Current MyARTideas.com Companies:
MyARTideas.com began as a print brokerage firm in 1994 under the moniker: Vyne Arts, a subdivision of Blue IMAGE. A combination of two brothers and their wives. We did some graphic design using Photoshop and Illustrator, but mostly we were brokers for thermographed (raised printing) Business Card and Letterheads/Envelopes. (See 1983 Newspaper photo here about Adam’s early tech interests at age 10)
We started on the 2nd floor of an old house in Lexington, OH converted into two apartments, eventually moving to the first floor (foreshadowing what was to come at the next location on E Main St.?)
Near the end of 1995, we introduced html/web design into our portfolio and increased our freelance design department. (Watch a youtube video of me predicting “surfing the web” as the next big thing in a 1996 WMFD news show).
We first learned web design by coding strictly with text editors (working for M8.com above Kell Hardware), and eventually started using Frontpage and GoLive software (later called DreamWeaver).
In 1998, we moved our offices to a 2-story building at 16 E. Main St. in downtown Lexington, Ohio and introduced other digital items. We started out on the top floor and eventually moved to the first floor of the same building ironically just like our original home just years earlier….
We changed/registered our name to Digital Dream to represent our diverse product offering. During our downtime, we sold CD’s, DVD’s, Laserdiscs, digital home audio equipment including DISH satellite receivers, and electronics, typically Pioneer brand.
Eventually, in 1999, we scaled back to the original freelance graphic and website design firm leaving behind the storefront, and thus was born our first website (and now defunct) WhyDigi.com because digitaldream.com was already taken. This was a return to the home-based business model in effect to this day.
We added Design to the end of our name and “Why Digital Dream Design” was the marketing plan with a new domain name. (Front and Back of BC below).
To gain experience, I worked part or full time for the following Print firms from 1993-2000: Sun Graphics, News Journal, Schilling Graphics, Premier Graphics Inc, and Mansfield Print Centers.
As the 2000’s began, we introduced computer consulting and training into our digital services portfolio. Since 2001, we also offer businesses & individuals an “equipment liquidation” service by helping them list their unwanted items of value on various internet auction and retail sites. (Front and Back of BC shown).
In January 2004, we purchased a computer aided plotter/cutter for making vinyl signs and lettering. We also purchased a heat press for making custom impressions on T-Shirts. In 2014, we sold off that equipment.
In June 2004, we added d3graphics.com and “Dream it • Design it • Display it” to our marketing plan (or does the ‘d3’ stand for Digital Dream Design?)
In early 2006, we added full color, 2 sided glossy business cards and flat printing to our product line.
In 2006, we added digital printing to our available vinyl signage products.
In 2008, we added Ad Specialty items, including pens, frisbees and office items.
In 2011, we added Joomla & WordPress Websites (Content Management System ‘CMS’) availability to our clients.
In 2012, we began learning & installing Linux (ubuntu) in a limited fashion (I turned an old laptop into a large chromebook using Ubuntu).
In 2014, we added printistry.com to our marketing strategy: where artistry meets print.
Fall of 2015, PhotosWithBenefits.com launched, a photography side to D3graphics:
Manfrotto: 190XPROB Tripod and 498RC2 Ball Head, 679B Monopod.
Nikon D5200 and lenses include: Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 EX DC HSM (Wide-Angle, Real Estate Photography), Nikon Nikkor 35mm f/1.8 (low light, portrait), and a Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro (portrait, macro, sports).
D3200 as a backup camera: Nikon Nikkor 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6 (every day walk-about lens),.
Spring of 2016, added MyARTideas.com to the company marketing strategy to encompass all 3 divisions of Digital Dream Design.
Fall of 2017, we dropped the “Digital Dream” and just use “My ART ideas” as the business name. We no longer sell electronics or digital discs relying only on design, photography and printing.
Winter of 2018, we purchased a 24″ vinyl cutter to bring the vinyl sign production in-house.
Summer of 2019, we added ReGOLFgear.com
(resell, rebuy, rematch golf gear).
Winter of 2019, production idea has begun on another book. The Boss Toss: Don’t work for a boss, be the boss!
April 2020, my second book published, A Realtor, Banker, Inspector walk into a . . . (ownlandia.com)
Who knows what this “hobby gone crazy” will lead to next,
but we are sure it will involve digital technology in one way or another!
find Adam Gongwer on these sites:
• SRO 101 (Consulting, Presentations)
• Lexington Business & Growth Association (LBGA Ohio)
• Local OH Transportation (Mid-Ohio area)
• LaughingHelps.US (Self-Published, Half Comical Memoir)
• OwnLandia.com (Self-Published, process of buying a house)
• ReGolfGear.com (Golf Equipment reseller)