Island Earth Studio
In 1994, while working in a photo lab in Media, PA, customers would occasionally inquire as to whether we (the photo lab) could do custom digital retouching or restoration. I had dabbled with such projects on my own time, using the computer skills I picked up in college. I was eager to help these customers in any way I could and enjoyed using the computer, so I started working as Rahm Graphic Design. I began taking on photo restoration jobs and creating newspaper ads for local businesses.
In 1995, I hooked up with Derek Adams of Little Devil Brand Clothing Co.™. Little Devil was primarily a T-shirt company geared towards BMX and skateboarding culture. I helped Derek with his designs and reproduced them on the computer for the sake of precision and easy editing. This helped ensure accurate alignment when the designs were transferred to his printing screens and it also helped us both when it came time to lay out the new catalogs. Around this time, I also began working as a mechanic at Performance Bike Shop® in Springfield, PA. Performance has long had a great reputation as a mail order company and I was excited for the opportunity to work in the bicycle industry once again. Bicycles have always been my first love.
In 1998, I attended Penn State University in Altoona as a student of Mechanical Engineering Technology. This degree, which is very hands-on and technical, afforded me the opportunity to learn computer drafting and 3-D modeling software packages to aid in product design. Computer drafting, along with learning properties of materials, was my main objective upon completion of my degree. In addition to engineering classes, I was required to take a preliminary course on the basics of HTML code (or web page authoring). This was the spark that ignited my interest in web design and allowed me to apply my knowledge of graphic design to a new and exciting medium. This led to my first web design job for a local business, Infinity Mortgage Corporation. Infinity soon asked me to re-design and oversee all of their print advertising as well.
In 1999, I began offering my freelance services under the name Rahm Enterprises while also following a course towards mechanical engineering. I began working for Action Manufacturing, an ordinance manufacturer, in 2000. I was responsible for revising and maintaining existing mechanical drawings and designing new machines to facilitate the manufacturing and testing process.
In 2001, I accepted a position at Scanvec Amiable (now called SA International). SAi develops Windows® and Macintosh® software for large format printing, cutting and routing. I began in the Quality Assurance department testing software for their own products and those made for other companies such as HP®. It wasn't long before I starting using my graphic design skills for icon and interface design. It was also here that I began to work closely with FileMaker®, a simple but powerful database program. I designed and maintained numerous databases that aided workflow and tracking for the entire Engineering and QA departments. Eventually I moved to Product Management where I was able to focus more on interface and feature design. This is also when I began working with the marketing team on graphics and printed materials and spent over a year managing one of the company's leading products.
Beginning in 2008, I decided to start focusing my full attention on Rahm Enterprises and soon after decided it was time for name change to make things more official. Welcome to Island Earth Studio LLC.