.Net Magazine Feature

— Topic: Design

I am pleased to announce that my write-up about church web design will be featured in the June 2008 issue of .Net Magazine. Despite the similarity in name, it is not affiliated with (or related to) Microsoft’s .NET framework.

I was privileged to be one of three designers to participate in a “build-off,” crafting a hypothetical home page for a real or fictitious place of worship. To expedite the artistic process, I chose my own church, Spring Valley UMC. Doing so gave me plenty of context and original content to consider.

You may recognize the Spring Valley mockup as the 12-column example from the 960 Grid System. I sat down to work on a Saturday morning, determined to create something efficiently, so I began with one of my own Fireworks templates. Later that evening, I was finally satisfied with the result.

I then annotated my thought processes, per the editor’s instructions. It is worth noting that for the purposes of the article, the home page dimensions were specified in advance, which is why the design fits neatly into an 84:81 width to height ratio. The world of print publishing is truly mystifying.

Anyway, click the image below for a full-size version. Needless to say, if you live in the UK, I would highly encourage you to purchase a subscription!

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