All in Design
Meet Tanner Alex Cook! He's a masterful designer and artist with an ultra-modernist aesthetic and a knack for realistic texture and grit. I'm watching him closely to see where he goes, watch this space world -- this kid is going places. Mark my words.
As I set out to design the art for "Living Hope", I wanted to base the concept on this 80s album artwork -- an honorable nod to the rich worship-warfare history of this era -- plus I felt it tied in strongly with the bold-gospel narrative of this single.
The brief was simple enough, we decided to take conference on the road with the same simple message of "on Earth as in Heaven". For too long my branding efforts were minimalistic and clean, so I really wanted to experiment with an ultra modern feel whilst maintaining a little grunge and some 70s nostalgia.
This album artwork was such a gift from God and it all came together in about 5 minutes. I love that the artwork came the same way these moments (songs) did - divinely curated by a loving Heavenly Father and gifted to His children freely.
Meet Chris Perry from Sydney, Australia. He was the original designer for Hillsong Music from 1994-2001. He shares the stories behind their old album covers and how he designed their famed “Hillsong” handwritten logo!
I loved the challenge of designing for a generation that's not my own, taking so many different opinions from more generations that weren't my own, and creating a brand and visual language that truly represented the life, joy, freedom, and pop sound of this fantastic album!
Introducing Taylor Ostrom (Sabo) from Redding, California. She’s one of the designers at Bethel Music and is the brains and artistic talent behind Cory Asbury’s “Reckless Love” and Steffany Gretzinger’s “Blackout” album artwork. Here she shares her story and gives us a glimpse into what it’s like to make album art.
I've found that 9 times out of 10, when you allow yourself to re-create aspects of a project based on your gut...leadership will fall in line with your vision and adjust their previous boundaries...
It takes a lot of time and practice to make it look effortless and messy.
As you can imagine, this was a harsh word to hear and I grappled with it for days. However, I told God that I would give these things up in order to know Him better. My spirit and truth worship was actually not found in singing songs, but rather through creativity in design and hand lettering.
I remember being very young, believing in the power of prayer, and fervently asking the Lord if one day I could design an album for Darlene Zschech.
In moments of frustration or lack of inspiration, Holy Spirit is always waiting and willing to help us.
That's when it hit me, why stand out when it's smarter to fit in.
In life we always have two choices when a situation arises that is unexpected: we can either partner with a spirit of fear and negativity - which often manifests as offense - or we can choose to see the mountain, however discouraging it may be, as a chance find a new creative solution.