Reaction GIFs for Your Church Service

It’s a sad thing, but those in the tech booth don’t get much say in the service. Sure, the sound guy can use the talkback mic. Heck, even the lighting designer can flash the lights when they’re upset. But what about the slide operator? They get nothing.

That’s why I’m proposing a new addition to your ProPresenter library: Reaction GIFs. When something happens during practice or even in the service (should you be so brave), you can flash these puppies on the screen and get your voice heard.

(Relax, folks. This is sarcastic.)

So to help you get your library started, here’s a few I wish I could use when running ProPresenter in my church.

5 Reasons Nobody Takes Your Church Marketing Seriously

5 Reasons Nobody Takes Your Church Marketing Seriously

Do people take your church’s marketing seriously? When someone sees a postcard from your church, do they laugh or do they consider it?

I must admit I’ve been tempted to mock many church’s marketing I come across. And I realized there are a few things that instantly turn me off from a church’s message. There are a few things that trigger a part of my brain, making me think these churches don’t want to be taken seriously.

So for a bit of fun, and perhaps an opportunity to learn, I thought it would be fun to share these five reasons people might not take your church marketing seriously. If you’re offended, there’s a good chance you’ve been guilty of these things. If you aren’t offended, please don’t be so quick to send this link to the church down the street. Perhaps be more subtle than that.


Great Church Website Design Examples

Great Church Website Design Examples

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.

5 Totally Awesome Design Techniques from the Early Internet

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.


5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Hitting ‘Print’

5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Hitting ‘Print’

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.

10 Things Graphic Designers Love to Do

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.

Accurately Renamed Fonts

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.)

5 Reasons to Say ‘No’ to Cheesy Photos

This is a guest post from our friend, Jon Bailey. Check out the bottom of the post to get some free stuff from his company, Lightstock.

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.