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About Daniel Kantor

The first book of its kind to address this timely topic, Graphic Design and Religion illuminates the need for a heightened awareness of graphic design in today’s religions. Hundreds of beautiful images and written insights demonstrate how good design may become an essential component of authentic religious hospitality.

This book is ideal for:

  • Graphic designers, creative agencies and in-house marketing communications departments involved with religion
  • Clergy, administrators, communications and marketing managers
  • Worship and environment planners
  • Religious colleges and universities
  • Graphic design students
  • Design teachers and schools of design
  • Photographers, illustrators, copywriters, creatives
  • Sacred art enthusiasts

For more information, or to order:

http://www.giamusic.com/graphicdesign

Note from the author

I’ve been serving corporate clients for over 20 years, and have worked with some great designers on some amazing projects. I’ve seen first hand the impact good design can have on the viewer. Design can transform raw content into genuine visual hospitality. Businesses have known this for decades, and much of the world’s best graphic design is coming out of our corporations. I’m grateful for businesses that value the good will of design, but consider this: a thousand years ago, the best communications design was driven by religions. I think religions today have lost touch with ancient notions of beauty that can still inform us. Why is this? What happened? I wrote Graphic Design and Religion to explore these questions and to ask yet another question: Can graphic design be considered a sacred art?

On occasion, a painter or a composer may choose to craft a work that is meant to be experienced as sacred art. When this choice is made a different set of criteria emerges. What, then, are the qualities of sacred art and how may they influence one’s process as a graphic designer? When you work in a commercial studio like I do, where 99% of the work is secular, it’s tempting to run the religious work through the same mill. But I believe there is a better, more meaningful way to approach design for religion, and this book can help both client and designer make the most of the opportunity.