PlainJoe Studios

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Richard Branson
It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.

Walt Disney


Peter McGowan is speaking at the Inaugural Conference of The Academy of Church Leadership |

January 10, 2018

Peter will discuss the power of storytelling to impact and transform communities, especially today in the digital world in which we live...


Design Group Celebrates Launches of 3 Diverse Church Projects |

December 28, 2017

PlainJoe Studios, a unique architecture and multi-discipline design group, celebrated the completion and opening of three distinct church renovation design projects completed in Q4...

Blurring Lines Between Ministry And Marketplace – Darren Sloniger |

December 19, 2017

What do you get when you cross a pastor with an urban-planner? An opportunity to blend ministry and marketplace for churches across the country....

Lighting Up The Valley – Shepherd Church, Porter Ranch, CA |

December 1, 2017

What does a church do to engage a community as vast and diverse as Los Angeles? PlainJoe Studios had the opportunity to serve one of the largest churches...

4 Signs Your Church Needs a Brand Architecture Overhaul |

October 13, 2017

How well is your church managing its brand? “Brand Architecture” isn’t a term you hear often in the church world, but it’s a concept you experience every day–everywhere you go...

The Orchard Develops Urban Space For Church And Community |

October 8, 2017

I met Scott Hodge on the outskirts of downtown Austin, Texas, more than a decade ago. I was in town to speak at the Q Conference. Hodge, an emerging photographer and artist, was attending the conference...

California Church’s New Design Shines As A City On A Hill |

August 14, 2017

At the northwest corner of the City of Angels, Shepherd Church has grown to become one of the largest churches in Los Angeles with nearly 10,000 people a week gathering at one of its four campuses...

PlainJoe Studios celebrates one year anniversary of Spatial Storytelling℠ |

August 1, 2017

Corona, Calif. – Multi-Disciplinary Design company PlainJoe Studios has expanded its Spatial Storytelling℠ services to include Architecture, Master Planning, Urban Design, Interior Design, Show Set Design...

PlainJoe Studios builds innovative dream team of creative experts |

July 31, 2017

Corona, Calif. – PlainJoe Studios, a Multi-Disciplinary Design company, has welcomed heavy-hitting industry experts to its team over the past year...

5 Signs You Need To Update Your Church Website |

July 19, 2017

Church websites tend to be organized based on what the senior pastor and pastoral team ask for. But the pastoral team shouldn’t necessarily be making ...

Florida Church Looks To Re-Create The Lost Vision Of Eden |

June 4, 2017

Almost five decades ago, a storyteller named Walt Disney took what he had learned about the intersection of story and space and “imagineered” a Disney World roughly the same size as San Francisco...

Processed Foods Are Killing the Local Church… |

May 4, 2017

Story is core to the human condition. We use story to connect with family, friends, and even strangers...

3 Facility Upgrade Strategies That Can Help Your Church Grow |

April 6, 2017

God is a God of “place-based” community. In fact, the book of Leviticus takes a deep dive into the specific features God wanted the Israelites to pay attention...

Church Renews Its Discipleship Strategy, Story And Space |

April 5, 2017

A century-old Free Methodist church founded in 1908 in the middle of Washington state was not the most likely church home and mission field for 35-year-old Mike Wilson...

4 Practical Ways to Cultivate a Creative Church |

January 26, 2017

You’re with a pastor friend when he tells the story of how he recently preached a sermon that included a physical illustration or creative...


Mosaic Church Starts Demo |

December 19, 2016

Demolition is set for this week on a long-closed, Winter Garden department store that will be rebuilt as Mosaic Community Church's main campus...

Australian Churches Explore New Environments |

December 12, 2016

As I write this, I’m flying across the island continent of Australia after having spent more than a week uncovering what God is up to in this amazing corner of his creation...

Combining Past And Future: Eastside Christian Church In California |

September 4, 2016

I first got to know Gene Appel more than 15 years ago when I was still at Disney. Since then, I have had the privilege of serving him...

Christian Standard Media interviews Mel McGowan |

Jul 19, 2016

Christian Standard Media interviews Mel McGowan - NACC 2016...


CORONA: Coffee company created to aid rescue mission |

August 20, 2015

People don’t realize how many people touch a coffee bean before it gets brewed. That was the insight of Blake Ryan...

CORONA: Miguel’s Jr. ‘spokeschip’ has a delicious sense of humor |

May 8, 2015

Burritos aren’t easy to draw. Neither are tacos.That’s one of the reasons Miguel’s Jr. has a talking tortilla chip...

One Man Built The Ultimate Bed For Star Wars Fans |

May 6, 2015

In a bedroom far, far away, one lucky kid gets to sleep in the coolest Star Wars-themed bed around...

There's No Reason To Ever Get Out of a Millennium Falcon Bed |

May 1, 2015

Finding the motivation to crawl out of bed to face work, school, or even sunlight is hard enough. But imagine the herculean task of getting up in the morning when your bed is a near perfect replica of the Millennium Falcon’s cockpit...


Imagination |

December 17, 2014

It’s not only essential to entrepreneurs, artists, architects, musicians and authors – it’s the genesis to nearly everything we see...


Trends vs Timeless Design |

Sep 28, 2012

Trends vs Timeless Design - Peter McGowan, Plain Joe Design Studios

4 Principles for Hiring Creatives |

Sep 26, 2012

4 Principles for Hiring Creatives - Peter McGowan, Plain Joe Design Studios


Amid buses, limos and descendants, Mob Experience unveiled |

June 10, 2010

Those artists from Visioneering Studios are wizards with “experiential” imagery. They’re pretty fair with words, too...