By: Jenny Bruce
. . . I'd take a graphic design class as a college student.
I'm my church's webmaster (or if you'd like, webservant) and am cursed with very strong opinions on how websites should look but very little skill in how they should be constructed (I'm starting to believe that all Bible major course curriculum should include several graphic design classes.) Every few years I begin to loathe our current site, wonder how in the world I could have designed something so ugly, turn my back on it, create something completely new, and feel peace about it. Then the cycle of trouble, repentance, salvation, and peace starts again. It's sort of like the book of Judges, minus the idol worship and concubine dismembering.
Anyways, I'm currently wading through the mire that is version 4.0 and have been pondering the whole concept of church marketing. I'm personally not a huge fan of logos, branding, and the like, so I very much enjoyed Tyler Wigg Stevenson's take on the subject in his article Jesus Is Not A Brand in the latest Christianity Today.
To be fair, ChurchMarketingSucks.com wrote a thoughtful and fair response to the article.
Read them and let me know what you think. Oh and if you have any website navigation hover color preferences, let me know them as well.