17: Our Angry Robot Overlords

In this episode, we were prompted by the epidemic that is Pokemon Go to talk about apps that aim to have a positive impact on your life. Topics include Pokemon Go, Apple Watch circles, Carrot Todo, and overall gamification of our lives. We wrap up by talking about whether or not the idea of gamifying our prayer lists and Bible reading is a good thing.

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16: She Literally Kicked the Lizard

This episode features the most famous beer-drinking, filmmaking, podcasting reformed Christian designer who’s ever been on Helvetic: Les Lanphere from the Reformed Pubcast! In this episode, we talk about how he got started in graphic design and filmmaking, his plans for the Calvinist Movie, how Christians can (or can’t) shape culture through design and filmmaking, and the service: VidAngel.

Note: Due to a communication error, the audio from this is lower quality than usual—sorry about that.

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14: Wearing Matching Uniforms

Thanks to a suggestion from Chris Ragsdale that we took way too far, this is our first ever live-streamed (through Facebook Live Video) episode of Helvetic. Our topic is Apple’s WWDC announcement, Google’s Google I/O announcement, and the implications of each of those for user privacy and why privacy should matter to Christians. We also talk a little about the idea of communicating by way of text and what effect things like emoticons and stickers can have on text communications.

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9: You Win Lots of 90’s Points

In this episode, we talk to special guest Sarah about doing design work for churches and how church secretaries can avoid using Papyrus on everything. Sarah is an administrative assistant, where she does a fair amount of design work in addition to her other tasks; she’s also David’s wife. There are a lot of great resource recommendations and tips for non-designers who occasionally need to design things in this episode.

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8: Number Seven Will Blow Your Mind

In this episode, we tackle the issue of advertising in design and especially web design. When Apple released iOS9, their inclusion of support for ad blockers seemed to make the statement that they—like many people—think the current state of advertising in web design is getting out of hand. We tackle the issue of monetization, ads, trackers, and ad blockers from a Christian perspective and try to present a biblical worldview on the subject.

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