100-Day Logo Challenge - 30 Day Recap
At the beginning of February, I set a goal. I decided to challenge myself to create a logo every day for 100 days. In order to save my sanity, I gave myself a boundary and forgo designing on Saturdays and Sundays. But Monday through Friday, I was making something every day.
I signed up for an email newsletter series from The Daily Logo Challenge. Every day they send an email with a logo prompt. I logged all these emails to look back on when I needed a prompt to spark my creativity for the day.
This daily logo challenge has given me the ability to grow my skills tremendously in a very short amount of time. In the beginning I was definitely ‘playing safe’ - relying on fonts and text arrangements to do the work for me. After a few days of that, I knew I needed to get out of my comfort-zone and learn some new styles and techniques. I watched several Skillshare videos and videos by The Futur to learn about vector illustration, manipulating type, and creating hand-lettered logos. This produced fast results because I was able to learn about a skill and then immediately apply what I had just learned.
This exercise also helped me become better at quickly curating my ideas and picking a good direction and running with it. I’ve also gotten better at finding inspiration and searching for answers when I get stuck. I’m also on my way to identifying and refine my own personal style.
This exercise helped me realize that I do my best creative thinking in the morning. I try my best to complete my logo for the day in the morning, or at the very least, come up with an idea to execute in the afternoon.
Posting my personal challenge on Instagram every day gave me the accountability to make a logo every day even if I didn’t feel like it. It was so encouraging to hear from followers that they look forward to seeing my designs every day and are inspired by the designs I’ve been creating.
When I look back at the last 30 logos I’ve designed so far in this challenge, some I’m very proud of and others not-so-much. But, even the ones I don’t see as being successful, I learned something from doing it, and that’s all that matters.
“Create something every day, even if it sucks.”