“Garmin or God” Series Design

Today we started a new message series at Cornerstone called, “Garmin or God: A Road Trip of Transformation.” Throughout the summer we’re going to follow the journey of the Isrealites as they wandered through the wilderness and learn from their experiences.

Right now, the plan is to create a short video element for each message in the series. You can see the first video below.

I created the graphic for the series using one of our staff member’s TomTom and a bobble head (body?) Jesus that I ordered online. In fact, I actually changed the concept after the first idea didn’t come together for me (shown below). We originally wanted to take a picture of a car dashboard with GPS and Jesus. It was just too busy and I wasn’t happy with how things were laid out.


So I scrapped all that and went with a more simple design. Granted, it’s nothing ground breaking (Myriad Pro font, white background, wet floor…Apple anyone?), but for me, it was a win.


This was the first time I did any photography for my own design, so there was a bit of a learning curve for how to take a picture and get a useable image. This was particularly true relating to the images I used for the final design. I ended up shooting them outside on a white box. I tried different lighting and darker backgrounds (like a green storage bin) but the silver springs on Jesus reflected the colors and it was impossible to work with in Photoshop.

In the end, I’m happy with it. We had a good response today and my prayer is that stuff like this enhances people’s experience at Cornerstone and gives them something to look forward to.

Author: Erik

Erik lives in Bethalto, IL were he serves as the Executive Pastor at Cornerstone Church. He and his wife, Bethany, have two boys (Parker and Kent). He's an Apple fan and all around techie who loves Angry Birds and Words With Friends.

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