Talking about God, talking to God, talking about design, designing -- they all felt a bit off.
I started this project to explore design and God for myself and by myself. Design work had become a game of compromise, and faith had started feeling foolish. And I didn’t want them to feel that way. Branding was my very first love and dream. Christmas is my favorite time of year and also conveniently centered on Christ. I wanted these things that I once loved to bring out the joy and excitement in one another again, so I made Christmas a branding project.
For the sake of freedom, I let myself do everything at the same time as I pleased. Research included listening to worship music again and reading more, but that took place while I prototyped and sketched. It allowed me to dissociate design completely from work or clients or deadlines and reframe it as what it once was for me: a fun mess.
These were a few words from Isaiah 55 that I always came back to and guided me as insights would in a client project:
"Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price."
I had a lot of questions and a lot of doubt about the practice of Christianity; I wavered a lot and found it hard to believe anything I was saying, singing, or reading. But throughout the whole thing, this one thing felt true: Jesus was born on Christmas day to bring love and kindness to everyone, without a price.
I didn’t have any revelations, but I had a lot of fun, and I’m pretty proud of the outcome. It felt free and uncompromising, and childish in a great way. Christmas is probably the greatest example to me of child-like faith; a good reminder that sometimes it doesn’t have to be completely logical and thought out and proven. Sometimes faith can come from a feeling, from seeing your family open presents, from looking back at the best year of your life. I had a lot of fun turning Christmas into a restaurant, but will undoubtedly be exploring design and God for the rest of my life.