Here is a sneak peek at our Christmas Sermon Series Graphic. It’s called “Christmas Miracles” and I’m quite excited about it. Christmas music has been picked out for the worship services, the church has been decorated, the stage is going to be decorated later this week, and plans are being made for the Christmas Eve Service! I Love Christmas time, especially a fun Christmas Series. Be sure to check back to see the final result for the sermon series bump!
I absolutely love vimeo. With a pro account, it enables you to see just about every statistic you would ever want to know about your hosted videos. You can see how many plays, loads, embeds, and finishes. You can see what sites your videos are embedded on. The list goes on and on…
The reason why I mention Vimeo is mainly to give you insight into this post. These are my top 5 videos by number of times played of all time (meaning the past few years). Maybe you haven’t seen these before: enjoy!
Feet That Move Live Recording
Glorious Live Recording
Revelation Song Live Recording
Northwood Men’s Conference Commercial
Video of Forgiveness
Hope you enjoyed it!
Not too long ago, we undertook the task of creating a new building sign. To See how that came out – check out this post. In that same planning/building/designing project came two new roadside signs. There are two of these bad boys that sit at the corner of our church lot which sits at a fairly busy intersection. As you can see in the featured image above, we have the Northwood Church sign on top, and whatever we want to put on the bottom half. I think it turned out quite well, and it looks great at night! (sorry about the coarse pictures – just took them with my phone) We make our own prints for the bottom half off of our epson printer with special paper that basically accepts light on the backside. The stone that is used is used around the edges is used throughout our entire building, it looks quite sharp and how its all tied together. I’m very excited for the possibilities that these signs can bring, especially standing out brightly as the sun goes down earlier in the winter time. So here is to looking forward to some fun designing for the roadside!
The student ministry at Northwood Church has taken on a new look. They were able to connect with an awesome volunteer who had experience in the interior decoration field. She was able to get the new look together for the PLEX (that’s what we call the student building). The colors of the room are pretty much blue, black, and grey/silver. It looks very sharp.
Daniel Langford, one of the student pastors came up with the new identity for the youth group. They are rallying around the concept of “U”. Unite is their wednesday night program. They also use U in various other methods and meanings like Uturn, EquipU, etc. Daniel played around with a lot of ideas on how to graphically represent the “U”. I was able to help Daniel settle on the final look for the “U” identity.
The iconistic look of the “U” gave us the freedom to do a lot with the identity. The PLEX stage uses two edge-blended projectors that gives them one large custom-looking canvas to project videos and lyrics on. Here’s the post about how we put it together and it’s opening weekend: Here. To fit that size screen, I created a Logo loop that plays over and over again as students come into the Worship Area:
It really adds a lot of energy as students enter the room. Daniel wanted to take the identity a little further and it really paid off. There is a common area that empties into the Worship Area of the PLEX, and Daniel wanted to strengthen the “U” identity in the common area. He got together with our graphic designer Josh and they created five posters to hang against the back wall. It looks really sharp in person, this picture doesn’t quite do it justice.
As much as I like to be in control, the best products always come about with team collaboration. Hats off to Daniel for pushing the idea through til the final product.
Our New Sermon Series that we just started this last weekend is called Together We Can. Each November, Northwood Church focuses on its outreach into the community and around the world. The whole idea behind the series is that together we can make a bigger impact than what we could apart. Each week has a different emphasis based upon how our church connects with the world. Those weeks are church planting, Vientam, Mexico, and Locally.
The sermon series graphic had to be very versatile as it had to be able to fit on many different destinations. As a rule of thumb, when we want a sermon series graphic to be usable in any context (mailer, print, video, web, special prints, special promotions, etc) we always go for an “iconistic” logo. An iconistic logo is self contained. This gives us the freedom to put it virtually anywhere we need to without having to change it or alter the identity in any way. Check out the base image for the series:
Design of this sermon series credited to: Joshua Berman Design
To tie in with the ball-like logo, we hung around 40 chinese lanterns from the ceiling above our worship center stage. It gave a really cool effect as it brought the ceiling a bit lower in a glowing fashion. It really tied the room together.