Daily Design Challenge 2010: Reflections
Design Something Every Day
Last year I participated of a project titled Design Something Every Day proposed by Jad Limaco in Smashing Magazine. It was a very interesting and testing project. Interesting because it forced me to think about something every day and testing because— you guessed it— it forced me to think about something every day. Some months I was so busy that I lagged behind, but I would quickly start updating it to keep up. Though this was an exercise in visual thinking in many ways, it seemed to be more of an exercise on perseverance. I was determined to finish the year. I did not care what else I had to do, I wanted to finish on time. I took short cuts in many occasions. Some months I would publish only photography. I am an avid photographer and find it to be very relaxing. Other times I would publish my doodles and attempts to drawing. Other times, I took the easy way out and would combine my Friday Wallpaper give away and post it as my Daily Design as well. Yes, I confess. My participation involved many shortcuts.
it forced me to think about something every day
The entire process has been very rewarding both professionally and personally. Professionally, I have amassed a collection of work that I intend to re-purpose to complement other projects. Personally I have met very interesting and helpful designers along the way. I sometimes feel inclined to say that meeting all these friends has been the most rewarding experience. I could always design more, but had it not been because of my participation on this project, I would not have met any of them.
I sometimes feel inclined to say that meeting all these friends has been the most rewarding experience. I could always design more, but had it not been because of my participation on this project, I would not have met any of them.
Engaging in a project publicly has its ups and downs. Every time somebody re-tweeted one of my designs, my adrenaline levels spiked! It was great to see my work traveling around the Internet. On the other hand and though no one was looking over my shoulder, when I could not post because I was either too busy or too tired, I would feel like I was letting people down. It took me more than six months to relax about that and just do my best. And even relaxed, I would still feel I betrayed someone.
Now that I am done, I feel a sense of relief and pride. I am happy I finished, I am happy I pushed myself to do something even when I did not feel like updating the site. I was tempted to quit many, many times. But I am glad I did not. Now I am looking forward to this new blog. I am looking forward to meet new people through it, to create new work, to find interesting things, and to develop it. This will be very challenging as I realize I am competing with many, many blogs out there that are incredibly good and engaging. But here I go, to my new adventure!