Creating animated 3D content requires in-depth know-how and experience. To go from idea to finished product usually means involving an animation studio at some point. This week’s #WebsiteWednesday has worked with international brands, created feature films, and won awards like the SWR Audience Award at the 2017 Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film (ITFS). The next time you need a digital animation project done right, check LUMATIC.xyz.
Located in Berlin and run by a team of award winning filmmakers, 3D artists, and animators, LUMATIC.xyz has been turning clients’ ideas into gorgeous moving images in a variety of art styles since 2008. With a domain that doesn’t constrain their vision, they’ve produced short films and commercials for international brands like Playmobil and Nike, and regional brands like Infoscreen Austria, Companisto.com, and DMAX. LUMATIC.xyz also produced the opening credits for the feature film Feuchtgebiete (Wetlands) (2013).
“With our website, LUMATIC.xyz, we wanted to give our company an online representation which focuses entirely on our work. Our work is what sets us apart from other companies and what convinces potential clients to work with us. For us, XYZ represents the three axes of the digital 3D environment we work in. Additionally, it is easy to remember for anyone who knows the alphabet.“ – Lars Krüger, co-founder of LUMATIC.xyz
LUMATIC.xyz strives to be known for unforgettable art and their diverse capabilities. Recently, LUMATIC made an appearance at SIGGRAPH 2017 to show their short film, The Common Chameleon. That same short film won the SWR Audience Award at the 2017 Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film (ITFS). With their .xyz domain, LUMATIC.xyz is able to show off their versatility.
LUMATIC.xyz uses their .xyz domain to stand out both online and through social media. Check them out on Twitter to see updates on their projects and partners. For more about their awards and appearances, like their Facebook and to watch all of their short videos and tutorials, find them on Vimeo.
.XYZ domains are versatile commodities, capable of being used in all manner of ways. They are the obvious choice for a website, whether it’s your first, or fortieth domain. But there’s more to a URL than a simple web address. Check out some use cases below to see just how useful a .xyz domain can be.
SDInbound.xyz has stepped in to offer low-cost or free networking and educational opportunities through seminars, meetups, webinars, and conferences for San Diego’s flourishing professional community. The group is one of San Diego’s largest, and aims to help marketing professionals of all levels continue to learn and grow their skills.
But beyond their website, SD Inbound has employed Rebrandly’s free URL shortening service to keep their .xyz links short, recognizable, and easier to access. This gives their content a cohesive look across their site, blog, social media, and even when linking to partners and affiliates.
Become cleaner with a .xyz redirect….
— SD INBOUND Marketing (@SanDiegoHUG) August 11, 2017
And even links from partners…
Can still be shared on social media with the main SDInbound.xyz redirect.
— SD INBOUND Marketing (@SanDiegoHUG) August 21, 2017
These are only some of the ways to use .xyz domains for redirects – the only limit is your imagination!
Holtti.xyz is the central source for all things related to Alexander Holtti, the social media superstar. Holtti is most well known for his videos on the platform Vine, which attracted more than 3.5 million followers. Now, you can catch him performing for his 460,000 YouTube subscribers and 390,000 Instagram followers. And if you want to be like Alexander Holtti, you too can get a .xyz domain to use for not just your website, but for your personal email address too.
It’s pretty common for individuals to register either their FirstName.xyz, FirstNameLastName.xyz, or LastName.xyz for their personal websites and portfolios. Our favorite is LastName.xyz, because that allows you to create a cool FirstName@LastName.xyz email address, like Alex@Holtti.xyz. Best of all, you can then create personalized email addresses for your whole family (tip: these make for great stocking stuffers around the holidays)!
Our final non-traditional domain use case comes from Mastodon.xyz, a decentralized conversation platform that lets people start their own discussions on their own terms, giving users an unprecedented level of control. If you take a look at Mastodon.xyz, you’ll see that they use .xyz domains for many of their most popular instances!
Instances are core building blocks for Mastodon, allowing the network to stay decentralized and diverse. Mastodon uses .xyz domains as unique server access points so that other people, who wish to create a chat, can use the domain as an address without having to operate all the back-end technology themselves. This means Mastodon.xyz is capable of staying online longer and being accessed easily by people all around the world, giving the network a leg up in areas with limited Internet access or tight policing. Best of all, this unique use of .xyz domains can be copied and employed by anyone who wants to create their own instance!
Five nations in Asia – Pakistan, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Vietnam – celebrate their respective independence days in August and early September. To celebrate, XYZ has joined with regional registrars to run special, limited-time sales. Can’t decide how best to express yourself online? Check out the following .xyz websites from each of the five countries for inspiration and ideas.
OzStudios.xyz is a multifaceted designer from Islamabad specializing in 2D animation, UI design, and creative branding. Using a concise and expressive .xyz domain to express his ideas and passion, OzStudios.xyz is able to display his design skills and impressive client list, which includes diverse companies like Twitch, Puma, YouTube, ASOS, and Adidas. He also uses his .xyz domain for a professional email address. If you’re looking for a memorable designer in Pakistan, reach out to email@example.com.
! یوم آزادی پاکستان مبارک
Sreemoyee Bhattacharya is an award winning filmmaker from Kolkata whose films have been screened at, and taken home awards from, festivals around the world. From Cannes to Raindance, The New York South Asian Film Festival to the Kolkata International Short Film Festival, Sreemoyee’s films have been well received all over the world, and with her unique FirstName.xyz, her work will stand out online as well. Sreemoyee has received press mentions from The Times of India, authors on the blogging platform Medium, and many others. Sreemoyee has a strong social media presence on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Check out her profile and follow @xyz on any of these channels.
Take a look at Indian registrar DForDomains sale below and check out Sreemoyee.xyz for all of Sreemoyee’s films!
स्वतंत्रता दिवस की हार्दिक शुभकामनाये!
Mindtrick.xyz is a full-service production company that embraces technological advances to produce original short films with artists and international brands alike. They’ve worked with the MIEA, Malaysia Airports, and directly with the Malaysian Government to name a few clients. Mindtrick.xyz has offices in Malaysia’s Cyberjaya district and in London, England. Mindtrick.xyz was another smart .xyz user integrating their domain name into their social media handle on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mindtrick.xyz.
Check out the Malaysian registrar Shinjiru’s deal below, and visit Mindtrick.xyz for your company’s next video!
Selamat Hari Merdeka!
OrganicCulture.xyz is making Indonesia’s tastiest organic pickles. Using traditional pickle recipes from around the world, OrganicCulture.xyz partners with local farmers on the island of Bali to bring delicious, certified non-GMO organic products to an international market. All of OrganicCulture.xyz’s ingredients are locally and seasonally sourced, and every one of their pickles is prepared within hours of picking. Definitely check out their active blog to learn about OrganicCulture.xyz’s adventures in pickling. OrganicCulture.xyz is one of many startups leading Indonesia into a healthier future.
Find sales from Indonesia registrars below and visit OrganicCulture.xyz for your new favorite snack!
Cititech.xyz offers a CTO-on-demand service for entrepreneurs with big ideas who don’t feel like being tied to co-founders. Made up of a team of technical masterminds ready to help any startup take their project or app from concept to reality, Cititech.xyz allows entrepreneurs without a technical background to pursue any idea. Cititech.xyz has been featured in Inc. Southeast Asia, and counts companies like Womi, GrabHotel, and evaNews as customers. Cititech.xyz liberates its clients from the standard startup model and frees up valuable resources, so startups can stick to what they’re best at.
Check out these Vietnamese registrar deals below, and visit Cititech.xyz when your startup needs technical expertise!
In honor of your countries’ festivities, take a look at the deals our registrar partners are offering. However you choose to observe your nations’ celebration of independence, we hope you do it with pride as a citizen of your country and a member of #GenerationXYZ. From all of us at XYZ:
We are extremely happy and very proud to announce that XYZ has crossed a major social media milestone: 150,000 followers on Instagram. We began the summer with about two thousand followers and an ambitious plan to connect even more with our #GenXYZ community. At the time of this writing, we have more than 155,000 followers, through a coordinated marketing approach and extremely enjoyable content.
One of our most popular videos reached more than 180,000 people and got an astonishing 12,600+ comments. From our #GenXYZ community, we noticed that many people actually try to get their hands on our swag. To celebrate having grown such a huge following on Instagram, we decided to launch our very own XYZ Apparel Shop. You can now get your hands on the latest XYZ T-Shirts (as well as .College and .Security T-Shirts), get ready for the office and the weekend with our XYZ Bundles, or shop for XYZ Accessories, including our famous Purple #XYZsquad Morph Suit.
If you buy anything from our shop, be sure to post a picture of you #InAction on your favorite platform and tag @xyz on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. We might re-post it or even feature you! If you’ve not checked out our Instagram yet, go see our awesome break dancing #XYZsquad.
Storefronts in high-traffic areas compete for customers constantly. What if there was a way to incentivize customer engagement in exchange for a simple commodity and basic information? What if the same platform could be employed to help spread free public Wi-Fi over remote locations? For this week’s #WebsiteWednesday, meet an innovative Wi-Fi management solution for retailers that’s been featured in TechInAsia, Dawn, and Lonely Planet, and tasked by the French Polynesian Government – Wifigen.xyz.
Wifigen.xyz is a Pakistani startup that helps businesses build stronger relationships with their customers by providing free Wi-Fi in exchange for the permission to collect important information on their clients. After an undisclosed amount of funding from a Silicon Valley based investor that valued the company at $1 million, the initial product rollout took place in New Zealand, with future expansion slated for Australia and their native Pakistan. With their .xyz domain, Wifigen.xyz has no problem expanding their rollout worldwide.
Companies using the Wifigen.xyz platform offer their customers free Wi-Fi as long as they log in with social profiles like Facebook and Twitter. This gives the company access to useful, non-invasive metrics like demographics, visiting frequency, and spending habits, as well as personalized profiles enhancing the customer relationship management process; visitors get free internet access and potential discounts. The French Polynesian government hopes this system and a new infrastructure overhaul will allow anyone to access the web from any of the hundreds of islands that make up the archipelago and revive tourism.
This unique Wi-Fi solution has generated interest from Silicon Valley boardrooms to the New Zealand coasts. Wifigen.xyz’s success has even led the island nation of French Polynesia to reach out for innovative solutions to the small but mountainous country’s internet issues. For an entire country to trust a tech startup must mean their technology is the real deal and will soon make its presence known in America too.
To stay on top of Wifigen.xyz’s expansion, make sure to connect with them through their XYZ branded social media on Facebook (/Wifigenxyz) or Twitter (@wifigen_xyz). For more .xyz users, follow XYZ on Instagram.
July gave Team XYZ the opportunity to meet face to face with some of Southern California’s rising tech stars, reach tens of thousands of people at two of the nation’s largest pop-culture conventions, San Diego Comic-Con and Los Angeles Anime Expo, make inroads at China’s Global Domain Summit 2017, join with partners to educate Bangladeshi startups, and talk the ins and outs of security at Blackhat 2017.
San Diego Comic-Con is one of the biggest entertainment events in the United States, drawing well over 130,000 people to the San Diego Convention center for everything related to their favorite media. Our intrepid social media team made the journey and spread #GenXYZ to the convention center floor, all around downtown San Diego, and of course, over in the artist’s alley. For more about our Comic-Con experience and to see which artists we connected with, or some great shots of the #XYZsquad, read our Comic-Con recap blog and watch the recap video!
Mason from Team XYZ China (he’s not the panda) learning more about the Chinese domain market at GDS 2017 in Xiamen, China, co-organized by GoDaddy, AliCloud, Baidu Cloud, eName, and Bizcn. It was exciting to see GDS highlight .xyz as the only new TLD in the top 10 most registered domains in the world.
World-leading security firms like Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Bae Systems, Alert Logic, Check Point Software Technologies, Symantec and many more adopters of .Security and .Protection got together at Blackhat 2017, with more than 18,000 attendees.
HostMight’s customers received a free .xyz domain, some stylish XYZ swag, and a personalized greeting from XYZ all the way from Santa Monica via video message. Want your .xyz site to be featured on our blog?
XYZ met with talented artists and visionary creators at the ARt Show. We’re looking forward to all the awesome projects soon to come to .xyz. Check out our blog to see how other creators have used XYZ.
Team XYZ attended the Silicon Beach Networking Mixer at Wurstkuche in Venice. Between mouthfuls of sausages, Marketing Assistant Jeremy connected with dozens of eager entrepreneurs looking to create the next great company. To see the kinds of businesses that use .xyz, check out gen.xyz/live.
XYZ met with tech visionaries at Verizon Digital Media Services to get the lowdown on what the software company has in store. To see some of the other tech initiatives XYZ is involved with, check out our blog on our CoderDojo partnership.
July took XYZ to exciting new events around the world and we can’t wait to connect with more of our partners and users in August. Make sure you don’t miss a beat – follow XYZ on Instagram (@XYZ), Facebook (/XYZ) and Twitter (@XYZ) for more of Team XYZ and the #XYZsquad!
What happens when an obsession with the unknown turns dangerous? Writers Victor Mathieu and Corbin Billings sought to find out in their new feature film: The Monster Project. Set in an abandoned mansion and filled with iconic monsters, the movie explores the human side of them, as well as their sinister origins. But it doesn’t reveal everything. For the full picture, you’ll need to check out this week’s #WebsiteWednesday – Mindgggames.xyz.
Mindgggames.xyz is the augmented reality game prequel paired with The Monster Project feature film. The film has been generating significant buzz, getting written about in horror-specific publications like Blumhouse and Horrorpedia, as well as major publications like Entertainment Weekly. Mindgggames.xyz has also been getting press in Dread Central, as horror enthusiasts across the internet search for clues about this future found-footage classic.
While The Monster Project movie focuses on its human subjects and the monsters they’re researching (and running from), Mindgggames.xyz sets up the film with a labyrinth of clues to get fans of the horror genre excited and engaged. Whether it’s messages hidden in audio files, or notes written on the characters’ bodies, Mindgggames.xyz presents a suspenseful interactive experience that enhances the film, and could only have been done on a .xyz domain.
“I think everybody is familiar with .com, but there’s something cryptic about .xyz. What does that mean? I thought that from that aspect it was intriguing to almost be a lure, another part of the mystery. Where is this being hosted? How is the game existing? And for me that was another part of the puzzle.” – Corbin Billings – Writer, Producer for The Monster Project, Game Developer for Mindgggames.xyz
XYZ didn’t just make sense for Mindgggames.xyz, it was also a natural choice for the creative pair as well. Fans of horror movies from the time they were children, The Monster Project is a direct result of the pair’s love for properties like Goosebumps books and Cloverfield (2008). Choosing .xyz for Mindgggames.xyz let the pair directly tap into their influences.
“I think that .xyz is new, it’s growing, it’s cool, and it’s definitely targeting that millennial generation – you know, bringing together generations x, y, and z. So it’s really neat for us to be millennial filmmakers, independent filmmakers, allied with an up and comer. Just look at abc.xyz and you’ll see where XYZ is going.” – Corbin Billings- Writer, Producer for The Monster Project, Game Developer for Mindgggames.xyz & Victor Mathieu – Director, Writer, and Producer for The Monster Project
The Monster Project will be distributed by Epic Pictures and released in theatres across Los Angeles and Video on Demand services on August 18th. Mindgggames.xyz is up and running right now. Follow XYZ on Instagram for live-streams, stories, and more awesome content .xyz users.