The Nativity of Jesus, Told Through Graphic Design

Like most Americans (something like 73 percent), I grew up in a predominantly Christian society.  My parents diligently sent me to Sunday School every week (though they weren’t so diligent about attending church themselves), and every year we would combine our Sunday School classes to put on a production of the Nativity Story in front of the entire congregation.  One year I was a donkey – awesome.

Anyway, I thought it would be cool to retell the story here by showcasing several graphic designs, which representing a different plot point, if you will.  No matter your religious affiliation (or lack thereof), I think you can admire the work of the talented designers who created the following designs.  Thus, without further ado, I present the Nativity of Jesus (the abridged version), told through graphic design.

Hail, Favored One by xcgirl08

Mary is visited by the angel Gabriel, who tells her she is going to have a child, Jesus.

Hail, Favored One by ~xcgirl08 on deviantART - Google Chrome_2012-12-12_14-12-04


Mary and Joseph by ElanortheFair

Mary and Joseph head to Bethlehem for  a state-mandated census.  The journey is long and hard, as Mary will soon give birth to Jesus.

Maria and joseph by ~ElanortheFair on deviantART - Google Chrome_2012-12-12_14-12-29


Ray of Hope by ElementJ21

The shepherds and wise men – three kings from the east – are summoned by the Star of Bethlehem to the manger where Jesus is born.

Ray of Hope by ELEMENTJ21 on deviantART - Google Chrome_2012-12-12_14-15-12


Do You Hear What I Hear by unicorn-dancer08

The sheep come, too.

Do You Hear What I Hear by unicorn-skydancer08 on deviantART - Google Chrome_2012-12-12_14-15-32


Star of Wonder Star of Night by betsyillustration

So do the camels.

Star of Wonder Star of Night by betsyillustration on deviantART - Google Chrome_2012-12-12_14-16-13


Nativity by inspired-imaging

Jesus is born, and Mary and Joseph rejoice.

Nativity by ~inspired-imaging on deviantART - Google Chrome_2012-12-12_14-17-09


Nativity Scene by dashinvaine

The wise men bestow gifts and blessings.  They have witnessed the King of the Jews.

Nativity Scene by ~dashinvaine on deviantART - Google Chrome_2012-12-12_14-17-58


Herod by eikonik

In perhaps the biggest understatement in history, Herod the Great is not pleased. He feels threatened, and thus orders the slaughter of all boys under two years old in Bethlehem.

Herod by ~eikonik on deviantART - Google Chrome_2012-12-12_14-19-05


Jesus by eikonik

Mary, Joseph and Jesus escape to Egypt, where they stay until Herod dies.

The Boy Jesus by ~eikonik on deviantART - Google Chrome_2012-12-12_14-20-30


Jesus and Family by Tazi-sun

They then return to Nazareth, where Jesus is raised to adulthood.  He spreads his message of peace.

Jesus and Family by Tazi-san on deviantART - Google Chrome_2012-12-12_14-21-28


Jesus as a Young Boy by Katerinaartkoukiotis

…which royally ticks off the Roman Empire.

Jesus as a young Boy... by ~Katerinaartkoukiotis on deviantART - Google Chrome_2012-12-12_14-23-31

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