When I made my original discussion board post in Unit 1, Professors Fields recommended that I break down each important word in the statement I made. That statement was “How the Christian Church can leverage design in our mission to help people develop a real relationship with Jesus.” So I wanted to make sure that I did that, just in case anything stood out to me. I’m really enjoying this mind mapping thing. I typically love a good ole word list, but this is like an organized word list!
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As I have spent the week thinking about my topic, and talking to people about it, I wondered about additional questions angles on my topic. Has graphic design created lazy Christians who rely too heavily on a fancy invitation card for sharing their faith instead of building real relationships with people. Or maybe people get so enamored by cool graphics and the experience it creates (particularly in larger churches) that people miss that a great church is not defined by how entertaining it is, and therefore miss out on a real relationship with Jesus and his bride. I’m open to thoughts and feedback.
- Discuss the ways that you are going to keep track of the research you are doing. Make lists of the places you are exploring and what useful tips you can offer with regards to finding materials. Use the ideas covered in the lecture and Clark’s book to illuminate the path for others. Act as though you are writing your own guide to conducting research.
The primary ways I will keep track of my research is using technology. When I am online, I bookmark everything that I find helpful into a SCAD > Thesis folder in Safari, which will sync across my devices. On Amazon, I created a Wish List for my Thesis of books that I want to consider/buy. On my iPad, my favorite app is GoodNotes, where I can write with my stylus just like I’m writing in a notebook. So I have a SCAD folder with a Thesis Prep “notebook” for all of my freewriting. I also have a Mind Maps app, which lets me conveniently create Mind Maps that can be exported. Both of my key iPad apps sync to my Dropbox account for backups. And of course, there is my blog to document additional thoughts and progress.
- Discuss how you are planning to ‘map’ texts, per Clark’s book.
The strategies for mapping texts that stood out to me most was getting the topical overview, considering the impact the writing as a whole is trying to make, and consider why I am reading the text (how will this help me define my problem or support my argument, and making notes about it as I go).
I decided to do a mind map on Church Design just to get related topics out of my mind and on “paper.”
I did some research in the SCAD Graduate Thesis Collection and found some interesting topics, which are helping me to clarify what my topic or thesis statement could be. Being constantly told to narrow our focus is starting to make sense. Here are the three theses that I found in this initial search:
- Empathy Within Orthodoxy: Fostering a Culture of Innovation in Faith-Based Organizations Through Design Thinking by Jay Bopp
- The Effective and Empathetic Designer: Professional Identity as a Function of Self-Definition by Andrea Nordstrom
- Crossing the Line: Why Designers and Aid Agencies Need Each Other by Timothy Putt
From it, I gleaned ideas for books to read, with Amazon creating great recommendations. I also found some insight into committee members, noting that Professor Jason Frazier was on the committee of each of these students.
Here are some of the books that I have bookmarked for potential reading.
- Branding Faith: Why Some Churches and Nonprofits Impact Culture and Others Don’t by Phil Cooke
- Deep & Wide: Creating Churches Unchurched People Love to Attend by Andy Stanley
- Outspoken: Conversations on Church Communication by Tim Schraeder
- This is Service Design Thinking: Basics, Tools, Cases by Marc Stickdorn
- The Design of Business: Why Design Thinking is the Next Competitive Advantage by Roger L. Martin
- The Ten Faces of Innovation: IDEO’s Strategies for Defeating the Devil’s Advocate and Driving Creativity Throughout Your Organization by Jonathan Littman
- Change by Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation by Tim Brown
- User Friendly Churches: What Christians Need to Know About the Churches People Love To Go To by George Barna
- Church Marketing 101: Preparing Your Church for Greater Growth by Richard L. Reising
- Multiply: Disciples Making Disciples by Francis Chan
- Creature of the Word: The Jesus-Centered Church by Matt Chandler
I think I’m starting to get excited! I really look forward to digging through some of these books.
Attached is the results of my freewriting exercise. One this is for sure, my handwriting is NOT the best! For the most part, I just thought about how the modern church has changed, creating a more diverse group of people who now faithfully attend church and identify themselves as Christians. This let me to dig into who are those people. Are they people who were turned off by fake Christians? Are they people who thought they just could never fit in or belong? But what I really wondered about are people who never identified with any faith, and therefore where never interested in going to church to begin with. What message do they need to see or hear to make them consider otherwise? Where would those messages be and in what form would that message occur? How often would they need to see that message. What ultimate form of visual communication would most effectively create a seeker out of a non-seeker?
While I think there is more freewriting to be had, it was nice to at least put a little “pen to paper,” or stylus pen to iPad in my case.