The Daily Create provides a space for regular practice of spontaneous creativity through challenges published every day. Each assignment should take no more than 15-20 minutes. There are no registrations, no prizes, just a community of people producing art daily. Developed as part of the ds106 open course on digital storytelling, TDC is open to anyone who wants a regular dose of creative exercises (and it more fun than jumping jacks, pushups, and P90X).


One random example of Daily Create Exercise created for TDC613

Here’s how to get started:

  1. Follow @ds106dc on Twitter or use the signup form to the right to get notifications via email. New assignments are posted each day at 5AM EST (we repeat the tweet 2 more times later in the day). The assignments will vary in mode– photography, drawing, audio, video and writing.
  2. Once you’ve completed your assignment, follow the directions to upload it to the appropriate service and tag it correctly (this is how we can aggregate your work here).
  3. That’s it! You may wish to tweet out a link to it to let your followers know what you’re up to but this is not a requirement.
  4. People are encouraged by feedback, so send some comment love to other people Daily Creating with you.

We encourage you to challenge yourself to create something new each day instead of using older photos or videos. But there are not rules- if you re-use media, think how you can make it new by re-editing them.

The assignments are designed to be quick to do and should not need any or much post-editing. Consider trying several different approaches to each assignments. Often your first instinct might not always be your best work. Experimentation is key, and as always, the one hard and fast rule is MAKE ART DAMMIT!

About ds106

DS106 began as a digital storytelling course offered for credit for students at the University of Mary Washington.

And ds106 is also open to anyone interested in making digital art along with us and is truly an online community of learners beyond UMW. We have an open collection of creativity assignments, a best of collection of participant works, even an internet radio station.

There is no cost and no obligation once you sign up. Learn more about ds106. it’s fascinating history, and how you can easily get started being part of the community.

Got Idea?

The Daily Create does not grow on trees, the challenges come from people like you... yes you. Send us a TDC idea and they will most likely appear here soon.

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Talking About TDCs

  • User AvatarSherie on Oct 28, 6:26 PM said "https://www.flickr.com/photos/res_pics/5121526555/in/photostream/" • on What is it?
  • User AvatarMara Fields on Oct 08, 2:38 PM said "I have never been so inspired, or horrified by the fluffy, fuzzy, demonic guinea pig as I am today. Though my picture refuses to load..." • on Evil guinea pigs
  • User AvatarPeter Newman on Oct 06, 4:09 PM said "Hi Mr Watson, I'd really like to be able to have a print / canvas of the Tyson Portait in my Kitchen if possible. Of..." • on Create a portrait of someone without showing their face.
  • User AvatarKailey on Oct 01, 11:56 PM said "My Vimeo version of this Create! https://vimeo.com/107780143" • on Water and glass moving around
  • User AvatarImran Ahmed on Sep 26, 9:01 PM said "My one isn't showing so here it is https://www.flickr.com/photos/127224661@N05/15178012247/" • on Y U NO DRAW JIM GROOM?
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Where is my stuff?

The sites we use provide \ information at different intervals. Content submitted to Soundcloud and Flickr can take up to an hour to show up on the site, sometimes more (and flickr tags can sometimes take a day to go public). YouTube is the worst with some videos taking 12-24 hours to show up. There's not much rhyme or reason to this and we're always exploring better ways to aggregate content but for now just make sure you're using the proper tag for the assignment and the submission is available to the public. See our FAQ for more information and to nag us if something is not working.