Did You Accept the Daily Design Challenge?


A little over a week ago, an article that I wrote was published on Smashing Magazine entitled, Design Something Every Day!1

This post was a challenge for all designers to design something daily for the entire 2010. The post actually generated a lot of great response from the design community and there are a lot of people who have decided to make it part of their New Year’s resolution.

Action Speaks Louder than Words Link

"Your walk talks and your talk walks, but your walk talks louder than your talk talks."

In case you don’t understand what that means, it simply is a quote saying that what we practice speaks more to people than what we preach. I knew that when I started this challenge, there were people who were going to be a little skeptical and they were going to see if I participated in my own challenge. Well, I wanted to put my money where my mouth is so on December 31st, I decided to jump in and take on the challenge as well.

Design Informer’s Daily3652

I have already started and so far, I have three designs that I have posted. I also decided that it would be a lot easier to have a theme for the blog, so for January, this is my theme: I will design a typography based design based on a quote using one of my favorite fonts. By the way, please feel free to leave a comment and subscribe3 to the Design Informer Daily365 feed.

Here are the three designs that I have done so far:

Happy New Year4

Little Things5

What is a Leader?6

A Few More Pointers Link

I just wanted to give everyone a few words of advice regarding the daily designs.

  1. Use the #daily3657 hashtag so people can see your design.
  2. Please don’t spam the hashtag with you designs. Please only post your design once. I guess retweeting other people’s designs is okay.
  3. It would be good if you had some type of comment system where you post your work. That way, if someone wanted to compliment your work or leave some constructive feedback, they can do so.
  4. If you have some free time, check out the other people’s designs as well and leave feedback. No bashing please! I understand that a lot of beginners are taking the challenge so their design skills might not yet be up to par with yours. As a design community, we should all support each other.

Smashing Ideas and Designs Link

Just two days into the challenge and I have already seen some terrific designs. Here are a few that have already caught my eye and are worth checking out.

Oddmotion – a daily video8

Face Meets Wall – Getting Up After Hitting the Creative Wall9


Design It Daily11


Briansaar – Make Something Every Day13


Subject to Change15

Vexel Love16

365 Logo Project17

Logo Hangover18

Foomandoonian Daily36519


Did You Accept the Challenge? Link

The above designs are just some designs that I collected in a short time. I’m sure there are a lot more awesome designs out there that I haven’t seen, so if you weren’t included, please don’t get discouraged or offended.

Have you participated in the challenge? Please leave a comment below and leave a link to your blog or where you have your daily design. Try to leave a full comment. If you just attach the link, Akismet might automatically classify you as spam and we might not be able to see your designs.

Remember, we will do a giant round-up of the top designs over at Smashing Magazine21 so don’t forget to add your link below. This will be an easy way for us to keep track of the daily designs.

Thank you for reading this post and participating in the challenge. If you enjoyed this post, please retweet it and give it a bump below. You can also subscribe22 to Design Informer and follow us on Twitter23.

Footnotes Link

  1. 1 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/12/22/design-something-every-day/
  2. 2 http://daily365.designinformer.com/
  3. 3 http://feeds.feedburner.com/DesignDaily365
  4. 4 http://daily365.designinformer.com/01-happy-new-year
  5. 5 http://daily365.designinformer.com/02-little-things
  6. 6 http://daily365.designinformer.com/02-what-is-a-leader
  7. 7 http://twitter.com/#search?q=%23daily365
  8. 8 http://oddmotion.tumblr.com/
  9. 9 http://stevehering.com/face-meets-wall/
  10. 10 http://stevehering.com/face-meets-wall/?p=51
  11. 11 http://designitdaily.tumblr.com/
  12. 12 http://designitdaily.tumblr.com/
  13. 13 http://www.briansaar.com/
  14. 14 http://www.briansaar.com/
  15. 15 http://kaotickell.tumblr.com/
  16. 16 http://kaotickell.tumblr.com/
  17. 17 http://365logoproject.posterous.com/
  18. 18 http://365logoproject.posterous.com/
  19. 19 http://foomandoonian.posterous.com/tag/daily365
  20. 20 http://foomandoonian.posterous.com/tag/daily365
  21. 21 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/
  22. 22 http://feeds.feedburner.com/design-informer
  23. 23 http://twitter.com/designinformer

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    Nice Post, your designs are awesome. It’s going to be a great year.

    I will post my daily designs here : http://www.designdaily365.com/

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    Hi Jad,

    great points indeed. I’d also suggest to create a flickr group (just like a hashtag on twitter) so we could all gather our creations there and spread the word.
    I have started this challenge as well, my aim is to create a type-based poster a day. The submission(s) can be seen at http://www.dailytypeplay.com, http://www.flickr.com/photos/dailytypeplay and I also tweet as http://twitter.com/DailyTypePlay.
    Good luck with your challenge, I love your submissions!

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    I’ve accepted this challenge and here is my Daily365 Portfolio: http://daily365.webdesignfan.com/ I believe that this challenge will help me to stay creative and learn some new skills.
    .-= Tomas´s latest Blog Entry – The Third Month of Blogging =-.

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    Nice work. I took a break from CreativeMYK and am now back, I didn’t even realize or don’t remember you being or commenting there. It’s been a while. Unless your under a different alias. Than that would explain things.

    Thanks for encouraging and challenging so many people. I wonder what I can come up with today. ;)
    .-= Adrian Rodriguez´s latest Blog Entry – Poster 4 Tomorrow =-.

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    First of all, I really loved your designs!! And yes, I have taken up the challenge! :)

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    Yes Jad, as I said before I’m already doing this since 12/22/2009
    Haven’t got as much feedback as that but I think that I’ll get it with time…

    Here is the link: http://365design.wordpress.com

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    Hey Jad! Awesome idea! I wish I could be part of it but I barely have time to get my client design projects done :)
    I’ll definintely be keeping an eye on how things are going! I hope that everybody can make it!
    .-= Matt Ward´s latest Blog Entry – That’s Why It’s Called Smashing Magazine =-.

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    thanks for the good post. and ill try to make it . this will keep the creative juice flowing thru 365 days :D
    .-= sriganesh´s latest Blog Entry – 100+ Most Popular Icon packs of 2009 =-.

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    Yeah i have taken up the challenge.. havent knw about 365 anyways.. will create one.
    .-= Vikas ghodke´s latest Blog Entry – 100+ Best Captured Photographs of Year 2009 =-.

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    I’ve been interested in designing something daily. And Yeah, I’ve taken the challenge.
    Here is my blog:
    Leave comment if you have time, thanks :)

    Why don’t we make a list of people who accept this challenge? It’s really nice to work together on the same “project” ♥

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    I decided to give it a go. Blog is over at http://www.prayorpanic.com
    Day one is up and hopefully a lot are to come ;)
    .-= prayas´s latest Blog Entry – 01 01 10 – 001 daily365 first post =-.

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    Hi Jad, Nice going but feel like I can’t take this challenge. Very busy life with full time 10hr job, time with family and managing own blog, so feel like I will not be able to be the part of this. But hey, can we submit something related to website? (e.g. website mockup or layout)… I might contribute this way because sometimes it happen that client don’t like a mockup or layout and I can share that stuff here. What you say?
    .-= Waheed Akhtar´s latest Blog Entry – Design Inspiration, Tutorials and Resources – Best Of 2009 =-.

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    I am passing the challenge. Too busy with work, over 10 hours daily, and need to cope with my social life.

    I guess I will watching other design creativity daily :-)
    .-= Kuswanto´s latest Blog Entry – Inking Tutorial With Photoshop =-.

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    Hi, I really like the article on smashing magazine. It is quite a challenge and I hope to make 365 designs.

    Here’s my blog. http://dionpdaily.tumblr.com/

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    I took on the challenge 10 days ago and I’m loving it. There are days where it’s hard to come up with something. But once I start a new file the creative juices start flowing.
    Thanks for the inspiration! and I’ll be looking forward to seeing your work :)

    My blog is http://www.diarydesign.com

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    I already take the challenge :D
    I put my design in my blog, here http://haloadri.blogspot.com/
    You can easily look my design for this challenge in labels “#daily365”
    .-= Adri´s latest Blog Entry – 2nd Design #Daily365 – Types are not Fun #1 =-.

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    Just wanted to say this was a great idea and there are a lot of insirational works, including your own. Thanks.
    .-= SouthEsk´s latest Blog Entry – Mocha _ Beautiful Soul ( 3 of 365 ) =-.

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    Nice article jad…:)

    Thanks for encouraging !
    .-= Gaurav Nanda´s latest Blog Entry – 36 Best Creative and Some Clever Print Ads =-.

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    A fellow designer and myself have taken on the challenge. I am creating 365 days of postage stamps. Check them out at http://www.designwrangling.com

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    Thank you for sharing my blog! :D
    I made a flickr to share my designs as well so people can comment/critique http://www.flickr.com/photos/42023054@N03/
    .-= Zachary Smith´s latest Blog Entry – I always seem to get motivated at about 1 a.m. and stay up til 3… =-.

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    I forgot to link my blog where I will be posting my designs: http://blog.adrian-rodriguez.net
    Looking forward to see some more awesome work.
    .-= Adrian Rodriguez´s latest Blog Entry – Poster 4 Tomorrow =-.

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    I accepted, and started today. I will be posting them on to my website from next week, but as it’s not finished yet I’m using my deviantArt page for now. Please take a look and give me some feedback if you have the time! http://lovelidesigns.deviantart.com/art/1-365-quot-Feel-The-Noise-quot-148927995

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    I think that this is a great challenge, and I’m sure that this will encourage me to learn lots of new techniques and speed up my design process.

    I thought that I would design on the theme of robotics, with the idea of each month doing a different design style or aspect.

    Here is my gallery where I will be uploading the images: http://www.kilfords.com/index.php/design-something-every-day-2010-2/


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    It’s great to see so many people having a go! I’ve decided to rally try and hone my skills this year, you can see my designs at http://ofscienceandbeauty.com. I look forward to seeing some of you there, and to seeing all your designs too.

    With 365 x this many people, we’ll have thousands of designs!

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    I’ve accepted! I’ll post my work here: http://www.hidobrado.com
    .-= Ramon Thompson´s latest Blog Entry – Hope for 2010 =-.

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    it’s a good idea to be more creative in 2010 and to express who we are :).
    i will try this BIG challange

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    I’m very excited about the competition! My design firm works with a lot of authors and as such I have decided to design a new bookmark each day on http://www.InSearchOfDesign.com. I am always glad to hear feedback on my work!


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    I’m taking the challenge, and have my first two posts up at: http://callibeth.blogspot.com.

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    I accepted the challenge, but I don’t have a blog for it. You can see my designs here: http://dse.codegenie.co.uk/ . They’re not good, but I’m in it to learn new things ;)

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    I have accepted the challenge, everything is on my Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/daniel_apt/sets/72157622995432775/

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    Yeah…. all great works… keep up the spirit.

    i’m preparing to join this chalenge, wait for me guys…

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    Jad, what a brilliant idea! Sorry can’t take the challenge, too busy! However I will keep track of the status of your challenge.

    Thanks for being an encouragement to the design community.

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    I design every day to share them ,I post them to my blog http://newvectoreveryday.blog.com ;and some of them on your flickr stream which I can see one of it now .
    So I accepted your challange;
    Good luck…
    .-= neslirawles´s latest Blog Entry – rain =-.

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    I’ve already started! =) http://dailydreamsdesign.wordpress.com/
    Thanks for the inspiration!
    .-= Andrei Verner´s latest Blog Entry – Daily Dreams Design =-.

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    I took the challenge! I started on Jan 1st and enjoying it so far. It’s going to be quite varied though, some vector, some bitmap, typography, character design, print design and a bit of web design maybe!


    I really like some of the designs I’m seeing so far. The ones in this post are great too. If anyone else is using tumblr let me know because im looking to follow some more blogs!

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    Count me in! :D


    // X96
    .-= X96 Design´s latest Blog Entry – News and Updates: January 2010 =-.

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    Hi! I accepted your challenge. Let’s make it a great year!


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    Currently I’m learning design. So thank any criticism or suggestion. I’m working on the translation of my blog so everyone can help me. Already saved the links from people here.

    .-= Marcos Cesar´s latest Blog Entry – PhotoManiacs =-.

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    I’m joining in as well. I’m going to do a different theme each month with January being photo retouching.

    You can follow my progress here http://dailydesigns.posterous.com/

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    I’m on board and I’m going to try really hard to create and post something everyday but I may end up doing it every few days depending on the work load I have.

    Looking forward to seeing everyone’s stuff!


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    I’m going to try it! Still setting up my blog–does that count for today??? Here’s where I’ll post: http://www.peichenberger.com/wordpress/

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    I’m taking the challenge! My 2 days worth of efforts so far have been a bit lacklustre, but I’m blaming that on the fact that I’m spending all my time building and installing my new WordPress theme.

    Improved designs coming soon! Promise! http://blog.jmorobinson.co.uk/
    .-= John Robinson´s latest Blog Entry – Design Something Every Day – Day 2 =-.

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    I am SO IN!!! I started today! So I will be short one by the end of the year unless the momentum prompts me to overdo it sometimes! hehehe… Anyhow my designs will be posted on my blog (which I might move this year so I need to remember to update this if I do so…) Anyhow the link for my designs is http://wp.me/Pexbx-dw
    I will also tweet this every day I post a new design. I am very excited! This is an awesome idea!

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    Hey! I am late to the party, too, but I am IN! I set up a new blog that is all bare and lonely and new right now, but I will be adding something shortly! It is here: http://digitalmagick.net/dailydesign


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