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Design Something Every Day!

As designers, we're all trying to get better at what we do. We surf the Web daily for hours trying to find useful tips and tricks to enhance our design skills. But what if we spent less time surfing the Web looking for inspiration and more time creating and designing things?

Someone once said, "Practice makes perfect". While that statement might not be completely true, I do believe that practice makes you better. That is why in this blog post, I would like to propose something to every designer: Why not try to design something every day for one year?

Design Something Every Day!

Actors rehearse their lines until they learn them perfectly. Musicians practice their songs until every note is just right. Athletes practice their particular sport so they can excel. As designers, why can't we do the same? Ask any successful designer in the community about how they have succeeded and they will attribute much of their success to practice. I challenge you today to design something daily. Take fifteen to twenty minutes that you would normally use to surf the Web today and devote it to designing something.

Most of you are probably thinking that I am out of my mind for proposing this. How can you, as a designer working either for a company or for yourself, find the time to design something daily? More importantly, how will I come up with design ideas for a whole year's worth of projects? Well, to answer those questions, here are some practical tips.


What an Animal – Illustrations of Pigs

This is part 4 of the "What an Animal" series here on Design Informer. I've had a good response about this series and this is my "fun" post of the week.

Pigs have always been used in cartoons and in different forms of media. They have been used to depict slopiness, being fat, and sometimes, they have even been used in advertising due to the fact that their cuteness appeals to some people. They are also known for the" piggy bank." Most children had one growing up.

Let's look at 30 fat and unique illustrations of pigs.


Out of This World Tutorials

As promised, here are some amazing outer-space tutorials for your learning. This is part 2 of the "Out of This World" series. I'm sure that you have seen some of these tutorials before, but hopefully, you will find a few that are totally new. So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and choose a few of these tutorials and try them out for yourself.

Part I: Out of This World Typography
Part II: Out of This World Tutorials


Out of This World Typography

On the last type-inspiration post, we showcased some incredible black and white typography. We've also gathered the ultimate collection of nature-inspired typography.

Today, we will be showcasing outer space typography. This is probably my favorite style of design. There is so much that you can do with the outer space, galaxy style. While it is not really appropriate to use in most client projects, it is a very fun effect to implement on your own personal projects.


Ask the Expert: Typography Talk with Brian Hoff

Ask the Expert is a weekly series here on Design Informer. For this week's theme, we will be talking about typography. Brian Hoff is this week's expert.

Brian is a graphic designer from the always-sunny Philadelphia. He collaborates mostly on corporate identity and branding, but is also experienced in building all kinds of quality, strategic design, both in print and on the web.

In addition to his design services, he also writes for the popular graphic design and creative business blog, The Design Cubicle. The blog not only teaches, inspires and helps other designers, but also focuses on client education and design awareness, while showcasing his work, creative processes, and personal practices.


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