Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Our Father, His Glory, Our Prayer: A Series on the Lord's Prayer

The Church-wide Small Group study this year at Golden Hills is focused on the Lord's Prayer and titled Our Father, His Glory, Our Prayer.

The Lord's Prayer is Jesus' instructions on how to pray. I really wanted to convey the "instructions" idea and was very inspired by old nautical maps and navigational instruments. A map of the ocean is a guide for how to travel the ocean. The Lord's Prayer asks God for His will to be done. So just as we are dependent on God's will, a ship is dependent on the will of the wind and waves. We can open the sails, but the ship will only go as far and fast as the wind will take it. Nautical transportation also relies a lot on the stars, so I was able to put star fields into the artwork as an added texture. Combined with the beauty of the ocean and nautical themes, I thought this was the perfect way to capture my goal of leaning on the instruction idea in a visually interesting way.

I had a lot of fun researching old nautical maps and artwork. I was inspired also by the art of Bungie, the studio that produces the Destiny video game series. They use a lot of nautical inspirations to design their space exploration maps. I'm really happy with how this one turned out.

See some select spreads from the final project below:

Monday, January 27, 2020

We Are Free: Galatians Series

Project: Galatians Series and Study Guide
Client: Golden Hills Community Church
Details: 6x9", 212 page book

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Ruth Series

Project: Ruth Series and Study Guide
Client: Golden Hills Community Church
Details: 6x9", 112 page book

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Covenants Series

Golden Hills did a series on the major covenants in the Bible called Covenants: Experiencing the Unfolding Story of God's Love. It was a study of the promises God made from Genesis through Revelation and how they all pointed to Jesus as the fulfillment of those promises. The theme was difficult to sum up in a single image, so I decided to instead create collage imagery with symbols that represented the 6 covenants that were studied. Each week had its own unique collage and color of the rainbow (since the rainbow is part of the covenant God gave to Noah!). This was an extremely fun and educational project for me as I had to use techniques and styles that I never had before.

I have had a few people ask what the main infinity logo represents, so I thought I would explain what was going through my head. There are actually a few meanings behind it! 1) It is indeed a form of an infinity symbol to represent that the covenants of God are forever. They have no end. 2) The symbol is made up of 6 lines to represent the 6 covenants that were studied during the series. And 3) the symbol is made of two squares tied together to represent the definition of a covenant: two parties making a binding promise to each other. Now you know!

See some selected spreads from the final product below:

Thursday, February 14, 2019

GHCC Mugs & Bags

Project: GHCC branded materials for new guests
Client: Golden Hills Community Church
Details: Tote bag & Coffee Mug
Photo Credit: Josh Felise

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Regalia: Samuel Series

Regalia: The Rise of the Kingdom is a 13-week study through the books of 1 & 2 Samuel. I wanted this study to have a royal/regal look so I used purple and gold throughout the book with fabric, gold, and marble textures. I created and collected maps of Israel during the biblical eras we were studying. This was a great study on two of my favorite books in the Bible.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Devoted: The Gospel & Good Works—Titus Series

Devoted: The Gospel & Good Works was GHCC's study through Titus this year. I designed the logo/branding and devotional look/layout once again. This was probably my most ambitious devotional book ever. Early on in the branding process, I decided I wanted the visual theme of this book to be beautiful, but also bring up thoughts of devotion and hard work. Mountain climbing became a subject that allowed me to accomplish both. The Christian walk is not easy. You have to be in it for the long haul, through many storms and tough climbs. You can't just show up and expect it to be easy. I kept having the same thoughts about mountain climbing. While I am not a pro mountain climber by any means, I just know that you can't show up in flip-flops and expect to climb the tallest peaks in the world. It takes planning, dedication, preparation, training, and a strong desire to see the top. This imagery became a natural fit and I tried to mold the look of the book to be more of a climbing journal. I made a each week a different step in the process of climbing up the mountain. Week 1 was the Base Camp and the final week was the mountain peak. I'm really happy with how this one turned out and it has become one of my favorite projects.