editione1.0.2Updated February 27, 2023
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Coming up with a new design proposal from nothing can be a lot of work. Usually, when you’re joining a company you have frameworks already set up for you, be they design systems, brand assets, or just existing processes that can help you stand up a new concept quickly.
important When you are using outside resources for your design exercise be sure to properly attribute and credit the work.
Many of the assets that I’ve used for design exercises (including this one) came from popular, free-shared libraries. Here are some I recommend for the raw materials for your design exercise.
Humaaans. A customizable illustration library by Pablo Stanley. Use is free for personal and commercial use.
Blush. Founded by Pablo Stanley, it’s a customizable illustration resource that allows you to remix, change colors, and find illustrations for different occasions.
Undraw. Similar to illustration libraries already listed but with less focus on the character and more emphasis on staging.
Your project may not require maps, but if it does, spending a little time customizing a map could be another way you can differentiate your design.
Mapbox. Probably one of the most robust APIs out there. With Mapbox studio you can customize tons of things (you have to create an account). The learning curve may be a little steep at the beginning, so I recommend you take a couple of pre-existing Mapbox maps and customize those first to get a feel for it.
Google map styles. You can select a theme or you can come up with a brand-new style, customizing things like buildings, landscapes, points of interest, roads, transit lines, and water.