How You Say by Nic Bancroft

Nic Bancroft   -  

One of the things that I have learned while designing graphics is that clarity of message trumps artistic creativity. It doesn’t matter how cool the colors look together or how trendy the font choice. If your main point is being misinterpreted, then your design is no good. 

Look at the image above. We go from “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid” to “Do not be strong and courageous. Be afraid”. 

That’s not how that’s supposed to work!

Now, hopefully we are able to take a second and appreciate the humor in this picture. But I often wonder if what I want to say is twisted because of HOW I say it. 

Does my sarcasm come across as funny? Or does it (more often than not) come across as biting and harsh. Does my body language agree with the words that are leaving my mouth? Does the post that I shared on Facebook allow for conversation or is it just to prove a point. 

As my father drilled into me, and I hopefully pass along to my children: It’s not WHAT you say, but HOW you say it. 

1 Corinthians 13:1 – If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a ringing gong or a clanging cymbal.

Is what you have to say being messed up because of how you are saying it?

Lord Jesus, allow the words we say be reflective of you. Allow people to see you through us, even through our mistakes. Allow us to speak with love, in all situations, despite our differences. Amen