Not much variety here in the z2 lot, but here are some of the roadsters the z2ers are rolling around in.

Pete: Honda Element

Carly: Honda Civic

April: Honda CRV

J-Mac: Honda Civic

Mario: Toyota Corolla

Tracy: Ford Expedition

Cory: Volkswagon CC

Deb: Chevy Malibu

Heidi: Audi A6

Jason J.: Volvo 850

Can you guess what kind of cars we like here?

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June 28, 2013 · Posted by in TTF  

The Sketchnote Typeface

Mike Rohde is a designer and friend of mine. The first time I met Mike he asked me about the Moleskin notebook I was using… that should have been the tip-off that he was into sketching.

Mike pretty much pioneered the idea of Sketchnotes, and over the years he’s been perfecting it and building an army of others who practice the craft. (He even wrote a book!)

But his latest Sketchnotes project is a typeface based on his sketching style. Here’s an excerpt from the blog post:

The texture of Sketchnote is the result of actual ink-spread on paper, captured in scans of the written letterforms and left intact during production to preserve that feeling. Under the hood, the texture was carefully edited by hand, eliminating outline errors and keeping the point count low for optimal performance. These fonts are crafted to the highest industry standards.

And finally, here’s a video I shot of Mike a few years ago talking through the process of Sketchnoting.

June 25, 2013 · Posted by in art, design  

Summer has officially started and we’re ready to make the most of the nice weather. Wondering what the z2ers love to do in the summer? Here is a little insight!

I like to go to Maker Faire Detroit and take part in the Power Racing Series where we build electric race cars out of kid’s toys and race them to the delight and amusement of the crowd… – Pete

Landscape gardening and relaxing by the Koi pond are some of my favorite things to do throughout the summer! – Dawn

I love sitting on my deck with a beer in my hand, my girls and friends with me watching the sun go down over the horizon and relaxing into the night. – Cory

I enjoy getting outside as often as possible and nothing gets me more pumped up than concerts in the summer. I also love to wear my cowboy hat every chance I get! – Cedar (Pictured: My brother Sawyer)

 

I love getting outside for a good bike ride and basking in the fresh air. – Joe

Being outside and hiking with my dogs is the best! – April

Whether it’s Jazz in the Park downtown on Thursdays or Chill on the Hill in Bay View on Tuesdays, I really love any festival with live music. I also LOVE bonfires (and the excuse to eat s’mores)…nothing like enjoying the outdoors on a nice summer night. – Carly

I’d rather be boating and tubing with my dog than doing just about anything else in the summer. Fresh air and water are an amazing combination on a hot day! – Heidi

There is no place I’d rather be in the summer than having a drink on the Terrace in Madison! – Katie

I love tailgating! It doesn’t matter where, even if it’s baseball games, football games or concerts, it’s my favorite thing to do! – Tracy

What are YOUR favorite summertime activities you enjoy doing?

Check out last week’s TTF post: Mobile Photo Apps. And stay tuned for more Top Tens every Friday!

June 21, 2013 · Posted by in TTF  

We’re happy to announce the new addition of a great talent to the z2 team. This week we welcomed Carly Schroeder, who has more than six years experience in integrated marketing and advertising, as our new Senior Account Executive. Working directly with clients, Carly will manage our integrated marketing initiatives through all communication channels, including web, print, broadcast, social media and online applications.

Carly is a graduate of the University of Kansas and has worked with a variety of local and national clients such as Continuum Health Partners of New York, Banco Popular North America, University of Utah Health Care, Bethesda Lutheran Communities, GE Healthcare, Wonderbox Technologies, The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee and more.

Although she went to school in Kansas, Carly made her way back home to Milwaukee, where she grew up, after living in Kansas City and Chicago. Carly’s passion for creating and the psychology involved in researching and uncovering consumer motivations, insights and strategy is what drew her to a career in the marketing and advertising industry.

Carly has a sweet tooth for all things food and wine, especially when shared with her close friends and family. You can often find her out and about at Milwaukee’s best new (and classic) restaurants or at local farmer’s markets on the weekends. Carly likes to stay pretty active and enjoys biking, live music, photography and spending time outdoors at all of the festivals and events that happen in the area throughout the summer. Her guilty pleasures include Mad Men, The Real Housewives on Bravo and candy. And her biggest love of all is her “furbaby” Gracie, a six-year old Shih-Tzu Lhasa Apso.

If you want to learn a little more about Carly, feel free to follow her on Pinterest!

June 20, 2013 · Posted by in z2 news  

Mobile photography has skyrocketed in popularity since the introduction of Instagram. With the quality of smartphone cameras getting better and better, it will only continue to grow. So I decided to ask a few z2 employees what their favorite mobile photo apps might be…..and this is what they said.

AutostitchAutostitch: I’m a big fan of panoramas, and AutoStitch does an amazing job of creating them. There are options for resolution and quality (both of which will affect how fast your panorama gets stitched) – Pete


Plastic BulletPlastic Bullet: Plastic Bullet goes for the simple approach: no filters to choose from, and no sliders. It just loads an image and then shows you four different versions with light-leaks and varying colors. If you don’t like them, reload and it’ll show you four new ones. It’s dead simple, which is why I like it. – Pete


GoPro AppGoPro App: This app lets me control my GoPro Hero 3 via the WiFi built into the camera. You actually connect your phone to the GoPro so you can start and stop recording, change all the settings, and even get a live view (with a few seconds delay) of what the GoPro is seeing. – Pete


VSCO CamVSCO Cam: HUGE fan of this app. The design is impeccable and beautiful. This app helps create beautiful pictures by replicating stock film like Fuji, Polaroid and the like. Deep in features, but not overpowering nor cluttered in approach, this is always my go-to. The community around this app is amazing and is featured in a section of the app. Love it. – Jason


AfterlightAfterlight: Great for adding unique boarders and adding subtle grain or texture to my images. Giving me sliders to increase and decrease any tools is great. Often textures and tools can be too harsh. In the world of Instagram, I like more subtle adjustments most times, this app gives me that control. – Jason


SnapseedSnapseed: THE BEST APP BY FAR. Easy to use with great sharing options. Excellent effects options such as Grunge, which has up to 1500 settings to choose from, and even the tilt-shift effect. Possibly your best one-stop-shop photo app. – Cory


PicFxPicFx: Nice original effects and easy to use. Loads of great filters to choose from, plus you can easily apply how much of each filter you want. – Cory


InfinicamInfinicam: Awesome old school lens and camera effects. One cool feature is the option to get random effects added to your pictures and if you don’t like those, try again. It also offers some nice border options as well as sharing to social networks. – Cory


Pixlr ExpressPixlr Express: One of my favorite apps ever. It offers over 600 effects, including tilt-shift and AutoFix. This is one of the most versatile apps because it has some of the best effects from all other apps, but all here in one spot making it extremely useful. The effects seem endless and with the use of the Fade slider, you have control over the power of each effect. – Cedar


Camera ZOOM FXCamera ZOOM FX: My favorite photo app. One of the best parts is the option for timers and voice-activated photos so you don’t need to be holding the phone to snap a picture. This is a very simple app, but with all the best qualities you want from Stable Shot, Burst Mode and even Time Lapse. Catching up to 10 shots per second on Burst Mode is pretty cool. – Cedar

Which mobile photo apps do you love to use most?

Stay tuned for more Top Ten Friday posts coming soon!

June 14, 2013 · Posted by in TTF  

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