Three years ago a small crew of D7ers left the mothership in Abbotsford and settled into their very own outpost on the edge of Vancouver's Yaletown.
When I joined the team I was the fifth member of our Vancouver office. Not long after, we grew to six, then ten, and now on any given day we might have as many as 15 people in our Cambie Street townhouse. It's a sign of exciting times for Domain7, but it's also a recipe for a lot of tripping over each other, taking phone calls in hallways, and scrambling for chairs around the lunch table.
So we are incredibly excited to announce that this Friday, we're moving to our new home in Railtown!
Where is Railtown? you ask!
It's just east of Gastown, and north of Chinatown/Strathcona near the foot of Main. It's an interesting mix of social housing, design studios, independent eateries, and manufacturing facilities. We've got some great neighbours like Union Wood Co., Anchor Guitar Studio, the Vancouver Urban Winery, ...
This month Domain7 opened our fourth office. Joining Vancouver, Abbotsford and Washington DC is the fine city of Seattle. We’re excited to extend our humans-first web approach down the west coast and join the thriving community in Seatown.
Our new office is in the heart of Fremont—fittingly dubbed the “Silicon Canal”—on the north side of Lake Union. With neighbours like Google, Adobe and Deloitte Digital, we feel like we’re in pretty good company.
The move is a reflection of our growing talent pool in Washington State and a recognition of shared values across the Pacific Northwest. Seattle companies seem to get our humans-first approach to digital. There’s a common West Coast approach to business with a focus on creativity, innovation and passion.
Our team felt like it was a natural next step for Domain7 as we continue to grow. There’s a richness and depth of technological insight and creativity in this city—we’re excited to build on the amazing work that’s already come out of this market.
In the spirit of the holidays, a few weeks ago six D7-ers from the Vancouver area had the opportunity to provide dinner at Ronald Donald House.
This is a home where out-of-town families can stay while one of their children is receiving medical treatment at Children's Hospital. As you can imagine, this is a very busy and stressful time for the families and one way that we can help is to bring and cook dinner for them.
It was tough to see kids that obviously weren't feeling their best, but it was certainly worth it. The parents and staff were so appreciative, although most people were mainly glad that we weren't making pasta!
So many members of the wider D7 team wanted to help out but, for the sake of keeping things relatively quiet in the home, we had to limit it to six folks. In November it Bridie, Tracey, Liv, Tim Booker, Tom and myself. We sliced and diced (where's a Slap Chop when you need it?) our way to...
TELUS recently came to us looking for a responsive storytelling site to support their new series of Empower You TV commercials. The ads and the site share stories of young Canadians who’ve been empowered—and had their lives changed—by technology.
We were super excited to partner on a project that benefits four charities that share our belief in innovation that helps real people. Each time someone Likes, Tweets or Pins one of these youth stories, $2 is donated to charity by TELUS. It makes it really easy for everyone to “give where we live”.
In true Domain7 style, we made a list of things that rule about this site!
1. Easy to view on your (TELUS) mobile phone.
Responsive design was a no brainer for a company that connects so many Canadians with mobile phones, but it’s also essential for connecting viewers of TV ads.
2. "Socially" responsible.
With a simple Like,...
It's a month early for our US office, but here in Vancouver and Abbotsford we're enjoying our second annual D7 Thanksgiving brunch. Yeah it's cheezy, but—in Vancouver at least—we took some time to go 'round the table and talk a little bit about what we're thankful for.
There was lots of the usual (but sincere!)—health, jobs, the chance to live in such an amazing city—but we also agreed that we're so fortunate to have co-workers that feel a little bit like family.
So from our family to yours, happy Thanksgiving!
Last week we launched a brand new Domain7.com. So many members of our team played a role in it—on both sides of the border and the continent—and it was a great exercise in self-discovery and collaboration. Here are a few things we really like about it:
1. A new mission (Humanize the Web!)
Domain7 began as a team of techies who built really great tools. Nowadays we do so much more. Our old tagline—“We are a Web Agency”—just doesn’t capture all we do. We’re storytellers, strategists, designers and problem solvers. At the core, we’re all trying to make the web more human.
2. Totally mobile
We’ve been saying it for ages, and doing it for our clients nearly as long—but it was time to code the talk. The web is always on the go and websites need to work just as well on mobile as they do on a desktop. The new Domain7 is fully responsive so it fluidly fits on mobile, tablet and desktop. Resize your browser to give it a whirl.
3. Real case studies
We’re proud of our work...
Though asked to share some of my keys to success, I can never separate Success from Purpose. Success looks much different when it flows from purpose, rather than standing as an entity pursued on its own. For me this purpose has always stemmed both two things: the feeling that life is an amazing gift and a passion for the underdog.
I began Domain7 to help a non-profit organization bring their voice to the web. Since then I've spent 15 years—with the talent and support of an incredible team—creating practical solutions for clients (often underdogs) online.
At their core, every problem we face in our work is a Human problem. I think the Web opens up a world of creative opportunities to solve those problems—it levels the playing field and gives everyone a voice. We all have equal access to the internet. It gives great opportunities to underdogs.
In our work and life, it's too easy...
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