Design Basics: What is Design? [Series]

Design Basics - What Is Design

This is the first article in a series on Design Basics—helping churches think about the skills of design, not just the tools and tricks. Today we're going to start right at the beginning look at what design actually is. In churches 'design' can often be taken to be 'making things pretty', but there is so much more to it than that. If you start to consider design something integral to they way your church communicates (with both existing members, and potential visitors) it can be a really useful ... Continue Reading

How Our Favorite Websites Have Changed Over The Years [Video]

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Buzzfeed shared a great video a couple of weeks back that looked at archive screenshots of what the web looked like years ago. It makes me think about my first ever website which the landing page still exists, but nothing beyond that. It also utilizes JavaScript that would be considered malware now because it automatically redirected, but that's how programming has progressed. I'd love to see your first website if it is still up or if you have screenshots of iterations as they have ... Continue Reading

The Hungry JPEG: August Font Bundle

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Another amazing deal is now available at TheHungryJPEG.com! Their latest bundle includes over 50 fonts, along with tons of extras including graphics and dingbats. Everything included comes with a full commercial license. But hurry, as this offer is only available during August 2015! Here's a little sample: ... Continue Reading

The Most Undervalued Branding Element

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For many Christian organizations and churches, branding means creating a logo and using that somewhat consistently. Obviously, creating a consistent and recognizable brand involves way more. Everything you communicate—your website, your printed materials, the letters and emails you send, the promotional materials you use, anything—should embrace the brand’s identity. There cannot be a different use of the logo for instance (different colors or proportions, a different placing), or a message ... Continue Reading

The Lies Designers Tell Their Clients [Images]

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There are all kinds of lies. Little white lies we use to get away with something. Sweet little lies we tell our partner. Bold lies we use to get ahead. None of them are okay, obviously, but some of them can be pretty funny. Like these hilarious lies designers tell their clients. They're the kind of lies that are so obvious, it's almost painful. Like this one: ... Continue Reading

Summer Youth Ministry Overhaul

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Every season has their own distinct feeling, and—maybe it's because I've been a public school teach for nine years—summer seems to be a great time to self-evaluate and make changes. It's true for school teachers, and it's just as true for your pastors and youth workers. Summer can be an incredibly busy time for youth ministries when you think about camps, outings, missions trips, etc., and yet, if we were honest, we'd probably admit that our actually youth meetings are surprisingly low-attended ... Continue Reading

The Power of Visual Content [Infographic]

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I love visual content. There, I said it. Whether it is infographics, videos, Pinterest, or memes, I prefer them to text-only posts nearly every time. I have always been a creative type stuck in the mind of an analyst and programmer, but truly the creative in me needs let out on occasion. So what is it about these types of mediums that make them so effective? The infographic below has some great statistics, I have highlighted three of my favorite: ... Continue Reading

Responsive Website Design [Infographic]

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There is a lot of news about your website needing to be mobile responsive. If it's not, Google is going to ignore you. I know ChurchMag has nearly 1/5 of its traffic on an average day from Google, so that is huge! And your church is more than likely about the same. I love the definition this infographic gives for what a responsive website is: “Allow for easy reading and navigation with a minimum of resizing, panning, and scrolling.” Below is our favorite facts on responsive website design ... Continue Reading

Awesome Adobe Plugins: 03 – Subtle Patterns

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Have you ever found yourself wishing you had that little something extra for your designs? A subtle pattern to put in the background perhaps? If you have ever searched for any type of pattern for your designs, you’ve probably come across the Subtle Patterns library. Subtle Patterns is a highly curated web project created by Atle Mo. The patterns are beautiful and so easy to use. There is a cost for the plugin, but if you prefer not to drop any cash on this, you can use the web version free of ... Continue Reading

16 Great Examples of Church Facebook Posts

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My eBook By The Numbers has been out for more than two months now and I wanted to start to show off more of the creative outcome that comes with this study. I've looked at nearly 10,000 church Facebook posts and have seen a lot of great ideas and designs for churches. Below is a sample and brief description of what I saw in each of these Facebook posts from four different churches: ... Continue Reading