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Weekly Design Exercise abbrev. DEX

/‘wiːkli/ /‘dɪˈzʌɪn/ /‘ɛksəsʌɪz/ | noun

noun: 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?

Once your done upload your image to share. We may upload your image to our new Instagram page, be sure to include your Insta handle (@username) so we can credit you. If you don’t have an Instagram account, you can just type in your name. Leave your details blank if you like.

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: social@thegraphicdesignschool.com

Can I be a voice of TGDS?

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Week 1 Hand Lettering in a Shape

Hand Lettering in a Shape
ai 17mins
Dates:
16th April 2017 to 23rd April 2017
Design Brief:
Type becomes an image in this DEX. Draw an animal or object (we did a furry bunny for Easter) and find a nice quote that fits the shape.
beginner:
Focus on the shape and letter.
intermediate:
Add texture and background.
advanced:
Add texture and a background to create a mock-up of your final piece.
Design Constraints:
Start with pencil and (tracing) paper, before taking to Adobe Illustrator
Design Goals:
Shape, proportions, legibility
Total Time Allowed:
1/2 hour research, 1 hour sketching, 2 hour Adobe execution

Week 2 Head icons design

Head icons design
ai 21mins
Dates:
Coming next week
Design Brief:
Design a flat icon in Ai with a long shadow and a paper cut-out look
beginner:
Design 1 icon.
intermediate:
Create a series of 3 icons.
advanced:
Create a series of 5 icons
Design Constraints:
Use Illustrator. The colour palette contains max 5 colours. The icon should show a head (animals or persons, that's up to you).
Design Goals:
Unity
Total Time Allowed:
1/2 hour sketching, 1 hour execution.