Great job Joel, this is excellent! This could turn into an invaluable resource for designers looking to test themselves. I often find myself designing 'stuff' just because I want to flex my creative muscles. Think I will give a few of these a try.
Were you planning on critiquing the work that gets submitted? Theres an idea in there somewhere for doing a weekly 'winner' and giving your feedback on what works and why. Would be a really worthwhile read I think.
Now I've just got to pick one to try out...
Joe, thanks for the feedback and comments, do make sure you post any work you do for any of the briefs! I really like the idea of a weekly winner. I was thinking about incorporating some fun competitions - a bit of friendly competition always pushes people a little further. Keep the ideas comin' I'm hoping Briefbox will be a go to creative juice machine!!
Love this! I don't often find the time to start side projects, but when I do have free time I find myself twiddling my thumbs a lot.
"me and my buddy used to make up briefs for each other and give each other feedback on our designs" - the important part of this is getting the feedback. Otherwise it could easily morph into another dribbble or behance.
Also, what about the idea of rating each brief for difficulty or time spent? Sometime i'll want to pick up a brief that only last a few hours, others, a weekend.
Particularly like the idea of time-boxing some of the briefs. Time constraints in of themselves are a great exercise.
Alastair, that's a great idea!! I have just recently added the 'target audience' field to each brief and was toying more options, thanks for the feedback! For now, I'm going to be offering personal feedback to anyone who posts their work. As the site gets more popular, I'm hoping other talented and professional designers (wink wink DN) will want to come on board as 'brief writers' and be up for offering feedback too., with the incentive of being listed on the site as a pro / contributor.
What a great idea! I'm going to have to try and come up with some ideas for briefs to contribute to this project, since I have limited free time to work on actual projects these days.
(P.S. Nice website as well!)
This is boss. Good on you.
This is great! I've been in such a rut at work lately and it has bled in to my free time, leaving me with little energy to work on anything. Hopefully some of these will help kickstart me out of my funk.
Great idea. I would've liked the briefs to be written more from the perspective of actual client briefs, rather than as design exercises.
From my experience running Folyo, I feel like companies usually give out more details about themselves, but fewer details about the style they want.
So a big part of the designer's job is to figure that out for themselves…
(P.S. let me know if you'd like access to Folyo, could be a good source of inspiration for you!)
Sacha, that's a great point. I know too well about nightmare client briefs and often feeling confused about a direction and style to take the artwork itself. Most briefs help you to feel very well educated about their office, turnover or 'keywords' (to describe themselves which very often are the same for every client in the same industry..)but leave you feeling not much closer to actually getting creative and playing with styles.
I guess my idea with Briefbox is to act more like a creative kickstarter, to help designers in a rut just get started and feel aesthetically inspired and stimulated, put pen to paper (or mouse to screen) and jus' have some fun.
Your too right though, that in the real world - the designer themselves would often have to find style inspiration to suggest back to a client. I guess you could say that Briefbox shouldn't be taken too seriously or act as imitation to the real world of graphic design, instead be used an inspiration machine.
Also Sacha, access to Folyo would be great, thanks. My email is email@example.com.
This is awesome! I used to use a book similar to this. Can't wait to try out a couple of exercises. Thanks so much for sharing.
Thanks Erick, really appreciate the feedback and more importantly, great to know the project is helping people out!! Sign up for my newsletter http://briefbox.me/briefs-to-your-inbox-for-free-every-week - I'm aiming to write 3-5 new briefs each week and will send a little update to anyone on the list.
This is a god damned amazing idea. I'm not a top-notch designer because I have no experience. I can now use this to build that experience up. I'm so friggin' happy right now.
I am, however, a pretty good creative and technical writer and editor. If you want someone to help contribute briefs or help you edit them, I would be absolutely thrilled to help you out in any way possible. I've got tons of ideas for any of the categories you've put up, and would be willing to contribute every single one I can get down in writing.
Also, a few feature/ ideas:
Best of: Have a gallery sorted by month, brief, or something esle, to post the best-of-the-best work. You could also create a little script/stylesheet that the authors of these works could include in their portfolio and add to displays of the work for honors.
Protips/Hints: Minor help for designers that are brand new or are stuck on a specific aspect would be a good idea. You could have an area (with some sort of gamification/fun added?) that the user can unhide to show a few small, concise tips that might help them. You don't want to give too much guidance, as they would essentially just turn into tutorials, but general ideas wouldn't be bad.
Newsletter sign-up form inside sidebar: Instead of having a huge button that takes up a lot of space and redirects the user to a new page, why not just have the user be able to sign up right there with no hassle?
Reply to newsletter w/ files: You could set it up so users could reply to the newsletter with an image of their work to enter it into a contest/the best-of/a show off. I've got a couple ideas on how this could be implemented, if you want them.
Update homepage: The homepage is currently a list of the different briefs. Updating it to show what the site is about and what a designer can get from it would be very helpful for prospects.
Change menu trigger: There's currently no indication that the logo is a trigger for the menu. It would be best to have either a separate button for it (simplest would be a hamburger icon in the top-left) or to make the logo stand out and show that an action can be performed with it.
Again, really, really cool site. I would love to help in any way I can--let me know, and I can contact you or you can contact me through email or chat or something else (unfortunately, I don't use Twitter). Looking forward to seeing the future of this site!
Hey, thanks so much for your detailed reply and all your awesome suggestions. Many of which are on my 'to do when my I've got a damn minute list!!! ( ya know the feeling)
First up, sounds great, if you would like to contribute to the site and write a few briefs, I've just finished setting up the 'My Briefbox' section where users can create an account and save their favourite briefs. Next on the list, is to get front end posting sorted so users can 'submit a brief' to the community.
Email, in the sidebar - great idea and have implemented that, thanks for your suggestion!!
I'm working away at the moment on working out a cool gallery could work which also include a 'best of' or most popular section. What I'm struggling to work out is how to link this with each brief. I was thinking each post (brief) could have sub posts that would be peoples submissions which would essentially create a separate gallery for each brief... I'm still working this one out, but yep, a great idea and on the hit list!!
Pro-tips and hints is an awesome idea dude, I'm on the case. Thinking a little tip for each brief would be really cool.
I'm trying to find a few people to come on board and help, ideally a wordpress wizard!! It would also be great to have a quick chat with you as some of your ideas are really cool and could definitely benefit the site.
Hit me up at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can bounce some ideas man!!