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5 Creators You Should Totally Be Following in July

 

Nik Goodner Founder + Creator of CRTVCHURCH

Published 07/11/18

 

Instagram is one of the best platforms for connecting people especially those with a visual disposition. Every day the CRTVCHURCH Instagram account interacts with thousands of different artists, creators, and church leaders.

We get the unique pleasure of featuring these creatives on the daily, but on occasion, a user’s grid stops our scroll faster than others… Therefore, we’ve compiled a short list of creatives you should be following for July 2018!

These names are in no particular order or reading and are all great, highly talented creators!

 

Dustin Cooper

 

Dustin Cooper is a thirty-one-year-old graphic designer based out of Toledo Ohio. After graduating from Hillsong College in 2007, he went to work on staff at Calvary Church in Toledo for four years as the creative director.

Five years ago he leaped full-time freelancer so that he could help more churches and businesses through graphic design.

Many different styles and other designers inspire him as you can see from his feed. Some days he likes to keep it clean and straightforward, and some days he wants to take risks and see what happens.

Q. Who or what inspires you?

I am generally inspired by poster artwork and advertisements I see while looking through magazines or searching the internet. It could be a fresh color pallet, gradient, typography, or photograph that triggers something in me to run to my computer and make it into a graphic. More specifically I am inspired by designers who have a unique approach and their style that is different from the rest. I am inspired by IG accounts like @dngcreative @elevationcrtv and @magdiellop

Q. How would you describe your work?

I would describe my work as old-school meets new-school. I have the go-to fonts I use probably too much and mix those with the new trends I see happening.

 

 

Becky Siegrist

 

Becky Siegrist has been a graphic designer and photographer for eighteen years. She started with an internship at Church On The Move in Tulsa, Oklahoma and was then hired on full-time. Her years at COTM established a sincere desire for pursuing excellence and taught her the potential it has to draw people in; opening a door for ministry to happen. After moving to Dallas, she began full-time freelance work, creating identity design, editorial work, and creative direction for ministries large and small.

Last year she began volunteering with photography at her church, Gateway in Southlake, Texas. Through serving God reignited her passion for engaging with hands-on ministry happening, telling stories of lives being changed, and capturing moments of people encountering the authentic and powerful presence of Jesus. It’s been the greatest joy of her journey as a creative and completely altered the way she looks at and values what she does for ministries now.

Looking forward, she wants to use every bit of her creative talent and passion for shining a light on what God is doing in and through people around the world!

Q. Who or what inspires you?

It would be a collection of work from outside and inside the church. I am continually saving off ideas I see that have good type design, colors, photography styles, etc. But at this point what inspires me most are the conversations and dreaming bigger with Kingdom minded creatives.

Q. How would you describe your work?

In design, I’m all about good typography, clean design with beautiful imagery, and excellent color palettes. In photography, I love shooting big worship moments with cool stage lighting as much as anyone, but what I value and look for most are the moments of people encountering the genuine and powerful presence of Jesus, both on and off stage. My prayer is always that God would show me those moments and help me to capture what often times only HE sees.

 

 

Zeke Tucker

 

Zeke Tucker is a full-time graphic designer living in Chattanooga, Tennessee and is a Disney FANATIC with an addiction for Funko Pop characters. He started drawing and practicing his writing/calligraphy when he was young without really knowing that he was practicing for his future. Zeke has always been a fan of art and design, and he is happy to get to use what God has given him to reveal aspects of HIS being to those around him.

Q. Who or what inspires you?

Stephen Hart (Bethel Creative Director), The Worship Project, The CRTVCHURCH community (genuinely… I get so much inspiration from the designers that contribute), Casey Kleeb. Joey Chou.

Q. How would you describe your work?

I would describe my work as a thoughtful mix of an imperfect artist longing for a combination of simplicity and chaos and a Disney, toy-loving man-child.

 

 

Jazmin Quaynor

 

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Jazmin is a self-taught designer based in Charlotte, North Carolina where she is the social media designer at Elevation Church.

Q. Who or what inspires you?

Magazines, movies, music videos, and nature are my go tos when I need a little inspiration. I try to start each design with a solid color palette in mind, so I’m continually trying to find color combos around me that work together so I can use them in my designs later (shout out to Adobe capture for the color palette feature).

 

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Timmy Dwyer

 

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Tim Dwyer lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma with his amazing wife, Meagan, and two beautiful daughters, Emersyn and Blakely. He is a content creator via video editing, motion graphics, and graphic design. His primary job is making Jesus-centered short films with Ben Piershale, and he also works freelance with churches around the country.

Q. Who or what inspires you?

I think that depends on what kind of inspiration I’m looking for if that makes sense. I can draw a lot from Instagram, Pinterest, Designspiration, Vimeo, Behance, etc. if I’m looking for a mood-board. But in the sense of inspiration to inspire my creativity, that would be nature. Going outside and sitting in a park, or driving down an empty country road. Even going to the heart of the city into urban nature and being part of all the culture there. I draw a ton of inspiration from music, and I listen to A LOT of Hammock (look them up) on a regular basis. A big one for me too is my family. They inspire me in crazy ways, and I think that’s because there is a massive amount of creative inspiration in your everyday life from your time spent with God to your time spent at home and everything in between.

The Bible. This is the most significant creative resource we have. It blows me away, the number of ideas and inspiration I get when I’m spending time with God. I’ve had entire video scripts come to my mind that I’ll quickly scribble out and it’ll turn into something I know I could have never dreamed up on my own or gotten from anywhere else. I genuinely believe it’s in those moments that God plants insanely creative thoughts because they are breathed directly by Him. Also, to go with that, don’t let your spiritual life fall to the bottom of the list. Priorities matter.

 

 

Nik Goodner

Nik is the creator of CRTVCHURCH, the owner of Goodnerds Design Co., he also dabbles in writing + speaking.

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