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Vectorvault network flowchart

Outlining a path

When Vectorvault was being planned, we needed a roadmap. One that illustrated the connections between each property and the flow of traffic between them.


Whenever I lost sight of how everything was intended to come together, I simply referred to this chart.

Vectorvault is 10 – Chapter 4



If I was going to acquire venture capital, I would need to “step it up”

That started with the Vectorvault Store.
With the help of a trusted friend, we redesigned the store and it’s product pages. In addition to new vector tools, I also introduced a line of customizable vector art prints sized to fit IKEA frames perfectly.

Eventually, I resurrected some art from my past. Anything to expand the brand’s reach.

Search. Find. Buy. Go.

We kept it simple. Fast.

Presenting Vectorvault as a financial investment

I’m an artist. Always have been. I wish that I had a better head for business but I’m afraid that I’m just not fully wired that way. I can’t help it. That’s why I was so appreciative when Joseph Lan of Venturcon agreed to help me define this brand’s potential. Together, we shaped an idea into an attack plan.

I wanted to build the first search engine of its kind

Not easy to do or cheap. I had to convince others that I was worth taking a risk on.

I educated myself about the stock image market


(Video) Avengers Age of Ultron – User Interface design by Territory


User Interfaces are the texture of this film

Although, I did feel that the bad language did little to advance the plot, The Avengers sequel was pretty awesome. My two kids and I thought it was great.
The stunning technology sequences in this movie were the real star for me. And if there’s an Academy Award for user interface design, then expect to see the team at Territory in tuxedos. Wow.

All systems go.

Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron UI Reel from Territory on Vimeo.

Pause to appreciate the detail


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Vectorvault is 10 – Chapter 6



Government Assistance

In spite of my efforts, I had been unsuccessful in finding funding for Vectorvault‘s Ultimate Search Engine (UVSE). So I turned to a government funded program that matched me with Niagara College to challenge their research department to build the Ultimate Vector Search Engine (UVSE).

Although, it was not a school that I had previously associated with tech development, I was thrilled at the notion of finally getting help. So I hit the road and headed for wine country.

Clear direction

I put together a crystal-clear briefing with all of the ingredients. Everything was labeled and easy to find. I presented this project to a young team who were all very excited and confident about building this unique search engine. I trusted a friend, far smarted than me to oversee it’s production and installation.

I was also asked to present Vectorvault to the marketing department and eventually as a project for second year marketing students. That made me feel really great. I’ve always wanted to pass my knowledge on. This turned out to be a very satisfying experience.

I assumed that the technical end of it would go just as well.


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Justin Mezzell – Fortune Magazine Illustration

Justin Mezzell,  Orlando, FLA.

Justin Mezzell

Dashing Automotive Illustration

This vector editorial illustration really caught our eye. Not just for the composition, but the wonderful colours bathed in sunlight. This is not an easy technique. It’s real and not real at the same time. The sign of a truly wonderful vector illustration. Well done.

Justin Mezzell has created this illustration for Fortune magazine on the future of the automobile’s dashboard which called out a number of new features such as large screen, interactive HUDS, video calls, etc. Not necessarily making it safer, but definitely flashier.

Art Director: Michael Solita

Animated Gif – The Most Popular Girls’ Names, State by State, from 1960 to the Present

It’s like those animated maps showing the rise and fall of empires. A swarm of Jennifers consume the country, only for their star to fall and that of Jessica to rise. Jessicas rule the land until the forces of Emily rise up and overthrow them. Look upon my works, ye mighty, and become Sophia.

With data from the Social Security Administration, Reuben Fischer-Baum of Jezebel created maps showing, state by state and year by year, the most popular baby names for girls from 1960 to last year. So far, none have been bizarre, invented spellings, for which I and the English language thank you.

(VIDEO) Greenpeace – British fishing industry

GREENPEACE from THIS IS Studio on Vimeo.

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