Hey everyone, it’s your friendly neighborhood geek here and we’re here to talk tech and design for a little bit. This is a new section to the site that we’re going to try and see how it goes over. There’s no subject set in advance for these posts, so it’s just however I feel that particular week. So without any further ado lets jump in.
This is something that I see most churches have a problem with, they don’t/won’t take the time to develop a consistent style. Whether it’s in their website, their handouts, or what’s on the projector on Sunday we all know churches that visually all over the place. I get it, style isn’t something that any church wants to really concern themselves with, I mean we’ve got a message to preach to the world we shouldn’t be bogged down with looks or style; or should we? Style can affect how people perceive you, for example I bet almost anyone reading this goes to a church where the pastor and/or ministers wear suits, now why do they do this? Nine time out of ten it’s because they want to be perceived as being professional. It’s not much of a leap to suggest that we should also try to appear professional in the things that we hand out, what’s on our website, and what’s on the projector screen. To appear professional, we have to develop a sense of style. So to help you start on your journey of developing a sense of style, I want to expose you to three good visual arts blogs. These will help you understand why something looks good, expose you to new ideas, and give you techniques for creating things that look good.
Smashing Magazine is an online magazine for professional Web designers and developers, with a focus on useful techniques, best practices and valuable resources.
Cameron Moll is a designer, speaker, and author living in Sarasota, Florida (United States) with his wife and four sons. He’s the founder of Authentic Jobs Inc, among other endeavors. This site is a compendium of design, HTML5/CSS3, DSLR video, Apple, mobile, and other miscellaneous banter.
Abduzeedo is a blog about design. There are all sorts of articles for those who want to look for inspiration. Also you will find very useful tutorials for the most used applications out there, with a special selection of Photoshop tutorials and Illustrator tutorials, and of course there are other tutorials for the likes of Pixelmator, Fireworks, and Web Design.
Hopefully after looking over these you can start to piece together what you like and what goes with your church’s style that you’re beginning to develop. This isn’t something that you’ll be able to do overnight but after looking over it for a while and trying new things your style should begin to grow out of this. Remember you’ve got a story to tell as a church and it’s a message that needs to be heard, a conversation that needs to be started, present it in the best possible way and watch how much more it will impact the people we’re trying to reach.
So I know we’re all always looking for places where we can get new videos, stills, and even photos on the cheap (or my favorite free). So I figured I’d give you some of the places that I look for new resources. This week I have two of my absolute favorites.
Creation swap is a pretty neat place where you have a whole community of people coming together to critique and help each other out. They have free motions, photos, and stills and usually around each holiday they have some free themed resources. It’s structured to where sellers are rewarded for new free resources they upload so there’s always fresh new stuff available.
Unsplash is my current favorite discovery of all time, well at least as far as free photos go. Unsplash has around 200 completely free high quality photos and they’re always adding more. When I say completely free, I mean completely. These are free of any license or restriction. So you can do with them as you please. If you go there now you’ll be able to see a lot of the photos we use as article headers here are from that site.
So that’s it for this Church Tech Thursday. I hope you got something out of it.