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Go Design Something: The Final Incarnation?

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As readers of this blog may know, my Go Design Something idea has a long and storied history. It began life as AWSMPrompts, way back in February of 2015. I took some feedback on making the prompts more specific and tried again with Go Design with much more specific challenges. I tried that from May to December, but I still didn’t get much traction. Then, I got super inspired and tried to emulate a great brief site for designers (not IDs) called BriefBox in July of this year. And I got a cease and desist letter. So… I wasn’t sure what to do.

Just this month, I finally finished my Free Code Camp Front End certificate (YAY!!!) and I was looking at my Trello boards of project ideas. And it hit me: I could take an old project idea that has just been sitting there, mix it with my abandoned project idea, and create a mini-project. Something much smaller, much less ambitious, but still in the same vein (remember Start small, Start now).

I mixed this…

… With this!

And so, a new incarnation of was born! Using the Bootstrap Framework and Angular JS, I created a project idea generator that I encourage everyone to use! (I think I’ll update the copyright to a creative commons license very soon).

The new site currently feature 19 short project briefs, each sanitized from real ID projects across the ID spectrum, such as elearning, script writing, video creation, and systems planning/design. Each brief includes:

  • Intended audience
  • Context of the project
  • Expected deliverables (what you should actually make)
  • Links to diverse sources of inspiration

I’d love your input on the site and anything you think would serve you better! I’d also really love to have more sanitized briefs from the community. It’s super helpful to have realistic projects for new IDs to get some idea of the real work that IDs do in the world. There’s a handy, dandy Google Form where you can submit a project idea.

Let me know what you think!


  1. Jennifer
    December 27, 2016 - Reply

    One day let’s chat about my original idea for Designers for Learning (to be like a for those looking for experience and those nonprofits looking for free help. So, one “side” submits a short RFP (built with fill in fields to search and sort project requests) and the other “side” is data of those looking to offer help. Lots of ways to spin in, but idea is you would receive project RFPs that would match your desired experience need. As always, a myriad of “scope-related” issues (how much time will it take, when will it be done, how will it be done, etc. … and other important hard stuff associated with consulting skills for designers), but I think there is need on both sides.

    • December 27, 2016

      I’m currently working on another free project – a curation of free learning products (courses and ebooks) for instructional designers to self-teach – but this got the old brain juices going! I’d love to work on this! I’m thinking Tinder for elearning projects!

  2. January 3, 2017 - Reply

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  3. Olivia
    February 14, 2017 - Reply

    I think this is genius. No project briefs to add yet, but huge thanks for all the resources you provide for lone newbie IDs such as me.

    • February 14, 2017

      Thanks Olivia! I’m glad you’re getting use from the resources!

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