Design practice using my favorite designs I find in order to gain new perspective on why I gravitate towards some designs and not others.
What makes a design good? appealing? What makes a design look complete? What makes it difficult? challenging? So many questions that I need answered. And they keep on comin'.
My goal is to create 100 of these small designs. Designs that range in different subject matters: hero banners, dashboards, app designs, designs that really catch my interest.
You can never can go wrong with great type design or beautiful photography in this category.
I find analytics dashboard's much harder to execute. They are not as appealing as large photography, but I enjoy the complexity and difficulty of it.
These mini-designs are are solely made for the medium of Instagram. It alters the nature of the design knowing I'm constrained to a small viewport.
The idea is to execute these as quickly as possible. My goal being able to execute them in a day's time.
I think some of the designs are garbage relative to others, but I try not to get caught up in worrying about the perfection of them. For this exercise, quantity > quality. These have worked great for my mental fortitude in some strange way that I wasn’t expecting. I was able to “let go” of feeling so vulnerable when showing work and being open to all the good and the bad. Specifically the bad, which I was afraid of before.
I find working on these designs very meditative and relaxing, especially after a stretch of programming.
There’s an added layer of thought when creating these. What works in the IG frame doesn't necessarily mean it will work on a site. How will the color show? the texture? is it clearly viewable? And how will they show in the grid view next to the other uploads?
I knew going in that this design wouldn't get much attention on Instagram, because it's not as visual as some other designs. However, I did this one because I knew it would be challenging. It's a new type of functionality that would allow users to host a radio station and they can DJ their own playlist. And users would have the ability to listen in on what their friends are playing.
I wanted to create a design/brand that was luxurious. I wanted the color of luxury, black, to be the dominant color. And I combined that with marble texture for extra opulence. At this point, the subject matter can range: wine, whiskey, cat, dog, frying pan. I went for low hanging fruit going with a ring encrusted with diamonds. Ha, too easy.
It almost looks like an actual travel website. Well that was the intention at least. I chose El Salvador because my parents are from there. The page in the back actually has nothing on it. This is where I learned that having all the "standard" elements can create the perception of professionalism.
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