I am starting to realise that the deadline is king when attempting to run self-initiated projects. With the internet providing such an incredible format for self-promotion, I've noticed many designers setting themselves small scale projects and broadcasting them online.
Here Steffen Knoesgaard created 30 idents over a period of 30 days challenging himself to create 1 second of animation every day.
And here I've found a graphic artist creating an illustration every day to practice sketching on a tablet...
Practice makes perfect and it's nice to see other online work that gives an insight that goes further than the standard showreel and portfolio website.
'Make something cool everyday' is a sort of cult idea that is really catching on. Check out some of the cool stuff people submitted as part of the 2009 gallery.