Custom Computer Systems, Inc. has a great piece of software called “Stuff That Works.” It automates tenant management for public housing authorities. They came to me needing a new website with a clear call-to-action to help secure potential clients. Part of my assignment was to find imagery that captured the essence of their software. I must admit, they have a great analogy for how easy their software is to use: “Like parallel parking a moped instead of a city bus.” #ForTheWin
I also gave their outdated logo a facelift to stylistically complement their new online presence.
When I create, I often need silence.
Sometimes, however, I need great music. I’m a huge fan of Bethel Music‘s recent sequel to Without Words titled Synesthesia. Not only do the tracks swell with instrumental energy, they also allow me to subtly enter worship as the melodies allude to meaningful song lyrics.
Recently I posted about “imagineering” and the idea of trying new things instead of getting stuck in a rut. The Synesthesia videos are a great example. They combine beauty, dance, performance art and outrageous originality. Bravo Bethel.
Dale and his teammates at Mission Omega are focused on mobilizing people to get involved in the Great Commission by praying, giving or even going to the mission field. They needed a website that gave them not only an inspiring online presence, but also a place to post blog updates and receive credit card donations.
One of my favorite sections of this one-page parallax site is “Our Purpose” which utilizes simple icons to cast their four-fold vision.
A church needed to promote an event they planned to minister to ladies. What woman wouldn’t want to attend a spa night? Fun!
I enjoyed playing with the swash characters found in Bellwethers, the latest font I’ve added to my collection.
True Life Fellowship wanted an icon for their prophetic ministry. They chose an owl as the symbolic representation, so I created a vector illustration with a simple, meaningful color scheme.
I recently heard a message at AuSSM by Kris Vallotton in which he made this stunningly simple observation:
Solutions to the world’s problems are only a thought away.
It’s true. Someone just needs to dream big enough! The same goes for design problems and objectives. Many companies and organizations find themselves stuck in a rut because they feel uncomfortable trying something new. What if it fails? I understand the feeling. There are no guarantees. Unfortunately, that very fear of failure is what keeps us from the experimentation and discovery that provide new solutions. In the very least, they help keep life interesting!
I’m all for keeping life interesting.
Design problems may not be on the same scale as world hunger, HIV or human trafficking—although they are undoubtedly necessary for shedding light on those issues—but oftentimes creativity is the missing ingredient needed to help organizations succeed.
World Indigenous Missions wanted a personal way to reach out to potential candidates for their missions discovery event called Explore Weekend. Recruiters can simply add a handwritten note and a lovely stamp and drop in the mail. The format is also great for sharing at conferences and churches.