Jono is a young Graphic Designer and Musician based in New Zealand. He has a passion for seeing the gospel shared through the creative arts and is particularly gifted at web design.
Age? I was born on 11/10/1989(so for you guys in USA, 10/11/1989, October 11th 😛 ) so that makes me 19.
Where do you live? I live in Ohau, which is a little town south of a larger little town, Levin, in the great land of New Zealand.
What is your favorite colour? I love the metallic gradient, light grey – black, or um… black? not sure…
What are the 3 things that you most like doing with your time? Well, Gaming with mates (COD4, Halo, Xbox live gamer tag: otenic add me 😛 I’ll play nice first game, lol j/k no i won’t I’ll pwn ya 😉 ), working on designs for youth group, helping out at youth church & church with sound, lighting, drumming…
When did you first start using your creativity for God, and how did that come about? When i started designing! 😀 around 5 years ago when my mates at school got me back into web design, then got excited and we started work on our youth groups first website!
What inspires you? God, the world around me, other creative peoples work and more then often while listing to music.
Who are some of your favorite artists? Definately God, Andrew Kramer(www.videocopilot.net), Aj Dimarucot & Danny Carlsen the designer for Parachute Music, www.parachutemusic.com, Andy Francis (Planetshakers designer, www.planetshakers.com) anyone that works hard to set new trends! oh and the guys over at RedisWhite.com!
What is the most amazing thing that you have seen God do? Gave me meaning and my talents! only 5 years as a designer and no formal education, that’s cos God isn’t dependent on what the world offers, he can use you any way you let him! oh sorry back to questions.
Do you have any particular projects going on at the moment? I recently applied for the position of Lead designer at NZ largest Christian youth mag (www.soulpurpose.co.nz) so hopefully get that, Working on Motion graphics for Youth of the Nation Conference including promo video, intro videos and graphics for during worship as well as being Visual Director (live video production etc). I also have another project that is secret so can’t say. sorry 🙁 + I’m working on getting my blog back on track 😀
What can we expect to see from you in future? Hopefully some cool new prototypes for sermon podcast stuff, social network stuff & even awesomer motion graphics! 😀 oh and if all works out a new Faith based T-Shirt company, check back here I’m sure I’ll let these guys know.
What would you most like to see come out of the Christian Creative scene in the next few years? Well what not? I want us to start setting trends, becoming the ‘beginning of art’ as God was and is, inspiring work that gets people thinking and brings them closer to God!
Where can we find more of your work? right now on my company’s website: www.finenoises.com (almost finished!), my new blog www.jonohale.finenoises.com oh and my CreativeMYK space: www.creativemyk.com/finenoises
Anything else you would like to say? Keep using our talents for God, but think outside the box, use thought provoking words and ideas to get your message across, and remember God deserves your all, don’t hold back on your designs. And don’t be afraid to use resources like CreativeMYK, Gomedia and others to help enhance your designs, underline the word enhance! and remember He loves you!