Create a 11″ x 17″ brochure , that folds in half. Make up a cause , create a simple logo for it, and then design the layout based on:
- roll dice to figure out the number of columns on the right and left side of the brochure.
- 1 picture 3″ x 4″
- 4-6 paragraphs of blah blah (500words)
- 1 paragraph of legal blah blah (100 words small font)
- 1 inset quote (20 words)
- 1 headline (8 words)
- 1 logo design above.
time: at least 60min total.
Create a magazine cover for a magazine inspired by ‘‘ (the word blue, the color blue…) Once the cover is done, create a grid layout for the inside of the magazine and create a few sample pages using the layout.
timeboxing: 20 brainstroming, 20min claystorming, 20min drawing the output from claystorming, 20min rough, 20min final, 10 min grid, 20min final grid.
Create a folder to hold a presentation, but the cover of the folder must have 90% white space on it. Once you create the folder, create a template for the presentation pages that will go in the folder; this is for a paint company advertising their new colors.
Time boxing: 20 min brainstorm, 20 min rough, 20 min final
This challenge is to create a logo for the Olympics that only uses one stroke of the pen (no lifting.)
Time boxing: 30min draw , 20min final.
Take an ad from the 40,50,or 60s and update the style to look like an ad from today (2012). This is a harder challenge for me for I don’t really pay much attention to ads, watch TV, or troll around in publications that have lots of ads, but on the flip side, it will get me out looking at different things I don’t usually look at, so On I go!
Design a typeface selected from elements from the world around you.
timeboxing: wandering 1 hour, brainstorming 30min, rough 60min, final 2 hours.
Since this will be made from elements from the world around me, I’ve added an hour of wandering to find elements to add to the typeface.
Wandering 1 hour :
Wandering around, jotting down notes, looking around for something that could be a type face. One idea was to take pictures of the back of cars, and blotch out all the letters and numbers on the license plate except for the one I wanted.
Brainstorming 30 minutes:
Funny thing about brainstorming, you have an idea that you really don’t like and when you draw it down you end up getting an idea of something you do like. Doodling brainstorming seems to work better then just wordular brainstorming (at least for me.)
That’s not the exact challenge, but since I don’t really have my own company i’m trying to pimp, that’ll have to do.
timeboxing: 20min brainstorm, 60min rough, 60min final
Brainstorming (20 min):
I’m going to start posting CW posts now ( as opposed to MSCED ) . Creative Workshop is a book of ‘designer challenges’ Unlike MSCED, these ‘challenges’ will probably drag on for more than a day at a time; setting aside multiple hours for sub tasks on each item (brainstorm, rough, final…) Which is good, since I want to spend more time working on single projects which output a nicer final output; most of the stuff in #MSCED would have been in the rough stage, with CW it’ll hopefully make it into the ‘finished’ stage.
I’m not a fan of time management systems, but i’m going to give timeboxing a try; more of a way to force me not to rush a task; see how well that works out. ( See also : Pomodoro Technique )