Nau mai haere mai, welcome. This site is in transition.


The inspiration behind Mira Design is seeing that in this day and age, no good business, organization or worthwhile endeavor should be suffering from a bad website. So much can now be done for comparably so little effort.

As a designer who has worked with networked media since 1993, and seen this evolution, it seems time to bring this to those clients who might otherwise not realize what is possible for even the smallest of budgets.

I would like to offer this service and my years of experience to clients who I can see are developing socially and environmentally responsible products or services. This is seen as a way to continue to build a business which I can be excited to work in, and which enables me to meet and work with fabulous people.

Also so that I can garner more client feedback such as this:

Trudy is an exceptionally talented communicator and designer with an integrity to all she does. Her breadth and depth of experience means she can combine pragmatic business acumen and project budget management, while bringing forward a creative ingenuity and inventiveness which makes the results shine beyond the crowd.


The etymology (see below) of the name Mira connects with my creative work with the concept of ‘wonder’ – which in turn came from an interest in personal collections of fascinations, known in earlier centuries as wunderkammer. I am continuing to work with this concept through The House of Wonder project, which is part of a long term goal, with which I hope Mira Design will in time coincide. The concept of wonder keeps me focused on those things which I find inspiring.

Mira (play /ˈmrə/ or play /ˈmɪrə/) is also the name of a red giant star estimated 200-400 light years away in the constellation Cetus. As a binary star, it consists of the red giant Mira A along with Mira B.

Etymology: From the Latin mīrārī, comes mirare, which means to wonder at something that causes amazement or awe.


  1. Miss Downs
    April 18, 2014 at 8:44 PM · Reply

    Hello this is a great simple website, you are very talented. Did ‘Mira’ come from Miranda as well as from Latin??

    • Trudy
      May 9, 2014 at 10:57 PM · Reply

      Hello and why thank you Miss Downs 🙂

      Yes mainly it came from wanting to find a name that reflected a sense of ‘wonder’ and in looking up the word in other languages there were a lot of nice coincidences with the Latin root word of Mira/mirar. One of those was that it related to the european name for the countryside area where I grew up – Miranda (I’ve btw since found out that the original Maori name for the area is Pūkorokoro, so I’m increasingly using that now also).

      In Spanish it also means to look, wide views such as a vista or to ‘take a view’ on something such as the future. In Hebrew Mira is a derivative of Miriam or the female equivalent of Meir, meaning light – and my middle name is Miriam. So a number of nice overlaps.

      The Mira binary star (two stars orbiting together), also seemed like a good guiding star as it behaved like no other star they’d seen at the time (!) – appearing and disappearing over a 330 day cycle. This so confounded astronomers they called it ‘Mira stella’ – the marvellous star.

      So – yes I liked the many crossover meanings it has – but mainly the name is a way to remind myself every day of what I find most inspiring, so to carry that into all that I do, and to everyone that I work with.

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