ABOUT CIRCADIAN CREATIVE 2012
The Daily Design Challenge, or 365 Project, gained wild popularity in 2010 and 2011. I participated here at CircadianCreative.net by designing something each day between April 1st, 2010 and March 31st, 2011. I am proud to say that I met the challenge!
Circadian Creative 2010-11 was many things for me. It was quite an accomplishment. Not all the designs were the most spectacular things in the world. In fact all the designs that lay ahead in 2012 will not be the most spectacular either. It’s not really about creating a prize winning design every day. It’s just about doing and learning. It’s about learning to understand WHY the piece you created yesterday sucked and WHY the piece you created a couple days before was awesome. You don’t have to create something great each day – just create something. It’s like a little workout for your mind. The exercise of doing one small thing in your chosen profession each and every day is something that will improve you in that profession. You should try it.
What I hope to gain from a sequel? – The only thing I did not accomplish in the first go around. My hope in 2010-11 was to get all sorts of design and creative people to come and follow me as I toiled along each day. I hoped to learn from their comments, whether critical or complimentary. This did not happen until the last day of my 2010-11 challenge when WordPress posted Circadian Creative on freshly pressed. That day CircadianCreative.net was bombarded with visitors and comments. Some were the very critical and constructive messages that I had longed for during the previous 364 days. Better late than never, I took them in and pondered them.
The remainder of my 2011 was spent taking it easy. I did some small design projects but the bulk of my time was spent reading books and blogs and articles on design. I have filled my head with all sorts of stuff but put little of it to practice. So, I figured why not do another 365 design project and see if there is any significant difference in my style, my efficiency and my overall problem solving and creative thinking. I guess we will see.
If you are a designer or a creative of any kind I ask you to please subscribe and join me in my 2012 journey. I ask you to take in what I’m doing here and give me some feedback. Be nice, but be constructive. At times I will ask for suggestions on themes or projects. Participate in these requests. Help me to become a better designer. Who knows, maybe you will become a better designer too.
ABOUT THE CIRCADIAN CREATIVE 2010-11 DAILY DESIGN CHALLENGE
My name is Seán Coleman and I am a graphic designer residing in the greater Washington D.C. metropolitan area. I have been working in the graphics industry for over 10 years with varying experiences ranging from signage design and fabrication to newspaper advertising design. Other areas of professional experience include advanced photo editing and manipulation, as well as video editing.
The Daily Design Project (also referred to as a 365 project) is a concept that is gaining increasing popularity and was further encouraged by an article published at Smashing Magazine (http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/12/22/design-something-every-day/) on December 22, 2009. The article described the concept as it is being used in various ways by other designers. The article further put forth the challenge to all designers to design something every day for a year. This is the challenge I have decided to take on and publish here for fun, as well as to keep me honest. 🙂
I look forward to the year ahead and to every one’s comments and critiques. Please enjoy and come back often, if not everyday.