started out in 1998, as an association of several
individuals (female, male) from all over the
world. We got together on a project basis - whoever
was available at that time - and we worked together
in this virtual workspace called the worldwide web,
no offices, no employees, and yes .. the most important
...NO BOSS !
I guess it's safe to call most of us 'alternative''.
An example : from the start on, we systematically
refused to become a dotcom (take our own domain name).
For our own non-commercial projects we have always
used free server space, just like anybody else can.
Now that the hype about the web is finally starting
to turn a bit more realistic - as painful as that
may be for many - we can only take pride in our stubborn
refusal to take on the 'domain name' and other nonsense.
Only recently (August 2001) have we taken on a dotcom
name (webbtide.be actually), because it was 'given'
to us at no cost and we also switched to new servers
thanks to the generosity of Jonas @ Combell.be, because
our customers' demand to use technology that was not
readily available on free webservers became too great.
(mainly php and mysql if you really want to know)
After four years a lot has changed and WebbTide
Design has turned into a real - although
small - company, since most former members and associates
have moved on and went their own way. We're currently
located in Western Australia and work on a free-lance-only
basis (you should see the beaches here and you'd understand
!!) - mostly for the European and in particular Benelux
market. Because of several international trademark
disputes we suddenly seemed to get caught up in, we
have decided to change our name to holtof.com,
after Holtof Donné who initially started the
project and whose wife and some other 'partners in
crime' are the people currently 'disguised' as WebbTide
Don 'It's great to be insignificant!',
when not quoting Nietzsche, Alan Watts or Taoist/Zen
Master ChuangTzu, can generally be found on the beach
! (Yes we do have sharks there every now and then
Design has done design projects (webdesign
and graphics layout) for several non-profit organisations
and international events in the past years.
We had gradually evolved from webdesign only, to become
a specialist in Online Community Management. We developed
appropriate community concepts, did all design work,
initial setup and took care of the maintenance for
the communities we managed, including giving online
tech support where necessary. Since most of the free
community tools that were available once have dissapeared
since the dotcom bomb went off we shifted our focus
again and got actively involved in several Open Source
Amongst our clients you'll find a Radio Station, a
couple of Universities, an email software company,
a major computer reseller, several webdesign companies
and of course several ecommerce companies.
We have also added building Yahoo! Stores for Yahoo
Australia to our portfolio. Proving once again : You'd
be surprised what a free-lancer can get done ! And
still have a life at the same time !
inquiries regarding any of our services should be
directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Anyway.. enough talk .. enjoy your visit at our website.
The WebbTide Design/holtof.com
PS : We never wear suits ! And you don't have to either