Archive for December, 2009

It’s the end of the road 2009

Posted on 31. Dec, 2009 by .

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happy-new-year-2009Well, 2009 was a great year. I’ve been amazed and blessed by the community who reads what I write on this blog. It’s been a privileged to email, tweet and chat with many of you and even better to exchange phone numbers and chat on the phone. When I look at my stats, here is what the most popular posts are (not all were written in 2009 though).

  1. Making your resume count (2007)
  2. Elementary schedule using 252 Basics (2008)
  3. Child Dedication: Know any good songs? (2009)
  4. Registration cards (2009)
  5. Sample budgets and event planning forms (2008)
  6. The problem with Sunday School (2009)
  7. Child Dedication tag (2009) A lot of popular posts
  8. New Kids Quest t-shirt design (2009)
  9. Requiring parents to serve: Called to serve?
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Backup your social media with Backupify

Posted on 31. Dec, 2009 by .

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logoI just learned about Backupify. I haven’t even had enough time to review it (just signed up for an account this week). Essentially, backupify will create a backup of most of the social media you’ve got floating around the net. Things like gmail, hotmail, facebook, flickr, twitter and many of the other big ones. It’s a totally new startup and right now they’re trying to make a name for themselves and build their business. If you sign up before January 31st, you get their service free for life. Who knows what it will look like 6 months from now, but I figured it’s worth signing up.

Check it out here.… Read the rest

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Better Design: Alignment

Posted on 31. Dec, 2009 by .

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At time I find this rule for design to be the hardest. You might as well. A good designer pays very close attention to alignment.

Boiled down, alignment means that nothing is arranged on the page without thought and every single item needs to be visually connected with something else on the page. Good design is intentional and alignment is the one area where designer have to pay careful attention.

Here’s where most people miss it. This was the hardest thing for me to overcome and is still sometimes a challenge. I’ll say it gently. RESIST THE URGE TO CENTER! You know what I’m talking about. We design that flyer or program insert and what do we do with the title?… Read the rest

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Help me make a personal tech decision

Posted on 30. Dec, 2009 by .

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old-tv-set2Okay, I’ve really been going back and forth on this one and I’m not sure what to do. Let me throw out all the variables and maybe you can help me decide where I want to go from here.

About 6 weeks ago I bought a new 42 inch LCD TV. I got a great deal and spent all the money I got for my birthday and Christmas last year. I’m super happy about my decision. Now I’m trying to decide what to do next. Sara and I have had cable/satellite for less than 2 years of our 10 year marriage. Although I really like it, I’m just not convinced that I need it anymore with everything available online. So, I did buy my TV with the intention that almost all content shown on it would be through DVD and streamed from the internet someway.… Read the rest

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Eye-Fi Review

Posted on 30. Dec, 2009 by .

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If you follow me on facebook or twitter, you’ve probably noticed that I post pictures via eye-fi (you’ve seen my eye-fi automatic updates every time pictures are posted). I bought one of these eye-fi cards last May, so I’ve had plenty of time to play/experiment. I thought I’d offer and actual review. In case you aren’t familiar with eye-fi, here’s a quick video that explains the basics.

So I bought this card for two reason.

  1. I love new tech and it look super cool.
  2. I loved the idea of not having to connect my camera to my computer anymore (I feel SO lazy typing that).

When I first got it and tried it out, I was impressed, but not totally sold.… Read the rest

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Better Design: Repetition

Posted on 30. Dec, 2009 by .

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So this rule is easy. Repetition is finding certain elements that naturally repeat and strengthening them. The idea of repetition is to unify your overall design. Although this is really important on multi-page designs, it is true too of postcards, banners, flyers or other one page pieces. Repetition has the power to add visual interest. Perhaps your flyer has a paragraph of information. See if you can’t divide the content into 3-5 one or two sentence bullet pints. Not only does it make it easier to read, but it makes it more interesting to look at. Maybe you’re refining your resume. Incorporate repetition into your headings and sub-headings. Don’t use 5 different fonts, just use one (two at the most) and stay consistent through your piece.… Read the rest

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Experimenting with dropbox

Posted on 29. Dec, 2009 by .

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dropbox-thumbA few years ago I became familiar with a free little application called FolderShare. Microsoft had purchased FolderShare and had been working to incorporate it into their “live” suite of services and today FolderShare is known as live sync. For the past two years, this has been the most wonderful little application for me. I could sync any folder on my computer with any folder on any of my other computers. It works beautifully. The cool part is that you can create synced folders with friends and co-workers as well. Yes!

However, I upgraded to Snow Leopard a few months ago and live sync stopped working. I’ve heard that Live Sync is finally working again, but I had to find something else in the meantime.… Read the rest

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Better Design: Contrast

Posted on 29. Dec, 2009 by .

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The first rule is to incorporate contrast into your design. You want to avoid elements that are all alike. Usually contrast is the most important part of the design… the thing that gets a person to look at the design to begin with. It’s like a great plot to a story. Without conflict of some type, the story is boring. The same is true of design. Don’t be afraid to create contrast in your design. The stronger the contrast, the bigger.

Don’t just simply use bold and italics to create contrast within your design. Use huge fonts next to small fonts. Use colors to create contrast. Rather than use a small picture on the card, blow up the picture so that it dominates the card and let your text fill int he space around the image.… Read the rest

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Better Design: 4 Rules

Posted on 29. Dec, 2009 by .

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ruler_20_30There are more than four simple rules, otherwise everyone would be a design genius. However, these four rules will significantly help you to design better. Just becasue you follow these rules doesn’t mean everything you design will be perfect, but it will look significantly better.

The interesting thing is that you probably already know these rules. You’ve seen them. Actually, once you read these posts and begin looking at well designed layouts,  you’ll see the four rules in place EVERYWHERE. It’s just what makes design look right.

Why four rules? Because those of us who aren’t artist need rules to help us do what natural artists see by default. We get very comfortable with a logical approach to design that seems to make sense in our head, but looks bad in reality.… Read the rest

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Better Design: Why you should care

Posted on 28. Dec, 2009 by .

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1313521-2-i-love-graphic-designI had to take a design class as a part of my masters program for Education. Although I was glad to take this class (since I love design), I wasn’t sure why this was required. Now I understand.

It’s the same reason why you as a Children’s Pastor/Director/Leader should also care about design.

By the very nature of what you do, you are a communicator. It’s how you do what you do. Although the majority of what you communicate my be verbal/written, design plays a significant role in your ability to effectively communicate. Whether it is a take home paper, a note to parents a sign on a door or even slides for weekend productions, we’ve all had to design these.… Read the rest

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