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Being Creative Takes Focus

Creative people have a bad reputation. We have a perception that we are unorganized messes. The problem with this idea, is that being creative takes a lot of focus and concentration if you ever want to ship your creations.

Getting your creative art out in the world is hard work. It takes a huge amount of focus to dream, create, refine, and develop. The process can be long, tiring, frustrating. But for any creative person who knows the joy of shipping a complete work of art, it is all worth it.

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Going Through the Motions

With the ebb and flow of life, I have to remind myself to slow down. To be intentional. To focus on what is important and make design decisions that are focused on one goal: delivering content to a user.

That’s what we do as web designers, we cultivate content, we invent new ways to interact with it, and we are responsible for creating a lasting impact.

Is your web design process intentional? Or are you going through the motions?

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What did you dream about?

Today I am doing something different. I wanted to share my heart, my passion, challenge you, and I want to pray for you. We all have dreams, passions, and goals in life. From my experience, most of us give up on the dream, or it changes. Marriage, kids, family, church, and our always growing responsibilities all can influence where we go and what God has called us to be. So what is your dream? What is your passion? How often have you pushed it away because of something more important? For myself, this is a constant struggle, a constant challenge, and something I want to fight for.

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The Art of Saying N

One of the most powerful words in the English language is my least favorite word: No. I am someone that likes to hear the word, yes, to me I feel a sense of pride if people see things my way, if they join my cause, or follow my design style. But as someone who works on a church website, saying no could save you hours of work, prevent feature creep, or keep your website from straying from the church vision.

Prevent Feature Creep
This is main reason I say no most often. It is important to have goals for your website and a plan on how to execute. Feature creep is when someone, usually in a staff meeting, suggests something they would like to see on the website. This could be anything, flash games for the children’s ministry page, a shopping cart for the bookstore, videos of sermons, anything really.