Dear God

In a similar spirit to projects like PostSecret and 6 Billion Others, Dear God is a project that aims to allow people around the world to share their dreams and prayers – think of it like, peeping at God’s inbox.

Dear God is a global project for people around the world to share their innermost hopes – and fears – through prayer.

It doesn’t matter what your version of God is…Jesus, Allah, Buddha or simply a spiritual universal energy… praying to a higher power soothes and heals. It’s scientifically proven that people who pray are healthier, happier and more resilient.

Share your prayers here and help us create hope one prayer at a time. Simply send us your personal letter to your God and/or a picture that sums up your message visually. (Dear God will source a picture if you don’t have one).

Here’s what the site look like:

Dear God Website Layout

Content wise, it shows ordinary folk’s ordinary prayers (often in extraordinary circumstances), highlighting a sense of common emotions/struggles that we all share. However, I do feel somewhat alienated by the presentation.

Visually the website is certainly very polished – the people behind this project are after all a design agency. However, it is this invisible sheen on the site – almost like the shrink wrap around a package – that seem to have made it lose a certain sense of authenticity amidst the postcard perfect (stock?) images. In a way, it felt too – dare I say – polished. That this is a ‘post-production’ piece. Insulated. And perhaps that much less personal and direct.

Contrast this against Post Secret – where the individual postcards were made by those who were praying (or more often, screaming out against an invisible force); or the 6 Billion Others project, where you can actually see the person’s face as they talk about their dreams/struggles into the camera.

I get the feeling that the prayers on Dear God became more like pages lifted off an ad campaign – and that much more superficial, even if the text content is as real as it gets. It also reminds me of a recent post I read on the authenticity of a designed experience – could the slickness and polish that design often (by default) bestow rob the project off its authenticity and impact?

In this case, I think it’s a really delicate choice between the raw and the polished. Sometimes, it is more apt to serve chilled juice in a fancy clear crystal glass on the rocks, topped with the little plastic umbrella and a sliced orange. In other times, it’s just about sticking the straw through the coconut.

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3 comments so far

  1. jessica on

    the prayers and readers comments shows its authenticity and the human brain works better with visuals hence why I feel this site works brilliantly. It’s like Postsecret only better – just like Alta vista was before Google came along.

    J

  2. Gems Sty on

    Haha, maybe it’s just me then? 😛

  3. Steve on

    I’m inconvinced about the value of this site. I’ve checked out some of the prayers, many of which are more like rants, than prayers.

    http://talkingtiger.org/2008/04/17/praying-to-someone-anyone-noone/


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