My 4.5 Month Journey With Daily UI

Yes, I was one of those designers posting a design prompt from Daily UI everyday for the last 100 weekdays.

In October of 2015 I stumbled upon dailyui.co, a daily email letter that includes a simple design prompt and nothing else. I thought, “Oh, this could be fun.” Although, as a motion designer, I decided that I would up the challenge to animate each prompt into a looping GIF.

This was a good idea, but also a very challenging one. Instead of spending maybe 30 minutes a day designing the prompt, I typically spent about 1–4 hours. However, this helped me learn better time management, workflow efficiency, and grow to become a better motion designer.

Daily Resources

Each day, I found myself spending a little too much time thinking about and creating resources for the prompts. Everything from choosing colors to making icons. For some designs, it was important that I created the icons or chose specific colors. But for most, I found it much more efficient to have somewhere to resource colors and icons from.

Google Design Material Colors
https://www.google.com/design/spec/style/color.html

Brand Colors
http://brandcolors.net/

Adobe Color CC
https://color.adobe.com/create/color-wheel/

Google Design Material Icons
https://design.google.com/icons/

Iconfinder
https://www.iconfinder.com/

These are all great, and not to mention free, online resources that can help you with this challenge, or even just design mockups. I definitely would recommend using resources like these for quick mockups or proof of concepts, then as time permits, designing your own icons and choosing colors that best fit your project.

Daily Improvement

The Daily UI challenge has been such a great study to go through, to improve my skills as well as making plenty of new connections through Dribbble. However, as with any project, including my own, I think it can be improved.

There are two main aspects of the Daily UI experience that I feel could use some improvement.

Daily Highlights

I won’t list all of the prompts below, you can see those here. But I will share a few monumental shots from the challenge.

First: 001 — Sign Up
This is where I decided to animate every single prompt. This signup form is inspired by Material Design and the concept of floating labels adapting to icon format.

https://dribbble.com/shots/2292949-Daily-UI-001-Sign-Up

Last: 100 — Redesign Daily UI Landing Page
Even though this prompt called us to redesign the Daily UI landing page, I didn’t think it needed a redesign. I thought the daily email could use a redesign more, which would include prompt examples like mentioned above.

https://dribbble.com/shots/2562038-Daily-UI-100-Redesign-Daily-UI-Landing-Page

Most Popular: 076 — Loading (Android Marshmallow Boot Animation)
This prompt actually allowed me to create something I had been wanting to for a while. Thankfully someone recorded this animation and posted it on YouTube, so I didn’t have to restart my phone a thousand times. And thank YouTube for having slow playback options. This prompt also took the longest to make, about 6 hours.

https://dribbble.com/shots/2487137-Daily-UI-076-Loading-Android-Marshmallow-Boot-Animation

Other Popular Prompts:
049 — Notifications

https://dribbble.com/shots/2417538-Daily-UI-049-Notifications

042 — ToDo List

https://dribbble.com/shots/2400127-Daily-UI-042-ToDo-List

068 — Flight Search

https://dribbble.com/shots/2460018-Daily-UI-068-Flight-Search

026 — Subscribe

https://dribbble.com/shots/2359423-Daily-UI-026-Subscribe

Daily Challenge

There have been countless tweets and articles conveying negative and positive opinions towards the Daily UI challenge. Everything is worth a read and deserves a chance to help you make your own opinions and decisions. Personally, if you want to challenge yourself to grow and become a better designer, or want to experiment with more animation or a specific style, I highly suggest you try out Daily UI. It has opened doors for me I didn’t know how before, including connections all over the world and multiple job offers.

The main pieces of advice I would say to truly make this challenge worth it for you and your growth are these final tips:

Conclusion

If you would like to view my finished collection of prompts, you can see them from the link below. If you have any questions about my process, how I created any of my prompts, or just want to get in touch, reach out to me.

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