In April of last year I decided that I wanted to do something fun to grow my graphic design skillset and keep in touch with friends that I hadn't been able to see in months due to quarantine. I came up with the idea of designing stickers to practice my illustration skills, and mailing them out as a surprise. My designs now have over 364.7K​​​​​​​ views (and counting)!
Design & Manufacturing
My normal graphic design work is very typography and layout driven. With this progress I wanted to challenge myself to learn to illustrate with the pen tool. I wanted to use fun, bright colors and use a minimal design aesthetic. I drew inspiration from Sage Aune and ban.do. I manufactured the stickers myself, using a Cricut die cutting machine. With some experimentation and tweaking, I landed on my final sticker sheet design.
In Progress Sticker Designs
In Progress Sticker Designs
Cricut Die Cut Test Batch
Cricut Die Cut Test Batch
Cricut Sticker Sheet Test Batch
Cricut Sticker Sheet Test Batch
Snail Mail
Designing GIFs For GIPHY
As a huge fan and user of animated instagram and snapchat story stickers, I decided to learn how to make my own, so anyone could use my sticker designs. I taught myself to use Photoshop's timeline animation tool to turn my flat stickers into animated GIFs. With practice and many iterations, I decided on 6 GIF designs from my sticker sheet that I deemed worthy for Instagram. However, in order to have my GIFs show up in app, I needed to become a verified GIPHY creator. After a lengthy application and 6 month review process, I became a GIPHY verified artist! I currently have 364.7K GIF views (and counting), and my designs are available on Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat and more! Search 'Sara Dada' to use my designs!
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