About Mark

Read below for details from my professional and personal life.


Mark Moran with Jet Li and Patrick Lee

Mark with Jet Li (Actor, Producer) and Patrick Lee (Co-Founder, Rotten Tomatoes)

After discovering the world wide web back in 1997, I started teaching myself HTML and Photoshop in my spare time. A year later I was hired by Patrick Lee as a web designer and producer for a small startup in Berkeley, California. That web design startup would eventually form the kernel of what is now Rotten Tomatoes.

I’ve been fortunate to design websites for high profile clients such as Disney and Warner Brothers, as well as smaller businesses and entrepreneurs across Asia, North America, and Europe. I was also Jet Li’s webmaster and assistant for 10 years in the U.S. and China, building websites for his personal projects and several of his movies.

After eight years in China, where, among other things, I conducted design methodology workshops for Business Analysts across the country, I moved to Hawaii and now work as a web designer and WordPress developer for NIC Hawaii, and I also teach web design at the University of Hawai’i West O’ahu.

I love exploring new methods of building beautiful websites, and sharing what I know with a new generation of web designers.

The first 25 years of my life in the Seattle Area of the Pacific Northwest was a great pre-cursor to the second half of my life spent exploring cultures and locations around the world.

I have a love of travel and have visited Japan over 40 times, lived in China and Hong Kong for 8 years, worked and traveled in Europe and North America and still have plans to keep learning more about the world around us and the people who live in it. I am conversational in Japanese and Mandarin Chinese, and I am a strong proponent of one-bag minimalist travel.

I also spent over 20 years studying Chinese martial arts (wushu) with a variety of masters and coaches in the U.S., China, and Europe. I have also taught martial arts in the U.S. and China and conducted training workshops at U.C. Berkeley, Imperial College in London, and for private schools in North America and China.

In my spare time I love to draw, play music (guitar, ukulele, piano), cook, watch movies, meditate, explore local restaurants and coffee shops, and read science fiction.


Mark Moran at the Shaolin Temple

Training with a Kung Fu Master at the Northern Shaolin Temple in Hebei, China

Frequently Asked Q’s

Back in 1997 I started teaching myself HTML and Photoshop. After a year of trial, error, and more trial, I was able to put together a semi-decent website. Decent enough that I got a job at a design agency where my education really started to take off. 

I don’t believe there is a “best” for everyone, but there is one that is probably the best for a specific situation. The real question isn’t which [whatever] is the best, but what is it you are trying to do? If you know your goals and end result that you are trying to achieve, then you will be able to better analyze which tool will be the best suited to help you get there.

Well, that is actually a longer answer than I have time for here, but in a nutshell:

  1. Develop my design skills and awareness
  2. Study UI/UX (at this point you can get a job doing design work)
  3. Start learning front-wend web coding: HTML, CSS, some JavaScript (at this point you can get a web coding job)
  4. Start building WordPress sites and getting really good with Oxygen or Elementor and CPT/ACF. (at this point you can start freelancing and getting your own clients)
  5. Start learning PHP so I can do more hands-on WordPress coding
  6. Focus on really understanding how to communcate with, and serve, my clients. (this is what will enhance your offering, perception in the marketplace, and how much you can charge)

Sure, but odds are I wouldn’t be teaching you anything you couldn’t learn from my YouTube channel, so I would go there first.

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