100 Day Challenge

Stay curious. Not distracted.

Start: July 1st // End: October 9

Hi, I’m Traci and I start more projects than I can finish. I’ve been thinking a lot about the types of projects I can actually complete and honestly, that’s not what it’s about for me… I love the process. I love the learning. I love the ‘figuring-it-out’.

For the past two years I’ve been suppressing my curiosity - discouraged by failed attempts, but with every attempt I’ve always learned something new. And that’s what it’s really about. The aim of this blog is to nurture that curiosity by being intentional about what I actively try to learn.

For the next 100 days I will focus on hand-lettering + design and document the progression through my very amateur writing and photography. I have a lot of ideas but I’ve never been able to accurately execute them. Or more accurately, I’ve never really tried. The thing about starting something new, is you have to be bad at it, and I hate being bad at things.

In the end if this becomes another unfinished project, I will have written more. I will have documented more. I will have created more and that's good enough for me. Story short - there’s not a thing out there you couldn’t learn if you tried. You know this. I know this. So let’s start learning. If you have been wanting to learn anything at all let me know so we can make progress together!

A little inspiration to start:


Below is a list of resources that I will be using to help me navigate the design world (thanks Candace!!!) Explore them with me or recommend your own :)

Branding and corporate identities:
http://underconsideration.com/
https://www.underconsideration.com/brandnew/

Design Inspiration
https://medium.muz.li/
https://www.designspiration.net/
https://abduzeedo.com/
behance, pinterest and dribbble are like the top obvious ones

Readings and news on design, resources, tutorials and tools
http://thedsgnblog.com/
https://www.digitalartsonline.co.uk/
http://www.howdesign.com/
https://99u.adobe.com/
https://www.creativereview.co.uk/
https://designobserver.com/
https://www.fastcodesign.com/

For freelance, legal stuff and writing contracts etc:
https://www.aiga.org/design-business-and-ethics
https://www.aiga.org/standard-agreement/
https://www.aiga.org/copyright-basics-for-graphic-designers/
https://www.aiga.org/freelance-considerations--lessons-learned/
https://blueridge.aiga.org/ask-a-lawyer-december-2015-2/
https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2013/04/legal-guide-contract-samples-for-designers/
https://stuffandnonsense.co.uk/projects/contract-killer/
https://24ways.org/2008/contract-killer/ (edited)


Color:
https://www.canva.com/learn/color-theory/
https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2010/01/color-theory-for-designers-part-1-the-meaning-of-color/
https://coolors.co/
https://color.adobe.com/create/color-wheel/
http://www.colourlovers.com/
https://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/color-theory-design
https://99designs.com/blog/tips/the-7-step-guide-to-understanding-color-theory/
https://uxplanet.org/color-theory-brief-guide-for-designers-76e11c57eaa
https://www.howdesignuniversity.com/courses/color-theory
https://medium.freecodecamp.org/an-intro-to-color-theory-how-to-combine-colors-and-set-the-mood-of-your-designs-79bf5a45b3d

Skillshare:
https://www.skillshare.com/classes/A-Comprehensive-Guide-to-Hand-Lettering-Creating-Graphic-and-Script-Styles/879137555?via=search-layout-grid
https://www.skillshare.com/classes/Beyond-the-Logo-Crafting-a-Brand-Identity/1989648790?via=search-layout-grid
https://www.skillshare.com/classes/Graphic-Design-Inspiration-Idea-Generation/1791125624?via=search-layout-grid
https://www.skillshare.com/classes/Fundamentals-of-Photoshop-Typography-and-the-Pen-Tool-%28Photoshop-III%29/1135693670?via=search-layout-grid
https://www.skillshare.com/classes/Graphic-Design-Basics-Core-Principles-for-Visual-Design/1539782161?via=search-layout-grid
https://www.skillshare.com/classes/Know-your-Type-Effective-use-of-Typography-in-Graphic-design/211712556?via=search-layout-grid

AND READ THIS!
https://www.reddit.com/r/graphic_design/comments/1x70yu/graphic_design_for_beginners/

https://practicaltypography.com/

https://www.skillshare.com/classes/Logo-Design-with-Grids-Timeless-Style-from-Simple-Shapes/683637231?teacherRef=7812355&via=teacher-referral&utm_campaign=teacher-referral&utm_source=ShortUrl&utm_medium=teacher-referral

https://hackdesign.org/

https://radiowolfgang.com/s/the-it's-nice-that-podcast/colour

https://storycorps.org/podcast/