As you get ready for 2020, we wanted to share 5 design tips to help with your messaging this year!


Every year, Pantone releases a “color of the year” that often guides the design direction behind fashion, furnishings, industrial design, and may influence the design direction for your church.

This years color is “Classic Blue”, “Instilling calm, confidence, and connection, this enduring blue hue highlights our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era.” (


Amatuer designers often feel they have to use every pixel of space in a design. Great designers understand how to pare down content to emphasis a particular message or image. Trim the elements that don’t clarify to give breathing room to the core elements.
EXAMPLE This design from People’s Church Instagram uses white space well.

The main thing is the main thing. It’s super clear and easy to read.

The days of including every bit of info on your graphics are behind you. Use the design on more than just Instagram…add it to a hand out and put the info on the back.


Know your font, and choose wisely.  Never use more than 3 fonts on any one piece. Pay attention to how easy the font is to read, and what the style communicates if you couldn’t read the words.

P.S. If you’re curious about what font someone else is using, these are great tools for discovery:

Consider these two designs from Life.Church.

Imagine if the two fonts were flipped? Would they feel the same?


Contrast makes your design pop and focuses attention. Colors can be tricky, so pay attention to complementary colors. Complementary colors are, in the simplest terms, opposite colors on the color wheel.

Canva actually has a great tool for this, and so does Adobe.

EXAMPLE The yellow and pink on this Handheld Sign from the Action Church utilizes a pale yellow square against a bright pink background.

The contrast is not only appealing, but creates a clear definition for the white words in the center of the sign.


Whatever your look, your feel, your vibe, keep it. It’s tempting to jump on catchy trends that appeal to you, but try to stay in line with your brand guidelines. Strong brands are able to be recognized without having to explicit state who created it.

For example: You can recognize a Target commercial before you see their logo by the bright pops of color and solid backgrounds. You connect sharp, clean images with Apple

Know your audience and develop your brand. Consistent branding not only creates valuable “brand recognition”, but clarifies your message and connects you with your audience.