Thirty-some years ago I was sitting on the living room floor drawing pictures of Charlie Brown and Snoopy, and now I’m sitting at a desk, designing a web site on a Macintosh Powerbook. Crayons and newsprint have largely given way to Photoshop, Illustrator, and Dreamweaver, but a love for communicating through art and design has remained a central part of my life.

In recent years, I have felt like a sort of “Ecclesiastical Graphic Artist,” doing large amounts of design work for churches, parochial schools, and other entities of the Lutheran Church. I enjoy the special challenges that graphic design work in the church brings. Should the logo just involve attractive type and a cross? (No.) Can “church art” be contemporary? (Yes.) How do you fight the widely-held belief that bad church clip art is good enough? (I’ll get back to you on that one.)

However, as much as I am creatively challenged by those “ecclesiastical questions,” I also love designing yearbook covers, or creating a chicken “mascot” for, or designing art and packaging for CDs. Regardless of the nature of the project, I always want to provide creative choices; clean, high-quality design; and clear communication of the message.

I have significant experience with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, and InDesign; Quark XPress; and a range of Apple software. References are available on request.

For 16 years, I served at a Lutheran high schools in the Twin Cities area in various combinations of Director of Admissions and PR, English teacher, art teacher, yearbook advisor, drama director, and fine arts chair. I'm now a teacher and alumni director at an interdenominational Christian high school in Bloomington, MN.

If you’d like to talk about a project or my various other interests (including almost all things pop culture, especially movies, television, comic books, and magic) , please contact me!

Chris Roth
phone: 651-756-7420

Chris at Cathedral of Junk