In Celebration of their 10th Anniversary in 2008, Google temporarily made their oldest available index from 2001. This blast from the past, enabled me to get some screen captures of a past life as a business owner and web designer.
Business Was My Gateway
First, most readers of my blog probably don’t know that for 10 years I ran a consulting business to help churches plan and build facilities. The site featured my personal articles, a web-store where I sold my book and other resources, and listings of the best companies in Church Construction. Here is a screen capture of version 1.0 of the design work for my website.
I can’t believe that in mid-1990’s I was getting a quarter of a million hits a month!
BTW, did you notice one of my early advertisers was “Handspring Visor“? Wow, if that technology did get outdated fast!
Next, here is one of my design projects for a good man named Sam Harmon and his company.
My E-Book Before There Were E-Books
Oh, and I forgot totally about this next project until Google reminded me of it. This screen capture is from an interactive website that was accessible only from a CD I designed in the late 1990’s. The concept was actually really cool! Here is how it worked.
- People would buy a copy of my book on CD, “A Comprehensive Guide to Church Construction”
- The CD contained printable resources AND…
- was an interactive tool that served as a secure gateway into my Plan2Buld website where churches, architects and builders could get the most recent information and resources.
I think it was a really cool idea that was way ahead of its time.
Living 4 Christ
And most of all, I want to thank Google for giving me access to some of my old posts. Way back in 1997, I was a blogger before there were blogs. I designed each post using Photoshop and HTML then I had to manually uploaded each post on a separate page. Now it is easy, but back then it was a bit harder. Here is what my personal home page looked like in the mid-1990’s
There it is, a trip down my old-school design history. Ah, the memories…