Posted January 01st 2014 @ 8:00 am by Jerod
A new year is a great motivator to do something better. For many of you, church communications is on that list. Looking ahead, here are five areas where you might want to focus your attention in 2014.
Get serious about mobile. A website that doesn’t work on a mobile phone is just as bad as if the sign fell off your church building. A site that functions on phones is fine. One that’s optimized is better. Nearly 60% of Americans and Canadians have a smartphone, and that’s only going to grow. If...
Posted December 26th 2013 @ 8:00 am by Jerod
Like many of you who work in communications, I’m usually working week-to-week with a focus on what’s coming up in the future. Rarely do I take the time to look back. That’s why I always enjoy taking some time each year to see which posts were the most visited on Church Juice.
Instead of just listing the most visited pages based on traffic, I thought it would be fun to group those posts into themes to get a feel for what was on your mind. So here’s what you cared about in 2013:
Posted November 07th 2013 @ 12:02 pm by Jerod
(The Juicys are a way to recognize and reward churches who’ve worked to improve their church communications during the last year. It includes giving them a grant to jump-start their next project. This week we're announcing the 2013 winners. There are five in total. Two are larger churches and three are smaller churches.)
If you took everything you use to communicate as a church and laid it on a table, would it all look like it came from the same place? That’s the question Bethel...
Posted October 16th 2013 @ 10:32 am by Jerod
(Editor's Note: Parts of this post were originally published in 2010. It was refreshed in October 2013.)
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- Font Squirrel - A selection of high quality, free commercial use fonts.
- DaFont - Lots of free and shareware fonts. Make sure to look at the usage information. Some are okay for commercial use and others are restricted to personal use.
- Lost Type Co-Op - These are some really great fonts that are available in a pay what you want format.
Posted September 17th 2013 @ 10:42 am by Jerod
Web design is always evolving. Aesthetics shift and new technology lets developers create websites that function in different and exciting ways. If you’re involved in creating or maintaining your organization’s website, here are three design trends you should be familiar with.
Flat. This style of graphic design goes back to the basics. It’s clean and simple without the extra flourishes or bevels. Flat design embraces open space. Oddly enough, I credit Microsoft with leading this trend in...
Posted July 24th 2013 @ 3:48 pm by Jerod
Barton Damer is the founder and creative behind AlreadyBeenChewed.tv - an award winning design and motion graphics studio that has had success connecting large brands to popular culture markets. Barton has worked with Nike, Facebook, Supra Footwear, Malibu Boats and Street League skateboarding on ESPN.
As a designer you can fall into a rut and do the same tricks over and over again.
Developing as an artist.
- Design with purpose and strategy.
- Stop chasing fads and trends. It’s a race you...
Posted May 30th 2013 @ 1:40 pm by Jerod
There are two fonts in the design world that are equally despised: Comic Sans and Papyrus. And in the church world, these two fonts find their way into far too many publications. While I hold some ill-will toward these fonts, it has less to do with what they actually look like and more to do with how their being misused.
For our font enemy Comic Sans, the biggest issues comes when it’s used for anything other than children’s ministry. Microsoft commissioned the font in the mid-90s to mimic...
Posted January 07th 2013 @ 10:45 am by Jerod
Yes, we’re already a week into 2013, but it’s still not too late to look at your church communications strategy and set some goals for the upcoming year. As you think about the upcoming year, here are five issues I think are good for you to consider.
Be visual. It was a major point of mine last year and it’s going to be a talking point many more times in 2013. In every piece of communication material you have, whether it’s online or on paper, find a way to add images. Put a face to the...
Posted December 26th 2012 @ 10:31 am by Jerod
It’s always interesting to look back over the past year to see what posts were the most popular on Church Juice. But instead of just listing the most visited pages based on traffic, I thought it would be fun to group those posts into themes to get a feel for what was on your mind. So here’s what you cared about in 2012:
#7 Christmas Planning
What? You’re tired of thinking about Christmas now that it’s over? Well, rest assured that this will be the only mention of Christmas on the...
Posted June 05th 2012 @ 10:05 am by Jerod
Jonathan Malm writes and speaks about the creative process. He created and edits ChurchStageDesignIdeas.com and Sunday|Magazine–a free online magazine about the creative side of Sunday mornings at church. Jonathan and his wife live in Dallas, Texas.
It’s not about being cool. That draws people to you, not to Christ. That doesn’t mean you can’t be creative.
It’s not the graphical elements that will be memorable. Think outside of the screen and the...