As opposed to the design thievery I mentioned yesterday, fresh/creative/orginal/quality design is a good thing. Not only does good design help you clearly and effectively communicate your message to audience, but others take notice as well. With that in mind, I’d like to congratulate Edgepoint Church in Tennessee. Their site features a clean design and well organized content. That helps their members and prospective visitors find out what they need to know. (As a side note, church members like it when they aren’t embarrassed of their church’s website.)
Beyond that, Edgepoint’s site is so well designed that Smashing Magazine recently featured it in a post on creative grid-based web design. Smashing Magazine, by the way, boasts 70,000 subscribers to its RSS feed, so they know what they’re talking about when it comes to design.
I’d like to congratulate Edgepoint Church for their commitment to good web design. I’d also like to congratulate FortySeven Media for designing Edgepoint’s site and having their work featured by Smashing. On FortySeven Media’s site, they have a section titled “Don’t Hire Us.” Here’s a quote from that page:
If you don’t value your work enough to have it professionally presented, well, it was nice speaking with you. Because if it goes out with our name, it is going to be our best. We expect the same from our clients.
Personally, I think that’s a great perspective. If your message (a sermon, an announcement, the gospel) is important, it’s worthy of quality presentation (a graphic, a video, a song, a drama).