I bring you good news of great joy!
Thoughts on the verse
Sometimes the Bible is very slim on details. We can only imagine how desperate Joseph was to find somewhere for Mary to have her baby. Were the innkeepers rude or apologetic? Was Mary having a conversation with God about this crazy no-where-to-have-a-baby business? Was she scared? Or just too absorbed with the fact she was in labor?
And good heavens was anyone else there with her besides Joseph and the animals? I like to think at least one other woman was lending assistance. But those details are lost in time.
What wasn't lost, however, were the words of the angel. I imagine that hearing from a heavenly being might have a way of searing itself into your mind. Luke chapter 2, verses 10-12 quote the angel as saying to the shepherds “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."
A Savior – joy!
The long-awaited Messiah – joy!
A miracle this very night – joy!
What other reaction can we have but joy when the answer to our prayers has arrived? Joy!
Thoughts on the design
The Luke chapter 2 passage detailing the night of Jesus' birth is probably a familiar one to many of us so perhaps I should not be surprised to find myself returning to it for inspiration. Often when I am beginning to sketch ideas for a design I think about which individual words or phrases should be emphasized.
In this design I chose the word "joy" as a summation of both the angel's declaration and what this season ought to mean for us as believers. I decided to leave the Scripture passage intact on the piece and let the letters spelling joy become the art themselves. The result is bold and modern and I absolutely love it!
Thoughts on type
I actually spent a lot of time sifting through different fonts for this piece. I knew I wanted a modern sans serif and I knew I wanted the J to be long and lean. The typeface also needed to feel friendly so that eliminated a lot of my go-to choices for a sans serif font with their crisp geometric edges. The one I finally chose is called Ropa Soft Pro.
You'll notice that to match the curved edges of the letterforms I chose to go with a rounded edge background shape. These kind of little details make my graphic designer heart so happy!
Thoughts on color
I started out making the solid color versions. I am constantly noticing color combinations in the world and in decor and in art. Creating color combinations is my superpower! So choosing colors for these pieces was a joy for me! I love that each option has a very different style just based on the chosen colors.
I can't pinpoint where the idea to try gradients in the background came from… It kind of just popped into my head as a question "What if these were white on top of a gradient?" Those who are familiar with my style know that I usually favor areas of flat solid color so this was a bit of a departure for me. I ended up loving the look though so expanded the design to include 4 additional color options.