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WEEKLY DESIGN EXERCISE abbrev. DEX

/‘wiːkli/ /‘dɪˈzʌɪn/ /‘ɛksəsʌɪz/ | nounnoun: weekly design exercise; plural noun: weekly design exercises

1.Activity requiring physical effort occurring once a week, carried out to sustain or improve health and fitness of your freakin’ mind.

E.“Weekly Design Exercise improves your Adobe skills and design power”

Feel free to jump into our weekly design brief and produce a mini design project. They are completely free. No catch! These exercises are The Graphic Design School’s contribution to the continuum of the design education of our design graduates, students and the design world at large. Gosh darn that’s nice of us!

Who is this for?

Whether you are a Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced level designer. There is a brief to suit you. Follow the instructions in the brief to the letter.

How do I submit my work?

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What is a good size for the images?

Please make sure your image is of good resolution, it shouldn’t exceed more than 5mb or thereabouts. png, jpeg, svg all acceptable formats. By uploading your image you are giving us permission to publish it.

Can I subscribe to this awesome concept?

If you would like to receive an email from us each week with the brief and video. Be sure to subscribe at the top right of this page. We won’t share your information or be spammy.

What if I want to go further?

If you love what we do, and think you would like to try your hand at becoming a designer. Check out our courses here.

Can I contribute?

If you would like to become a regular video contributor, let us know. Even though we offer them for free, we pay contributors. Or if there is a technique that you would really like to learn, email us a visual, and any ideas you may have.

Can I contact The Graphic Design School

Anything else you need or want to ask contact us at: info@thegraphicdesignschool.com

Can I be a voice of TGDS?

If you want to spread the good word to your design friends feel free to share this page on social media ;)

Week 41 Create Beautiful Type Design Editorials for Print and Web

Create your shapes with body of text.

19mins
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Design Brief: Create an Instagram post turning text into texture and applying that to your design.

Resources:

White Smoke - From pngTree.com

iPhone with Mobile UI Kit Mockup - From freepik.com

Stilson - Type from Adobe Fonts.com

Beginner: Fill a shape with placeholder text.

Intermediate: Create a design with a one large letter and make a shape surrounding that letter with body text.

Advanced: Add texture to the background of your design.

Design Constraints: Make a sketch first, before getting started with your computer. Use InDesign to vectorise your letter. Use the Pen, Shapes and Text Tool to create your shape.

Design Goals: Create a design that you can post on instagram.

Total Time Allowed: Allow 30-45 minutes for concept and sketching. After that, allow another 30 minutes for beginner designers, an hour for intermediate and up to 90 minutes total for the advanced challenge.

Previous Weeks

Click on the images to go to the full brief pages

Week 40

22mins

Create your own neon flex Christmas lights sign or design your own for your wall!

Week 39

21mins

Create promotion and brand materials with your own optical art design piece in Adobe Illustrator

Week 38

24mins

Create a beautiful image design by merging two images seamlessly together in Photoshop

Week 37

17mins

Create your own kaleidoscope print in Photoshop

Week 36

30mins

Create a live animation for handwritten text in Adobe After Effects

Week 35

48mins

Create an animated pattern of your logo in Adobe After Effects

Week 34

9mins

Textile Design - Part 2 Creating Print Textures

Week 33

35mins

Get Started with a Basic Animation in After Effects

Week 32

10mins

Textile Design - Part 1 Repeat Print

Week 31

28mins

Use the width tool to create your Own Curvy Letter

Week 30

28mins

Create a punchy typographic Xmas gif, then we show you how to embed in your email signature!

Week 29

21mins

Using Adobe Dimension & Photoshop To Create Striking Packaging

Week 28

21mins

Draw & Apply your Own One-Line Art to a Mockup

Week 27

18mins

Social Media Series: Learn to shoot, style and edit an image for your social media channels

Week 26

18mins

Social Media Series: Absolute Beginners Design & Present an Instagram Mockup

Week 25

24mins

Create a World Cup animated gif in Photoshop to promote your event

Week 24

27mins

Create a Seamless Pattern in Photoshop and Apply it to Your Mockups - Part 2

Week 23

27mins

Create an Identity Using Engraved Effect on Images - Part 1

Week 22

59mins

Create a website prototype in Adobe XD - Part 2

Week 21

18mins

Add contrasting light effects to a photographic image - Part 1

Week 20

18mins

Create Wonderful Waves with the Twirl Tool

Week 19

42mins

Create a Dripping Text Effect in Illustrator

Week 18

15mins

Create a live animation for handwritten text in Adobe After Effects

Week 17

18mins

Create a Band Artwork using Photoshop Liquify Tool

Week 16

30mins

The Best Illustrator Brushes Tutorial Ever

Week 15

49mins

Create a Retro Style Surf Poster

Week 14

34mins

Create a Corny Holiday Sweater Knit Animated GIF

Week 13

31mins

Use Adobe Dimension to create a Perfect Packaging Showcase

Week 12

23mins

Create Surreal Compositions in Photoshop

Week 11

28mins

Create an Asian-inspired vintage style poster/postcard and ink-effect logo

Week 10

43mins

Create Patterns with Photoshop, Pattern Bombing, Apply Patterns to Mockups

Week 9

23mins

Layered Effect With Illustrator & Photoshop

Week 8

30mins

Gold Typography in Illustrator

Week 7

16mins

Stamp Tool & Clipping Mask in Photoshop

Week 6

12mins

Envelope Distort in Illustrator

Week 5

29mins

Paper 3D Collage

Week 4

28mins

Create a Mosaic of Beautiful Polygons

Week 3

30mins

Create Your Own Mockup

Week 2

17mins

Head Icons Design

Week 1

17mins

Hand Lettering in a Shape

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