We’ve talked before about the new breed of desktop tools beyond the desktop printer, things like desktop cutters, 3D printers, and laser cutters, and we’ve even mentioned how we’ve used 3D printed camera mounts for our own work, but of the tools previously mentioned, none of them let you easily bend wire. I know that sounds strange, and you may be asking why in the world you would want to bend wire? Well, like any good tool, the answer lies in the creative mind.

Pensa, a design and invention firm in New York, posted about their DIWire Bender on the how-to site Instructables in January 2013. Less than a year later they’re launching it as a product via Kickstarter.

At the time of this post, the Kickstarter has been live for about two days, and they’ll be hitting their funding goal of $100,000 very soon. And if that’s not enough, they also won $10,000 from Engadget’s Insert Coin competition.

Will there be a wire bending machine on your desktop in the future?

November 13, 2013 · Posted by in art, misc  

Club z2 - X

Well, we did it again! Not only did we have “another Club z2″ but with this being the celebration of 10 years in business, it was only fitting we had this shindig in our new (permanent!) home.

Besides the always great food and drink at Club z2, we also had some fine entertainment from The Toys, Ian and The Dream, and our very own ZyFy. (We even raised some money for the This Time Tomorrow Foundation.)

Club z2 - X

We thought some of our previous parties were big, but after all was said and done, the number of people through the door, the amount of food consumed, and the quantity of drinks served, we’re positive that this was the biggest yet!

Club z2 - X

The photo booth was a big hit this year as well. You may have already been tagged on Facebook. (And hey, if you haven’t LIKED us on Facebook yet, what are you waiting for!?)

We’d like to shout out a BIG thanks to all our staff, helpers, clients, vendors, friends, family, and anyone else that joined us for the evening. Oh, and if you grabbed a candle on the way out, you have Industries for the Blind to thank for that. (As for the martini shakers, we etched the logo onto them all by ourselves. There were only 300 of them!)

November 12, 2013 · Posted by in event  

z2 X Office

2012 marks the first half of a rather large event at Z2, and if you remember the move of 2005, or the move of 2008, or maybe more appropriately, the “looking” at moving in 2006, it should be no surprise that 2012 was all about finding the next (and final!) location for z2.

We started 2012 with 13 employees, and by the end of the year, that number was up to 15. The numbers forced us to double up (and even triple up) in some offices. What was spacious in 2008 was downright crowded in 2012. We even started putting desks into our Living Room. So, in 2012, the search for a new location was a priority, and by November, we’d secured a new office. The only thing left to do was demolish it, and design it, and build an entirely new space. Luckily, it only took 11 months!

The Pfister Hotel

Besides all the fun of creating a new office, we also did a lot of video work in 2012, including some national TV commercial work, a Putzmeister holiday video (which won two Telly awards), and filming an insane amount of footage (and then edited said footage) for a documentary film about The Pfister Hotel.

We did a lot of shooting with our RED ONE, but we also used five different DSLR cameras to capture various footage for the doc. Auditing and editing was a huge undertaking, but the final product turned out amazing. It was shown at a private event in December 2012, and there has been discussions about bringing it to the national stage in the near future.

With 2004 through 2012 covered, that leaves just the present year, 2013 to deal with… and 2013 isn’t over yet, so we may still have a few surprises up our collective sleeves…

November 1, 2013 · Posted by in misc, video  

The Pfister Narrator

2011 doesn’t seem like that long ago, but since we’ve already been through 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010, it must be time for 2011!

Unlike some of the previous years, 2011 didn’t involve a move, or any new equipment from Hollywood, but there were still some significant events.

We launched the Pfister Narrator program in 2010 and saw Julie Ferris successfully complete her run in 2011. Later in the year, we were awarded a national Clarion award for public relations from the Association for Women in Communications for the program, which is still running today. It’s always great to introduce a new program that has legs and continues doing good things for a client.

Jason J.

2011 is also the year we brought on an intern specifically for some of our video work. Jason (JJ) joined us and we were darn impressed with his skills. We’ve had many interns over the years, but a few stand out–and when they really stand out, we can’t let them get away. So we hire them! If you’re counting, we ended 2011 with 13 employees.

Green Bay Packers

While This Time Tomorrow played a big role in 2010, it’s not the only charity work we do. We’ve also worked with Partners for Humanity over the years, and in 2011 we teamed up with former Green Bay Packers Antonio Freeman and Robert Brown to help out the Gridiron Greats.

That wraps 2011. All in all, a pretty good year! Join us next time for 2012, and then…

October 25, 2013 · Posted by in misc, video  


Mashable has a great new post titled How to Pitch Yourself as an Expert to the Media.

The post itself is fine, but did you see that photo? ;)

The picture was taken in the Conference Room of our old office (yes, we moved!) The photo wasn’t very planned, I was at the office late one night doing some system admin stuff and had a bit of spare time, so I set up the camera and took a few shots. If you do an image search for “expert” on Google, most of the images aren’t very good. Mine is, pretty good, I think.

(Also, it’s not the first time Mashable has used one of my photos.)

October 24, 2013 · Posted by in misc, photo  

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