Design Flex is back!
This time as a four-week event starting May 6th.
Design Flex—AIGA NE’s online event—helps you flex your creative muscles. Each week designers have a different exercise with a fun, unique theme to get the creative wheels turning. Submit all four weeks for your chance to win a Skillshare membership for a whole year!
The best part? Submissions are totally free to members and non-members.
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Here’s how the winner will be chosen:
- Participate in all four weekly challenges.
- Design challenge participants get to vote for their three favorite designs from that week (and yes, you can absolutely vote for yourself).
- The votes will be tallied up from all four challenges to determine cumulative scores. The highest overall score is the winner.
In order to claim the prize you must be an AIGA member. If you are not a member, you can still participate in Design Flex and upgrade to an AIGA membership if you win.
The Challenge Schedule
May 6th – 31st
Wednesdays – Sundays
Your design tasks will be revealed on Wednesdays. Find inspiration and get to work on your design.
On Sunday, submit the week’s exercise to the theme’s webpage by 10p.m.
You shouldn’t have to stay up till midnight to finish—go to bed!
Mondays & Tuesdays
Those who participated in the exercise get to vote on their favorites!
On June 3rd we will tally up the total votes from all four challenges to determine cumulative scores.
The highest overall score is the winner.
Every week focuses on one cornerstone design discipline. Each theme will have a task that inspires you to refine and flex your design skills.
Wednesday, May 6th – Sunday, May 10th
Week 1 | Closed
This theme is all about your Photoshop skills to manipulate photographs or elements.
Wednesday, May 13th – Sunday, May 17th
Week 2| Closed
Week two, let’s focus on your typography talents.
Wednesday, May 20th – Sunday, May 24th
Week 3 | Closed
Hierarchy & Layout
Week three will hone in on hierarchy, with a focus on your layout techniques.
Wednesday, May 27th – Sunday, May 31st
Time to show off your illustrative artistry and storytelling.
Interact on Instagram
Follow AIGANebraska on Instagram to see and interact with other designers’ submissions. Use #AIGADesignFlex to tag your process and artwork to be featured in our stories!
Be Featured in the Design Flex Galleries
As an extra bonus, all participants will have their design added to the theme galleries so everyone can see how everyone interpreted the tasks.
Does it cost anything to participate in Design Flex?
No! It’s totally free to participate and you should be using tools that are already in your toolbelt.
How will I know I won?
We will reach out to you on June 2nd after the voting has closed. On June 3rd we will also post the winner at noon on Instagram so everyone can see your awesome work. Be prepared when people start to congratulate you! We will also tag you in our Instagram post if you opt in to adding your handle.
Do I need to be an AIGA member to participate?
No, you do not have to be a member, but to win the prize you must be a member. Don’t worry though, you can upgrade to a membership if you are the winner. Learn more about becoming a member. Your next question might be why does the prize have to go to a member? AIGA national in partnership with Skillshare requires us to distribute these to AIGA members.
What is Skillshare?
Our top prize for Design Flex is Skillshare, which is an online learning community with thousands of classes for creative and curious people, on topics including illustration, design, photography, video, freelancing, and more. On Skillshare, millions of members come together to find inspiration and take the next step in their creative journey. Learn more.
Can I submit something that I’ve already made that matches a task?
Design Flex embraces your free spirit and encourages spontaneity. We’d like you to start fresh and submit something that fits within the suggested timeframe. But honestly, we wouldn’t know the difference.
I’ve seen AIGA Nebraska’s Instagram account feature other designers’ work from the challenges, how do I get featured?
If you have an Instagram account, simply use the #AIGADesignFlex to your post or story. If you only submit to our website, we don’t automatically feature work on AIGA Nebraska’s Instagram account. However, we might feature some of our favorites.
Can I remain anonymous for my submissions?
Absolutely. Make sure you select that option in the submission form each time. You will need to give us your name and email for us to keep score. If you change your mind about being anonymous, let us know with an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What can my entries be used for by AIGA Nebraska?
We want to show off your work and display our community’s amazing talent. We add your work to our Design Flex galleries on our website and might feature your work for Design Flex promotions (with you credited).
Can I win multiple prizes?
Our previous Design Flex had multiple prizes, but this time we do not have multiple prizes.
Can my company submit instead of myself?
We’d like to keep this on the individual side. Company submissions will not be accepted.
What if I see plagiarism from one of the submissions?
We fully support the ownership of original ideas for all artists. If you’d kindly let us know you suspect plagiarism of a certain design, please email email@example.com.