Get To Know 900lbs: Cole Wiser
Name: Cole Wiser
What do you do at 900lbs?
Technical Director/ 3D Modeler
What do you do for fun?
My latest hobby is woodworking. If I get free time, I’ll dismantle a few pallets or old furniture and try and create something new. I’ve always liked creating things with solid materials whether it was LEGOs as a kid or sculptures in art class or whatever material fixates me at that time. Since I work in digital most of the time, I find it a therapeutic change of pace.
My friends and family know my nerdy side. Movies, video games, I’m not opposed to killing an entire Saturday on the couch, Cheez-Its in hand.
If you didn’t grow up in Dallas, where?
Born and raised in North Dallas. Flower Mound specifically.
Music wise, I’m all over the place. Eagles of Death Metal, The Black Keys, Metallica, Eminem, Kaleo, Jaime Commons, The Neighbourhood. But, I’ve been getting into Country music a lot lately. A little bit of Chris Young and Chris Stapleton usually get me singing along.
Where do you hang out in your free time?
I love Denton. The bars and vibe up there are my jam.
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I’m currently saving pennies to see Australia, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Greece, etc etc.
What is your favorite 900lbs project so far?
The HPE “Experience” project — It was our company’s largest endeavor to date with a lot of moving parts all working towards an idea that was completely new and custom. It was a great learning opportunity and I’m really proud of the team and the end result. In that single project, we proved that a small gang of passionate and creative people can achieve just about anything.
What we actually did was create a visual metaphor to represent the interconnected network of services HPE offers and how they positioned those services as “tools” to help clients achieve their business goals. For the metaphor, we chose the universally recognized challenge of climbing a mountain. This provided the creative infrastructure for us to convey the vast array of enterprise services in an easily understandable and entertaining way.
On the tech side, the metaphor plays out across a system of hardware components that react, in real time, to the user’s actions as they work collaboratively to overcome challenges “up the mountain”. We designed an experience room containing an 11 foot long interactive touch table that drives the content for the surrounding 18 foot screens. To further engage the users, we also included custom surround sound and LED accent lighting to add additional sensory elements.