This week’s #WebsiteWednesday is extra special – you might have already even spotted this amazing artist and website yourself!
Last week, CNET’s Stephen Shankland tweeted his .xyz discovery in the wild:
First .xyz domain I found in the wild without looking for it: Artist Charles Levalet. Fantastic street art in Paris. http://t.co/mxz5bQVNP4
— Stephen Shankland (@stshank) April 8, 2015
Charles Leval, aka Levalet, is a 27-year old street artist from northeastern France. His recent work covers the streets of Paris with his hand drawn characters that interact with the urban architecture. Levalet shared his art with the online world through Levalet.org, which he now moved to Levalet.xyz. On his newly designed portfolio site, he is certainly capturing more fans throughout the world!
Does his art look familiar to you? That’s because Levalet was recently featured in huge outlets like Huffington Post, Visual News, the Laughing Squid, and even on the main Instagram account where he racked in 615,000 likes!
French artist Charles Leval, also known as “Levalet” (@levaletdessinderue), is bringing new narratives to the streets of Paris with life-size black-and-white figures. “My task is to adapt each image to the physical limitations of the urban space through a kind of staging or dramatization,” he says. Charles uses India ink to draw his images in his studio, then pastes the characters onto places like walls, ledges and doors across the city. “First I spot a location, then I take some measurements and make a note of any other details about the place,” he says. “Next, I think of an overall plan and I draw the various elements that I want to appear before returning to install them on site. For the drawing, I work by following a photo, so usually I get people to pose in the situations that I want to portray.” Photo by @levaletdessinderue
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If you want to read more about Levalet, we recommend checking out this article on Smash from a few weeks back
On another exciting note, while we were researching through everything Levalet, we also experienced a .xyz meta moment of sorts. Another .xyz site called Alter Minds, which blogs about art, culture, history, and even about hyperrealistic paintings of greasy hamburgers (what?!) also featured Levalet’s artwork! That’s a .xyz reporting on another .xyz. How exciting is that?
Spring is in the air! We admit, it’s tough to keep track of the proper season when you’re in sunny Los Angeles, but we definitely feel the shift in seasons by the look of everyone’s springy new wardrobe (who’s seeing more florals lately?)
With so much breaking news and exciting announcements all around (.Rent, .College, the XYZ media frenzy, SXSW YouTube videos…phew), it’s been quite some time since we featured our favorite .xyz websites on #WebsiteWednesday.
Today’s #WebsiteWednesday is dedicated to one of our favorite women’s fashion sites, ameri.xyz, which recently revamped itself to introduce its vibrant vintage-inspired spring line.
Naoko Kuroishi, the former Visual Merchandiser at a popular fashion brand in Japan (EMODA), launched her own fashion line and eCommerce site, Ameri Vintage on ameri.xyz.
She’s a pretty big social media celebrity herself – an official blogger on Japan’s largest blog platform, Ameblo, and over 53,000 dedicated followers on Instagram. Naoko’s new venture has already been covered in the fashion industry blogs and brings a New York inspired look to her Japanese customers.
What do Lady Gaga and .xyz have in common? They’re both building communities over the web through Place.xyz, formerly known as Backplane.
Did you know that 46% of adult internet users post original photos or videos online that they themselves have created? That means that despite the uniformity of Facebook, Twitter and the like, nearly half of all adults are creating their own unique content. Shouldn’t there be a social network that provides a creative outlet for these users?
That’s where today’s very special #WebsiteWednesday, Place.xyz comes in. Place.xyz isn’t just any website, it’s the flexible platform for creating any themed social network. Place.xyz lets you express yourself, share your passions, have meaningful conversations with likeminded people, all while letting you explore and discover other networks! Their tagline says it all: it’s all about you.
“We’re trying to create this world where your social life is not about being part of the crowd,” said Scott Harrison, the new CEO, in a recent TechCrunch article. “We don’t have one face. We have many faces. We’re trying to let you express yourself very differently in different Places.”
With the creativity and versatility offered by .xyz, Backplane was able to reinvent and rebrand themselves with a short, memorable domain name that embodies their mission and vision. And that’s how Place.xyz was born!
Ready to find your Place on the web? Check out Place.xyz and be part of the beta group today.
Happy Wednesday, #GenXYZ! Today we’re going to double-up on our Ws with a special #WebsiteWednesday featuring the amazingly popular #WCW (that’s the hashtag, “Woman Crush Wednesday,” if you haven’t heard yet).
With over 1 million Instagram followers and growing, you can’t miss Julia Kelly, her infectious smile, and her comedic chops across all social media platforms – especially Instagram, Vine, and Snapchat. So what’s next for Julia besides her New York Times Magazine feature, guest appearances on Entertainment Tonight, or even her new comedy series on MTV2?!
To match her skyrocketing career, she launched JuliaKelly.xyz as her very own personal website for all things Julia. As a social media expert and having a clear knack for connecting with her audience, she chose .xyz as her newest platform to reach her fans.
Keeping on with the spirit of the Grammy Awards, this week’s #WebsiteWednesday is all about the music.
Whether you’re a budding artist or a seasoned professional, it’s always important to establish your personal brand. And you can do just that with your very own website on a catchy .xyz domain!
Did you know that Taylor Swift recently made history as the first musician to try to trademark her lyrics? Her notable lyrics “this sick beat,” “Nice to meet you. Where you been?” and “Party like it’s 1989” have certainly become synonymous with the TSwift brand.
But involving trademarks isn’t the only way you can do this. A great way you can start building and growing your brand is through your dynamic online presence – and we don’t mean just posting your music on Facebook or YouTube.
While social media has its clear advantages, creating your own .xyz website lets you have full control over you and your musical vision. Think about it. You can mix-and-match elements like your SoundCloud profile, post your upcoming events, maybe even add a blog to share your creative process with your fans.
Of course, you don’t need to abandon social media altogether. Easily add fun buttons to your website and link your social media sites so everything’s connected!
For inspiration, check out zak.xyz. Simple, edgy, and keeps the focus on his awesome tunes.
Who was your favorite at the Grammys this year? For the latest updates, don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Want us to feature your site? Shoot us an email at hello [at] gen.xyz.
Did you have a favorite Super Bowl commercial, #GenXYZ? Ours is a toss up between the (almost) clever man on the airplane with Doritos, and the commercial about avocados being drafted by the country of Mexico (if that sentence sounds all too strange, you have to check-out these ads – it’ll all make sense).
While huge corporations spend millions of dollars on these short commercials, many small businesses and startups need a more cost-effective way with a longer shelf-life to promote their business. And the internet makes all this possible, even with a budget far less than 0.1% of what these companies spend on Super Bowl ads!
You guessed it. In this week’s #WebsiteWednesday, we’re focusing on small businesses. Whether you’re a Mom and Pop Shop or a freelance web developer offering your services, having an online presence is an easy and cost-effective way to get your name in front of your customers.
Originally GroovyWebDesign.com, this graphic design and branding professional snatched Groovy.xyz to rebrand and promote his services. Now on a shorter and memorable domain name, visitors can quickly access this revamped site that showcases the business’s strength in design.
Hey there, #GenXYZ!
With so many exciting updates – from the NamesCon auction (the highlight was student.xyz selling for $1000) to the .xyz Web Design Contest – we haven’t had a proper #WebsiteWednesday in quite some time.
But first. Check out this awesome video fresh on YouTube. You might’ve already heard that .xyz is the largest and fastest growing new domain extension, but how large and how fast, you ask? This video will show you exactly that – and also give you a better glimpse into all the awesome .xyz websites going live around the world.
Now for our very first #WebsiteWednesday of 2015!
For all the fashionistas out there, there’s no denying that your favorite bloggers have become daily inspirations for your #OOTDs. Julia Daoud aka Simply Jules, is not only a fashion blogger, but also a junior at DePaul University studying to complete her degree in Health Sciences.
Julia successfully juggles the life of a busy student and being in the spotlight as a blogger, but continues to focus on a minimalistic lifestyle and outlook on fashion. When asked how her SimplyJules.xyz domain helps represent her online presence, she said:
There you have it, #GenXYZ. The first of many amazing #WebsiteWednesdays to come for 2015. Did you find any great .xyz websites in the wild over the holidays? Let us know @xyz through Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram!
On this last day of 2014, which also happens to be the year’s last #WebsiteWednesday, we’ve asked a couple members of Team XYZ to reveal their favorite .xyz websites in the wild!
2014 was a huge year for us (you know, launching the most popular new domain extension in the world), and we wanted to acknowledge #GenXYZ and the amazing sites that have gone up in the six short months since we went live.
Starting off with the big man himself, here are some of our favorite .xyz sites and why we think they’re an amazing representation of the growing #GenXYZ community.
It’s a simple and elegant site with all of the modern touches like parallax scrolling, background animation, and responsive design. I also like how the team behind UMake used .xyz as part of their app’s branding – quickly express your ideas on the X, Y, and Z coordinates. Genius.
This UK-based nonprofit rebranded from Homeless-International.org to their first choice name with .xyz. Not only do they have a great looking website, but they also serve an amazing purpose on an international level.
This sleek and modern clothing site is a great example of how a small business can easily expand its market presence outside of its own country. Its .xyz domain transcends those boundaries and makes itself marketable to Austria, Germany, and Switzerland, as well as the rest of the world.
It’s a constant flow of amazingly curated underground house and hip hop music with new playlists you can easily stream from Soundcloud. HouseOfLords.xyz makes it so easy to discover my new favorite songs. And its clean design is gorgeous to look at.
Never.xyz is a site that I found to be both interesting and amusing. This site has taken the timeless game of “Never have I ever” and expanded its reach globally – so now you can play with anyone online. You can also submit your own questions, which is just as fun as answering questions!
As we countdown the hours, then seconds until 2015, we can’t help but feel thankful for all your support, #GenXYZ. We have a LOT in store for you, starting off with a huge announcement first thing in the new year that YOU can all be a part of.
Have an awesome end to 2014 and we’ll see you on the other side!
And the countdown to 2015 begins! What were your favorite moments of 2014, #GenXYZ? Ours was hands-down launching .xyz in June and building the Generation XYZ® community with all of your support.
For #WebsiteWednesday, we’re flipping things around with an exciting announcement (hint: YouTube) to celebrate another huge milestone: .xyz is the first new domain extension to hit 750,000 registrations!
The only reason why we can feature such amazing sites on the regular is because of you, #GenXYZ. Because bloggers, artists, musicians, photographers, developers, startups, small businesses, and nonprofits like you are pushing awesome .xyz sites live, #WebsiteWednesday exists.
Inspired by all the great .xyz sites, we are super amped to announce our very first video series: Ways to .xyz. Check-out this teaser video for what to look forward to!
“Ways to .xyz” will explore all the ways you can use .xyz to achieve your goals. Whether you’re looking to have your personal voice heard or itching to turn your idea into a business, .xyz can help you jump start that journey.
Hey there, #GenXYZ! It’s that time of year to reflect back on the amazing year and plot away for the even better year ahead. Today, we’re excited to announce our very first Buzzfeed quiz and celebrate with a #WebsiteWednesday that will soon grace your bookmarks.
As a GenXYZer, we’re going to go on a limb and say that you just might enjoy the latest in tech news. With so many tech blogs that cover the latest and greatest, sometimes it’s difficult to keep up with well, everything. This week’s #WebsiteWednesday solves this little conundrum for us:
Brought to you by the folks behind Minion Made, an innovative web development company based in New York, TechTalk.xyz curates the best of the freshest tech news with the help of their very own developers and technology buffs.
When asked why they chose their domain name, Vinny Galiano, CEO & Project Manager said:
“We think our TechTalk.xyz domain name showcases our intentions of covering technology from A to XYZ and beyond. We love our .XYZ domain and more than anything, we think a .XYZ domain really shows just how the Internet is evolving for the better.”
The easiest way to get the best of the best in tech news? Be sure to follow TechTalk.xyz on Twitter @techtalkxyz!
And finally, we present to you, our very first Buzzfeed quiz! Take this quick personality test and we’ll match you with your new favorite website that you never knew existed.