366 Days of Illustration Challenge - January by MintSwift. The first month of illustration challenge, so day 1-31. Vector illustrations in flat design style

366 Days of Illustration Challenge – January

I’m kicking off 2020 with probably the most ambitious challenge I ever took on – 366 Days of Illustration Challenge. Each day of each month, I’m going to share one flat design illustration. I have so many unseen designs to share & so many new ideas running around in my head. Let’s do this!

In this post, I’m going to share all vector illustrations I did for the first month, so January. I utilized my brand colours for all the vectors for day 1 to day 31. The general theme was workspace, brand & web design and business. All of the illustrations were drawn in Adobe Illustrator*. All right, without further due, let’s dive in shall we?!

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366 DAYS OF ILLUSTRATION CHALLENGE - JANUARY

Day 1 - Day 31 - vector illustrations in flat design style

If you can’t wait to see all of the illustrations from January, watch a video below:

Day 1 - Laptop with fireworks & plants

2020 illustration of my laptop with fireworks (or millions of my thoughts !?️) and plants. Have you noticed my mint leaf icon hidden there?

Vector illustration of a black laptop with 2020 & plants on the screen with fireworks around it in flat design style

Day 2 - Succulent

As a tribute to neglected succulent who “died” suddenly 😂 Now I know better – I have both artificial and real plants in my office. So if a real one wither, I’m still surrounded by nature #lifehack

Vector illustration of a light mint succulent in a blue pot in flat design style

Day 3 - Brand Board

An illustrated icon representing the brand board, both included in my brand design and brand & website design packages

Vector illustration of a brand board including main logo, colour palette, submarks, alternative logos and navy blue pencil in flat design style

Day 4 - Favourite office supplies

The collage featuring my office essentials:

  • Sticky notes
  • Pencil
  • Large tea mug
  • Paper clips
  • Notebook
  • Foldback/Binder clips
  • Pen holder
  • In-ear headphones
  • Mobile phone
Collage illustration of blue, mint, teal, navy blue & black office supplies: sticky notes, pencil, large tea mug, paper clips, notebook, foldback/binder clips, pen holder, In-ear headphones, mobile phone in flat design style

Day 5 - Brand Design Questionnaire

The icon symbolizing the brand design or brand & website design questionnaire. This is the first step that my clients take after they booked the design package. The brand questionnaire includes questions about their business, brand, target audience, style preferences.

Vector illustration of a brand design questionnaire - navy blue clipboard with a checklist and blue pencil in flat design style

Day 6 - Flat desk scene

Tech + stationery + plants = 💚

Flat lay, top view vector illustration of a desk in mint green & blue colours, including monstera leaf, spiral notebook with a ballpoint pen, wireless keyboard & smartphone in flat design style

Day 7 - Sunglasses

My fav sunglasses. Can’t leave the house without them

Vector illustration of black sunglasses in flat design style

Day 8 - Invoice + Green Tea scene

Who doesn’t love receiving an invoice from clients?! Let’s celebrate that with delicious green tea 

Flat lay, top view vector illustration of a desk in mint green & blue colours, including a cup with green tea on a saucer, blue ballpoint pen, invoice & mobile phone in flat design style

Day 9 - Booking design package

A quick icon presentation on how to book my design packages in three simple steps:

Step 1: Inquire 

Fill the design inquiry form to get in touch about your brand design or brand & WordPress website design project

Step 2: The Chat 

After your inquiry, we’ll discuss more details, timeframe and more!

Step 3: Book 

Once we decide to move forward you’ll receive contract & invoice for the 25% deposit to secure your spot in my projects calendar. Then we’ll work together! 😉

Vector illustration of three icons: design inquiry (open envelope), the chat (speech balloons) and booking the project (calendar) in flat design style

Day 10 - Workspace illustration

Illustration of designer’s workspace including:

  • Office chair
  • Laptop
  • Desk lamp
  • Mug
  • Pencil pot
  • Desk
  • + Wall art gallery & clock in the background
Vector illustration of designer’s workspace scene including white desk, blue office chair, teal tea mug, mint pencil pot, blue desk lamp and wall art gallery and clock in the background in flat design style

Day 11 - A Logo design icon

Heart-shaped logo representing the logo design. Why heart? Because I love to design 💚I use this icon for both my design packages 

Vector illustration representing the logo design - mint heart with the logo written below it in flat design style

Day 12 - Colouring pencils

Colouring pencils, perfect for anti-stress colouring books for adults 

Monochromatic vector illustration of five colouring pencils in different shades of green in flat design style

Day 13 - WordPress website design icon

An icon portraying the WordPress website design. In my brand & website design package, I team up with my clients to create a self-hosted WordPress website & brand identity with marketing materials 

Blue vector illustration representing the WordPress website design in flat design style

Day 14 - Hand holding a phone

First attempt to draw hands in flat design style🙈😳 Hand holding a mobile phone, while viewing a website. By the way, I use this phone, as an icon representing mobile-responsive websites which I build for my clients 

Vector illustration of a hand holding a mobile phone, while viewing a website in flat design style

Day 15 - Custom code & CSS styling icon

Whenever I design WordPress websites, I add a custom code & CSS styling to make them one-of-a-kind and fully customised to my client’s blog & business. Here’s an icon representing the custom code

Vector illustration of desktop computer representing the custom code & CSS styling in flat design style

Day 16 - Pantone chips

Single Pantone chips/swatches illustration 

Vector illustration of Pantone chips/single Pantone swatches in flat design style

Day 17 - Brand collateral items icon

I use this icon all over my site to represent the five brand collaterals included in my design packages. What are brand collaterals – marketing materials such as social media graphics or printed stationery, matching the brand identity (which I design first)

Vector illustration representing the brand collaterals: Facebook branding, stickers & business cards in flat design style

Day 18 - Woman with plants

An avatar of one of my brand design clients with plants in the background. A few years ago, I came up with an idea to draw my client’s avatars instead of using their photos alongside their feedback. See the clients avatars in the action: 

Modern avatar style vector illustration of a woman with short blond hair and teal top with mint plants around her in flat design style

Day 19 - Notebooks & Book

I illustrated my current positive-thoughts binder-notebook, then the spiral notebook which you may recognize from day 4 & 6 and a book

Vector illustration of three icons: mint binder-notebook, blue spiral notebook & blue book in flat design style

Day 20 - Online Shopping or E-commerce Website Design

I couldn’t decide if I should call this illustration online shopping or building an online shop website, so I gave it two titles 🤷 Same with the hand shared on day 14, this was my first serious attempt to draw characters in flat design. And of course, I wouldn’t be myself if I didn’t include plants in the background

Characters UI vector illustration of online shopping or e-commerce website design. Man with a shopping cart, woman pointing at products, a web store with plants in the background in flat design style

Day 21 - Daily positive-thoughts notebook

Remember the positive-thoughts binder-notebook from day 19? Here you can see it in more detail, together with glasses (illustrated based on my husband’s eyeglasses!)and some paper clips & hands (drawn based on a photo of my hands)

Flat lay, top view vector illustration of a desk: an open notebook & ballpoint pen with one hand on it and the other holding the page, paper clips, loose pages & eyeglasses in flat design style

Day 22 - Email signup form icon

An icon which I use on my site, to represent the email marketing integration with email list sign up form design

Vector illustration representing the email signup form with full name, email & subscribe button with a mouse click in flat design style

Day 23 - Website pages design icon

An icon illustrating the design of website pages. In my brand & web design package, there are five five website pages (e.g. Home, About, Contact, Blog, Portfolio) included. 

Vector illustration representing the website pages design in flat design style

Day 24 - Pens & Pencil

I love to draw my actual art supplies from the pencil pot on my desk

Vector illustration of three icons: a pen with a cap, pencil & ballpoint pen in flat design style

Day 25 - Pantone swatch/colour palette icon

Pantone swatch icon to represent a colour palette

Vector illustration representing a colour palette - Pantone swatch in flat design style

Day 26 - Tech gadgets

Different tech gadgets:

  • Smartphone
  • In-ear headphones
  • Tablet
  • Wireless mouse
  • Wireless keyboard
Vector illustration of white tech gadgets: tablet, smartphone, in-ear headphones, wireless mouse & wireless keyboard in flat design style

Day 27 - Living room scene with chest of drawers and plants

Living room scene showcasing a chest of drawers, mirror, rug, candles and plants

Vector scene illustration of a living room showcasing a chest of drawers, rug, candles, plants with a mirror in the background in flat design style

Day 28 - Photos

Inspired by holidays photos & my previous design challenge

Vector illustration of three polaroid photos: leaf, clouds & cactus in flat design style

Day 29 - MintSwift Blog icon

The icon for my blog about branding, design, tech tutorials, my portfolio (brand & web design case studies), WordPress + blog & business tips

Vector illustration icon representing MintSwift’s blog - a desktop computer with blog layout on it in flat design style

Day 30 - Typing on a keyboard with office supplies

A top view scene with hands typing on a wireless keyboard, together with a tablet, a mug with water, binder clips, sticky notes, pencil & eraser

Flat lay, top view vector illustration of hands typing on a wireless keyboard, together with a tablet, a mug with water, binder clips, sticky notes, pencil & eraser in flat design style

Day 31 - Brand & Web Designer + Illustrator - autoportrait

I wanted to wrap up the first month of my whole-year illustration challenge by showcasing the avatar of myself alongside some of the things that are on my designer’s mind all day long: client emails, colour palettes, Adobe Illustrator’s* pen tool, ideas, typography & logo design.

Avatar style autoportrait vector illustration of Adrianna of MintSwift. Designer thinking with envelope, Pantone Swatch, pen tool, typography, ideas, eyedropper & logo design in flat design style

One of my most important New Year’s resolutions for 2020 is to design every day, hence this challenge. Thanks for all your support it means so much to me! 

Top 12 vector illustrations about business & brand design packages from the first month of my one year of illustration challenge in flat design style

Which of January’s Illustration was your favourite? 😉

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366 Days of Illustration Challenge - January by MintSwift. The first month of illustration challenge, so day 1-31. Vector illustrations in flat design style

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