I Believe In God, But...

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  1. Michael Stidham Michael Stidham

    Rebounding Mark Hewes because my church did a series with a similar title. This series wasn't really about doubt, but rather addressed those who would say they believe in God but live like he doesn't exist.

    I also uploaded it because it's one of the more intricate designs I've had the chance to make for the church. This was an odd, eclectic, stylistic diversions from much of what I've done before.

    I'd love to hear what you think works and doesn't work about this design.

    over 1 year ago

  2. Mark Hewes Mark Hewes

    Hey - my first rebound - thanks Michael! You asked for critique, so here goes :)

    There is a lot of competition going on here - fonts, colors, textures... but I think that's what you were going for. Feels like a metaphor for the "messy construction" of faith/action.

    The diagonal bars create a lot of tension, leading your eye out of the natural flow of the text and making the space between objects seem really tight. What are those supposed to be? Girders? Chopsticks?

    I really like the mobile effect - the way everything is hanging together but looks like it could fall apart at any moment. The "GOD" element suspended by only one string seems like an oversight, but maybe it adds to the instability?

    Did you incorporate any environmental design with the series? I can see a really cool wall hanging of this built out of plywood and sheet metal.

    Keep up the good work!

    over 1 year ago

  3. Michael Stidham Michael Stidham


    Thanks for taking the time to give such a thorough critique. This is all very helpful feedback. I wish I'd had more feedback like that in the creation of the project!

    The diagonal bars were part of my initial sketch as a sort of support for what I wanted to feel like physical signage. I realize that it doesn't make a ton of sense in the way it's positioned, but I liked the way it filled in the composition. You're right that it leads the eye out, so I'm sure I should have reconsidered that.

    The suspension for "GOD" was indeed an oversight, though I rationalized it could also have been fastened in some way to the metal support.

    Unfortunately, we didn't have any environmental design for it. It was an eleven week series though, so it would have been around long enough for that to be feasible. Seriously cool idea!

    Here's a link to see a little more detail: http://goo.gl/S06ba

    over 1 year ago

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