Archive for the ‘Visual Design’ Category

Interesting Church Tech Links for April 5, 2009

April 5, 2009

Some links aimed more at those of us who are more technical than creative but need to do quality visual design work:

The Golden Ratio in Web Design
A nice breakdown of good general proportioning in side design and layout
8 Simple Ways to Improve Typography In Your Designs
Excellent review of standard typography considerations and what we can do about them with CSS
50 Useful Design Tools for Beautiful Web Typology
A nice collection of font and CSS tools
70 Expert Ideas For Better CSS Coding
This one’s a couple years old but still very much relevant for good CSS coding practices

Real thinking about church site design is going on

January 21, 2009

In my wonderings around the web these days I’ve been noticing that there seems to be a great deal of real thinking going on about church site design.  I’m really glad to see it.  Articles like “The Role of Design in Modern Church Marketing” by Darren Hoyt show much of the challenge that we face when doing church designs.  It was fun for me to see a picture of Stonebriar Community Church on page 2.  Stonebriar was a site I took note of a number of months ago when was surfing church sites.

We need to be thinking very carefully about our sites.

A simple visual design assessment tool

January 8, 2009

Generally I’m more technical than creative.  Being technical comes freely to me as a God given talent while doing creative visual design stretches me.  So, I’m always looking for ways of assessing a design to learn what is working and what isn’t.  Visual design is often subjective, but there are definitely “strong suggestions” that we should at least recognize before we go completely counter to them.  Ross Johnson in the post “The Gutenburg Diagram in Design” shows us a simple tool that we can use to reflect on the overall flow of a design. Composing a good visual design is harder than merely following a diagonal line, but I’m adding this tool to my design assessment toolbox for future reference.