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Jade & Pets

Jade & Pets

 

Mission Statement

Design1Online’s (D1O) mission is to create games for girls that inspire dreams and ambitions, are fun and entertaining, provide a safe social environment, teach essential life skills, and promote member-driven content.

Company Background

D1O started as a little girl’s fascination with horses. In 1998 CEO Greta “Jade” Krafsig wrote a book about a young girl and her trusty steed. Following the book’s completion she decided she wanted a game to go along with it.

In 1999, at only 13, she started designing what would become her very first online game. White Oak Stables officially debuted in September 2001, running on her home laptop and only accessible for a few hours each day. Since then it has grown to over 100,000 members from more than 150 countries.

Today Jade Krafsig has a Bachelors Degree in Computer Science and is still programming the games she loves. D1O’s countless years of experience and unique insight can be attributed to the young girl who decided to write a story about a horse — and unknowingly creating a company geared towards quality games for women of all ages.

Today D1O has expanded to incorporate many other games, almost all of which center around animals. In total D1O has had the opportunity to work on over 26 games, several of which are still running strong today.

Press

White Oak Stables, D1O’s largest game, is rated as one of the top online horse games in the United States. It has been featured in the Fredericksburg, Virginia Free Lance Star, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and Animal Chatter Magazine in the United States; Mizz Magazine in the United Kingdom; and Horse Power Magazine in Australia.

Meet The Team

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Jade

CEO, Game Designer & Programmer

She started programming and designing games when she was 13 and still is today. She loves creating games for a living.

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Susanne

Main Artist

She is a freelance artist who loves Disney movies and Kiwi birds. She does artwork for White Oak Stables and Whoa-Horsie.

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Nisa

Main Animator

She is a freelance artist who draws inspiration from Disney with her child-like animal art. She does animal animations for Whoa-Horsie.

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Kirara

Artist

She is the freelance artist responsible for the beautiful dog artwork on Sim Dog and Black Star Kennels.

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Elaine

Animator

Works as an animator for an iOS game company by day and does freelance animation by night. She must have super powers! She does the human animations for Whoa-Horsie.

7 Responses

  1. a1979shakedown says:

    Great looking site. How did you create the links and header? Did you pay for the upgrade to allow you to save your CSS changes, or is it possible to do this for free by downloading the WordPress tool?

  2. Jade says:

    Hey, glad you like it. I used one of the pre-made schemas called Blix that comes with the standard wordpress setup on the free version. Then I created a custom graphic that I uploaded for my banner at the top of the page. You can do that for free. You have to be upgraded to save the changes to the CSS unless you host wordpress on your own website.

    If you have wordpress on your own website then you can chmod the layout files 777 and edit them directly from your wordpress admin panel. You can also find a lot of really great layouts that you can download for free until you have the skills to create your own.

    I’ve made custom layouts for wordpress before if you’re interested. Go to my website http://www.design1online.com for more information.

  3. Marsha Zaidman says:

    So glad to see that you are doing well and obviously very productive. Looking forward to hearing more from you in the future.

    • Jade says:

      Hey Mrs. Zaidman! How have you been? Yes, I’ve been doing very well. Been working on bigger business deals, advertisers and sponsors. It’s been a challenge and a wonderful experience at the same time. Trying to juggle that and working full time has been tough but very rewarding.

  4. Leah says:

    I wanted to say thank you Jade for this wonderful website with so many useful tutorials.

  5. Janaki says:

    Hi Jade, I am glad to see you love horses and dogs! Check out the UC Davis equestrian club website, I just put it up.

    I want to start implementing the use of AJAX in my sites, so I found your scripts. Thanks you for posting and for this great site!

    Janaki

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