Over the course of 100 days, I used legos, a lite brite and a Connect 4 game. I sharpied a banana, illustrated a sheep with a mohawk and more importantly, tried to create something different every day. At some point, I referenced Justin Bieber.
The challenge issued by AIGA Nebraska was to come up with one design a day, each representing a word of their choice. My goal was to try different things. It ended up being an amazing way to break up the stress of my client work. Best of all, there were no rules. No creative restrictions. I did whatever the hell I wanted.
When AIGA Nebraska announced Day 24: Inform, I wrote out my interpretation of the lyrics to the early 90′s rap song InformER, by white Canadian rap artist Snow. (Nobody knows that middle part). I uploaded a photo of my sketchbook to instagram and tagged #Informer. Much to my excitement, my image was liked by none other than the aforementioned Snow! He then commented with thumbs up. So, I’m basically a celebrity now.
I spent some time in San Diego during the challenge. On Day 37, the word was Technology. I wrote #aigane100 in the sand on the beach and uploaded it using the technology that allows us to be constantly in touch with one-another.
#aigane100 in the sand, Coronado Island
On day 57, I literally uploaded a photo of nothing. That white square got 6 likes on instagram. The word was “Perfect” and after struggling to come up with a concept, I remembered that NOTHING is perfect. I believe this to be equal parts genius and lazy.
My level of effort on these designs admittedly varied. For example, I spent hours on Day 3: Ampersand, Day 10: Steve Jobs and Day 83: R2D2. However, on Day 56 I used a phone app to scribble, “Kiss Me, I’m German.” Oh, the shame.
A few of the words represented some of my favorite pop culture: Day 58: Lebowski and Day 99: Ron Swanson.
Here are all of my 100 designs, from Community to Create, from Volkswagon to ‘Merica.