Divine Design No. 2

This week’s design example comes from a sermon I plan to preach this Sunday evening. The Jailer of Philippi and his conversion recently came up in a Bible study and I felt compelled to preach about this story and all its implications, especially those for Christians like Paul and Silas.

As I went about brainstorming for a visual idea, I came across the photo below of the Auschwitz Concentration Camp. It perfectly encapsulates the image of dread “prison” brings to my mind. Please realize that I have no belief whatsoever that these buildings resemble the prison of Acts 16. It was merely chosen due to the feelings of hopelessness it seems to reflect quite well. You can download the photo in its original size by following this link.

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For my sermon, I decided to edit the photo so the writing could be more legible. After lowering the exposure and increasing the saturation the photo looked like this. 

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All that editing was done in preparation for a filter. While I think the photo is somber, I wanted to add to that just a bit by adding some darkness to it that didn’t wash out the image. I often accomplish that by adding a dark color (grey, black, blue) and lowering its opacity. After settling on a dark grey and lowering the opacity 25%, I was left with this image before the addition of any text. 

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The font selection was fairly straightforward. I wanted something with a grunge, washed-out look that was simple and legible. Nova Stamp was the font I settled on and you can download it by following this link. I went with a bright shade of red because that seems to most represent uneasiness to me. It’s the coloring of warning or anger or danger and that seemed appropriate with this picture.

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Looking at this photo, I felt it still needed something. I went back and searched for photos of prisons and prisoners and found a lot of images that reflected dashes on the wall representing days served. That was a natural connection, so I inserted some grungy lines under the title and ended up with something I’m quite happy with. This is the final title slide. 

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While I don’t plan on having any content slides for this sermon, if you felt the need to, something like this would seem to work. Keeping the slashes connects back to the title and establishes some continuity. 

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