It is what surrounds me everyday, yet I often forget how amazing it truly is.
As a professional graphic designer, I often find myself looking at the world in a slightly different light than the mainstream. I tend to see things as the individual parts, but all those parts working together to enhance either the message or the function of the whole. I often encounter people who look at design as if it were art, something that has no central message but rather is meant to be interpreted by the viewer in any way they feel it relates to their emotions. So one might gather that true design is not subjective, but conveys a specifically objective message that cannot be interpreted in any other way than how the designer intended. Design is not intended to look pretty, but to grab the viewer’s attention and convey an idea or thought in as little time and as thoroughly as possible. When I look around at the world that surrounds me that’s often what I see, not that the picture on the billboard looks funny or cool, but what message is that image getting across and how does that relate to the product or service that the company provides. So often I use this deciphering technique with man-made design, yet it was not until recently that I realized I’m standing before the most perfectly designed message in history every single day.
I have had the opportunity to attend an event called the Truth Project over the past few weeks, a video series that is an overview of a proper biblical worldview. Last Sunday was the section that dealt with science and God’s creation, how infinitely complex His creation is yet how simple it is to understand when our eyes are open. After watching that program and letting all the information that it contained sink into the depths of my mind, I began to realize how amazing our world, and our God, truly is.
While I am at work, it takes me anywhere from several hours to an entire day to create a brand identity for a customer, and after that first rough draft several more days to finalize the design. I use some very expensive and state-of-the-art technology to assist me in my design, and still it is always a struggle to produce exactly what is in my head. Then I think of God creating the universe. He didn’t need any super computer or fancy gadgets to design the entire world, He merely spoke, and it was so. The entire universe was designed by God speaking, and it was right the first time, no revisions, no rough drafts, just perfect. I am so very grateful for how humbling that is, to think I am pretty top-notch for designing a logo, when God designed the entire world, from the smallest particle of matter to the immense expanse of space with all its mysteries. Yet whether it’s a logo, or all of creation, design is design.
As I said before, design always has a message, it is not meant to just be pretty, a logo might convey how a company operates, where they are located, or what they do. So I started asking myself, if I am a designer and I create something to convey a message, and God is a designer who created the entire world, what is the purpose or message of creation? I found Psalm 19 sums it up very well.
“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge.
There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard.
Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world…”
So next time you look at the world around you, don’t just look at how pretty it is, but stop for a moment and listen. Open your ears to the heavens and the skies, listen to the deafening roar of all of creation declaring the message. The amazing glory of God and the perfect work of His hands.