The internet has introduced us to many multi-talented creative individuals, and their content has gone a long way to shape the way we interact on the web. This week’s #WebsiteWednesday is one of those creators, and his personal site is a great collection of his best writing, videos, and art; UltraBrilliant.xyz.
Andy Kelly is a gaming writer by trade, penning pieces for Vice, The Guardian, PC Gamer, Kotaku, and Edge. Outside of his professional career, Andy is also a fountain of unique and addicting internet content.
Take, for example, his award-winning short film series Other Places which uses the artful scenery in video games to set an atmosphere and convey the game’s story. More of a game player than a watcher? Try Andy’s own game, Derelict, a thrilling interactive science fiction story. Love to kill time on social media? You can’t miss out on Andy’s many Twitter-based creations, from @DarkStockPhotos to the Louis Theroux Bot.
From his original writing to his unique use of social media and video games, Andy’s creative mind is truly at one with the current online zeitgeist. Nothing reflects this better than his comprehensive yet perfectly organized personal website.
“I’m someone who always has a creative project on the go, but the problem with that is keeping track of them all. So I decided to set up a website as a kind of ‘hub’ for all the nonsense I make.
As I keep making things, I’ll continue linking them on the site. It’s basically an ever-growing collection of creative endeavours, including the ones that no one likes, of which there are several.
I loved the .xyz domain as soon as I saw it. My site’s a mix of things, a taste of everything I do, and that seemed like a perfect way to express that. And, honestly, it just looks cool. Which is important too!”
– Andy Kelly, creator of UltraBrilliant.xyz
The most fun things to come from the internet arrive via creative people who look at our technology as a tool to tell stories we can all understand and enjoy. Andy is one such person, and his body of unique and endlessly fun work shines as a great inspiration for other artists to aspire to. His personal website shines as well, and is a model of the boundless possibilities you have on your own personal website.
From big budget blockbusters to animated TV shows, the amazing level of detail in today’s entertainment is evident nearly everywhere. This increase in ultra-high resolution imagery opens up a whole new world of creativity to artists, but they need to be sure that the graphics they use are top of the line. Enter this week’s #WebsiteWednesday, Texturing.xyz.
Texturing.xyz is a multi-talented animation and content company that creates top of the line designs and high-res imagery at an affordable price. Texturing.xyz has samples of everything from clothing and fabrics to animals and unique facial features. Their materials are favorites for animators at top studios like Digital Domain and Goodbye Kansas, and you can search Texturing.xyz’s library of sample content easily and find prices for the pieces you’re looking to use right on the site.
Providing outstanding animation templates isn’t all Texturing.xyz does, though. If you fancy yourself a talented digital artist, you can submit the work you’ve done using Texturing.xyz’s designs to be featured on their site. Want to improve your abilities as a digital artist? Check out one of Texturing.xyz’s many helpful tutorials. Texturing.xyz even has a blog, which is updated often with behind-the-animation stories from the creators of some of the most impressive images featured on Texturing.xyz’s site.
Whether you’re a digital artist looking for new detail templates, an animator eager to improve your skills, or just a fan of great animation curious for a look at how it all gets made, Texturing.xyz has what you’re searching for. Don’t forget, you too can start an amazing journey in animation by taking the first step and getting your own .xyz website!
Advertising today is all about getting your brand noticed online. But with so many businesses competing for online ad real estate, it can be tough to get your small or indie business to stand out to the right crowd. If you’re looking to get your message to the creators and developers of the IT crowd at a price you can manage, then you need to link up with this week’s #WebsiteWednesday, MakerAds.xyz.
MakerAds.xyz is a unique online ad tool that strikes a beneficial balance between established companies and indie developers. MakerAds.xyz network is made up of paid referrers who integrate MakerAds.xyz’s platform on their site, then allow manually verified ads to run on their page. In exchange, these referrers are part of a redistribution system in which MakerAds.xyz shares 90% of the total earnings with referrers.
Larger companies pay to sponsor a limited number of ad spots, and in turn can reach over 50,000 developers and freelancers, giving them a direct line to their ideal audience. Indie makers can create ads and publish them to the ad network for free, which helps support the indie maker community and creates a more trusting relationship between larger advertisers and the community of makers they are marketing to.
MakerAds.xyz comes courtesy of the Squarecat team, who you may remember as the minds behind past #WebsiteWednesday feature LeaveMeAlone.xyz. As indie makers themselves, they know the industry and what it takes to succeed. Now, they are getting larger companies involved directly with that community, and have created an innovative system in which everyone benefits.
“The maker community asked for a way to monetise their products with advertising, but without showing visitors irrelevant or ugly ads (or having them served from big bad corporations). Since makers also often struggle with self promotion, we wanted to create something to help solve both problems.
Our main goal is to help makers advertise their products whilst also being able to benefit from our generous revenue share program. We have plans to add categories to allow makers to be even more specific about which types of products they would like to be advertising.
The next step is to continue promoting MakerAds.xyz to have more people submitting their products to the platform and more referrers. More referrers means more impressions, leading to more sponsors, and a larger amount of revenue to distribute!”
– Danielle Johnson, co-creator of MakerAds.xyz
Finding new ways to grow your your community’s reach helps not only you and the other members, but as MakerAds.xyz shows, can benefit many businesses related to your interest as well. Get all the stats and info behind this inspiring new ad platform on MakerAds.xyz or on their Product Hunt page. Or, create a site for your own indie tech idea with a .xyz domain!
One piece of advice many of us have heard since we were children is to “follow our dreams.” But following your dreams means pushing through many obstacles along the way, and sometimes those obstacles can be so intimidating you simply stop pursuing your dreams altogether. The founders of this week’s #WebsiteWednesday never accepted defeat on the path to their dreams, and now they are helping the next generation overcome their fears and push for success: Dare2Dream.xyz.
Dare2Dream.xyz is a foundation whose mission is to “improve the quality of life for youth and young adults in order to strengthen our communities both domestically and globally.” It’s founders, Harold “Lefty” Williams and his wife, Shyneefa, know that anything worth having in life is worth working for, and their resilient attitudes have helped them achieve success. Now, they’re committed to teaching that same attitude to today’s youth.
Lefty, a star basketball player who once played for the Harlem Globetrotters, didn’t have an easy path to living his dream. Lefty was a standout player in high school and college, but met his share of adversity; transferring colleges his sophomore year to be closer to his mom during her health issues, playing in numerous basketball leagues in the U.S. and abroad when he wasn’t drafted into the NBA after college, and fighting to regain his passion for the game after his grandfather passed away. Despite the hardships, he held onto his dream to play pro and finally made the Globetrotters roster in 2008. His rise to stardom was even chronicled in an exceptional piece by ESPN.
Now, Lefty and his wife Shyneefa, who both share the same hard-working, never-say-die attitude, are inspiring kids in the next generation to follow their lead and work hard to achieve their dreams.
Through ambassador programs that empower youth and help them develop healthy habits, as well as basketball and fitness camps, Dare2Dream.xyz gives youth the tools they need to push through the obstacles and hardships that stand in the way of their dreams. Dare2Dream.xyz also works closely with Lefty’s basketball team, the Harlem Dreams, which regularly holds charity shows with local organizations and donates 100% of the ticket proceeds to the organizations they are helping.
When it came time to spread Dare2Dream’s message of positivity and resilience worldwide via a website, Lefty knew the best way to do it.
“I made the Dare2Dream website on a .xyz domain because I’m always looking for something different, and .xyz stands out. I teach my kids the ABCs of basketball, so what’s more perfect than getting a domain that ends in XYZ?
People already know the ABCs of what I do, so when I saw I could have my website end with .xyz, I was like ‘That’s perfect, I have to go get that.’”
– Lefty Williams, founder of Dare2Dream.xyz
Staying focused on your goals and pushing to achieve them in the face of adversity isn’t easy, but it’s one of the most satisfying feelings in life. As Lefty and Shyneefa know, you just need the right attitude to make your dreams a reality.
If you’re an entrepreneur in 2019, you’re likely thinking about how your work or business can reach a global network of potential customers and partners. Fortunately, you can take a tip from this week’s #WebsiteWednesday, NathanGao.xyz. Though based in China, Nathan Gao shows how to leverage your .xyz domain to take your work global.
Nathan is a Senior UX Designer at MING Labs, a multi-national design company whose outstanding work has been praised by their many notable clients, including Bosch, Lufthansa, and Mann+Hummel. As for Nathan himself, he has also previously worked on UX/UI design for major clients like McDonald’s, Michael Kors, and Vodafone.
His unique artistic approach can be seen on NathanGao.xyz, particularly in the online campaign he helped construct for Sobha Hartland. Sobha is a an ambitious project aiming to build lavish villas and luxury apartments near the Dubai Water Canal, which is surrounded by 2.4 million square feet of greenery. Nathan helped redesign Sobha’s corporate site and added a new UI that enticed businesses and residents to move into the property.
Though his company may work in multiple countries around the world, Nathan is able to have his work reach each one thanks to his international .xyz domain and his memorable personal website. Stay up on the latest work from Nathan via his LinkedIn, or follow in his footsteps and get YourName.xyz today.
Thanks to digital graphics and design, modern art has been taken to mind-bendingly cool new levels. Our #WebsiteWednesday this week, Rosch.xyz, is one of the most talented connoisseurs of this new illustration technology, and his work with Nike and Redbull is sure to inspire your creative side.
Ronny Schmidt, aka Rosch, is a Berlin based 3D artist who utilizes his skills to create vibrant, captivating animations both for commercial clients and as personal creative projects. Rosch freelanced for years before starting his current position as 3D Director of CATK studio, and his client list includes internationally recognized brands like Nike, Google, Balenciaga, Red Bull IBM, Chanel, HBO, MTV, and Mercedes Benz.
His installation for Nike as part of their Strike Series was a visual exploration of athletes in motion, using suspended 3D blocks to create unique outlines of bodies in action. If you are a music fan, you’ll really enjoy the video shorts Rosch created for Red Bull Music’s 20Before17, which utilizes music production-inspired imagery to paint a picture of the creative process behind music composition. His work for MTV as part of their Grouphug campaign will leave you with a warm and fuzzy feeling, as the video spot celebrates the vibrant color of friendship and sharing.
“My inspiration to create Rosch.xyz was simply to have a nice online portfolio showcasing my work as a 3D artist/director.
The reason why I chose a .xyz domain was mainly because the x, y and z axis play a very important role in my work as a 3d artist – so it was more than fitting to choose this special domain extension.”
– Ronny Schmidt, creator of Rosch.xyz
There are countless creative individuals coming online today that are eager to share their impressive talents and unique perspectives with the world. Luckily for these artists, .xyz is there to help them build a portfolio on which they can broadcast their abilities to a worldwide audience, just as Rosch has with Rosch.xyz. If you’re craving more of Rosch’s work, check him out on Twitter and Instagram. To get started on your creative journey, follow in Rosch’s footsteps and get your personal portfolio started on a .xyz domain today.
Email inboxes can be a major source of anxiety thanks to seemingly endless amounts of spam, newsletters, and subscriptions flooding them daily. Wish you could take back control of your inbox and declutter it without having to sacrifice your privacy? Then get yourself acquainted with this week’s #WebsiteWednesday, LeaveMeAlone.xyz.
LeaveMeAlone.xyz was founded by Danielle Johnson and James Ivings, two self described “digital nomads” with a passion for creating new and useful tech. Their software company Squarecat is replete with innovative apps and services they’ve developed, and LeaveMeAlone.xyz is among their most popular creations. What gave them the idea for LeaveMeAlone.xyz? We’ll let Danielle explain:
“James and I find managing emails a huge drain on time and productivity. Spam emails plagued us daily and we wanted a service which would show all of the email lists we were subscribed to and allow us to unsubscribe easily. We found a few services that would help us for free, but that’s because they make their money by selling all of your data for marketing purposes.
Faced with the dilemma of a messy inbox or all of our data being exploited, we decided to build Leave Me Alone – a privacy focused email unsubscription service. Our main goal is to help as many people as we can to take back control of their inboxes, and hopefully give themselves more time and improve productivity, without having to compromise on their privacy.”
With it’s high usabiliity, low cost, and complete privacy guarantee, it’s not surprising to find that Danielle and James have already met that goal. LeaveMeAlone.xyz has received rave reviews on ProductHunt and Twitter, with users praising the service and recommending it for anyone who deals with inbox clutter.
When asked what the future holds for LeaveMeAlone.xyz, Danielle says “We have plans to support more mail providers than just Gmail, including Proton Mail and Hotmail/Outlook. The next step for growth is to encourage adoption by companies. We intend to implement an enterprise subscription service which would help allow employees to purge their spam emails as often as they like.”
The Leave Me Alone creators also made a wise decision when it came to choosing a domain for their popular services. As Danielle explains, “The .xyz domain is particularly popular within the indie maker community right now. The low price tag allows for an idea to be validated and prototyped in an affordable way.”
Danielle and James count on .xyz as the platform to help their idea reach a global audience, and their product is making a major positive impact by targeting one of life’s biggest and often most overlooked headaches. Keep an eye out for Danielle and James, as they are no strangers to using .xyz domains and will almost certainly be popping up in a future #WebsiteWednesday soon!
If you’re a creative person, the best way to let every part of your unique personality shine on the web is through your own personal website. But how do you decide what to put on it? What should be the theme? If you need inspiration for how to build a perfect personal website, then look to this week’s #WebsiteWednesday, Liucid.xyz.
Annie Liu, the creator of and personality behind Liucid.xyz, is a designer at globally renowned marketing and PR firm Ogilvy. But to sum her up simply by her resume would be a disservice, as you’ll learn within minutes of browsing Liucid.xyz.
Annie has crafted a style all her own, a cartoonish yet minimalist aesthetic which is simultaneously abstract and inviting. In her career she has designed advertising material for companies like Purina and Tresemme, but her featured work also includes pieces she made for UCSD Guardian and A Women’s Thing magazine; work which received high praise and even earned her a Red Dot Award in Communication Design.
Visual artwork isn’t Annie’s only forte, though. She also features her original self-help style writing pieces, like Now What? On Navigating Rejection and Falling Short_Bridges and Fires. Looking for more motivation from Annie? Then check out her podcast curation project, in which she chose podcasts fitting 5 different themes for each of the 5 work days of the week, along with a guide to the themes of each day and unique illustrations to go with them.
While social media is ubiquitous in our lives today, it can never paint a full picture of what an illustrator, designer, storyteller, or innovator is all about. Liucid.xyz is how Annie Liu showcases not only her work, but her creativity, her style, and her wide range of talents. Ready to let the world see everything you’re capable of? Take after Liucid.xyz and create your own personal .xyz site.
For years, companies around the world have been moving their promotional efforts to video-based advertising. If you look around the web, it begins to seem that every size business is using pre-roll ads or creating custom videos that give an elevator pitch about their business. So how do you get your business’ video ad to stand out from the crowd? Get the help of this week’s #WebsiteWednesday, HeroLA.xyz.
Los Angeles based commercial and film production company HeroLA.xyz isn’t like other video production companies. They stand out by using a metrics based approach, while also offering the highest quality video production, all wrapped in a superbly creative video package.
HeroLA.xyz’s team is comprised of filmmakers, creatives, and techies alike that help craft a unique blend of analytics and artistry. They also have support from their partners in the digital marketing and film production industries, with industry leaders like Revyrie, Magnitude Digital, Digital Sandbox, and Native Lift aiding the HeroLA.xyz team in content creation, filming, and promotion services.
In addition to this wealth of experience and breadth of resources, HeroLA.xyz’s portfolio of past work is filled with recognizable clients, from Nissan to Hope Solo. You can see HeroLA.xyz’s complete body of work on their site and get a true feel for the high quality video marketing content you’ll receive when working with them.
When #GenXYZ members start a business, they stand out no matter how vast their competition may seem. HeroLA.xyz stands above the rest of the video ad production landscape with high quality work and a unique data driven approach, and their resume and bright future show that the only way for HeroLA.xyz is up.
The Internet of Things has made its breakthrough into the mainstream with everything from home assistants to internet connected refrigerators, and the growing popularity of these devices has led to a boom in new IoT prototypes and designs. But ideas need to be turned into hardware to become a reality, and this week’s #WebsiteWednesday is the company that has all the skills your IoT idea needs: Protofy.xyz.
Protofy.xyz brings IoT prototypes to life by providing all aspects of services along the production chain, including electronic development and circuitry, mechanical development of parts and actuators, and even web page and app development. Their process is fast, reliable, and guaranteed to be of the highest quality, and Protofy.xyz will stay in touch with you as often as you need during the entire cooperative development process.
The Protofy.xyz team has experience working with a wide range of clients, and welcomes anyone to use their expertise. Whether you’re an inventor in need of some physical production or a marketing team sitting on the next big IoT idea, Protofy has the right tools and skills to take your IoT product to the finish line and have it ready to be distributed to the masses.
Being on the cutting edge of innovation is what #GenXYZ is all about, and Protofy.xyz serves as a perfect example of how .xyz adopters are flexing their skills and pushing the biggest technological developments forward. With a memorable name and great team to match, Protofy.xyz is set to continue as a leader in the IoT industry for years to come.