About CC

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.

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.


10 thoughts on “About CC

  1. Hello Sean! I just learned of your fantastic Duran designs and I had to write! I have a particular affinity for unique Duran-related artwork as I am a Duran Duran poster archivist! I love your designs and I do hope the band take note of your creativity. Stunning work on your website, especially that ’87 promotional poster you created. Well done indeed!

    If you may be interested in browsing a sample of my collection, feel free to drop by my website – I’d love to see what you think! I just wanted to extend sincere kudos and warm regards. Keep up the awesome work!

    All my best,


    • Thanks Andy!
      I’m so happy you enjoyed your visit to Circadian Creative. I truly appreciate your kind words. I used to have a pretty nice collection of DD vinyl from the 80’s but I lost it all to a house fire in 2001. I may still have some 45’s backed away somewhere but now most of my music is digital. I took a look at your website and really enjoyed it. I will stop back when I have some more time and try to view everything you have to offer. You have some great and rare stuff!
      Thanks again for visiting and I hope you will check back often to see what I’m up to.

  2. Pingback: Cicadian Creative 2010 in review. Rated “Wow” by Wordpress.com! « Circadian Creative | Seán Coleman's daily design challenge.

  3. Seán,

    I saw the logo you designed for The Grannies on facebook, and like everyone else love it. I’m involved with a cat rescue center and they have just announced that they are going to have a contest to find a logo for the rescue center. If this is something that you do, and would like more information please go here.


    Linda Thompson

    • Thanks for the Information Linda! I worked on a neat logo concept last night and I will probably send it to Kurt in a day or two after I reevaluate the design. Wish me luck!

  4. I love your designs and the color composition you selected. What software are you using? Is there software that you would recommend for an amateur graphic designer to get started with?

    • Thanks Sandy,
      I used Adobe Illustrator for most of the designs you see. I also Used Adobe Photoshop a lot, but must of the time you are looking at Adobe Illustrator. It is a very versatile program for drawing as well as using typography. I really can only recommend Adobe products because that’s about all I use. I know there are some less expensive alternatives out their but I couldn’t tel you how they stack up. If you are a student, you can get Student pricing from some stores on software and the discount is pretty good for Adobe software. Good luck to you in your pursuit of a career in design. I also hope you will check back here and see what I’m up to. Subscribe, become a Facebook and/or Twitter fan if you want to stay updated. Thanks again!

  5. Would you do me a favor and blog about me? I’m a teen web designer that would like to build a portfolio. And I am willing to sell small websites for like $200 or less.

    Thank you

  6. Hi,

    I really like your blog, would you do me a favor and say a little about me? I’m a teen web designer looking to sell small websites for around $200 or less. Free, if the customer helps me get more cutomers. I have had someone come to me, but I haven’t gotten the plans yet.

    Please help.

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