A brief history of Atomic Design Studio.
Bruce Code (the founder of Atomic Design Studio) has always been interested in computing and has always (so his grandfather says) had an 'active imagination' and a creative streak. During 1996, when Bruce was working part time developing a Database for a music school in Albury, he re-ignited his passion for computers and subsequently applied to study 'Application Development' at the Riverina Institute of TAFE. Whilst he was studying for his diploma, he needed to fill in another semester of study. With the options being 'Networking', 'PC Maintenance', or 'Multimedia', he chose the latter. Finding out that he loved multimedia (his creative side was re-awakened), he switched focus from databases, to multimedia, and web site development in particular.
Over the next four to five years he had a variety of jobs from 'Tech Support' through Digital Photography and Image Editing to Application Development. It was during the 'Application Development' role that he did his first web site (http://www.vantheman.com.au/). At this time, the need for his skills developing Applications in Excel was slowing, so he started doing more web sites to supplement his income. Eventually, around 2002, he decided to 'bite the bullet' and quit his original role, concentrating solely on web site design, working for himself.
After a period of time he realised that working from home had its disadvantages. It was also at this time that he was working on his first version of the Proven Products web site (http://www.proven.com.au/). Mentioning to Geoff that he was keen to get out of home for work, Geoff offered him the use of a spare desk at Proven. This worked well for a time, but as Bruce started to gain more clients and also employed his first developer, both Bruce & Geoff realised that it was time for Bruce's business to develop its own space. Bruce had also been wanting to establish his own business identity – other than 'Bruce Code'. After much deliberation, Atomic Design Studio Pty Ltd officially began on July 2nd, 2004.
Around this time, Bruce stripped and renovated a room which had previously been a junk storage room on the opposite side of the Proven Products foyer. Having the extra room has certainly benefited Atomic with space to set up a network of computers. One of the main benefits of this network is that we are able to test sites in a variety of web browsers and situations, from Netscape Navigator 4.08 and Internet Explorer 4.0, through to Netscape Navigator 7.0, Internet Explorer 6.0 and other, newer browsers such as Opera, Mozilla, FireFox and some of the more obscure browsers such as Linux's Galleon and Konqueror.