Up-skilling and implementing should always be high on the priorities list for anyone who is looking to improve. that
Back when I was looking towards improving my designs, I came across a 100 day design challenge by Dailyui . It says “Be a better designer in 100 days”. I will say 100 days is still an overstatement. Even if it was 30 days, the daily UI challenge would still do wonders.
As you go through the challenges daily, your design muscles get worked. Through repetition, your design muscle keeps on building up and getting stronger.
It’s similar to doing pushups every day. Let’s say you start with 5 pushups in a day. These pushups might feel very hard in the beginning, but as the days go by and you keep up these daily pushups something happens. Your muscles get used to it and become stronger. By the end of a week, you can increase your pushup from 5 to 7/8 and you still would be fine. By the end of 30 days, even 20 pushups would be a piece of cake for you.
Going by the same analogy, on day 1 of the 100-day design challenge, you may feel strained or hard-pressed but when you keep up at it every day something changes. By the end of day 5, you will certainly notice that design comes easily to you. You are able to grasp the fundamentals of good design. The speed is different for different people but you are at a far better level at say day 30 when you were on day 1.
Although its called daily UI challenge, but while going through the challenge you start to wonder and think about where would be the best place to place certain elements and it goes into the UX space.
I started my 100-day design challenge back in 2016. Although, I was not able to do it till day 100 but I was able to take it up to day 58.
Following is the Daily Breakdown of my challenge
Signup / Login
Landing Page (Above the Fold)
Social Share Button
On Off Switch
Home Monitoring Dashboard
I actually had a look at many boarding passes and tried to put important elements in most readable place and segregated accordingly.
To Do List
Food Drink Menu
Inspired by DOTA, I highlighted red as sven is a strength hero. (Yeah Some UX :))
I knew I had zero logo skills back then 🙂
Of course, none of them is a masterpiece, but given the 58 days of continuous learning and implementation , following are the most impactful things that happened to me :
- Got exposed to various scenarios while designing their UI
- Got Better at illustration
- Got better at layouting
- Got better at creative placements in Landing Pages
- Got better at using related and meaningful images
- Got better choosing fonts and better line heights for text based designs
- Got far better in Photoshop and Sketch
- Got more confident at tackling new design requirements
- Built a library of 58 design scenarios which I could refer to quickly
- Got better at choosing colours
- Got better at knowing what works and what doesn’t
- and much more …