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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: info@thegraphicdesignschool.com

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Bring your writing to life!
30mins Icon for illustrator Adobe SoftwareIcon for after-effects Adobe Software
Design Brief:
Make a short animation in AE that looks as if you are writing a word (of your choice) on the spot. It's even better if you can use your very own handwriting!
Animate one word. Use a font that looks like it is handwritten and animate it as if you are writing it on the spot (pick a font that is pretty constant in thickness, otherwise it will be pretty tricky to animate).
Animate one word, but use your own handwriting and then animate it as if you are writing it on the spot.
Animate one word, but use your own handwriting. Really dive in and get it 100% perfect. Where needed ‘slice’ your word in the required pieces (use Ai to create a separate layer for each part and name them clearly) to get all the lines perfectly animated.
Design Constraints:
Use Adobe Illustrator and After Effects. Keep the animation short, max 10 seconds.
Design Goals:
Create an animation in which your word appears as if being written ‘live’ on the spot
Tools & Techniques:
Adobe IllustratorIllustrator LayersAdobe After Effects
Total Time Allowed:
Allow 1 hour for a beginner, 1 and a half for intermediate, and approximately 2 and a half for an advanced designer.

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