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Storytelling is about two things; it's about character and plot.

George Lucas
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Walt Disney

Random stuff we found interesting, grabbed our attention, or simply some things we would like to share with you.


4 Practical Ways to Cultivate a Creative Church

Tell me if this sounds familiar: You’re with a pastor friend when he tells the story of how he recently preached a sermon that included a physical illustration or creative element that made it sound like he has a team of Pixar legends working at his church. From the outside looking in, he must be […]


As Christmas tells the story of hope and restoration, with your help, PlainJoe is continuing to tell that story by making a donation in your name to Restoration Roasters and the Corona Norco Rescue Mission. Restoration Roasters is not just a coffee house; it is a place that that is serving up hope and healing […]


A Better Story

At this year’s NACC Conference in Anaheim, California. Jennifer Johnson, from Christian Standard Media, interviews Mel McGowan discussing the power of designing a unique story in three dimensions.


4 Ways to Avoid Being Brand Identical

When it’s time to design your new student center, update the website, or refresh the brand identity, it might be tempting to look at one of those “hip” churches and think, “We want our new (thing) to look like (that) church.” Keeping up with the Jones’ doesn’t just apply to your manicured lawn at home. […]


7 Steps to Successfully Launch a Church Rebrand

A church rebrand is something most pastors will only do 1 or 2 times in the course of their ministry. It can be a challenging, emotional, and even expensive thing to do. It can also be rewarding, energizing and even healing for a congregation. At PlainJoe Studios, we come alongside pastors and teams all the […]


A long time ago, in a bedroom far far away

Brycen McGowan had been sharing a room with his older sister for nearly six years. When his family had the opportunity to build a new bedroom in a home expansion project, Peter (Brycen’s dad) immediately hatched an idea to create something-out of this world. Several years earlier (in a galaxy far, far away) PlainJoe Studios […]