At the end of our Volunteer Appreciation Night, we gave all of our volunteers a “gold medal.” This meal had a graphic with the church logo that fit the look and feel of the event.
The original announcement graphic was created from some artwork I downloaded from a photo subscription site.
Using the stars as the background, I muted them and brought in the Saddleback Church logo, which was just black and white.
I wanted to recreate the logo with the same metallic gold feel of the graphic, so I added gradients and created an embossed look in Illustrator. The shapes were all drawn by hand. Here’s a screenshot of the messy creative process: bottom right shows initial logo with gradient, to the left of that shows gradients with edges drawn in, and middle one shows final version of the graphic.
After researching a few medal vendors, I did a Photoshop mockup of how the artwork would look on the medals.
I really liked the one on the right, but in the end discovered that they were out of stock! By that time it was too late to get medals from anywhere else, so we ended up ordering a similar medal from another vendor. But I was a bit disappointed the gold color was more of an antique gold instead of the shiny gold look we were using for the rest of the event. Someone joked, “It looks like a bronze medal instead of a gold medal!” I had to agree.
The center part is a bit raised, which gives dimensionality to the medal. It is laminated. You can also order it with a glass dome over the center part, which would look super sharp, but it was out of our budget.
Each medal is 2.5″ in diameter.
In the end, the volunteers loved the medals, which made it all worth it!
Angela Yee is a church leadership systems consultant as well as a professional designer. She helps church leaders “get it done” by assisting with vision implementation.
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