Who are you?
We are Types & Symbols, a design studio focused on creating remarkable Adventist experiences through both self-initiated and client-commissioned projects.
We’ve worked with clients like Adventist Review Ministries, Voice of Prophecy, and The Nicodemus Society to create brand identities, digital experiences, and publications. We also initiate and launch design-centric projects focused on communicating Adventist beautifully, and The Conflict Beautiful was the first of those projects we released.
Is The Conflict Beautiful authorized by the church?
Officially, no: the only authorized publishers of Ellen G. White’s books are the church’s publishing houses. However, the text of these books is in the public domain, and many other independent publishers have produced their own editions of various Ellen G. White books in the past. We did take the initiative to meet with the White Estate when we were first developing this project, and maintained communication with them at different points throughout the project, but officially speaking there is no approval or oversight from the White Estate.
Why physical books?
There are quite a few reasons for this (which we’ll get into below) but the major one is the experiential quality.
Digital tools can be helpful, and maybe preferable, if you’re trying to gather specific quotes, support an argument, or quickly look up a quote someone else shared. But for the process of actually reading, we believe (and research supports) that the experience is significantly better with physical books.
And frankly we think more people should read Ellen White, in context, uninterrupted, for themselves.
But here are some other reasons for physical books that we find compelling:
Analog Is the New Digital
There's a growing conversation in culture about the concept of digital fatigue, and a desire to seek out analog experiences. Listening to records, playing board games, using film cameras, reading physical books, etc., have found a renewed popularity, especially among people under the age of 35. If you’re interested in learning more, we highly recommend reading The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why they Matter by David Sax.
Physical Books Promote Unitasking
If someone wants to really go deep and have a focused study time, a physical book is a great way to do it. Having a dedicated object for a specific task is really helpful for focusing. When reading on most devices, you’re subject to notifications, which can lead you to check the weather, and then check your calendar, and then open up your email just super quickly to see if something has come up, which can lead to clicking a link, and then watching many excellent cat videos, which then leads to wondering, three hours later, how you got to where you are.