Too many fonts

I learned many things in College, but one of the things that stands out most is my Graphic Design professor John Printy’s design wisdom (and maybe a pet peeve) of telling us not to use too many fonts.  Grant calls me a font snob since I don’t like comic sans (and maybe a few others) but I do believe he is being converted over to my snobbery and this picture is the proof.

Grant just texted me this photo.  The other day he came home from work and his story from the day was about this can of stuff.  He was amazed at just how much information they managed to get on a single can and how it does not actually say on the can what it is called!  My favourite part is that he just sent the text and said “Here is the spray I was talking abut with the crazy fonts on it.” Yes, I do believe he is slowly making his way over to my side!

On another note, I was reading the book “Art for God’s Sake” last night by our newly inaugurated college president, Dr. Philip Ryken.  It is a small book but clearly written and I honestly find it inspirational (as I am someone who loves art!)  “At its best, art is able to… satisfy our deep longing for beauty and communicate profound spiritual, intellectual, and emotional truth about the world that God has made for his glory.  Is it any wonder that the best artists are celebrated?”  He goes on to talk about art and why some Christians are skeptical of it and then responds by writing:

“Yet even Christians who are dismissive of art continue to use it.  Doing so is inescapable.  Every time we build a sanctuary, arrange furniture in a room, or produce a brochure, we are making artistic decisions.  Even if we are not artists in our primary vocation, there is an inescapably artistic aspect to our daily experience. The question becomes, therefore, whether as Christians we will aspire to high aesthetic standards.  All to often we settle for something that is functional, but not beautiful.  We gravitate toward what is familiar, popular, or commercial, with little regard for the enduring values of artistic excellence.  Sometimes what we produce can be described only as kitsch – tacky artwork of poor quality that appeals to low tastes.  The average Christian bookstore is full of the stuff, as the real artists will tell us, if only we will listen.

Many of you who may be reading this are aware that the above is one of my favourite soap boxes, that as Christians we settle when it comes to the arts.  Well… I am officially inspired to write that Literature Review now on the value of art in the church and of using it in ministry with children!  (Seriously, that is what is on the to-do list for this afternoon!)


4 thoughts on “Too many fonts

  1. Why did the world's foremost artists decorate the churches of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance? Not necessarily because they were believers, but because believers believed that God and the art that celebrated God should be the best and not some schlocky Jesus on velvet sold on a street corner. So Hooray for President Ryken. The pictures in our children's bibles and used on our Sunday School walls should be drawn and painted by the best artists.

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