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GOOD Design Daily: Michael Bierut's 100-Day Design Workshop

by Alissa Walker

February 15, 2011

Undertaking a daily project—conceptualizing, executing, and documenting some task every 24 hours—has become a popular exercise for designers and people in other creative fields. This process seems to push these poor self-experimenters to the brink of sanity somewhere near day 87, but it also spurs exceptionally creative thought. Over at Design Observer, Michael Bierut writes about a workshop he's given at Yale for the past five years where he tells design students to perform a "design operation" once a day, for 100 days.

The most famous 100-day workshopper of all according to Bierut is Ely Kim, who each day choreographed a different dance, and performed it in a different place. He filmed the results, an you can see them in his unbelievable video "BOOMBOX." Also important is the inclusion of his playlist.

There are many more student projects from Bierut's classes. Each demonstrates the power of creative thought, but they're also examples of simple little exercises that anyone can build into their daily routine. Taking a few minutes to make your mind bend a different way is a valuable tool for your well-being. I can almost guarantee, for example, that your life would be better if you took the time to dance like Ely Kim.

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GOOD Design Daily: Michael Bierut's 100-Day Design Workshop