Week 1 Design Challenge: Earth Day

I did it.

I set a goal for myself and completed my first design challenge.

It’s not the greatest.  It’s not the most complicated design, but I am proud of myself for accomplishing another goal.

This week’s subject was Earth Day.  I took to my drawing pad, and sketched out what I wanted my design to look like.  I then completed a search on the old Googler and found a color palette that I wanted to use:

Planet Earth Color Palette - color-hex.com

I love these colors!

Using Adobe Illustrator, I began designing my 11x 18 poster.  I’m not gonna lie, the simplest things took me forever to figure out, such as how to ungroup a vector image and quickly change it’s color palette.  I also created my own custom “heart” brush (that I gave myself a high-five for since it took me hours to figure it out, even after watching a video.  DOH!)  For the typography, I wanted to go with something that looked organic and fit with the Earth Day theme of my poster.  Using Typekit, I decided to use Remedy OT Double.  I love looking at fonts, but I think that choosing the correct one to use for your design is one of the hardest parts of graphic design!  As a designer, do you agree?

Here is the final product.


I am proud of myself  for completing this task and I cannot wait to pick another subject to design next week!

Thanks for looking and reading.




Ashley Welton View All →

Freelance Graphic Designer based in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. I enjoy creating digital art, illustrations and photography. I also enjoy hiking, birding, cooking, reading, traveling and a nice bourbon or two.

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