Q. Why do this?
A. For the challenge and rewards of embarking on a daily creative exercise for 100 consecutive
days without break. To exercise your ability to think creatively, and flexibly. For students and young designers/writers/photographers this is potentially really valuable as it creates and demands of you
a certain kind of discipline and resilience that will serve you well in your work.
For experienced practitioners it's a chance to connect with creativity in a more personal way, and re-enthuse yourself. It's also an excuse to explore or address new types of media or skills you would like to improve.
Q. I'm not a designer, can I still participate?
A. Yes of course! The project is open to anyone, previously we have had a mix of designers, photographers, artists, teachers, students, mums, account managers, writers, and even children. The project is
especially helpful in developing skills for design professionals, and this is where it originated from.
Q. I don't live in New Zealand, can I still take part?
A. Yes of course! Anyone from anywhere, can register for the project.
In the past we've had folks from all over the world take part.
Q. Do I have to present my project at day 100?
A. No. It would be great if everyone could, but if you have documented the process and are
happy to share it in someway...that would be just as awesome.
Q. Any tips?
A. Keep it simple. 100 days is a long time to be doing something complicated and overly technical.
Have fun and make it relevant to you.
Q. So I have registered – now what?
Look for your activation email (please check your JUNK and SPAM folders!) Click the link, then log in to the site, enter your profile & project details and start planning for Day One.
Q. I've already registered, so why I don't see my name on the homepage?
A. Your name will only appear on the website when you've added in a title and description about your project.
Q. Do I have to record each day of my project on the website?
A. You might prefer to keep your record offline, in a journal or on paper. You do have to record your daily efforts somewhere though, and I really do hope you'll share each day (a scan, photo, video, words) via the website. A lot of people will see your project this way, and support you!
Q. Where will we meet at day 100?
A. The 2014 venue is yet to be decided.
Q. Do you need any help on Day 100?
A. That would be great! Offers of help around the 100th day event are much appreciated. We need help putting up the projects, setting up the catering, and any supply of hardware, computers or iPads for digital displays would be awesome.
Q. Why won't my images load from my desktop computer?
A. There is a limit on the size of images you can upload to each day. Resize your images to max width/height of 1600 pixels. For an even faster load time - try resizing your image down to 800pixels wide/high.
If you're using Photoshop - make sure your image colour setting is RGB, not CMYK.
Q. Can I upload images from iPhone and iPad?
A. Yes you can! Loading images from your phone or tablet device is now easy if you're loading images that have already been compressed (for eg. from your Instagram library).
PLEASE NOTE: If you're taking a photo a day from your iPhone or iPad at high resolution - then you will need to first resize the images down to a maximum width or height of 1600pixels.
I suggest using a simple App like 'Image Resize' (see the App screenshot below), which you can find & download from the App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/nz/app/resize-image/id409547517?mt=8
Use an App like this one to resize your images down to a max width/height of 1600 pixels, save a copy of this image to your library - and then select it when you're uploading to your project.
Q. Can I upload video to the site?
A. You can't load video content directly to the site no, but you can add in a URL link to your video for each day.
First load your video up to Youtube or Vimeo or similar - then copy and paste the url link into your daily project space, the video will then load and play on the 100 Days site for you.
Other general tips:
- Remember to use the 'text' field for text-only entries, not the 'additional comment' field.
- If you enter text into the 'additional comment' field, but do not upload an image, video link, or main text - the entry wil not appear.
- Images need to be less than 3mb to upload successfully to the site, 1200px at widest side is ideal, up to 1600px.
- Browser speed: Safari reportedly runs particularly slowly for some participants, suggest trying Firefox or Chrome.
- Image orientation from phone, sometimes scrambles when loaded to the site - correct orientation in the 'edit' tool within the phone, or use an app or software like Photoshop - or try to keep orientation when taking photos to the same as what you want to see on the site. (Difficult for selfies!)
Got a question? Like to help out? Email me: [email protected]