New Age Designs,
founded in 1989 on the 'power' of a home built
$10,000.00 (yes that is 10 GRAND - it was a
computer or a new car at the time - I made a
good call) Intel based 386/25 and
an unheard of 150Mb ESDI hard drive with 'way
too much RAM' (4 MB), a 16" Nanao monitor,
512k RAM video card and a copy of DOS, ACAD 9,
PhotoPaint, Aston Tate DB2 and WordPerfect, NAD
was out to blaze a new path and bridge the gap
between the generations of designers who had old
school knowledge and the 'geeks' of the day with
all this 'high powered' computer equipment.
Think of the movie TRON on a shoestring. I wish
I still had my first animation that I created
using CAD by layering a 2.5 D object multiple
times and redrawing the vantage angle 5 degrees
each time to simulate a walk around, boy is
FLASH a handy tool now a days!
So after selling
computers and hooking up with Digital Equipment
Corp. (DEC) to sell really BIG and FAST computers to
designers and then later to the State of California,
I missed the urge to design. Being a 'geek' was fun
for a bit, but not very creative. Sales were
something I had always done in some sort of
capacity, so I grew in that aspect as well. So 1994
rolls around and the Arpanet (IP addressing) and
Gofer (peer to peer) began to 'morph' into this
thing call the World Wide Web.
A brave new World Wide Web>>
Thru DEC I jumped at the chance
to 'design' some 'Mosaic based information' (web
page) armed with our first Prodigy and CompuServe
accounts and some basic understanding of version 1.0
HTML we were very excited to get the text in
and on a very simple page.
So we grew with
the DOT craze and grew even more AFTER the bubble
burst with Compaq when they bough out DEC, because
we actually produced a real product with a real
results. Currently NAD has 2 servers mirroring each
other in separate states, 24/7/365 with daily tape
backups and live human monitoring on location. We
run Linux and Apache servers which we are proud to
say have never been down in over 14 years. We host
all our own mail and anti-spam protocols on the
server so the vast majority of the junk out there
never hits your inbox. We have helped many many businesses
get off the ground and into the Web over these years
and some of those original clients we are proud to
say are still with us. We have been blessed to have
some very intelligent and capable staff, partners and
contractors working with and for NAD over these
years and we all still stay in touch and continue to
help get the 'next' generation of designers into the
professional fields via internships and grant
projects. You reap what you sow after all correct?
to get nostalgic and see what the web used to
be? It works for almost ANY site!
Versions of our website - sponsored by a cool
'geek' thing that archives the Net from way way back
in the day. It goes back to one of our first sites
created May 3, 1995 and updated thru April 6, 1998.
Here *sites may not be complete.
We still use the same tag line and even though the
logo has updated a bit with the times you can still
see the basic idea still holding strong now going
into our 17th year in business.
format for our current site is going into it's 7th
year of use and it still holds up pretty well I
think - because form follows function and the web
will always be about content and what you say, not
how flashy you can make the same looped audio sound.
Give the user what they need and don't waste their
time, unless of course they REALLY have nothing
better to do than read all of your history page :-)
All the best - Dave
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