Vectorform New York started in a small office at 425 Keap Street in the up and coming neighborhood of Williamsburg in north Brooklyn. At the time, barriers to entry in the neighborhood were much lower than they were today. It was a very desirable location as it was a growing trend for startups and tech companies to place an office in Williamsburg. There’s something about this location that allows an escape from the fast life of the city, but still maintains the competitive vibe. It’s a haven for creative minds and is now a world famous neighborhood. Most employees would agree the location is an amazing asset to VF. Since then the office has been relocated slightly northwest of the previous location to 190 North 10th St, now a much more convenient location for clients to visit, but still in the same neighborhood. Read more
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 moreAimee Dooling – September 11, 2014
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