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This season at Rancho, we are doing a series titled “Greater” (No Guilt in Life, No Fear in Death), leading up to Easter 2015. The art for the series was developed attempting to be more future-leaning and bold as we wanted to make a statement and invite the community to something interesting for this series and Easter.

The black speaks towards darkness/despair and the red towards the redeeming blood of Christ. The “greater than” sign speaks to how the grace and life in Christ is greater than sin, death, guilt, darkness – and the Church, by this power is greater than and overcoming darkness in this world – lot’s of hope in a seemingly dark place.

Hidden in the background of the design is a portrait of Jesus, hand drawn by our graphic designer. We used it last summer (2014) in a series called “Portrait” as we looked at the person and life of Christ. We then used that same graphic to create a participatory project for another series call “I Was Here”. We setup the outline of Christ (from the previous series) on a large banner and invited people to put their thumbprint in a “paint by numbers” type layout. A large portrait of Jesus Christ began to emerge. I pulled that final project into Photoshop and screened it into the background of “Greater” – so there literally hundreds (if not thousands) of our church family’s thumb prints embedded within this design…

A lot goes on behind the scenes when we launch a teaching series at Rancho Community – It never really starts the same way however. This particular series started with a trifecta of:

  1. A conversation with our lead pastor about a “foundational” teaching series for fall
  2. The song “Cornerstone“, which I actually heard for the first time by our Murrieta Campus worship team
  3. Coldplay’s Live 2012 album & concert art

From that point on I had a pretty good idea what this should look and feel like… just didn’t know exactly how.

The concept would be build around the stage backdrop design – that’s where everything would kind of spring from. I wanted to create a kind of back alley, block wall kind of feel – real strong and bold. So I started with something like this:

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Then I added grunge and some elements to the wall – and added the text.

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Then I added some fluorescent light bulbs…

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After that came the real fun – the hand-drawn art. For that, I just used a pencil first and then a sharpie…

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After the hand drawing it was time to get the images into Photoshop. I used my iPhone 4s to shoot the drawings and bring them into Photoshop.
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After some work with masking and coloring we ended up with this:

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No light bulbs on this version because this is the stage backdrop – 16′ x 32′ for our Temecula Campus. In order to do that we printed 16) 4′ x 8′ pieces and then our Tech team put it all together. Preparing the file for this almost killed my 2009 MBP…

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Here’s a pic of one of the 4×8’s right off the press…

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After the pieces were delivered, it was time for construction by our tech team…

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While our Temecula Campus got the real thing, our Murrieta Campus got the digital version…

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And last but not least, the bulletin…

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I’m hoping to get some better pics of the stage from both campuses – it’s awesome how the lighting really changes the look of this graphic.

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Here’s the graphic and stage package for the latest teaching series at Rancho Community Church.

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We didn’t get much on direction for this series – it wasn’t completely formulated until the day it started so we had to create a graphic that was more generic. The graphics actually were born from a conversation of stage design planning. We designed it all in Photoshop (to scale) and then turned it over to our Tech Team.

Stage-Lights

The stage design consists of three black chalk walls, all hand colored. The AWAKE title is cut out of plywood and mounted off the chalk wall, backlit with light bulbs. It really comes to life when it’s lit up with our LED Pars.

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Here’s a panorama of the Worship Center and stage.

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Big kudos to the Rancho Community Tech Team for taking a conversation and turning it into a reality. Below are some photos take by Bryan Lanning.

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FTS-Branding

Woke up today and knew that I had to get some work done – specifically, some work for our local pastors/community group: Families that Soar. This is a fledgling group of local pastors and community leaders that are dedicated to strengthening, encouraging, and restoring families in the Temecula/Murrieta Valley. It’s pretty cool that a large number of our local church leaders are involved in this group and over the past couple years it has grown and is being established.

Anyhow, this was one of those “pressure cooker” logos. I found this amazing font and it was all over. Sometimes it’s just about finding the right typeface.

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Just a quick update on our latest series at Rancho Community Church. There is actually a big back story that I will tell later about how the ideas for this series actually began my journey towards Rancho… another time.

This was a quickie. Like I told some new designer friends: an istockphoto graphic and some typography and we’re done; here it is:

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This is our typical graphics package: Bulletin cover & sermon notes (printed in house), generic background graphic for screens, keynote background, and web header. We need to start adding CD/DVD labels & case covers as well.

A little note on the bulletin cover – if we outsourced our printing, I would definitely have had full black coverage on the front and maybe even a galaxy, star system theme along with the graphic. Since we print in-house, I was trying to save on ink.

That’s all folks.