Artists in the church. For many, that’s an emotionally loaded topic. I’ve talked to a lot of creatives who work at churches and feel frustrated, and I think there are a variety of reasons for that. Sometimes it’s because of practical issues (like pay), and at other times it may be because some staff members (including pastors) unintentionally devalue what the artist has to offer.Read More
As a Christian, I have always used design to communicate biblical concepts. That is often seen by creating sermon series' graphics packages for my home church or other churches who request my services. At this point in my career, I’ve probably designed over 50 sermon series in a variety of ways, including kids, youth, camps, and Sunday morning services.Read More
If there’s one thing that I could tell every freelance artist, about onboarding clients, it’d be this: GO PAPERLESS.Read More
When we hear about the life of a freelancer we often think of a person getting a tan by the pool, drinking piña coladas while they work. And it is TRUE, I have done that (except substitute a cigar for the piña colada). For that dreamy work life to happen, there is a certain process that needs to happen.Read More
What is the purpose of art within the church? Well, it depends who you ask. If you ask many pastors, they may mention art as a potential tool for evangelism. If you ask artists, they’ll likely respond with a wide variety of answers. And your average person might not necessarily have an opinion.Read More
I don't know about you, but I have spent the majority of my design career trying to speak like other designers speak, conduct business how others conduct business, blog how others blog, create the same type of work that others create, and flow with the design trends. Lately, I have been asking myself, "Do people know me for who I really am? Or do they only see who I'm pretending to be?" The honest answer was a difficult self-realization.Read More
It's that time of year again when most people enjoy much-needed rest during the holidays. In the corporate world, you usually receive paid time off (PTO) and holidays as benefits of employment. As many of you know, this is not the case for independent contractors and freelance artists.Read More
In the last couple weeks I have received several emails and tweets from church creatives telling me how frustrated they are with their creative roles at their churches. Some were even on the verge of quitting.Read More
Most of my design background is in working with non-profits organizations. Today I work for a for-profit organization but I still take on a lot of freelance projects, 50% of which generally comes from non-profits.
Due to non-profits' typically limited resources, it is critical to learn an appropriate rate for your services to them. Obviously, the amount of resources varies depending on the non-profit.Read More
Two weeks ago, I wrote a post about how clients should give feedback to designers. This week, I thought it would helpful for designers to know how to receive that feedback.Read More
Live and learn, right? In the last couple of years I have tried and failed, tried and succeeded, then tried again. Some things can't be taught by books. We are dealing with people here which means total unpredictability. This sometimes means we find ourselves in awkward, annoying, and humbling situations. I hope you benefit from a few of my experiences.
Here are five or my dumbest mistakes.
Most designers consider their craft a helpful service we are able to provide people. And like any service, knowing and understanding the customer's wants/needs is the highest priority. Making our customers happy is the key for continuing to be successful in the design business just like any other business.Read More
The answer to this question is something about which I'm very passionate. Today, according to InfoWars, approximately 15% of college and professional school students exit with student loan debt balances in the six figures. At this point, student loan debt in the United States has hit a grand total of $1.2 trillion.Read More
In his book Brain Longevity, Dharma Singh Khalsa says that the average American encounters 16,000 advertisements, logos, and labels in a day. Crazy, huh? Don't believe it? Look around you. How many logos can you spot from where you are sitting? Let me help you: your pen, your computer, your phone, your jeans, your shirt, your socks, your shoes, yeah...keep looking.Read More
A few fellow designers have recently asked me about some of the tools and resources that I use on weekly basis. I use different tools and processes to satisfy each need. Anything from brainstorming, wireframing, illustrating, prototyping, project management, file management, and storage--the list goes on and on.Read More
Last fall, I was told that in two months I was going to lose my job. Along with my job, I'd also be losing financial security which left me in fear, confusion and disorientation.
Thankfully I had two months to figure out what was next, send applications, research, plan, etc. After two months of interviews and applications I wasn't able to land anything promising. As my lay off date came closer,Read More
In 2009, I started to have lots of interest in this thing we call graphic design. At the time I wasn't able to afford schooling and to this day I'm very thankful for that (not having student loans is nice). Even though I value education I believe we live in an era where fortunately knowledge, training and resources are easily accessible.Read More