Graphic Design Exercises by Alex Griendling

19 Apr

Graphic designer Alex Griendling has the right idea. A way to keep one’s creative juices flowing and producing awesome work with interesting design exercise.

It really is quite genius. His rules for coming up with the following pieces (below):

He says “I do these as experiments, and use the below formula. It doesn’t matter if the finished design is any good or not, only that I’m challenging myself to think on the fly, and develop an interesting solution to the problem presented.” Here are the rules:

1 – Go to “wikipedia.” Hit “random”
or click
The first random wikipedia article you get is the name of your band.

2 – Go to “Random quotations”
The last four or five words of the very last quote of the page is the title of your first album.

3 – Go to flickr and click on “explore the last seven days”
Third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.

4 – Use photoshop or similar to put it all together.

Here is what he has come up with…

Visit Alex’s website to see his work. Or visit his Flickr Page to see all of his ‘design exercises’.

5 Responses to Graphic Design Exercises by Alex Griendling


Aminah Jamil

August 3rd, 2010 at 12:58 am

Very nice. Good exercise for the creative mind stuck in a rut…



March 30th, 2011 at 7:38 am

i really enjoyed the idea and used it with my students to warm them up- they loved it!



March 31st, 2011 at 3:29 am

This is actually quiet interesting and very creative. really enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing :)



January 16th, 2012 at 2:16 pm

This is a fantastic idea, I actually did it myself today and it was a lot of fun. You can see the image on my website (, it’s called “Random Album Cover Exercise”. Awesome work on your covers!



March 8th, 2012 at 10:44 pm

What a fun exercise! I did one tonight and had a blast. I’m going to start doing these in the morning and at night. If nothing else, it forces you to do something outside your normal comfort zone, under seemingly random conditions. Most real world projects have restrictions/guidelines/rules/conditions, so it’s fun to apply random rules to a task like this. Otherwise when you sit down to doodle or exercise your brain, there are no limits, and it can be quite intimidating.

I’d like to come up with an exercise that doesn’t require the use of a photo. Or maybe vary this one, to where you’d only use the photo as inspiration. I dunno. I’ll post back here if I come up with a fun spin on this.


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