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    Ideas for weekly challenge?

    What do you guys think the newest weekly challenge should be like?

    Personally I'd like to see a variety of topics covered such as logos, package designs, posters, etc... what do ya'll think?

    Also: I talked to Jason and he mentioned that there may be prizes in the form of downloads/discovery passes for the first challenge so GET PUMPED
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    Hey Liffey,

    I was thinking of a rotational system rather than a classic one, meaning we could have 2 or 3 main categories and rotate them so we can cover more areas.
    For example, we could have:
    week 1 - logo design
    week 2 - poster design
    week 3 - packaging design
    week 4 - here we could have something like a hybrid theme - GD in illustration / GD in concept art. Where you would have to design a character or an illustration while integrating graphic design elements. Cross-matching the areas would do great good i think.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sickbrush View Post
    Hey Liffey,

    I was thinking of a rotational system rather than a classic one, meaning we could have 2 or 3 main categories and rotate them so we can cover more areas.
    For example, we could have:
    week 1 - logo design
    week 2 - poster design
    week 3 - packaging design
    week 4 - here we could have something like a hybrid theme - GD in illustration / GD in concept art. Where you would have to design a character or an illustration while integrating graphic design elements. Cross-matching the areas would do great good i think.
    Nice and cool schedule proposed by Sickbrush.

    Really it will be good to have logo design in a week and then poster design, packaging design and so on. We can add animations (non-nude) as well
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    I got bored and had an idea for a new CA logo. So I made a rough sketch.
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    That's a great idea Sickbrush, I was thinking similarly. We could even throw in another oddball challenge once in a while such as typography or album cover, just for fun.
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    Whatever we do, it must force the issue of GD over pure illustration only. For example, all pieces must be "printed" (look as if they were) with all the info necessary included, not just a nice painting with the comment that "I'll put the title roughly here or there in some nice font..."

    I could see any of these suggestions being restricted to a specific audience age, or a particular venue (for example, a book cover aimed at pre-teens, or a poster aimed at one of the classical performing arts like ballet or opera). This would be good practice in learning how to work within limited parameters, which is pretty much what real life communication is.

    And, adding to sickbrushe's first three suggestions...

    Book cover
    Wrapped Book Jacket
    School Products like folders and cases aimed at various ages
    Billboards
    Newspaper add
    Product add for magazine
    Album and CD package
    Toy packaging
    Promotional items like those given out at a convention
    Career guidance project (Become an artist, become an Astronaut, etc.)


    ...and for extended projects...

    A complete corporate ID or Brand presentation
    A graphic treatment for a large public building or even an entire small city (directional and ID signs, publicity literature, How-to-find... aids, etc.)
    A branding, promotional and informational package to support an historic site
    Some sort of branding/promo project for an entirely new food client/new food product
    Event posters for a project that includes many areas of interest over a longish period of time, like a giant festival (art, food, music, performers, photography, etc.)
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    I have some ideas about ideas. These would all encourage illustration.
    -Zombie boxing match poster
    -Grind House movie poster
    -Spy Novel
    -The Headline of Doom!
    -Snake Oil
    -Propaganda
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    Great points, Ilaekae. There will definitely need to be some thourough resource gathered for each project since many people might not be familiar with the correct format and whatnot. As for the extended projects, it might be fun if at some point in the future there were coordinated theme for all weekly activities... design the character, their homeworld, their pet, a storyboard, and then some sort of promotional material or in-story logo. Have it be a 4 week project or something. Maybe!
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    Hey people, I really think we should create a challenge based on typography. This could be just one of a few challenges.

    I've actually just finished a short graphic design course at university and I found one of the assessment pieces very enjoyable and potentially suitable for some kind of challenge. It was called the "visual sentence" and it went something like this....

    ...Students will produce 2D visual responses to given stimuli... The visual form should communicate the student's interpretation of and/or emotional response to the stimulus using basic design elements (line, shape, colour & typography). Compositions should demonstrate an understanding of graphic design principles and how these contribute to the visual communication of a message. Link

    Basically, the stimulus is a phrase or sentence, picked at random from a book/magazine/song/print using some kind of random method. Like it says, only line, shape, colour and typography may be used, which means absolutely no imagery (facial expressions, hand gestures, human figures, animals, vehicles, etc!). A simple exercise like a visual sentence can range from being a portal for the beginner to an enjoyable exercise for the professional. I think it would be little bit stupid to have a graphic design forum without a typography based challenge...

    Examples:
    http://jeffrey.deviantart.com/art/Pe...Idea-138192555
    http://erouct.deviantart.com/art/Milk-120960531
    http://sir-sirix.deviantart.com/art/...-YOU-106650245
    http://mrgraphicsguy.deviantart.com/...lLove-50236884
    http://notiondigital.deviantart.com/...Focus-80898357
    http://gorkisview.deviantart.com/art...-Six-156718089

    My stuff:
    http://phiq.deviantart.com/art/typog...-fun-170770026
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    Hello Ilaekae,

    I absolutely agree on everything you said. We could start building a structure for these so we can have a clear view of what we want to happen with the weekly activities.

    Jason said we could write him an email concerning the weekly activities and what we would like to see in them so let's try to organize these ideas and structure them thoroughly, describing work methods and whatnot. Also, a few themes for the first weekly activities would be nice to hand him too.

    I'll try organizing these points that we have all issued here and turn them into a palpable structure that we can later on modify or improve.

    Keep in touch, let's make this section work, peeps! Thanks for all the positive and creative ideas you guys are throwing into this place.
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    Sounds good. I had mentioned to him that redesigning the CA/OBM logo might be a good first challenge and he said that would be fine. Up to you guys whether you want to do that.
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    that sounds great yet i also think it would be awesome to start out with our mascot / logo
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    Hey guys,
    I've tried summing up what's been written here and this is what i came up with. Please feel free to write your own suggestions, modifications or anything about these.
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