I walk through the door and while I can’t see it, I can feel it! I know it’s there, and it has an effect on everything! Read moreAlison Atwell – February 28, 2014
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.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