My friend and visual worshipper Steven Proctor has written a guidebook:
More and more as I’ve been traveling and teaching on Visual Worship, church leaders have been asking about resources and books for training… not just on the gear, nuts & bolts, etc…. but on the heart of Visual Worship, the approach, & the philosophy …. something they can take home to study and to put in the hands of their pastors and volunteers. I wish I knew of a resource like that to point everyone to. And then that still small voice whispered, “Why don’t YOU write it!” - and so I did!
If you design or assist in creating worship experiences with your church, I’d recommend his ideas. I’d love to hear your thoughts if you’ve read it; he offers a group rate for churches.
As I’ve gotten deeper into the art and science of presentation and communication, I’ve become fascinated by infographics and visualizations of data. The bestexamples of this craft (some are quite old) are a perfect fusion of science, art, meaning and communication.
Whatever you think about the morality of WikiLeaks’ release of confidential US State Dept. communiqués and recent US war logs, when put to good use the results are quite fascinating. Never before has conflict been described in such detail, from the macro to the micro-level view.
Above: Iraq War google map layer. Source: The Guardian
If you click through the image, you can see the map at full view and accompanying article. You can grasp the size, scope, growth over time, and density of IED attacks on soldiers, as well as come to grips with the civilian toll of this war. You can trace the lines of war across roads and see it infect cities, like an awful virus.
I find it sobering to consider that each red dot is one or more human lives, usually American soldiers.