about me

I provide many services, including web design & development, print design, brand/identity design and interactive media. But that’s what I do. Here’s more about who I am. But first, let me share an additional role that was missing from that page, where I describe myself as designer and developer…

creator

I believe that as humans, we are inherently creative beings, since we were created in the image of our Creator. One of my purposes on this planet is to simply create, with whatever materials are available. In my work, when I am temporarily entrusted with someone’s idea/project/product, I try to use my gifts, abilities and experience to give it my unique treatment. Then after I’m done, we have created something that is (hopefully) better for my having touched it. In this regard, my job is just a practical application of an inherent drive to create. I assume that I’m no different from anyone else in this, except for my particular gifts, talents and developed skills. It is a gift and a blessing to work in a field where I make a living doing something I’m passionate about. I know most people in the world (or even this country) don’t get that opportunity.

what’s in a name – manna studio

When my design company, Manna Studio was created in the spring of 1999, we began with the concept of daily renewal (our daily “manna”). After taking a sabbatical, and looking toward the future, I revisited the original purpose and mission statement. I believe even more deeply now in that origin message.

“Whether business related or personal, physical or spiritual, we all need fresh minds, bodies and ideas to live our lives to their fullest! Jesus Christ provides this daily renewal of mind and spirit, allowing us a clean slate to begin our daily endeavors. God intimately knows all of our lives, thoughts, desires and fears, and He desires to fill our needs through relationship with Him. He knows what’s best for us, whether we’re aware of it or not. He provides for us in many ways–a change in attitude, wisdom in our struggles, and even providing for physical and financial needs. I try to seek this newness and transformation daily, both spiritually and creatively, and I strive to share this with those I come in contact with.”

These core beliefs have remained consistent through the years. I’ve made mistakes. I believe that inviting God into my situation and the accompanying thought process, combined with willingness to admit wrongs, has allowed Him to change me for the better. It helped me gain a proper attitude, adjust my process, find a new approach to a problem topic/client, and develop better systems for conducting business.

I truly believe that any successes I’ve experienced (personal and professional) were a result of allowing God into the process, rather than relying solely my own actions and ideas. He [The Creator] is an unending source of renewal, not just a one-time change, but a continuous daily renewal. This is what I think of, when I think about manna.

An interesting, related verse…

2 Corinthians 5:15-17 (new creation in Christ)

“And he died for all, that those who live, should no longer live for themselves, but for him who died for them and was raised again. So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view … if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”

my goal

People tend only to think about–especially in business–if we can do something, not if we should do it. My goal, from the beginning, has been to not let the world decide how I do business, but let my beliefs and principles determine how I conduct myself in the marketplace. There is plenty of room to be successful, provide a great product or service, and promote it in an effective and ethical way. Business should not be something we approach as separate–and somehow isolated and protected–from the same ethics and morality we strive to apply to our daily lives. I love the following quote.

“Concern for man himself and his fate must always form the chief interest of all technical endeavors…in order that the creations of our mind shall be a blessing and not a curse to mankind. Never forget this in the midst of your diagrams and equations.” – Albert Einstein

 

additional food for thought

I love trying to live by this scripture, remembering what is important…

Matthew 6:25-33 (priorities)

 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labour or spin… If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, `What shall we eat?’ or `What shall we drink?’ or `What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”