got a miserable job?

A few months ago at Catalyst I really enjoyed Patrick Lencioni who was one of the main communicators... he talked about his new book "The Three Signs of a Miserable Job", discussing Irrelevance, Anonymity, and Immeasurement. It was really interesting and thought it would be a great help to people working on a team. You can find more info at www.tablegroup.com/


from the archives: am i good enough?

This design was for a series at Carmel Baptist Church in North Carolina... the idea was a student-friendly design that had an exam feel to the application. Below are some samples of graphic applications for this series.


photoshop that image online

If you don't want to shell out the money for Photoshop, but want to do some simple editing on those pictures for a sermon illustration or cool background, Firefox has some good news for you!
They have released an Add-On called Picnik that enables to you to do simple manipulation of images within your Internet Browser, on a PC or a Mac.
You can download the add-on for Firefox here.

If you are already using this add-on, let me know what you think of it!

welcome back to blogging

sorry, the triptofen (spelling?) from the turkey last Thursday really affected my blogging and creative skills... leaving me virtually useless laying on the couch watching football. It wore off after putting Christmas lights up at my house.
I am back!


you + 1 orphan

I just finished working on these two brochures for the HIV/AIDS Initiative and Orphan Ministries at Saddleback Church and thought I would show you the finished product!
The goal here was to raise awareness for these two ministries and educate people on action steps they can take to serve with these ministries. The objective of the design was to create a similar look, using some similar elements, but also to have enough differentiating them. Kind of like cousins, but not of the kissing kind!


graphic ark

I have been working with a client in this last week, they are doing a series on the Ark of the Covenant, and were looking for some quality graphic representation of the series name.
I have never worked on any designs with the Ark, and hope Moses isn't rolling in his grave now because of it!


a fresh Christmas

I have been working on this design with a client for the last couple of weeks... they were looking for some less traditional design to visually communicate the Christmas message, based from the title "The Miracle Child". We still wanted to keep some Christmassy (sp?) undertones and the red played this out perfectly! (in my humble opinion)

Feliz Navidad!


featured project: first calvary id package

Just finished up the final touches for the First Calvary Baptist Church Identity Package, thought I'd give you a look... I am really happy with the colors and iconography of this design!


31 Favorite Fonts

In memory of my 31 years so far here on planet Earth, I thought today I would list out my 31 current favorite fonts!
Here goes (in no particular order)...
31 - Jane Austen
30 - Madfont
29 - Phoenix Sans
28 - Steak
27 - Array
26 - Futura MDCnBT
25 - Al Kelso R
24 - Helvetica Neue
23 - Cooper Black
22 - Dirty Headline
21 - N.O. Movement
20 - Eurostile
19 - Violation
18 - Coolvetica
17 - Scriptina
16 - Amazed
15 - Reservoir Grunge
14 - Rosewood Std Fill
13 - Essai
12 - Bleeding Cowboy
10 - Century Gothic
09 - FT Rosecube
08 - Trajan Pro
07 - Trade Gothic LH Bold Extended
06 - Aldo
05 - Alte Haas Grotesk
04 - Myriad
03 - Trebuchet
02 - SF New Republic
01 - Black Widow


Why a logo should cost more than your lunch.

I read this over at graphicdesignblog.co.uk and thought it was a great article. I tweaked the verbiage slightly to make it relevant to your ministry, but props to Tara from Graphic Design Blog for this article.

Why should a logo cost more than your lunch?

1 - A logo is the very first impression people get of your church:
Before a potential parishioner even walks through your church door, your logo is a representation of your ministry. It can make a ministry appear large, small (whether it really is or not) fun, serious, professional…

2 - A logo needs longevity:
Once a logo is designed it will represent your ministry for many years.

3 - A logo needs to be original:

A logo should be designed specifically for your ministry. A cheap “generic logo” may not reflect your ministry’s values. A cheap logo may also use clip art which could end up being used by another company or ministry.

4 - A logo should look professional:
You wouldn’t take a potential date to MacDonalds for lunch, in effect this is what is being done with a cheap logo. A logo should give your ministry a professional image, appropriate to its needs.

5 - A logo should reflect the time and thought gone in to designing it:
One of the problems here is that people don’t always realise the amount work that goes into a professionally designed logo:
The research - even if the budget is quite small I would expect at the very least to research other similar ministries as far as demographics, and how they present themselves
The brainstorming of ideas
The 4 or 5 logo options worked up on the computer
The amends, tweaking and further amends

6 - A logo is the starting point of your whole image:
The colors, typography, and style of a logo will often dictate the overall look of the rest of your ministry's literature and multimedia.


from the archives: boy meets girl.

I got in the time-machine and went back to 2005 for this piece of design from the archives. The main image really set the tone for this piece, and I love how their interaction was a simile for the title of the series.

Looking for some similar design work for your ministry? Let me know!