Portable Campus

Over the past three years we’ve refined the look of our signage and branding at Faith Promise Church, but with the launch of our first portable campus with a children’s ministry, we’ve had to find a way to carry the same feel into a portable location. We ended up using clear ceiling grid clips, 1/8″ steel rope, and vinyl applied to polyurethane signs. We started with clear polyurethane, but because of finger prints and heavy shadows, we had the back coated with frosted vinyl.

In addition to that, we used black pvc for our large hanging restroom sign and the keyboard covers for our touch screen check in computers and several sign and poster holders that we ordered online.

We’ve ended up with a solution that sets up quickly (we leave the clips on the ceiling grid during the week) and has a small storage footprint while still providing a strong impact.

Selected Website Work

Since I’ve pretty much phased out all my online portfolios, this blog serves as a place where I can send people who are looking to hire me to do freelance work. Since several of my favorite websites that I’ve done weren’t mentioned on this blog, I decided to add them here.

Each of the site designs below were built on top of the WordPress framework for easy updates. You can view each of the sites below by clicking on the image.

 

The Parson’s Table – Aledo, TX

 

FederalAppeals – Asheville, SC

 

A Touch of Vintage – Fort Worth, TX

 

AllStar Party – Fort Worth, TX

Freelance Project: Scripps Networks Blog

I love developing blogs and websites on the WordPress platform, so I was totally stoked when I got a call from a friend of mine, Chris Kimball, who is a designer at Scripps Networks (the parent company of Food Network, HGTV, The Travel Channel, DIY Networks, and a few others).  They had recently launched their corporate blog and were looking for a quick turnaround on implementing the design Chris had put together for the blog.

A couple of days ago, after several late nights and a busy Memorial Day weekend, we launched the updated blog. Although we still have a few loose ends to tie up, things are looking great! It was a real pleasure to work with the team at Scripps, and I hope I have the opportunity to do freelance work with them again in the future.

You can view the thumbnails below or take a look at the finished project here.

Blog Design Update for Pastor Chris

Late last week we rolled out a brand new look to the website and blog of Dr. Chris Stephens, my Senior Pastor.  I felt that it was time to simplify the navigation of the site, bring the blog to the forefront, and implement more of a minimalistic design.

The design was created by Ryan Myers at uberdm.com, who also did the design work for the 2011 LIT Conference site.  From his designs, I built out the site using WordPress.

I’m very pleased with the final result.  You can check it out here.

The Past Few Weeks

DIY Toy Treehouse Project

For a few weeks, my daughter and I have talked about making a tree house for some of her toys.  This weekend we decided to go for it.

Update 1/10/15: I am now selling this same treehouse through my Etsy page.

Total material cost was about $20.

This was a fun project, and I anticipate building additional elements over the next few months.

Update 1/10/15: I am now selling this same treehouse through my Etsy page.

Kid Party (Day One)

Keri left me with the kids for a few days while she travels with her mom and sister to a cousin’s wedding.  The house isn’t quite as clean as I would have thought it would be, but we’re having a great time!

First thing this morning, my daughter asked me to draw with her and paint with her.  I love the graphic arts, but I have to say that it’s been a while since I spent much time drawing freehand.  The good news: it’s kind of like riding a bike – not something you forget how to do.

This was the first one. I drew my son’s lion, and since it looked a little sad, I decided to make it into note to send via MMS to Keri.

We were sitting in my daughter’s closet while we were drawing, and one of her dolls was nearby, so I tried doing a pencil drawing.

After that, my daughter wanted to paint with watercolors, so while my son and daughter painted, I sketched out this drawing on watercolor paper. I’ll probably ruin it tomorrow when I try to paint it.

The rest of the day was filled with Chick-fil-a, Playmobile, folding laundry together, and ice cream.  I love being a dad!

Stuff I’ve Been Working On

Over the past few weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to make major updates to the websites of Dan & Tamra Novak.

On Dan’s site, we:

  • changed over from a static single-page website to a full-blown blogging site.
  • kept a similar look and feel as before, but used cleaner lines.
  • used Standard Theme as the starting place for the site.

On Tamra’s site, we:

  • used the same design as before, but we adapted it to a full 960 pixel width to better feature her photography.
  • simplified the navigation.
  • switched to a Javascript slideshow so that it would be viewable across most devices.
  • added a boutique page, where people can now purchase directly from the site.

Christmas Project 2009

For several years, we’ve drawn names to give Christmas gifts with both my family and Keri’s family. This past Christmas, someone from Keri’s family came up with the terrible fantastic idea of creating a surprise handmade gift for “our person”.

I drew Keri’s sister, and after a few weeks of making no progress, Keri suggested that I make her a bird house.  After a little research, I decided to go the route of decorating a birdhouse that I bought at a hobby store nearby.  Here are a few pics of my project in action:

The bad news of the story: I think they want to do hand made gifts again next Christmas.