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NNU alumnus designs new logo for general Church of the Nazarene

July 22, 2013, 2:10 pm
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The Church of the Nazarene recently unveiled a new logo. The design, which was announced at the General Assembly in June, will serve as the new visual representation for the Church.

NNU alumnus Brandon Hill, ’02, is the designer the General Church commissioned to create the logo. At NNU, Hill majored in graphic design. He went on to obtain a master’s degree from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and then worked as a graphic designer at Nazarene Publishing House for five years. Currently he lives in Seattle, Wash. with his wife Kristin (ONU ’05 and MNU ’10) and is highly sought after as a commercial photographer and designer.

He says of his work on the Church of the Nazarene logo, “When I saw the examples of how the seal was being used all around the world, I realized how recognizable and representative of the Church of the Nazarene it is. I wanted to stay true to the symbolic elements and pay homage to the original with a new modern icon.” Hill kept the images of the dove, the Bible and the flame from the seal that was originally created by B. Edgar Johnson, late general secretary. According to NCN News (July 3, 2013), the new brand identity shows that the denomination “holds to the authority of Scripture, the efficacy of the cross of Christ, and the promise and potential inherent in the flame of Pentecost through the ministry of the Holy Spirit.”

Seal and Logo

Hill credits his NNU education for providing a strong foundation in art and design that has served him well in his career. “I found that when I attended art school for my graduate degree, the work and assignments were often on the same level of quality as those I had at NNU for undergraduate studies,” he said. “At NNU, I learned not only graphic design but also a great deal about composition and illustration, which has proven invaluable to my expansion into conceptual and commercial photography.”

Hill is responsible for many well-known projects within the Church including several covers of “Holiness Today” and the logo identity for Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City. He also designed covers for many books like “The Good Fight” by Les and Leslie Parrott, “Making the Climb” by John Bowling and “Preaching the Story that Shapes Us” by Dan Boone.

Brandon is the son of former NNU Professor Reg Hill and Dr. Lynette Hill.

To see a video introducing the new logo and see the various forms in which it can be used, visit nazarene.org/identity. View more of Hill’s work at bhilldesign.com and brandonhillphotos.com.

PHOTO CAPTION: Brandon Hill (Credit: Geoffrey Parker, ’00)


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