I begin a new series of lessons about fellowship, compassion, and genuine Christian relationships this Sunday. As I brainstormed for these lessons, Mr. Rogers Neighborhood kept coming back into my consciousness. I remembered moments watching the show as a child and want to reconnect some of my brothers and sisters in Christ to that simpler time in their lives as we study these topics. With that being said, here’s where I went. I started off by searching for the old television logo of the beloved TV show. I found this picture and used it as my template:
I knew I wouldn’t be able to do a shot-for-shot replica, but I wanted my design to embody the spirit of that image. I settled on a stock photo from Shutterstock. That website contains several options for purchasing HD photos. I have a plan each year to purchase several photos that winds up costing me about $8 per photo. The more you use, the cheaper it is.
*Not everyone wants to purchase photos, I understand that. However, sometimes, you just don’t have a high-quality choice. I recommend using free photos when possible, just don’t use one that should be paid for and don’t settle for something that doesn’t work. I find it usually works with something free, but sometimes, the perfect photo is worth paying for. The artist who took this picture has a page on Shutterstock where you can see his work and download photos like the one below.
I decided to add a layer of blue to the photo before the text so that it would more closely resemble the screenshot from the television show. That gave it this look:
When it came to the title slide, I wanted something that would stay similar to the design of the TV logo, but also be a bit more legible. I settled on the font Bookman ITC Std Demi Bold which can be downloaded here. I settled on the title “The Neighbors” over “The Neighborhood” so I could expand the topic to mean more than just those you live by or associate with. I used multiple layers of text stacked on top of each other with a red blur shadow to give it a look I find very pleasing, legible, and effective.
Sometimes, when trying to replicate a design, we leave out the most important part, our creativity. I strongly feel this design mirrors what the television show did so that it will bring about strong memories for those who watched it while being original in-and-of-itself. When it came to content slides, I went simple. I went with a large, thinly-spaced design of the same font and color pattern.
In the end, I really love the look of this design and can’t wait to use it for this sermon series.