While ChurchMag’s new logo design is currently in the hands of one of the most talented designers I know, I am currently trying to design a logo for Finding Justice with the help of Mark Robinson. Finding Justice has been generic and unbranded for almost a year now, but as it begins to pick-up steam, it’s time that it settled into an identity and have some banding applied to it.
In general, blogs should stay fairly generic until they get enough traction to warrant the time and attention for the branding process. I’ve been involved in several different ventures—both my own and others—and I have found this to be a good way to go about it.
So, as I kick around ideas and draw up some mock-ups, I found this infographic pretty enlightening. I think there’s a pattern, here, can you find it?
Church tech staff and volunteers have SO MANY different areas where they have to use visual media, including worship lyric backgrounds, blog posts, social media updates, promotional postcards, banners, bulletins, newsletters, and whatever other project you have taken on. The question is, where do you get your free stock photos for all of these goodies?
Unless you have a full-time staff or an iStockPhoto subscription, you are probably always scrambling for some kind of stock photography to use. Flickr seems like a great place to get free photos, right? What can be the harm in grabbing a couple of those images for use? Hmmm… well the common issues are lawsuits, loss of your website, and even legal troubles.
I’ve had a couple of projects that I’ve been working on that required some simple free vector icons and some sort of hand-drawn arrows. A weird combination, I know, but I came across a few different vector icon downloads that I found to be pretty snappy.
Have you downloaded any awesome free vector icons?
Share a link the comments!
Here’s what I’ve found:
ZURB, creators of the popular front-end web development framework, Foundation, have released a cool new tool that will help you rock-out some awesome responsive HTML emails!
With over 40% of emails being viewed with mobile devices, having your email newsletter responsive is really important. Email newsletters are already on the fringe of being sent to the trash without a good look, so if you don’t deliver your email so your recipient can read it on their device, consider yourself sunk.
As ChurchMag looks forward to 2014 for a new responsive design, you can guarantee our newsletter will be getting the same kind of responsive love. We may even use Ink! Check it out:
If you are the generation of people that grew up with X-men on television or comic books in the 80′s and 90′s or simply basking in the geeky glory that is the movie re-imagination of Batman, Superman, Ironman, Avengers, and all of the other movies, you will enjoy these geek character posters.
These are only a small collection of a huge list of great minimalist posters:
I can’t take much more of this!
Are you struggling too?
Less than 48 hours left, so maybe it is time to list our favorite Doctor Who reincarnates?
Here are five fan art depictions of some of the more prominent doctors:
I almost cannot take anymore waiting for the new Doctor Who season, but since we have to wait, we might as well go down the path of mixing Doctor Who with some great 8bit pixel art. This 8-bit Doctor Who is definitely not to be missed!
Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary is less than a week away and I know I am too excited to just sit here and wait. I have been out looking for anything and everything Whovian and found these inspiring and amazingly created Doctor Who posters of key moments from the past couple of years. Yet, there is something more than just beautiful and fun parts to these images, they are inspiring just as everything about Doctor Who is inspiring. Take these beauties in for all they are worth:
For all you Star Wars fans out there and with the upcoming 2014 new Star Wars movie, we have a few treats for you. I personally am on the hunt for all things fanboy with the Star Wars universe. The images below are general minimalistic photos creates, but look like they might be great backgrounds for mobile devices with a little Photoshopping or cropping: