‘You’re My Avalanche’ by John Mark and Sarah McMillan [Saturday Morning Review]

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Most of the time people overlook EPs, sad but true. Although I could be wrong, but from what I have gleaned it appears that only hardcore fans pay attention to an artist's EP. Ironically, EPs tend to be more expressive, more artsy; the artists tend to show more of their creative selves without filtration, dumbing down, or the over-embellishment achieved by deft sound engineering. While this can be a blessing, it could also be a curse because you get to hear the best of the best, and the worse of ... Continue Reading

Design Basics: Planning and Research [Series]

Design Basics - Planning and Research

Now that you know what design is, we can start to look at what is involved in the process of design. If design is about communication, and making things clearer—then it pays to begin with research and planning. This gives us the best chance of success. The best way to start is by asking questions. ... Continue Reading

Theology of Creative Limitations

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Austin Kleon in the final chapter of his book Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative gives some amazing creative advice. Tilting the chapter “Creativity is Subtraction,” Kleon talks about the benefits of putting limitations upon your creative process. It’s a great chapter in a great book that you really ought to read, and in this chapter he includes this quote from Jack White: “Telling yourself you have all the time in the world, all the money in the world, all the ... Continue Reading

Google Changes Their Logo (And Why Churches Should Be Watching)

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If you didn't know, Google just changed their logo this month. In a 10 day period where they gained a parent company, had the largest jump in their stock, and other additional changes, it would seem that Google is still rapidly evolving even though it is gigantic. They have a YouTube video that we have below to explain why they have made this change: ... Continue Reading

Does Graphic Design Help the Church?

Does Graphic Design Help The Church

I've been a fan of graphic art all my life. When I was 10 it was comic books. I vividly remember walking into the grocery store near my house and picking up an issue of Amazing Spider-Man. Seeing illustrations of Spidey swinging through the streets of New York City was life changing. I immediately wanted to recreate the art I found on the pages of that comic book, so I began drawing. I still have the first illustration I did of "Wolf-Spider", a character my 10-year-old mind thought was totally ... Continue Reading

6 Ways to Improve Your Church Bulletin

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Church bulletins. You gotta love 'em. Or not. Since moving to the US, we've been visiting many different churches in our search for a new spiritual home. That was an interesting experience, to say the least, and one that has taught us much about what churches are doing right—and wrong. One aspect of our church 'experience' we noticed, was the vast variety in church bulletins, both in terms of layout and quality as in content. We've seen some really great examples of church bulletins and we ... Continue Reading

What You Need to Know About Brand Colors [Infographic]

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I work with a digital ad agency and I do know that when it comes to branding, color selection, etc., a lot comes into play. However, one of the major considerations has to be what the color depicts, represents, and how it speaks to people. This is why I really appreciate this infographic called the "Psychology of Color." Here are some interesting things the infographics has to say: ... Continue Reading

BASICS Notebook: The Everything Notebook

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In case you’re new here, allow me to let you in on a little secret: I have a problem with notebooks. Seriously, I’m sitting in my office at church right now, and I have forty brand new, unused notebooks. The sickest part is that I’m not done yet, people. I’m always looking for more. Whether I’m a bookstore or a Super Wal-Mart, I’m always on the lookout for a sweet, sweet notebook. So imagine my delight when I was alerted to a new notebook on Kickstarter: ... Continue Reading

Building a Youth Group Website

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Thirty-one. Besides being the number of the ideal woman—get it? (Proverbs 31)—thirty-one is also my age. Yes, that's right: I'm old. And as such, I've moved beyond youth ministry, and yet I still have a deep passion for reaching young people and an enduring respect for those who still bear the calling to reach them. And because I respect youth ministers so much, I'd like to offer a bit of help with your website. But first, a story! ... Continue Reading