iAmerica was an Internet Service Provider located in Monroe, Louisiana in the late 1990’s. They part of LDS Communications and offered Internet, Hosting, and other data services to decent sized multiple state region.
I worked for iAmerica between 1995 and 1999. I could not write about iAmerica without giving that team of passionate hacker geeks credit for giving the best post-college education anyone could hope for. At iAmerica my eyes were opened to computing and communication technology. I learned to never stop learning and iAmerica became the foundation of my mostly Web based career.
Here are a bunch of self promotion pieces. Some of these were completed as student projects and others were just ideas. The portfolio CD was produced using Macromedia Director and sent out instead of a resume. This also includes my very first website ironically designed in a blog format.
This was a small project to build a flash menu for a kitchen sink manufacturer completed sometime in the late 1990’s.
The screen shot is actually the completed project document that was sent to the client with the final Flash animation project. The final documents included the Flash source code along with documentation for manipulating the menu items and the images for the Flash movie.
The Loose Caboose Coffee House in Monroe, Louisiana as owned and operated by my roommates. I even had a small percentage stake in the coffee house, and help out from time to time. Most of my assistance came in the form of creating cleaned up logos, newspaper ads, fliers, and maintaining the Loose Caboose web site.
While at iAmerica I also completed web design projects for hosting customers. This is also one of my first automation projects. The theater manager could send a specially crafted e-mail message to special address and have the theater web site display updated show times.I used the venerable old Frontier scripting application to check for e-mail, format, render HTML pages, and upload the site (remember this was 1996).
This is another group of logo concepts. The Forsythe Group engaged in multiple businesses mostly geared toward the business realty, mortgage, and business manufacturing areas. The logo was one of the Pearson Design projects that ended when the studio closed in 1996. As far as I know these concepts were never shown to the client.
The Employment Journal was a tabloid style newsprint publication for career and employment news in Louisiana. It was originally managed by Erik Pearson the brother of the late Alicia Pearson of Pearson Design. I did mostly the final design and production for several issues until Peason Design closed.
SunSplash Pools was a swimming pool construction and supply company in West Monroe, Louisiana. As a client for Pearson Design they needed a logo and print advertising for both color and black & white newsprint projects. They wanted a design that would mix a sun object and water without using some of the common sun graphics that you typically see. I think the final version here was completed after about three or four rejected revisions. Sadly I don’t have the original development work.
Bayou Internet might still be around. Pearson Design completed a full project for Bayou Internet soon after they started selling dial-up internet services. This was the first commercial project where I worked as account executive, designer, and art director. It was very cool to be given such responsibility before I even graduated from college. Pearson Design handled the logo, website, and some print advertising for Bayou Internet in late 1995 through early 1996.
I don’t have the original logo files or the print advertisements, but I do have this image of the final website. You should note this design was completed in HTML 3.2.
These are a couple of the projects completed for Community Trust Bank while I was working at Pearson Design. One was an informative two color brochure for their telephone banking program. The other was the design for a loan application kiosk. I find it ironic how the web has changed things.