Photographic Manipulation and Creativity

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Two friends and I were at the coffee shop the other day. We started talking about creativity. The conversation was inspired by art on the walls. As we talked, the topic moved to photography. We discussed how Photoshop has changed the world of photos. So much manipulation goes on now, and it's easier than ever. I brought up my doubts as to whether photos can be good pieces of evidence for a court of law anymore. ... Continue Reading

The Client (or Pastor) Is Always Right [Images]

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This poster series by Jonathan Quintin, founder and creative director at STUDIOJQ, will make each and every graphic and web designer smile—especially those who freelance. But as I scrolled through these and identified with them, it got me thinking about what it was like to do creative work for my church back in the United States. These statements apply to freelance graphic artists, web developers and just about anyone working in a creative agency; but they could just as easily refer to those of ... Continue Reading

Simplistic Movie Posters [Images]

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Rahul Parihar, digital artist and illustrator from Jaipur, India, has assembled this cool collection of simplistic movies posters. These are very well done and the quotes bring it all together nicely. ... Continue Reading

‘Anomaly’ by Lecrae [GIVEAWAY]

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The last time I listened to this much hip-hop, was when I got Toby Mac's ‘Eye on It.’ And before that, it had been a long time since I listened to much rap and hip-hop at all. When I was growing up, I listened to it ALL THE TIME and owned more than 100 Christian rap tapes—yes, tapes—and CDs. I was really into it. Times change and your tastes broaden, but I still have an ear for good rap. In fact, my wife had suggested I give Lecrae a try several times. Tim Challies digs Lecrae, so she figured I ... Continue Reading

Making a Case for Books [Video]

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Making a Case for Books is a beautiful stop motion video short (7min) of four bookcases being made in a workshop (get the play on words?). The video is a sort of double whammy, as the video is a great piece of stop motion and an interesting video of bookshelves being built. Enjoy! ... Continue Reading

The Design Museum App

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[Editor's Note: This app is currently only available for iOS.] I love looking at pictures of cool stuff. Who doesn’t? If I had the time to write more fiction—currently, I put out zero words a month—I’d be writing sci-fi, and one of best things for me to get inspired is to look at cool, retro designs. To that end, I just recently found this cool app put out by the Design Museum. ... Continue Reading

The Difference Between Art and Marketing in the Church

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As the 1st world has progressed since the industrial age our ability to be creative has grown exponentially. Now, anyone with a computer and some time can create art. But somewhere along the way art was transposed onto marketing and now we are in a world a little confused by the difference. You’ll need both in your church, so you need to make sure you understand the differences between art and marketing. ... Continue Reading

VCVCBC Songwriting Studio 2.0 [Giveaway]

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VCVBC Songwriting Studio 2.0 for iOS is a great app for songwriters that works great on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. It also includes audio recording capabilities and tons of sharing options! This awesome “musical sketchpad” helps you organize your lyrics, chords, melodies and rhythms into beautiful chord charts. VCVCBC uses a very comfortable workflow to allow each songwriter to finish a song in the way they work best. This isn't a cookie cutter solution, it's for the songwriting artist. ... Continue Reading

Website Eye Tracking 101 [Infographic]

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For web designers, you know so much about the process of constructing a website that needs to go into a great website. Content needs to be above the fold (or is that a fallacy?), images need to be compelling, the font needs to be readable, it needs to translate well to all browsers, and clutter is a bad thing. But for the pastor that may be buying a WordPress theme, a volunteer that is coding and designing the website themselves, or the person that has been handed a project that they did not ... Continue Reading