The Generic Atheist Billboard

(In response to this post.)

About M J Shepherd

Matthew graduated Louisiana State University in 2009 with a BA in studio art and a minor in art history. He has been drawing cartoons and comics online for several years.

  • Anonymous

    There always a lot of talk about billboard design.

    Any graphic designer would like to release some billboard designs as Creative Commons so that any group could edit them and use them?

  • Rick Evans

    Good point! As a non-believing designer who finds a majority of atheist billboards of dubious quality, I should put my money where my mouth is. So should other atheist designers.

    Time to hit the sketchbook…

  • Anonymous

    From what I can remember from the actual designers, they were quite keen on someone for once spending some money and hiring a professional graphic designer to make a billboard.

    While I’m sure now and again an atheist graphic designer would do a design charitably, this is usually their source of income and it’s normal that they want to be paid for it. If American Atheists can raise thousands of dollars in no time flat for a billboard, they can afford the services of a damn good designer besides.

  • Pseudonym

    While they’re at it, they should hire a PR consultant to teach them how to communicate effectively in the public media.

  • Rich Wilson

    Wait, where’s the vandalism?

  • Larry Meredith

     bad design elements… lol that seems ironic written in this picture composed entirely of messy scribbling and erasing.

  • Drakk

     And the comic sans. Augh, the comic sans.

  • Anonymous

    Oh screw this tired comic-sans-demonization…….
    Helvetica needs to go!

  • Anonymous

     Thank goodness. I thought I was the only person in the world not irritated by comic-sans…

  • Joolz

     You are not alone. I like comic-sans because I find it very easy to read. 

  • Michael

    It seems like all the recommended alternatives look good large and nothing beats Comic Sans at a low font size. I welcome font nerds demonstrating cheap or better yet free fonts which work at low sizes, but I won’t hold my breath for anything non-jaggy.

  • Daniel Krull

    Bad Design Elements — Yes, this is true.  Wild misinterpretations, however, are solely the fault of the idiots that are doing said interpretation, and getting offended in manners that make no sense. ;P

  • jjramsey

     “Wild misinterpretations, however, are solely the fault of the idiots …”

    Unless the design is so bad that it makes misinterpretation easy, especially in a medium where the message needs to be read at a glance. Daniel Fincke from the Camels with Hammers blog has a good point: “You Glance Out Your Window and See a Shackled Black Slave and a Slavery-Justifying Bible Verse, What Do You Think?

  • Gordon Duffy

    The message is only “contentious” in scare quotes. 

  • Pseudonym

    Yeah, most of the billboard slogans are actually kind of dull.

  • Anonymous

    “bad design elements?” the irony is killing me 

  • Difiantnonbeliever

    Hahaha, the bitties arguing over ‘design’ elements of billboards always remind me of interior  and fashion designers frothing at the mouth arguing over differences in style and color matching of drapes and floral arrangements.   Is it gauche to have gardenias instead of lillies, gaberdine instead of silk?  Give us a break, either submit your own or go walk your toy poodle.