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Author: Jonathan Carone

4 Ways to Get Unstuck in Your Designing Process

Systems. Style guides. Formulas. These are all things I love. As a designer, they keep me on task and moving in the right direction. Without them, I’m a ball of disorganized creative energy bouncing from one idea to the next. When I was the Creative and Communications Director at my last church, one of the best things I did was implement a style guide. We were a church that ran on events, so I was creating 3-4 event graphics every week on top of social media graphics, series artwork, and the random things that pop up in the church...

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Questions to Ask When Your Leader Wants Something Designed

December 2011 was an interesting time for me. I’d recently turned 25, gotten engaged, and was finishing up my second year of a two-year student ministry internship. There was the hope and excitement of marriage, getting a full-time ministry job, and doing all the things it seemed my life had been building to. At the same time, there was the nervousness and fear of marriage, finding a full-time ministry job, and actually being a grown up adult. Early that month the pastor I was interning with pulled me in his office and shut the door. I immediately tried to...

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December Devotion: Faithfulness

Take a little break these days in December and re-center yourself with these devotions from the Sunday| Mag contributors. I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world. (John 16:33) I’ve been designing art for the Church for close to six years. One of the first things I was told when I started was to avoid making things “too feminine”. So right or wrong, for six years, I’ve designed with “manly” in the back of my...

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Are You Taking Critiques Personally?

My first job out of seminary was as a high school ministry intern. Our team consisted of three pastors and two interns. I was the one on the team labeled “creative.” I was the graphic designer, the video editor, and the production guy. I was also the idea guy. At least I thought I was. Being the “creative person” on our team made me think I had the best ideas. The other guys were great and I loved working with them, but their ideas didn’t live up to the greatness of my ideas. I knew if we would simply...

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I Forgot How to Go to Church

I have a question for you. It’s pretty simple but may be hard to answer: when was the last time you went to church? I’m not asking when you last worked in a church service. You do that every single weekend. I’m asking, when was the last time you woke up on a Sunday morning, got in the car with your spouse, and drove to church? When did you last have to fight for a parking space, find a seat, and then sit down as a normal churchgoer? For me, it had been a while. For the past few...

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