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100 Days of Design: The AIGA Nebraska Challenge

By on May 2, 2014

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.

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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

#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. :)

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A few of the words represented some of my favorite pop culture: Day 58: Lebowski and Day 99: Ron Swanson.

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Here are all of my 100 designs, from Community to Create, from Volkswagon to ‘Merica.

2014-01-22_1390412697 2014-01-22_1390415824 2014-01-23_13905165832014-01-24_1390597493 2014-01-26_1390699960 2014-01-26_1390777442 2014-01-27_1390857894 2014-01-28_1390934516 2014-01-29_1391026449 2014-01-30_13911250122014-01-31_1391200532 2014-02-01_1391278730 2014-02-02_1391373786 2014-02-03_1391461033 2014-02-05_1391562770 2014-02-06_1391702491 2014-02-07_1391737896 2014-02-08_1391875360 2014-02-09_1391906116 2014-02-10_1392004571 2014-02-11_1392086797 2014-02-12_1392167411 2014-02-13_1392262459 2014-02-14_1392353792 2014-02-14_1392421899 2014-02-16_1392569070 2014-02-17_1392604724 2014-02-18_13926992142014-02-20_1392868837 2014-02-20_1392869212 2014-02-21_1392943880 2014-02-22_1393033812 2014-02-23_1393174128 2014-02-23_1393181997 2014-02-25_1393342420 2014-02-25_1393365691 2014-02-27_1393516991 2014-02-27_1393541867 2014-02-28_1393616794 2014-03-04_1393911130 2014-03-04_1393911195 2014-03-04_1393911302 2014-03-05_1393992949 2014-03-06_1394078712 2014-03-07_13942259252014-03-09_1394329693 2014-03-09_1394329751 2014-03-10_1394486254 2014-03-10_1394485660 2014-03-12_1394584171 2014-03-13_1394685516  2014-03-13_1394739958 2014-03-16_1394929426 2014-03-17_1395072255 2014-03-18_1395117041 2014-03-18_1395117097 2014-03-19_1395189111 2014-03-19_13952604212014-03-20_1395350190 2014-03-23_1395605283 2014-03-23_1395605342 2014-03-23_1395605428 2014-03-25_1395715014 2014-03-26_1395871229 2014-03-27_1395889423 2014-03-28_1395973750 2014-03-28_1396030233 2014-03-31_1396277227 2014-04-02_1396407653 2014-04-02_13964078312014-04-02_1396407733 2014-04-04_1396631797 2014-04-04_1396631852 2014-04-04_1396632022 2014-04-07_1396829818 2014-04-07_1396837137 2014-04-08_1396965455 2014-04-10_1397098919 2014-04-10_1397099971 2014-04-10_1397171323 2014-04-12_1397332140 2014-04-12_13973428542014-04-14_1397515082 2014-04-16_1397615062 2014-04-17_1397765583 2014-04-18_1397790570 2014-04-19_1397877516 2014-04-21_1398054003 2014-04-22_1398171354 2014-04-22_1398171396 2014-04-23_1398211436 2014-04-24_1398319644 2014-04-28_1398653089 2014-04-28_1398654355 2014-04-28_1398656466 2014-04-28_1398727170 2014-04-29_1398741597 2014-04-30_1398828126 2014-05-01_1398911031 2014-05-02_1399003243



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