Fervr interviews designer Ara Isidro
We chat about being a Christian designer, creating youth group flyers and more
Perhaps you are the "designer" for your youth group, school christian group, or church, but you don't quite know what to do. Perhaps you are interested in a career in design, but don't know where to start, or if the industry would be difficult to work in as a Christian.
Today, Fervr features an interview with Ara Isidro. Ara is a designer, and a Christian, and was recently recognised as a finalist for two entries (see above pic) in Brand Identity in the student category at the the Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA) Awards, which is the national organization for professional Graphic Designers.
1. Ara, what got you interested in pursuing a career in design?
I have always been an arty person. I actually wasn't sure what career path I'd take until late high school – where I had to start thinking about and actually make a decision as to what my career would be. I thank the Lord for using certain people in my life to reveal to me what His will was for my life.
2. Where did you study design, and why did you choose that institution?
I studied design at Wesley Institute. I wanted to go to Wesley as it was the only Christian based institution that offered design. In high school I did a few VET courses with Wesley and I wanted to continue learning there as well.
3. What advice would you give to a young teen who likes design, but isn't sure if they should pursue a career in that area?
Pray. I believe God will reveal to each young person His will for their life whether it be through people, situations.. God can use anything!
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in Him.
Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform [it] until the day of Jesus Christ:
4. You have recently received recognition for your designs of a couple of business identities/logos. Do you think churches and youth groups need to do a better job with designing their logos, flyers, invites etc?
Definitely! I think the designs can be pushed more to appeal to its various target audiences. I find that most aren't very appealing.
5. What tips would you give to someone who needs to design something for their church or youth group, but has no real experience?
You don't have to be the world's most gifted designer. They could ask a few people for suggestions on layout – 2 heads are better than 1.. But I think the person needs to understand what he is trying to 'sell', who is it aimed at and try to design to appeal to that audience.
6. Is it difficult being a Christian and someone in your industry? Are you able to talk to people about your relationship with God?
It is difficult in that there is that pull of the world, and you may be asked to promote/design for something you are against (thankfully that hasn't really happened to me yet!), but I have only been in the industry for 2 years. I've found people respect me as a Christian and I have had a few opportunities to talk to my peers about my and their relationship with Jesus, but it is something that is not really a part of conversation. There are some times where 'jokes' will be made but I don't let it bother me. I think what's most important is to stay true to yourself, and people will hopefully see a difference in the way you live your life. The best way to witness is not by your words, but by your actions.