I recently put together this graphic to put on T-shirts for our mission team that will be heading to the Valley of San Quintín, Baja California, Mexico on June 11, 2011. The idea behind the design came from our host missionary in Mexico who uses a penny (one cent) as an illustration of a missionary who is also “one sent”. Isaiah 6:8 says “Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” I will be traveling with a group of about thirty people this year. It has been a blessing to serve the same church family in Mexico over the years and continue building lasting relationships.
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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.
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.
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.
I just found out that the Step into the Jordan logo design has been selected for inclusion in the new LogoLounge Master Library edition called Shapes and Symbols.
The Master Library series contains logo design work from creatives around the world and is based on the following categories:
• Initials & Crests
• Animals, Birds and Mythology
• Shapes and Symbols
• Nature and Food
• Arts and Culture (including transportation, sports and architecture)
The Maranatha Brand logo I created was published in the Initials & Crests edition earlier this year. The Step into the Jordan design will appear in the Shapes and Symbols book that will be published in the next year.
The Step into the Jordan logo is based on the biblical account of Joshua leading the Israelites across the Jordan river and into the promised land after God miraculously stopped the water from flowing.
Now the Jordan is at flood stage all during harvest. Yet as soon as the priests who carried the ark reached the Jordan and their feet touched the water’s edge, the water from upstream stopped flowing.
The equilateral triangle symbol in the center of the water not only visually divides the water, but is also historically symbolic for God. In Christian symbolism it specifically stands for the Holy Trinity.
The goal of the Step into the Jordan program is to provide Christian based recovery resources through a wide variety of online curriculum. Above is a web design layout that was presented to the client showing the logo being used in context.
“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.
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.
I recently finished an identity design project for a church stewardship campaign called Release: Setting the Church Free. The image above shows a few of the logo revisions that occurred along the way. The final logo is on the bottom, right. The dove is symbolic of the Holy Spirit/Church being “released” into the nations.
The Letterhead and envelopes were printed first. The abstract watercolor background behind the logo is symbolic of the earth’s geography, but not intended to be exact. The idea was to present a global, rather than local release of the church. The sheet was flooded with ink, leaving only white paper for the dove showing through, which created a nice effect. They were printed 4 Color Process on 80 lb. Finch Fine Text, Bright White.
A 17 1/4″ wide x 22 1/2″ tall (unfolded) Brochure/Poster was also created for the campaign. It was folded like a newspaper page and placed in 9″ wide x 12″ tall, 6 mil plastic recloseable bags. This solution not only looked good, allowing the photos to be seen through the bag, but also fit well with the Release theme and saved quite a bit of money by not printing a traditional pocket folder to hold all of the additional campaign literature, DVD, etc…
Here’s the unfolded outside/poster.
And the unfolded inside/brochure.
I recently put together this identity for an upcoming teaching series at Grace Gathering. I experimented with a couple of different ideas and ultimately decided to focus on the solution, which is rest, instead of the problem, which is being weary. The series is about gaining refreshment and perspective by applying biblical truth to one’s life.
The final logo was used in Black and White. Here’s how it looks with some color applied to it.
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.
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.
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.
The goal of this identity design was to capture the essence of Spirit of Christ Community Lutheran Church, which is summed up in three simple words: Worship, Grow, Serve. Leadership and unity within the community were strong themes as well. The flame is symbolic of worship and the church being the light of the world as she goes out into the world to serve. The leaf represents both spiritual growth and sensitivity to the environment. The design is versatile, allowing it to be easily reproduced in a variety of print and digital applications. The style is clean and modern. Below are some additional concepts that were explored during the design process.
I recently re-designed the cover for a book titled Christ In Y’all: Following Jesus into Community by Neil Carter. The main idea behind the book states:
Following Jesus is not a solitary activity. It is meant to be done in a community of believers. When the New Testament declares that “Christ in you” is the “hope of glory,” the Greek word for “you” is plural. So a better translation would be “Christ in Y’all, the hope of glory.” Christ in Y’all explains that the gospel, when fully understood, leads to community. It leads to the intimate fellowship of believers in Christ.
The new cover maintains the same core concept from the old book design, with Jesus at the center of community, but now has a cleaner and more professional style to it. In addition to re-designing the cover, I also created a new header image for the clients’ website and blog. The new vector-based design also translates well into a logo/icon for other print and web applications.
During the design process, I also presented this cover design as an option to the client and was pretty excited about it’s possibilities. However, it was not selected to go any further because while Christ is at the center of the word “Y’all”, He is not literally at the center of a community of people, which is more clearly represented by the final cover design.
I recently put together several design concepts for a friend of mine who is a Family Pastor in Arizona. He wanted me to develop a visual identity for a 5th & 6th grade group at the church called “Wild Side”. Both of the concepts shown above were well received, but “Concept B” was ultimately chosen.
A friend of mine is part of a house church called The Potter’s Shed. They are planning some outreach events in the community and wanted to have a T-shirt designed that they could wear during those events. Isaiah 64:8 is a fitting passage for their ministry and provided the insight for the design: “Yet, O LORD, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.”
I started the process by breaking out the old pen & ink set to freehand the lettering. I drew up the shed with some pottery arranged in front of it to help make it into a potter’s shed. After I was finished with the ink drawings, I scanned them into Photoshop, imported them into Illustrator, vectorized the high-resolution images, did some tweaking, and added the colors.
Here’s a color mock up of the final design shown on the back of a mocha colored shirt.
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
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.
*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.
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)
I recently received news that the Maranatha Brand logo design has been selected for inclusion in the new LogoLounge Master Library. It will be included in the inaugural book called Initials & Crests.
The Master Library series contains logo design work from creatives around the world and will be based on a series of books that will focus on a very specific logo design category:
• Initials & Crests
• Animals, Birds and Mythology
• Shapes and Symbols
• Nature and Food
• Arts and Culture (including transportation, sports and architecture)
The Initials & Crests edition will be the first book in the series to be published and will be out within the next year.
Here’s some background information about the Maranatha Brand design: Maranatha means “Our Lord is coming/has come”. The design depicts the returning Christ-King. The emphasis on the “M” not only stands for Maranatha, but also represents Christ’s physical body in which he will one day return. The “M” also illustrates clothing, which was the main product of the organization. The distressed appearance gives it an ancient, yet modern style.
The Maranatha Brand logo was one of the very first logos I ever designed, so I was excited to hear that is was chosen to go into the library.