It used to be that churches were known for having the world’s worst websites. In fact, if you Google “worst church website“, Evangel Cathedral’s site comes up as the number one result. They seem to be the pinnacle of bad church websites, and they seem okay with that fact. But that’s not what we want to talk about in this article. We want to talk about great church website design, and we want to provide some examples of great design that hopefully we can all learn from.
I pity the generation nowadays that never got to experience the early Internet. It was a new frontier fraught with cheesy animated gifs, buggy Java applets, and ASCII art that could blow your mind.
I thought it would be fun to put together a list of some of my favorite things from the early Internet. Hopefully this will enlighten the younger millennials and tickle others’ nostalgia centers.
There are two ways for your marketing piece to go viral. The first way is to have something truly awesome that people want to share. The second is to have an unfortunate mistake that people spread through the internet and mock all along the way.
Obviously, you’d prefer to go with the former. So to avoid having the latter happen to you, we’ve put together a list of five questions you should ask yourself before you hit ‘print’. Avoid these mistakes and you might just save yourself and your church some embarrassment.
Sermon Series Planning If you’re involved in sermon series planning, this post is for you. We’ve developed nine questions to help you in the process. Answering these sermon series planning questions will help you make a cohesive and effective sermon series—from the visuals to the actual sermons in the series. 9 Questions to Help You…
Us graphic designers are a weird bunch. You can deny it, but you’d be lying to yourself. So I thought it would be fun to put together a silly list of things graphic designers love to do. And no, maybe you’ve never done some of these things. But you know you’ve considered it.
So sit back, relax, and enjoy this. You might even be able to write it off on your taxes as therapy. (Goodness knows we all need some.)
1. Naming their pets after file types.
This is my dog Jpeg, and my cat Tiff. Sadly, my hamster Bitmap is no longer with us.
For font makers, I imagine naming your fonts is one of the hardest parts of the whole process. Consequently, some of the fonts in our catalogue have absolutely horrible names. That’s why I thought I’d take it on myself to accurately rename those fonts so they reflect how we really feel about them. (Yes, this is supposed to be a joke. But no, I don’t think I’m that far away from the truth with these.)
Let’s start by defining “cheese.”
Cheese: a food made from the pressed curds of milk.
That sounds disgusting. Just hearing the words “Pressed curds of milk” makes me want to vomit a little. Honestly, that’s the majority of the way I feel when I see Christian photography. Why does it have to be this way? You know, there was a time when Christians excelled in the creative arts. Look at the cathedrals, paintings, and literature through the centuries. There have been many bright spots.
Clients are notorious for ruining brilliant work with “helpful” recommendations. Recommendations like:
- Can we make it more colorful?
- Can it be more “designy”?
- Let’s make it sexier.
So we thought it would be fun to see how some of these comments would have played out on one of the most famous logos in the world—the “I Love New York” logo by designer Milton Glaser. Here’s the original if you need refreshing:
And here’s how clients would have ruined it.