What program do you use to design posters, handouts, and other promotional material with?  

I really hope you didn’t say, Publisher.  My church administrator used publisher when I was a teenager in youth ministry.   It wasn’t cool back then, and it definitely isn’t cool to use now.   You might need to learn some new design programs.  Each week, I get asked this one question, “What design program should I get?”.  Or if someone downloads something from the youth ministry media store, and I get an email asking how they can edit a vector file.

There are amazing programs out there that will help you communicate better.  All you have to do is spend time learning how to use these new programs effectively.  Whenever I talk to  youth pastors who wants a great logo, promotional material, ect, I always ask him/her if they are willing to spend some money and time learning a new skill.  There is no simple and easy way to design something great.  It all takes time.

There are two programs that I recommend time and time again.  

The programs are called:

Affinity Designer – Affinity Designer is the fastest, smoothest, most precise vector graphic design software available. Whether you’re working on graphics for marketing materials, websites, icons, UI design or just like creating cool concept art, Affinity Designer will revolutionise how you work.

And you don’t have to take our word for it. Affinity Designer has achieved 5-stars in over 1700 App Store ratings in 31 countries—and was Editor’s Choice from day one, runner up as Best App of 2014, and received an Apple Design Award at WWDC in June 2015 for its incredible performance and capabilities.

Affinity Photo  – 5 years in the making, Affinity Photo redefines the boundaries for professional photo editing software for the Mac. With a meticulous focus on workflow it offers sophisticated tools for enhancing, editing and retouching your images in an incredibly intuitive interface with all the power and performance you need.


Here’s the catch.  You need a mac for both of them.  I know, if you are not a mac person this is a bummer.  This might be the excuse for you to upgrade your laptop for a mac.  Tell your Lead Pastor that you need to get a mac for theses programs.

The reason why I love these programs is that there is a one time fee.  If you are a designer and are using the adobe suite, you are paying a monthly fee.  Ditch the monthly fee, and get these two awesome programs.

The reviews for both Affinity Designer, and Affinity Photo are through the roof.  This is the first time since I have been doing graphic design that there is truly a adobe competitor.  Scrape some money together in your churches budget a get these programs.  There are ways you can install these programs on to 5 different computers with the app store.  If that is the case, this could be the best deal in the history of graphic design.

What are you waiting for?  Go and check out Affinity Designer, and Affinity Photo!  They are the only design programs you need in youth ministry today! 


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