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Have you ever wondered how to learn a new craft? In this session, Tiantian will share her knowledge on mastering a new craft using the 100-day-project format. You will learn about how to set up a daily routine, apply deliberate practice, and eventually become a better designer in 100 days.

Have you ever wondered how to learn a new craft? In this session, Tiantian will share her knowledge on mastering a new craft using the 100-day-project format. You will learn about how to set up a daily routine, apply deliberate practice, and eventually become a better designer in 100 days.

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  1. 1. Growing as a Designer: How to Master a Craft in 100 Days Tiantian Xu Senior Product Designer, Uber
  2. 2. 01 02 03 A G E N D A My creative journey How to master a craft using the 100-day project Reflections
  3. 3. Tsinghua University B.E in Automotive Engineering 2006–2010 Full-time UX designer Lab49, Keas, Duetto, Amazon, Uber 2012–present University of Michigan, Ann Arbor M.S. in Human-Computer Interaction 2010–2012 M Y C R E A T I V E J O U R N E Y
  4. 4. M Y C R E A T I V E J O U R N E Y I have been looking for the best way to learn graphic design.
  5. 5. 100 Days of Chinese Painting | Yuan Wang
  6. 6. M Y C R E A T I V E J O U R N E Y What is #the100dayproject?
  7. 7. Michael Bierut Yale School of Art T H E 1 0 0 D A Y P R O J E C T
  8. 8. Elle Luna The Great Discontent T H E 1 0 0 D A Y P R O J E C T
  9. 9. T H E 1 0 0 D A Y P R O J E C T #The100DayProject is a free art project that takes place online.
  10. 10. T H E 1 0 0 D A Y P R O J E C T Rule #1: Choose a creative task and do it everyday for 100 days.
  11. 11. T H E 1 0 0 D A Y P R O J E C T Rule #2: Share your process on Instagram with the hashtag #The100DayProject.
  12. 12. Image source: Elle Luna | The Great Discontent
  13. 13. M Y C R E A T I V E J O U R N E Y I just want to doodle.
  14. 14. 100 Days of Doodle Aug 2015 – Nov 2015 Medium: Pen and paper Hashtag: #100DaysofDoodlebyTX
  15. 15. 100 Days of Doodle | Day 63 100 Days of Doodle | Day 64 100 Days of Doodle | Day 75
  16. 16. 100 Days of Doodle | Day 82 100 Days of Doodle | Day 92 100 Days of Doodle | Day 94
  17. 17. M Y C R E A T I V E J O U R N E Y I want to draw letters.
  18. 18. 100 Days of Lettering Nov 2015 – Mar 2016 Medium: Pen and paper Hashtag: #100DaysofLetteringbyTX
  19. 19. 100 Days of Lettering | Day 2 100 Days of Lettering | Day 28 100 Days of Lettering | Day 35
  20. 20. 100 Days of Lettering | Day 91 100 Days of Lettering | Day 94 100 Days of Lettering | Day 97
  21. 21. M Y C R E A T I V E J O U R N E Y I want to explore color.
  22. 22. 100 Days of Watercolor Apr 2016 – Sep 2016 Medium: Watercolor and paper Hashtag: #100DaysofColorbyTX
  23. 23. 100 Days of Watercolor | Day 1 100 Days of Watercolor | Day 7 100 Days of Watercolor | Day 9
  24. 24. 100 Days of Watercolor | Day 51 100 Days of Watercolor | Day 58 100 Days of Watercolor | Day 74-75
  25. 25. 100 Days of Watercolor | Day 92-93 100 Days of Watercolor | Day 98 100 Days of Watercolor | Day 99
  26. 26. M Y C R E A T I V E J O U R N E Y I want to create vector illustrations.
  27. 27. 100 Days of Vector Illustration Jan 2017 – May 2017 Medium: Sketch App Hashtag: #100DaysofVectorbyTX
  28. 28. 100 Days of Vector Illustration | Day 6-13 | Tutorial written by Andrei Stefan
  29. 29. M Y C R E A T I V E J O U R N E Y I want to animate vector illustrations.
  30. 30. 100 Days of Motion Design Aug 2017 – Apr 2018 Medium: Sketch App, Principle App, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe After Effects Hashtag: #100DaysofMotionbyTX
  31. 31. 100 Days of Motion | Day 1-2 100 Days of Motion | Day 3-4 100 Days of Motion | Day 11-12
  32. 32. 100 Days of Motion | Day 43-44 100 Days of Motion | Day 59-60 100 Days of Motion | Day 69-70
  33. 33. M Y C R E A T I V E J O U R N E Y I want to create 3D artwork.
  34. 34. 100 Days of 3D Design Nov 2018 – Present Medium: Blender Hashtag: #100Daysof3DbyTX
  35. 35. 100 Days of 3D | Day 1 100 Days of 3D | Day 2 100 Days of 3D | Day 3-4
  36. 36. 100 Days of 3D | Day 21 100 Days of 3D | Day 39-40 100 Days of 3D | Day 54-55
  37. 37. 100 Days of 3D | Day 56-59 100 Days of 3D | Day 74-76 100 Days of 3D | Day 77-79
  38. 38. M Y C R E A T I V E J O U R N E Y How has the 100-day project helped me grow as a designer?
  39. 39. Develop new skills The 100 Day Project is a great way to learn a new skill or freshen up on a technique that I’ve been wanting to master. M Y C R E A T I V E J O U R N E Y Discover great designers and get inspired The 100 Day Project has introduced me to many amazing designers and artists. Their work has motivated me to become a better designer. Enjoy the joy of creation The 100 Day Project has reignited my passion for creativity. I was able to form the habit of learning and express myself through art.
  40. 40. M Y C R E A T I V E J O U R N E Y Why do I choose the 100-day project over other learning methods?
  41. 41. It tracks your progress The 100 Day Project has a start day and an end day — you can track your progress and feel motivated to finish it. M Y C R E A T I V E J O U R N E Y It forces you to deliver results The 100 Day Project asks you to share your daily progress — you are forced to create something new everyday. It’s flexible The 100 Day Project can be done anywhere and anytime — you can even pause it for a few days and pick it up when you are ready. It’s (almost) free The 100 Day Project can be as affordable as you want it to be — most learning resources are free and can be found online.
  42. 42. How to master a craft using the 100-day project?
  43. 43. 01 02 03 04 Choose a subject Start with the basics Climb the learning curve Create from the heart
  44. 44. 01 02 03 04 Choose a subject Start with the basics Climb the learning curve Create from the heart
  45. 45. C H O O S E A S U B J E C T Choose a subject you want to learn 100 Days of Framer | Tony Jing100 Days of UI | https://www.dailyui.co/
  46. 46. C H O O S E A S U B J E C T Choose a subject you are passionate about 100 Days of Disco Icon | Tom Wahlin 100 Days of Felt Face | Becky Margraf 100 Days of Haiku | Courtney Symons
  47. 47. C H O O S E A S U B J E C T Make sure it’s realistic for your current skill level 100 Days of Doodle Storyboarding 2015 100 Days of Color Color 2016 100 Days of Lettering Typography 2015-2016 100 Days of Vector Vector Illustration 2017 100 Days of Motion Motion Design 2017-2018 100 Days of 3D 3D Modeling 2019
  48. 48. C H O O S E A S U B J E C T Make sure it’s flexible in terms of daily deliverable 100 Days of Lettering | Day 6 100 Days of Lettering | Day 62
  49. 49. C H O O S E A S U B J E C T Add some creative constraints 600x600 artboard
  50. 50. C H O O S E A S U B J E C T Add some creative constraints Pre-defined color palette
  51. 51. 01 02 03 04 Choose a subject Start with the basics Climb the learning curve Create from the heart
  52. 52. S T A R T W I T H T H E B A S I C S Follow beginner tutorials Adobe Illustrator Beginner Tutorial | Nataliya Dolotko 100 Days of Vector Illustration | Day 3-5
  53. 53. S T A R T W I T H T H E B A S I C S Copy for practice Font Book 100 Days of Lettering | Day 28
  54. 54. S T A R T W I T H T H E B A S I C S Collect inspirations
  55. 55. S T A R T W I T H T H E B A S I C S Collect ideas 100 Days of Vector Illustration | Ideas 100 Days of Motion | Sketches
  56. 56. S T A R T W I T H T H E B A S I C S Share your work 100 Days of Doodle | Day 13–14 100 Days of Doodle | Day 56
  57. 57. 01 02 03 04 Choose a subject Start with the basics Climb the learning curve Create from the heart
  58. 58. C L I M B T H E L E A R N I N G C U R V E Watch tutorials in 1.5x and create from memory Smoke Animation Tutorial | Gigantic 100 Days of Motion Design | Day 53-54
  59. 59. C L I M B T H E L E A R N I N G C U R V E Rebound other people’s work Ducky Walk Cycle | Tony Babel 100 Days of Motion Design | Day 25-26
  60. 60. C L I M B T H E L E A R N I N G C U R V E Re-apply previously learned technique 100 Days of Motion Design | Day 33–34 100 Days of Motion Design | Day 39–40 100 Days of Motion Design | Day 83–84
  61. 61. Participate in community challenge 100 Days of Lettering | Alphabet 100 Days of Vector Illustration | Dog Alphabet C L I M B T H E L E A R N I N G C U R V E
  62. 62. C L I M B T H E L E A R N I N G C U R V E Read book to connect the dots Thinking with Type | Ellen Lupton Vector Basic Training | Von Glitschka After Effects CC Classroom in a Book | Lisa Fridsma
  63. 63. 01 02 03 04 Choose a subject Start with the basics Climb the learning curve Create from the heart
  64. 64. C R E A T E F R O M T H E H E A R T Create fan art 100 Days of Motion Design | Firewatch 100 Days of Motion Design | Monument Valley 100 Days of Motion Design | Beauty and the Beast
  65. 65. C R E A T E F R O M T H E H E A R T Revisit your old work 100 Days of Watercolor | Day 100 100 Days of Motion Design | Day 100
  66. 66. C R E A T E F R O M T H E H E A R T Express yourself 100 Days of Lettering | Day 98 100 Days of Motion | Day 61-62 100 Days of 3D | Day 35-36
  67. 67. Reflections
  68. 68. R E F L E C T I O N Daily effort leads to mastery 100 Days of Doodle | Day 44 100 Days of Motion Design | Day 25-26
  69. 69. R E F L E C T I O N Stop comparing yourself to others 100 Days of Vector Illustration | Day 75 James Gilleard | https://www.behance.net/jamesgilleard
  70. 70. R E F L E C T I O N Do the work that feeds your soul, not your ego 100 Days of Motion Design | Day 13-14 100 Days of Lettering | Day 15
  71. 71. R E F L E C T I O N Be the 1% people who create content 1% Rule (Internet Culture)
  72. 72. R E S O U R C E S Books Steal Like an Artist | Austin Kleon The Creative’s Curse | Todd Brison Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance | Augela Duckworth
  73. 73. Thank you! @tiantianxu INSTAGRAM/TWITTER/DRIBBBLE/MEDIUM

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