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10 Things You Should Never Say To A Designer

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July 15, 2013

Graphic design is hard work. Here are 10 statements to avoid when talking with a designer:

This won’t take long.
Give it a “wow-factor”
Have you seen that Papyrus font? Let’s use that.
Here’s a low-res picture I found on Google Images. Can you blow it up and put it on a banner?
Make…


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Top 3 Posts From My First 2 Months Of Blogging

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April 17, 2013

Two months ago, I started my journey as a hesitant blogger. It feels great to finally have this blog launched, but I am really excited about the months to come. Looking back at the first two months, here are the top 3 posts:

Series Planning Process
Social Media Strategy In 3…


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2 Lessons From The Harlem Shake

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February 25, 2013

In February 2013, the Harlem Shake officially took over social media feeds and computers everywhere as the greatest viral web sensation since Gangam Style.

On February 3rd, a Harlem Shake dance video, based off of a song by Baauer, started a firestorm of spin-off videos. Within 12 days, 40,000 new…


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Video Interview Link

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February 22, 2013

I recently did a video interview with Tim Peters discussing the challenges of church communications, how to manage the daily madness of church communications and leading up in your organization. Check out the post here.

Tim is the creator of Sayge, a monthly church communications training resource that would be excellent for…


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Art Is In You

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February 14, 2013

What is art?

Art makes us feel. Sad, happy, angry, joyful? Doesn’t matter. Art doesn’t make assumptions.

Art takes us somewhere we weren’t a moment ago, escaping us from a reality we didn’t know we were stuck in.

Art overflows from vulnerability that is scared to be revealed, but hides in us all.

Everyone…


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The Hiding Spot For Creativity

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February 8, 2013

Have you heard one of these phrases recently in a meeting?

Don’t have enough time
Costs too much
Don’t have the right equipment
Don’t know how to
Need more people

Me too. In fact, I’ve often been the one saying them.

You know what I’ve found though? Constraints have a way of fueling creativity, not limiting…


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Developing A Communications Plan

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February 6, 2013

As Communications Director here at West Ridge Church, I oversee our internal and external communications through our web, video, print, design, social media, marketing, and sunday messaging/announcements. At a big church with tons of incredible things happening each week, that can be a lot to keep up with!

To help…


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My Start As A Hesitant Blogger

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February 6, 2013

Do you have something in your life that you know you need to do, but have been pushing off for way too long? For me, that thing has been blogging.

For years, I’ve been building a list of blog ideas on a range of topics. To be honest, it’s just…

PHIL BOWDLE
Atlanta, GA

Hi my name is Phil. I'm the Creative Arts Pastor at West Ridge Church in NW Atlanta. This blog exists to provide practical resources that can transform how you communicate and create for your church.