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when we begin
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Akamai Design is a family of graphic artists and programmers who have worked together for almost as long as the internet has been in our lives. Registered in 1995, akamaidesign.com has served as the front door for dozens of exciting projects. From website design -- both under our name and as ghost writers for other website concerns -- our hosting service, back-end support for a variety of commercial enterprises, and software development projects, Akamai Design has been the umbrella under which we have all gathered throughout the years.

If your 21st Century needs are for website specialists who can deliver the highest quality under the strictest of standards, who are capable of understanding complex structures and designing and building simple, user-friendly interactive sites to present them to your clients, then Akamai Design is the company for you.

Do you need a website with or without an online store, a graphical user interface created for an application you are working on, or a stand-alone application built to meet your unique requirements?

If hosted and served over the internet by us, we do everything possible to insure your application is housed in a secure environment, offering the most robust infrastructure with the highest possible bandwidth to insure immediate 24/7 access to your site by visitors, customers and employees.

See how we can be of service to you and consider different approaches for content presentation on a newly designed website by clicking on the links at the left. Explore the page; Play With It's Colors, Replace The Picture, Turn Parts Of It On And Off, and consider the appearances you create and how your specific content might work with one color scheme or another.

There are a variety of functions that could work with your desired website applications and different ways in which we can provide you the tools to do them. Ultimately, we believe, we can create anything you can imagine.
The Design of a Website, whether for personal, small business, or corporate concerns, is at its foundation a creative process. The designer begins with content (your name, logo, words, pictures, etc.) and creates a layout, including specific functions and preferences of colors and shapes. The selected design will be based on how it best serves your purpose, presents your content, its ease of use, and its creativity in encouraging visitors to return to your site.

At Akamai Design we take this process very seriously. With years of experience designing interfaces for websites, applications, and operating systems themselves, we appreciate the nuances of the relationships of all the website elements and we bring this unique point of view to every project we embrace.

For example, our website here is a simple centered, fixed-size page divided into three parts. The top is where we placed our logo, the left column controls the site's navigation, and the main content area is to the right. This basic design, however, has been made, through our sites Control Panel, interactive, and has been designed to allow you to consider the different spaces, to color them, and to experiment with the different elements within their boundaries.

By doing so, we hope to give you a starting point from which to consider how you would like to see your logo, the links to the various pages you'd want on your site, and the other elements you would like to present there. We hope the time you spend here making changes to this page via our Control Panel is fun! And that once you've explored the imaginative possibilities, and discovered color combinations that you feel would work best with your content, you will Contact Us to discuss your project in greater detail.
The technology behind the Commercial Side of a website is invisible to the user. The Graphical User Interface (GUI) is what they see when they visit your website. But behind that button lies functions that are invoked when a user pushes it that as often as not cause more to happen than a pretty picture to come up, a page to turn, or any number of simple changes to occur.

When you are buying a product or service on the Internet, a series of events follows that initial pushing of the "Add to Cart" button. You as the customer want to know that the process you are engaging in is secure. You as the internet merchant want that same assurance but in a much bigger way. After all, it is your business, your income, and your reputation that is at stake.

Akamai Design sees the proper application of these "hidden" functions with the same level of concern and demand for perfection as we do with every other aspect of your site's development. To serve your commercial needs, we do all that we can to design, build, and bring online the most robust, the most secure and safest technologies that are available today.

The Hosting of your website is as important as every other aspect of its design and construction. A commercial website necessitates a relationship between the website itself and its host server, and your users' interactions trigger a series of communications between the two. The quality and reliability of the hosting service, its security and its proximity to the backbone of the internet are all prime considerations when bringing your website online.

With years of experience and team members that have constructed ISP's and worked for services that specialize in monitoring web traffic and ensuring clients' website reliability, we feel that we are uniquely qualified to position your website so as to maximize it's performance 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Color! As soon as the internet developed even the simplest of programming tools, with the introduction of Javascript in Netscape 2.0 in September of 1995, we began to play with ways to take advantage of what we believed would blossom into a multi-media, cross platform, 24/7 network that delivers any kind of content imaginable all over the world in milliseconds.

Originally published in 1995, our Big Bad Color Test was the first time we joined our interests in color and programming. We created what quickly became a very useful tool, allowing users to ask and answer the same question we pose today: What Colors Do You Like? What colors work well with the content that you want to present on your website?
During those same early years, we built several websites, some of which are still online today. Volcano Photo, still in its original form, is a good example of our use of a grayscale scheme to support - not distract from - the myriad of colors and site content of a professional photographer's website.
By the late 1990s, Akamai Design began designing software for distribution over the internet and released Designer's Studio, a complete WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) graphical editor, to create Kaleidoscopic Color Schemes. Designer's Studio is the application in which thousands of unique computer interfaces were created.
Following the success of Designer's Studio we formed, along with world class interface designers, DS Group, Inc. Focusing on the development of graphical interfaces for operating systems (OS), and ways in which the OS's GUI could be commercialized, DS Group gave us the opportunity to further hone the skills we bring to the projects we engage in today.
Akamai Design, by its nature has two major components: Design and Programming. To combine art and technology to create digital products that are not only full of function, but at the same time fun to use has always been our goal. We have the talent and experience and are ready to devote our entire attention and resources to to make sure what you envision becomes reality. Our two principal developers are Dorian Weisel and Tom Connolly.

Dorian Weisel, who started as a professional photographer, and with over 30 years experience in the graphic arts business has come to the computer and embraced the challenges, from an artist's point of view, of merging art with technology. Dorian is versed in all graphic arts programs and the programming languages used to place and manipulate graphical elements, i.e., to create the Graphical User Interface of computer applications. Dorian is most likely the one a new customer will first interact with.

Tom Connolly, Akamai Deisgn's indispensable software engineer, is as equally versed in Javascript, PHP and Visual Basic, as he is in C, and C++. Tom has been the core developer for all the amazing things we have done. With Tom on our team, we know if it can be done, we can do it!
To contact us, email Akamai Design at .

Once contacted, we will begin the process of determining your needs and how we can best serve them. We will identify the scope of your project and assign the construction of the different aspects of it to the appropriate people within our organization.

To write or call us, please address your inquiries to:

Akamai Design
Post Office Box 884
Volcano, Hawaii 96785
(808) 345-9397
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