Take part in IxDA Student Design Charette

Ask the students to take part in the IxDA Student Design Charette. Study the brief, develop an idea, produce a video presenting it.


Some of the previous briefs:

2022 brief:

Video of the 2021 design charette, the topic: “Our Data & Global Wellbeing”. The winning team, PulseAir, decided to focus on the negative health effects of air pollution.


Create an AR poster

Create an augmented reality poster using Artivive.

Getting started:

Some examples and case studies:

Augmented poster by Ta-Daa Studio, Geneva

The format doesn’t necessarily need to be a poster: it can be a postcard, an image in a publication…


Pan-Nigerian Alphabet

When working in the non-english-speaking world, it’s a common scenario that a typeface used for a design is missing a small number of diacritics or glyphs used in a specific language – german, icelandic, norse, polish…

A language that uses the latin alphabet “plus some special characters” is the Pan-Nigerian alphabet. By adding those characters to a font that was missing them, the font becomes usable for millions of people. Nigeria has a population of approximately 216.7 million, speaking over over 525 native languages.

In this exercise, students receive the task to make an open-source font available for the Nigerian native languages, by adding the missing characters.

The list of glyphs needed:

  • Ɓ / ɓ = (U+0181 and U+0253) (aka uni0181, uni0253)
  • Ɗ / ɗ = (U+018A and U+0257)
  • Ǝ / ǝ = (U+018E and U+01DD)
  • Ẹ / ẹ = (U+1EB8 and U+1EB9)
  • Ị / ị
  • Ƙ / ƙ = (U+0198 and U+0199)
  • Ọ / ọ
  • Ṣ / ṣ = (U+1E62 and U+1E63)
  • Ụ / ụ
briefs ideas

Another year in web design

A few years ago, Taschen released a heavy volume of web design history – Web Design: The Evolution of the Digital World 1990-Today.

The survey in the book ends in 2018.

In this brief, students are asked to continue the story by adding a new chapter – how does the current year in web design look like? They will have to identify current design trends, major innovations, notable websites, and organize the information following the examples in the book.

Depending on the number of students, they can work on one year, or on several missing years (2019, 2020, 2021…).


music and photographs

This brief is inspired by this line, by photographer Joséphine Michel, on her collaboration with Mika Vainio:

Écouter tous les matins un de ses albums, puis aller photographier des lieux en correspondance avec sa musique. Dans la nature, ou dans les musées de sciences

Source: Fisheye Magazine

briefs ideas

Layer tennis

Engage students in a tournament of “layer tennis” (also known as Photoshop ping-pong”. According to Wikipedia:

The players pick a starting image, or one is “served” by a player, then another player makes some sort of alteration to the image in any chosen image editor (matches are not exclusive to Adobe Photoshop). They then send the altered image to the other player or players, usually via e-mail or by posting the image to a Photoshop tennis forum, who then edits that image and sends it back to the first player. This process goes back and forth until a predetermined number of rounds have elapsed, or the players otherwise wish to end the game.



campaign website from the past

Students have to design a website for a historical figure (maybe from a list provided by the instructor).

Example carried out in 2021 by student Messaline Piette at Eracom, Lausanne:


Instagram Stories

A brief proposed by Frederik Mahler-Andersen : students have to create an Instagram Story, as a series of short animations (combining video, image, text). The topic has to be a news article chosen by the student.

An example, carried out over five weeks with a graphic design class at Eracom:


Create a new emoji

Create a new emoji character. Go through a brainstorming process to come up with useful new emoji types. Design them, in the style of different emoji / OS alphabets (Google, Twitter, OpenMoji…).

Study the emoji submission process:

Get inspired by actual emoji proposals :

Get inspired by the OpenMoji styleguide:

Related reading:

Ellen Lupton, Design is Storytelling, p. 100.
Jennifer Daniel (March 23 2020), Talk to Me: The Evolution of Emoji, Google Design


a new face for the apple watch

An assignment by David Reinfurt, from his Advanced Graphic Design at Princeton University. Reinfurt describes this assignment in the liner notes for an exhibition of student work, held at Hurley Gallery, Lewis Arts complex, in 2017:

The assignment is simple and lasts the full semester — design a new face for the apple watch which tells the time, and (by design) also changes the way you *read* the time. Simple, no? The students begin by considering, with a broad historical scope, how the representation of time affects the ways we understand it and use it.