Posts Tagged ‘Christianity’

Upcoming Sermon Series Graphics

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

I recently put together graphics for two different series of teachings coming up at Grace Gathering. The first one is a two-part series called Hospitality: How to Welcome Others and will begin on Sunday, September 26th. I thought the image of a golden door worked well to represent the rich blessings of hospitality. “…remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.” -Acts 20:35

A second teaching series will begin on October 1oth and is called Come and Follow Me: Engaging Jesus Through Luke’s Gospel.

Sixty-Six Clouds Posters Have Arrived

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

I just unpacked the first batch of Sixty-Six Clouds posters from the printer today and they turned out great. These ready to frame posters are 11″ wide x 17″ tall and have been digitally printed on premium 100# Matte paper.  If you are interested in purchasing one, please visit www.66clouds.com for more information.

Sixty-Six Clouds Website

Monday, July 19th, 2010

Back in April, 2009 I created a collection of sixty-six word clouds representing the sixty-six books of the Bible. The project was quite a success  based on the amount of traffic and positive feedback the original blog post created. Now, a little over a year later I’ve launched www.66clouds.com, which is better organized and more interactive than the previous blog post. A 6″ x 9″, 150 page, perfect bound book containing all sixty-six word clouds is now available as well. In addition to the book, 11″ wide x 17″ tall posters of each word cloud are available. So be sure to check out the new website if you are interested in purchasing either the book or posters.

Seeking God – Book Design

Monday, June 21st, 2010

“Most people in the world are on some type of spiritual journey.” Seeking God: An Investigative Journey is a 6 session study designed to help people evaluate and discover where they are at on their spiritual journey. This study has been a central tool used by Grace Gathering for many years and has undergone quite a few revisions. The latest revision is a 6″ x 9″, 100 page book format. I really enjoyed working on this project and creating the overall design and layout for the study.

Above are some of the series of icons and illustrations I created to help the reader navigate through the study.

If you would like more information about this study, or would like to purchase a copy, please contact the Grace Gathering church office directly.

Church Marketing Directory

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

The Center for Church Communication (CFCC) has just launched a new resource site called The Church Marketing Directory. According to the CFCC, “The Church Marketing Directory is a lightly-edited list of tools, resources and companies that help the church communicate more clearly.”

The resources are broken down into main categories, making it easier to find what you are looking for. Regarding the types of sites that will be approved for inclusion in the directory, the CFCC says this:

We’re looking for links to any companies, organizations, blogs, tools or other resources that help churches communicate better. These resources need to be focused on church marketing–if a church marketing connection is unclear, the resource will not be approved (e.g., if you submit a designer and their site never mentions working for churches, they’re likely not focused on church marketing and will be rejected). Church marketing means marketing for local congregations, not ministry marketing or Christian business marketing.

All submissions are subject to approval and editing. Inclusion in the Directory does not imply endorsement.

Light and Movement

Monday, December 14th, 2009

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I was asked to create an identity/web design for a Leadership Weekend event coming up in January 2010. The theme for the weekend is moving communities toward mission, so I decided to focus on the visual aspects of light and movement to create the design. I contacted a friend of mine who is an amazing photographer and requested a photo that would capture what I was looking for. He supplied the fantastic photo above.

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Here is what the photo looked like after a bit of cropping and transforming. The goal was to communicate light and movement in an abstract sort of way.

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And this is a screenshot of the final homepage from leadershipweekend.org. I provided the final design elements to the church that is holding the event and one of their staff members put the actual site together.

Drought

Saturday, May 30th, 2009

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The Word It for June is “Drought“. I know this illustration is pretty bleak, but droughts are bleak. Whether it’s physical, financial, or spiritual, droughts are not much fun. Death may not be the ultimate result of a drought, but it can sure feel like it when you’re going through one. Droughts are stark reminders of our frailty and the dependency we all have on external things to keep us alive. Aseity (self-existence) is an attribute only God Himself possesses and a drought is a powerful reminder of that reality. For in Him we live and move and have our being. -Acts 17:28

Murder By Pride

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

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I was recently reminded of an album cover design I put together a while back. A few months ago a friend of mine told me that the Christian rock band Stryper was having an album cover design contest for the release of their new album titled Murder By Pride. I had never designed an album cover before and it sounded fun, so I went ahead and put something together. My design did not win, but it was a fun project to work on. The lion is symbolic of Satan, who according to Scripture “prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8). Satan’s fall from heaven is attributed to the sin of pride in Isaiah 14:12-20 and Ezekiel 28:11-19.

Sixty-Six Clouds: Word Cloud Bible

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

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*UPDATE: Check out the new website at www.66clouds.com!

Sixty-Six Clouds is a collection of beautiful visualizations of word frequency in the Bible. A unique word cloud was created for each of the 66 books of the Bible. The significance of word clouds is that they quickly present viewers with the gist of written materials at a glance. Greater size is given to words that appear more frequently in the source text. Therefore, the larger the word is in the cloud, the more prominent it is in the text.  The word limit was set at 150 and many common words and all numbers were removed from the text when the word clouds were created. The same parameters were used for all sixty-six books of the Bible to give Sixty-Six Clouds a consistent style and appearance. All Sixty-Six Clouds images are subject to Copyright © Sixty-Six Clouds. Visit www.66clouds.com for more information and to view of all the word clouds.

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1. Genesis

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2. Exodus
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Regarding Art & the Bible

Monday, March 16th, 2009

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One of the first and most influential works I have ever read regarding art and religion is a short little pamphlet titled Art & the Bible by Francis Schaeffer. I have personally struggled to maintain a right understanding of the role that creativity and design play in this world and how that role can bring glory to God. Francis Schaeffer’s work is most helpful and comforting. Here is a small taste of it:

“To worship art is wrong, but to make art is not.” (p 11)

“God is interested in beauty.” (p 15)

“Representational art of non-religious subjects was thus brought into the central place of worship.” (p 17)

“Therefore, the first reason that creativity has value is that God is the Creator.” (p 34)

“Not every creation is great art. Nor is all that man makes good either intellectually or morally. So, while creativity is a good thing in itself, it does not mean that everything that comes out of man’s creativity is good.” (p 34-35)

“By validity I mean whether an artist is honest to himself and to his world view or whether he makes his art only for money or for the sake of being accepted.” (p 42)

“Let me say firmly that there is no such thing as a godly style or an ungodly style.” (p 51)

“Man is fallen and flawed, but he is redeemable on the basis of Christ’s work. This is beautiful. This is optimism. And this optimism has a sufficient base.” (p 57)

“In God’s world the individual counts.” (p 60)

“The Christian is the really free man — he is the one free to have imagination. This too is our heritage. The Christian is the one whose imagination should fly beyond the stars.” (p 61)