Design Exercises Weekly

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/‘wiːkli/ /‘dɪˈzʌɪn/ /‘ɛksəsʌɪz/ | nounnoun: 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!

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Week 42 Create an animated web banner GIF using a nifty layered typography effect

Apply this technique across any design system, easily edited typography technique.

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Design Brief: Create a web banner GIF with type layered effect text using Illustrator and Photoshop.


Typeface Junegall - Adobe Font

Free iPad Mockup - Available on Pixeden

Beginner: Use one or two words to create your slogan. Multiplying and create 4 layers. Choose a background, it can be static. Save your final work into a PDF or PNG file for higher resolution. No need to create a GIF or mockup.

Intermediate: Use one or two words to create your slogan. Do this 2-4 times using different slogans. Multiplying and create 4 layers on each. Create a GIF, no need to create a mockup.

Advanced: Do the full project as in the video.

Design Constraints: You must layer your type and use a create an artboard size, eg web banner sizes. You must use Swatches the way we have taught you, or by creating Adobe Assets if you know how.

Design Goals: Create an animated GIF with type layered effect text.

Total Time Allowed: 30-120mins depending on your level of proficiency.

Tags: Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop Swatch Panel, Photoshop Mockups, Illustrator Transform Effect, Illustrator Shape Tool, Illustrator Layers, Illustrator Smart Objects, Designing GIFs

Previous Weeks

Click on the images to go to the full brief pages

Week 41


Create Beautiful Type Design Editorials for Print and Web

Week 39


Create promotion and brand materials with your own optical art design piece in Adobe Illustrator

Week 38


Create a beautiful image design by merging two images seamlessly together in Photoshop

Week 37


Create your own kaleidoscope print in Photoshop

Week 36


Create a live animation for handwritten text in Adobe After Effects

Week 35


Create an animated pattern of your logo in Adobe After Effects

Week 34


Textile Design - Part 2 Creating Print Textures

Week 33


Get Started with a Basic Animation in After Effects

Week 32


Textile Design - Part 1 Repeat Print

Week 31


Use the width tool to create your Own Curvy Letter

Week 30


Create a punchy typographic Xmas gif, then we show you how to embed in your email signature!

Week 29


Using Adobe Dimension & Photoshop To Create Striking Packaging

Week 28


Draw & Apply your Own One-Line Art to a Mockup

Week 27


Social Media Series: Learn to shoot, style and edit an image for your social media channels

Week 26


Social Media Series: Absolute Beginners Design & Present an Instagram Mockup

Week 25


Create a World Cup animated gif in Photoshop to promote your event

Week 24


Create a Seamless Pattern in Photoshop and Apply it to Your Mockups - Part 2

Week 23


Create an Identity Using Engraved Effect on Images - Part 1

Week 22


Create a website prototype in Adobe XD - Part 2

Week 21


Add contrasting light effects to a photographic image - Part 1

Week 20


Create Wonderful Waves with the Twirl Tool

Week 19


Create a Dripping Text Effect in Illustrator

Week 18


Create a live animation for handwritten text in Adobe After Effects

Week 17


Create a Band Artwork using Photoshop Liquify Tool

Week 16


The Best Illustrator Brushes Tutorial Ever

Week 15


Create a Retro Style Surf Poster

Week 14


Create a Corny Holiday Sweater Knit Animated GIF

Week 13


Use Adobe Dimension to create a Perfect Packaging Showcase

Week 12


Create Surreal Compositions in Photoshop

Week 11


Create an Asian-inspired vintage style poster/postcard and ink-effect logo

Week 10


Create Patterns with Photoshop, Pattern Bombing, Apply Patterns to Mockups

Week 9


Layered Effect With Illustrator & Photoshop

Week 8


Gold Typography in Illustrator

Week 7


Stamp Tool & Clipping Mask in Photoshop

Week 6


Envelope Distort in Illustrator

Week 5


Paper 3D Collage

Week 4


Create a Mosaic of Beautiful Polygons

Week 3


Create Your Own Mockup

Week 2


Head Icons Design

Week 1


Hand Lettering in a Shape

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