September 16th, 2013
This month, I started a course called “How to Make your First Dollar” from Noah Kagan, creator of AppSumo. I’ve always bi ten a little bit unconventional and “do-it-yourself” in life, and one thing I really appreciate about AppSumo and similar startups is the DIY culture that surrounds the companies. Though these are serious businesses, the people behind them see the value of not taking yourself to seriously, and having fun as an entrepreneur.
I’m looking forward to completing this course and seeing progress on some of the business ideas I’ve been toying with over the past year!
You can check out the course here:
November 17th, 2011
I recently had the opportunity to rebrand the ACTS School in Kansas City. The campaign include a new promotional video. I’ve been experimenting with motion graphics for a few months now, so I was excited to try things out on a real project. You can see the new branding and video below, and the new site is live on http://www.actsschool.com
June 1st, 2011
I’m working on a new look & feel/direction for this blog/site. Look for it in the coming months.
In the meantime, you can follow me on twitter.com/andrewxchen, vimeo.com/andrewxchen and andrewxchen.tumblr.com
February 10th, 2011
I recently had the privilege of getting featured on Proxart’s Workspace series. Proxart is an art community and zine that caters specifically to artists living in the suburbs. They’re based out of Santa Clarita, the town I spent most of teenage years in, so I’m especially stoked on what they’re doing to build the art community. Check them out! Click Here to visit Proxart.org
November 4th, 2010
I took the HVX along today just to film around. I spent most of the time driving on the 210 and the rest of it hanging out in Northridge. I wandered around CSUN (Cal State Northridge for you non-californians) for awhile getting some footage. I’ve been to the campus so many times in the past – I don’t think I’ve ever given it a second thought before. Today was different. Walking around the campus, I felt a burden for student revival sitting like a rock in my stomach. I’m longing for a movement of wholehearted young people. A faithful few who would be willing to put side issues and the pursuit of comfort to rest – literally giving all to Jesus. Marked not by presumption, gifting or delusion but humility, obedience and simple, faithful prayer.
By the time this video is uploaded, there will be 300 students from Kansas City boarding buses to make the long trek to Southern California…see you guys soon.
August 4th, 2010
I’m sitting at Break Espresso in Missoula, Montana on my third cup of coffee, half-working, half-journaling and 100% relaxed. If you know me, you know that I’m the type that works on vacation – and this trip in particular has been one of the best. I’m halfway through a week of design, coffee, good food, quality time with friends and the beautiful northwest scenery. I love it.
Mai + TJ (are getting hitched)
I (along with the Prior dudes) made the 21 hour trek to Missoula to visit our friends, Mai and TJ. They’re two of my favorite of people in the world and in just a few more days, this amazing couple is going to be married. I couldn’t be more excited. I made the save-the-date’s months ago – can’t believe the wedding is already here! So pumped.
Here’s a selection of projects from the past several months.
Forerunner Arts Exhibition
Joel Sorge, director of Forerunner Arts in Kansas City, held a gallery show for local artists last month. I submitted several pieces to the show; here are my favorites. For this project, I wanted to experiment and venture out of my comfort zone. The bold, minimalistic approach of the likes of the Small Stakes and Mattson Creative provoked me to try something different with this project. It was fun and challenging, and I’m really happy with the way the posters turned out. (I’ll have prints for sale soon.)
Onething Internship Powderpuff T-shirts
This spring, I had the chance to design shirts for the Onething Internship Powderpuff Football match again. Both teams this time. Simple, fun and straight forward. They keep it brutal on the field.
Branding for Awakening Teen Camp and The Purple Pig Tour!
I’ve had the privilege of being a part of IHOP-KC’s Marketing
Department Family on and off for the past couple years. One of the last projects I had the chance to work on while in Marketing was a rebranding of IHOP-KC’s Awakening Teen Camp. ATC was my introduction to the house of prayer and what I consider the most significant experience of my teenage/young adult years. Considering my history with ATC, this project was special to me.
Recently, I began working with Luke18 Project as the ‘creative guy’. Branding The Purple Pig Tour! was one of my first projects in that role. I had the opportunity to create the concept and help design new websites for Luke18 Project and the Purple Pig Tour!. For three weeks (September 26-October 9) in California, Luke18 Project+TheCall will host gatherings on college campuses and in local churches to rally a generation to a culture of prayer and a life of mission. The name of the tour is inspired by a book written in the 70′s by Dick Eastman called The Purple Pig and other Miracles. The book will be republished for this tour. You can learn more about Luke18 Project at http://www.luke18project.com and The Purple Pig Tour! at http://www.luke18project.com/purplepigtour (Hope to see you in California.)
August 4th, 2010
Last month, my friends Stephen and Joy and I had the opportunity to spend some time on tour with Scream the Prayer. We had tons of fun, met amazing people and were blessed like crazy by that experience.
It was a blast making new friends, getting to know everyone, praying, working and hanging together everyday. To everyone who made STP rule: You guys are awesome. All your hard work, long days and crazy dedication really are making an impact. It’s worth it. Keep on going, keep having fun, and keep loving the Lord, you’re in our prayers, for real. We miss you guys a ton and hope to see you soon.
PS. Bailey, Brenton, Jake, Matt, Mike, Nick, Shane and everyone else that rocked the merch tables all day long – you guys are champs.
Photos courtesy of Stephen
April 15th, 2010
I spent April 4-10 in Boston, MA with 350+ fellow students from the International House of Prayer University. It was a fast-paced week of ministry filled with prayer, worship, preaching the gospel and reaching out to the sick and poor. I could tell countless stories and testimonies from that week, so I’ve decided to focus on some of the key experiences that deeply impacted my life.(Pictures to come…)
Stepping onto Harvard’s campus was a surreal moment. As I walked between elaborate buildings and droves of tourists, I was struck with the history of that place. I began to realize what kind of giants the students of IHOPU were facing as we roamed that campus. My friends were endlessly berated with obscenities as they preached the gospel on Harvard Square. Hundreds of my fellow students prayed for the sick, shared their testimonies and worshipped together at one of the oldest universities in our nation. A young Harvard student walked through the campus heralded shouts of praise to Jesus, crutches in hand after being instantly healed from a leg injury. These moments are forever impressed on my heart. On that campus, I witnessed a company of young believers’ unashamed of the gospel of Christ, declaring His goodness and the coming Kingdom. Light is shining in the hardest and darkest places.
2. Boston University
I entered the Boston University campus on a sunny Wednesday afternoon. It was the warmest, brightest day of the week and the sense of summer was everywhere. It was a beautiful day I’ll never forget. That morning, a song in my heart drew me to remember the faithfulness of God, and I felt joy increas all throughout the day. By the time I arrived at the campus, all I wanted to do was preach the gospel. Little did I know, the Lord had a divine appointment prepared. Following the beckoning of a friend, I turned the corner of a building to discover a sea of college students, 500 strong at least, basking in the sun and enjoying the gorgeous day. Heart racing, I walked to the center of the crowd, eyes half closed, recalling the testimony of the apostles giving witness to the Savior they adored. I spent the next hour of my life, voice bellowing and pulse pounding, sharing the story of my salvation and bearing witness to Christ. It was a moment that will forever mark my life. My heart has never felt so full.
3. Johnny Cupcakes
One of the first thoughts that crossed my mind when I heard IHOPU was going to Boston was ‘Johnny Cupcakes’. I’d been following the brand since I was 14, hoping to visit one of the stores for years. One early morning, after coffee and bagels, I urged a couple friends to come with me to the Newbury St. store. I was giddier than a school boy when I first stepped foot inside. I have to admi, it was a little difficult explaining my excitement about an obscure, bakery themed t-shirt shop the size of of an average living room. Sometimes there are things in life that have special meaning to you but not your friends. That’s just fine with me. I went back three more times.
4. Tremont Temple
Tremont Temple Baptist Church. As I wandered around that historic building and stood in the Sanctuary that once hosted individuals like Sam Houston and George Lorimer, I felt the immensity of our hour in history. 40 Days of fasting, weeks of planning, months of anticipation, years of prayer, decades of Church History-we are on the fringes of revival. I felt the gravity of it so deeply those hours at Tremont Temple. As we prayed, worshipped and re-committed ourselves, the urgency for revival hung thick in the air. Time is short. The days are dark. Hope remains. Until He returns, we set ourselves daily to knock until the door opens.
1. ‘Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus
I’m reminded of a song I used to sing in elementary school, “Trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.” It’s a simple statement of faith and yet so staggeringly profound. I’ve spent so much of my life fighting for comfort and security, yearning for confidence in my accomplishments. This year, however, has been a journey of learning what it means to be poor in spirit. In weakness, in humility, in letting go of my striving to fall into the everlasting strength of God, my hope is full. The Boston experience filled me with a greater sense of trust and security in the love of Christ.
2. Every day is an adventure
With every year that passes, I am more convinced that life is only common when we settle for common. The difference between mediocre and extraordinary is found in the small choices. Wandering around downtown Boston, meeting new people, sharing the gospel, preaching on trains, praying for the sick and absorbing the details reminded me that adventures sit right at our doorsteps daily. We need but step outside of comfort zone and seize it.
3. We are a family
I consider myself an independent individual and often imagine that I can ‘do just fine on my own’. Every day, I believe that less and less. People need one another. Friends, teachers, classmates, co-workers, teammates, leaders, spouses, children, parents, siblings – no matter how much you strive to isolate yourself or keep your relationships at bay, you cannot escape your need for others. We are wired this way, to love, help, teach, lead, follow and learn from one another. Boston really brought the student body of IHOPU together, connecting friends that would otherwise never meet and putting us in situations where we could grow together. Opportunities like this are precious and few; golden reminders to fight for the destinies our brothers and sisters. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.
5. Blessing, honor, glory and power be to our God forever and ever
After 60 hours of travel, 4 days of ministry and countless unforgettable experiences, I can only stand in awe of God, humbled and moved to tears by His tenderness. There really is no one like Him. When I looked around during services and meetings in Boston, I saw much more than students at an unknown, unaccredited Bible school in Kansas City. My eyes saw hundreds of real, powerful salvation stories, complete with tears, joy and life – hundreds of salvation stories that God gathered to Kansas City to shape, grow and commission to the ends of the earth. For me, Boston was a glimpse of hundreds of destinies that would see the fruit of thousands, even millions of souls saved from death and prepared to meet Jesus when He returns. Face to face with the kindness of the Father and the story He is weaving, there is little more you can do but sit and weep in silent awe and worship. This is just the beginning.
March 25th, 2010
I’ve been staying busy for the past several months. Between classes, the prayer room, F!GHT, IHOP–KC projects and other new clients, blogging and updating has been on the backburner. It is as if a whirlwind began to brew at some point. At first you don’t really notice, then before you know it, you realize everything could suddenly be turned upside down. It is not negative, just mounting change. In the mdist of it all, there is a precious sense of comforting remembrance and security.
So, as it so happens, somewhere back there, I unwittingly stepped into the whirlwind of change, and I can finally see where it’s about to drop me off–just for now of course. I can see a lot is changing around me, but I never want to forget why I am doing the things I am doing. I want to encourage you in this: New seasons can be exciting and a little bit intimidating (sometimes devastating), but whatever comes around the bend, remember that it is journey. There is a big picture. There is a final destination. Sure, along the way, you’re going to have to make some stops for food and fuel; some will suck and some will rule. Either way, don’t get hung up on the lame ones and don’t get too enamored with the sweet ones. It is not ultimately where you’re headed. Enjoy the trip, but don’t forget, it is more than a joyride, it’s a journey; you are actually going somewhere.