Perform a "design operation" that you are capable of repeating every day for 100 days

This methodology was applied to many disciplines outside of design.

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5 Years of 100 Day Project by Michael Beirut

Michael Beirut Summary

People have asked me many times to say what, exactly, is the point of this project. I've always had a fascination with the ways that creative people balance inspiration and discipline in their working lives. It's easy to be energized when you're in the grip of a big idea. But what do you do when you don't have anything to work with? Just stay in bed? Writers have this figured out: it's amazing how many of them have a rigid routine. John Cheever, for instance, used to wake up every morning in his New York City apartment, put on a jacket and tie, kiss his wife goodbye, and take the elevator down to his apartment building's basement, when he would sit at a small desk and write until quitting time, at which point he'd go back up. (When it was hot in the basement, he'd strip down to his underwear to work.)

The only way to experience this kind of discipline is to subject yourself to it. Every student who has taken this project had a moment where the work turned into a mind-numbing grind. And trust me: it won't be the first time this happens. The trick is to press on. For each new day (whether it's Day 28, Day 61, even Day 100) brings with it the hope of inspiration.



Jessica Svendsen's – 100 Days – 100 variations of Josef Müller-Brockmann's 1955 poster for a Beethoven program at the Zurich Tonhalle according to the criteria: line, movement, circle and sound.

Ely Kim's Boombox – 100 Dances/Locations/Songs

Jessica Hische's – Daily Drop Cap – designed one letter a day (twelve alphabets in total)

Sample rules from 100dayProject.org