MANJI [mahn-jee], n. Charms, symbols of good luck and signs of benediction used by Jains and Buddhists — mostly found in ancient Persia, India, China, Japan, and among tribes of the Americas.
As the videogame industry began to rapidly evolve around 1998, Manji Designs was established as the creative force behind the three websites I built after teaching myself how to code HTML and CSS. The word "manji" was inspired by the "Tekken" series, a fighting game that was no stranger to my hackling efforts.
The graphic assets I ripped from my game collection became visual experiments in Paint Shop Pro. However, it wasn't until my senior year of high school when I was first introduced to Adobe Illustrator.
Today, I'm an award-winning Graphic & Digital Designer based in New York City. I am tickled by interesting paper swatches, photography, Asian art and European typography. When I am not in design mode, you'll find me in the kitchen cooking, shooting photography, laughing at Housewives, painting or deep in genealogical research.
At this point in time, I am no longer accepting new projects. However, you can connect with me on LinkedIn, Behance, Twitter (@Respectiquette) or Facebook. You can also visit my blog, The Design Daruma.
The message behind "manji" describes an ability to bring luck and benediction to those who use it. The octagonal logo represents an energy map, often known as a "bagua" [bah-gwah] in some Asian cultures. These maps are used to identify key areas in a given space that can be improved or enhanced.
The eight lines, or "trigrams," that encircle its center correspond to several major areas of life: prosperity; fame/reputation; relationships; health; creativity; children; knowledge; career; and friendship.
“I define design as a triangle of three characteristics: aesthetic, functional, and inspiring. Remove any one those traits from the equation and there is no design.”
The yin yang represents balance and change, both of which must occur in order for things to improve, as they give rise to each other in turn. Otherwise, things will lie stagnate — hence, a purple yin yang (the color of wealth) gives rise to prosperity.
Through intelligent use of design, color, and typography, we empower some of the most profound theories of Feng Shui [fung-shway] — an ancient Chinese system of aesthetics.
A handful of former and current clients are listed below.
Cindy L. Tangorra
DJ Joe Bermudez
DJ Kostas Petro
DJ Rico Mixshow
DJ White Shadow
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
Frank's Place Bar
Harmony Health & Beauty
Institute of Black Inn. & Tech.
Mr. Scott Music Man
Summer Street Press LLC
The Tokarz Group