June 02, 2009 - 1 comment.

Design Matters: Even in Churches

This one hit too close to home.  Papyrus is the Nickelback of fonts.  Or maybe the other way around.

A word on Papyrus from David Sivo:

“This particular Font face was designed in 1982 by Chris Costello, (who himself admits that Papyrus is overused). It was designed to mix the distinctive characteristics of Roman Characters with the drawn look of beautiful calligraphy. And it does both of those things rather well.

But while it might be a well designed font, it is not a good font at all. And if anything it’s almost as overused as Comic Sans. It has this attraction to churches and yoga/women’s health clubs as well as Hippy and Health Stores. Please people, consign this font to the bin of life, we don’t need to see more of it in use.”

I’m with him.

Those of us that design in churches have so many legal and helpful resources available to us now, it’s just embarrassing when we reach for something like Papyrus.  It’s lazy.  And no one with internet has an excuse.  For you designers, reflect on these verses about effort in ministry/work:


Colossians 3:23 ESV /
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,

Proverbs 13:4 ESV /
The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.

Philippians 4:13 ESV /
I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

2 Thessalonians 3:10-12 ESV /
For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat. For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies. Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living.

Proverbs 14:23 ESV /
In all toil there is profit, but mere talk tends only to poverty.

Philippians 2:14-15 ESV /
Do all things without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,

1 Corinthians 10:31 ESV /
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
Most churches don’t have a design team.  But we all have the opportunity to offer God our best in the effort and beauty we put into the materials that our church will see and absorb.

Published by: Donald in Devotions, Uncategorized


June 23, 2009 at 11:22 pm

oh dear… for reals. ugh.

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