Karis can only be described as a labor of love. My good friends (acquaintances at the time) Dennis and Amy Graybill were talking to me in church one day about their project to launch a Christian publication. They had no idea they were talking to a designer, but what they said struck a chord with me. I had been searching for a long time for a way to give back with the talents I was blessed with—and here was an unsolicited opportunity staring me in the face.
I immediately jumped on board and designed version 1.0 of their website. It was nothing too fancy—just a traditional static site to inform folks about their publication as it prepared for launch. Dennis and Amy were so happy with the result that they offered me the job designing their actual print publication.
Daunting as it may sound, I accepted and suddenly became the sole creative in charge of churning out a 75+ page monthly publication.
I designed a total of 13 issues for them over the course of almost 2 years. I also designed and developed version 2.0 of their website, which was quite a bit more ambitious and included MODX, a local Christian school and business directory, a calendar and much more.
Unfortunately, Karis was not to be. Despite amazing readership and rabid fans, the advertising dollars to keep it afloat simply would not materialize. We ceased publication in 2012, and to this day consider ourselves blessed to have been a part of something so special.