Church Tech Blog
“Hopefully, this blog will reflect the years of experience I’ve had working in the church tech field on church and ministry staff, design agencies, corporate environment, and as a freelance consultant. I am by no means an “expert” (those who give themselves that title often think a bit too highly of themselves and their advice), but I prefer to speak from the perspective of my experience. If you have a topic you would like me to cover on my blog, please don’t hesitate to ask – use this form to request that. If you’ve found any topic I’ve covered to be of use (or if you disagree), feel free to comment on the post.” – Bryan Chalker, Founder and Lead Designer, Bleedingtree LLC.
I’ll try to deal with a variety of topics: church web design, to church tech and church media, product reviews, best practices for church web design, encouragement in the ministry tech fields, ways to save money as a non-profit and ministry, as well as straight-forward common sense approaches to web design and development. Please feel free to share this blog to family, friends, and co-workers…anyone who might benefit from a little design and tech advice.
I love creating icons. Colorful and vibrant, with nice little transparencies and details. They can be beautiful and effective navigational elements, as well as visual breaks in heavy text areas. It’s hard to think of a project which wouldn’t benefit by using them properly. The traditional icons don’t always fit the need, though. Sometimes you […]
Are you a Christian web designer? One whose primary role is church web design or faith-focused design? I’m not sure about your situation, but for me – I didn’t start learning web design to become the next Jeffrey Zeldman (the first web guy I was in awe of. A geek’s rock star). I started it as […]
Churches and other 501(c)(3) non-profits have a unique need for discounts. As their name implies…they are not out to make a profit. They do not survive from a recurring source of income provided by products and services. They are a charitable-focused entity. I personally love the fact that they’re given tax breaks and money-saving opportunities. I even give a hourly discount on design and dev work I do for church and non-profit projects.
As mentioned in the previous non-profit discount post on Email Marketing Vendors, there are numerous ways to save if you’re a non-profit, with valid 501(c)(3) documentation. We even give a special discounted rate for non-profits and churches. This week, I’ll touch on software savings. This is where a huge bite can be taken out of […]
I love designing web pages and web sites. It’s a wonderful process that involves wrapping the latest technologies together with creative ideas and design. Who doesn’t love that combination. Well apparently Microsoft, Google, and the rest of the motley bunch of email client creators. The are firmly “stuck in the 90s”. You need to lobotomize your web approach, to remove all those pesky standards that guide your web designs.
A “jpg” (or “jpeg), is a typical file format used for many photos and graphics online. It allows for proper saturation and color gradients to be used, without an large file size. It’s great for photos – terrible for logos. There are several important reasons for this, none of which should be discounted: