Yearly Archives: 2008
About a month ago I stopped to visit a teppan and sushi restaurant in Lone Tree called ‘Miyama of Colorado’. I know what you’re thinking, that is in the middle of the burbs. I know what you mean, I live downtown and my comfort zone is from Zenman (32nd & Blake) to the highlands to Luca D’ Italia. I live in a five mile triangle and until a month ago, there was no reason to leave.
We decided to have sushi and the staff pointed out some special items on the menu like imported Japanese Kobe Beef and a selection of fish that is unparalleled in Denver. I am a bit of a food lover and decided to put Miyama to the test. We invited our long time friend and client Chef Frank Bonanno his wife Jacqueline and their Director of Operations to sushi. To be completely honest, I had never invited Frank to a meal before and I was pretty terrified I wouldn’t impress him. Not only did I have to drive him to the suburbs (far outside Frank’s comfort zone), this was the owner of the best restaurants in the state (Luca, Mizuna, Osteria Marco and soon to be Bones) how was I going to impress him with food.
When we arrived Seishi greeted us warmly and from there the food took over. We enjoyed everything from the Kobe Beef, Tempura, Brain Damage Roll, Amazing Nigiri, Blue Crab with Caviar, Fresh Atlantic Sea Trout and more. From the first plates presented to us my guests were very pleased and I am confident that I brought some of the toughest people to impress in the state. To hear Frank and Chris talking about the subtle ingredients that worked perfectly to the exquisitely cut sushi was very cool.
Since then I have brought clients to Miyama for lunch and the sushi and service are just as good in the afternoon as the evening. Even if you are a downtown person it is worth the drive to Lonetree to visit Seishi and Kevin for the best sushi in Colorado. If you have a large party try the teppanyaki grill and make sure you said Keith from Zenman sent you!
We are very proud to announce the launch of the new website for The Wildlife Experience. The new site is coming online just in time for the Holidays. Please take a moment to take a look, I am confident that this is one of the best sites we have ever had the pleasure of designing/developing. We are very excited to hear your feedback and please visit the Wildlife Experience if you are here in Colorado. http://www.thewildlifeexperience.org Thank you and have a great holiday season!
Zenman is proud to be working with The Wildlife Experience on the development of their new interactive website. The Wildlife Experience is an interactive museum that connects the community with wildlife and habitats to teach them how they can have a positive effect on the environment… all while having fun! Imaginations and creativity soar as visitors make their own wildlife masterpieces and learn about animals and habitats through fun trivia, video games, artwork, dynamic natural history exhibits and amazing large-format movies.
“We are excited to be working with Zenman on the creation of a new website that will showcase the new Globeology, which will be a very dynamic and interactive journey along a quarter mile path in an expansion of over 25,000 square feet of new exhibit space.” Keith Carlson
The Wildlife Experience website has won a gold Hermes Creative award for the design and functionality of the new website (www.thewildlifeexperience.org). The new site is 100% dynamic allowing the staff to internally maintain the content, images and upcoming events. The new site launched at the end of 2008 to rave review’s from the team at the Wildlife Experience and their partrons.
Platinum and Gold awards have been presented to Zenman by the judges of the Association of Marketing and Communications Professionals’ (AMCP) on May 1, 2008 in the Hermes Creative Awards 2008 competition. All three of the submitted entries for “Abbey Grand Opening Invite, www.osteriamarco.com, and www.townstudio.com” won Platinum awards for their design and the overall websites of Osteria Marco and Town Studio. Zenman has also won a Gold award for their “Company Branding”, which included stationery, website and marketing material.
The Hermes Creative Awards is administered by judges compiled of professionals in the marketing, communications, advertising, public relations, media production, and free-lance profession. The organization and competition are both international providing recognition programs and awards to those in the profession. The Hermes Creative Awards recognizes outstanding and exceedingly tremendous achievements in the industry.
The Hermes Platinum Award is awarded to the most outstanding entries from the Hermes Creative Awards 2008 contest. The judges focus on the quality, creativity, and resourcefulness of the entry. To be awarded a Platinum award is a remarkable accomplishment. Less than 20 percent in the 2008 competition was awarded this Platinum Award.
The Osteria Marco website, www.osteriamarco.com, awarded Platinum, features an actual replica of your dining experience complete with a viewable menu of offered food selections. The site is composed using flash and cycles through available entrees at Osteria Marco. The website is original and very resourceful.
The Town Studio website, www.townstudio.com, awarded Platinum, features the showroom location and furniture collections within the showroom. The images were shot at the Denver location creating a custom identity to fit the uniqueness of the design at Town Studio.
Likewise, The Gold Award is solely awarded to those entries that are exceeding the normal standards in their industry. Once again, less than 20 percent of all submitted entries have received a Gold Award in The Hermes Creative Awards 2008 competition. The award won for “Company Branding” at Zenman was presented with a Gold Award, setting high industry standards.
“I’d like to think the Zenman design and development department is becoming more evident these days based on the way our websites work as well as how they look. By having the right frame of mind in this industry I think Zenman is going to go a long way in the near future,” said Dana Crow, art director for Zenman Productions.
Blow out your candles and make a wish – Congratulations Zenman.
On April 10, 2008 Zenman showcased their new brand identity and website on a big screen TV in celebration of the 10 year anniversary. The party room at Osteria Marco was full of clientele, family, and friends. The atmosphere was full of laughs and chats as all got the chance to sample the variety of fine Italian foods offered at the restaurant, Osteria Marco – client and great friend of Zenman. Let’s all join in a toast to say congrats!!!
Zenman will host its ten year anniversary party on April 10, 2008 at Osteria Marco, where our company will unveil the launching of our new cutting-edge web site, innovative technology advancements as well as our new branding for our current and new clientele. This celebration will help enhance the reputation of Zenman by displaying new ideas and designs.
The ten year anniversary party will demonstrate the new capabilities that Zenman has to offer and celebrate its ten years since its founding by Keith Roberts in 1998. The new identity of Zenman will help the agencies advancement in the web design, development and advertising industry.
Zenman’s ten year anniversary party will be a milestone event that showcases the reinvention of their marketing, advertising, and web design agency. Celebrating the success and the new identity of Zenman on April 10th marks the implementation of Zenman as a more innovative organization.
“This is an exciting time for our agency. We have a really great team behind all this, the launching of our new identity, and plan to capture our excitement through clientele,” said Keith Roberts, President at Zenman Productions.
When you want to enter the wide world of the World Wide Web, who do you call? The guys with the pretty brochure? The high-school hacker next door? Lowest bidder? Highest rate? None of the above guarantees a great (or lousy) result.
Soft spoken Keith Roberts, Chief Creative Officer of Zenman, would have you look at his firm’s work, and then he would learn about you and your business.
“We want to build relationships,” he says. “We measure our success of our clients.” Today, Zenman maintains working relationships with a diverse clientele: restaurants, including several of Colorado’s Top 10; high-tech entities, like level III and Haliburton; and unique, boutique concerns like hair salons and Denver Design Center.
Keith, a Buddhist, points out the “Zen” in Zenman reflects his commitment to applying the same personal life ethics and karma to business relationships.
“We don’t up sell to something they don’t need.” And they stick to the budget.
Word-of-mouth marketing brought Zenman to success in design, particularly Web work. But art lead him to develop a blend of talent and technical, practical skills necessary to get there.
Keith’s passion is photography. He studied at Brooks institute, graduating with a major in Industrial Scientific Photography with a minor in Undersea Photography. When he entered the work-world, however, the growth of stock photography was beginning to limit the market for custom work, and he went into Web work- just at the end of the dot-com bubble. Building attractive, intuitive and user friendly Web sites turned out to be a solid background for starting his own business by 30.
Zenman’s offices can be found in one of the storefront suites to the Fire Clay Lofts, a site it used to share with the owner’s photographic gallery. In fact, framed work lines the walls, and the clean, uncluttered layout of ground-level office has an artsy gallery feel. Yet it reveals nothing about the firm’s web site, www.zenmanproductions.com. as well as their clients’.
The great thing about the Web, says Keith, is that you can be a Mom &Pop business working out of a garage, but look like a fortune 500 company thanks to a great Web site. The flip side, he cautions, is that a great company with a poor Web site can give the appearance it is working out of a basement.
Zenman itself is a good example of positive Web image masking Spartan work space, particularly when Keith started the company at 28 when he left Equifax. He worked “virtually” out of home and coffee shops at first.
“I drank a lot of coffee at Ink,” he recalls. Going to a physical, Brick-and-mortar office was necessary to build business. Today, nearly four years after moving into Fire Clay Lofts, Zenman boasts a staff of 12- “A unique blend of geeks and artists,” he quips. “We really have a ‘best in class’ staff.”
From the beginning, the push and pull between aesthetics and practicality helped create great design: “We would push each other, asking, ‘OK, how are we going to build this? And later, ‘Great, now make it look good. And a lot of time was spent making it idiot proof.
Although the Web work is the firm’s forte, Zenman is a full service design firm, offering marketing, strategy, brand development, interactive design, graphic design, custom application development, illustration and-yes-photography.
“I started the business to hire myself to do photography,” Keith says with a smile. All kidding aside, there’s a demand for custom photography and illustration among developers, restaurants and other ventures offering unique product. But photography is only a part of the product for most clients.
Zenman’s four-tier design process is Discovery, Design, Develop and Deploy.
“We can’t design until we know you, your competition, your objectives and goals,” says Keith of the discovery process, learning about the client.
Then, Zenman designs three to five custom solutions for the client’s consideration.” The hard part is choosing one.”
Development begins only after the client is certain of what he or she wants. This includes the actual building of the site, with multiple rounds of testing, all posted to a secure site where the client can see the progress.
“Because a lot of people don’t understand what it takes to do it well, we take ‘em along and make it fun,” says Keith.
Deployment- getting the site up and running- doesn’t necessarily end the relationship: helping the client track results and grow is a continuing challenge.
“It’s much more important for me to do a small project and watch it grow for 20 years then do a big one and leave,” says Keith.
Great work speaks for itself, so for a sample of Zenman’s work, check out Osteria Marco (http://osteriamarco.com), a new restaurant on Larimer Square (1435 Larimer St.); any one of Urban Ventures’ five sites, the latest being Highland Bridge Lofts (www.highlandbridgelofts.com); and photography sites of Bob Carey photography (www.BobCarey.com) and S:B Representations (www.sbrepresentations.com) . Now in the works is a new web-design for this publication Downtown Denver News.
Zenman ranks in top twenty of web site design and development according to the Denver Business Journal. Zenman successfully designed and developed 21 web sites in 2007 generating a 70 percent increase in revenue.
The rankings were based on all of the top web site developers in the Denver Metropolitan area. Placing among the top web site developers in Denver has promoted a standard of excellence within our organization and has increased already high levels of expectations among our clients.
Keith Roberts, president says, “This recognition demonstrates our success as an organization and displays the talents of the individuals in this company.”
The list of Denver’s top web developers and designers was developed by how many websites were actually designed by individual firms; Zenman ranks 18th on the list by the Denver Business Journal portraying the hard work of the organization by their designing of multiple web sites.
After interning at Zenman for six months Blake Struhs graduated from the Art Institute of Colorado with a bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design. Recognizing the skills Blake has to offer Zenman hired him to their graphic design team. Combined with other talented designers, Zenman has given Blake Struhs the opportunity to exel in the graphic design industry.
The dedication Zenman has to recrutuing a team of highly talented interactive and graphic designers was demonstrated with the hiring of Blake Struhs. The addition of Blake to Zenman will enhance the artistic and creative skill at Zenman.
The graduation on March 20, 2008 at the Denver Convention Center brought together a collection of talented individuals in various fields of design. The event showcased the many designs of these graduates and demonstrated the skill sets of every graduate.
“I am thrilled to be part of this creative team at Zenman. I enjoy putting my talent to use in creating branding, print media, and marketing design,” said Blake Struhs, Graphic Designer at Zenman Productions.