When I found this project, I immediately knew I wanted to give it a go. My friends and I like to swap stickers and emojis in our group chat, and this gave me an opportunity to insert some personal quirks into our usual fare.
Research and Reference
Since I already knew I wanted to focus on my best friend's interests, jokes, and usual reaction images, I didn't spend any time brainstorming alternative subjects. I instead started on research to determine: 1) What stickers I really enjoyed, and 2) What made those stickers great.
I also found that colors were usually not too complex, bright, or overpowering, though to some degree that's my own personal preference.
Lastly: I know my friend uses Telegram to message some of his long-distance friends, and also that Telegram allows the upload and use of custom sticker packs. The goal of my project became to upload this sticker pack for his personal use. Going off of that, I knew I had to find some more references and find inspiration from that side of the web!
Stickers by NowandLater show off a great range of emotion and poses. The artwork is clean, the animals are cute, and the use of memes is a win for use among friends.
I started this phase of the project by creating a list (and digital folder) of emotions, terms, and reaction images regularly used by my friend in our group chat. Secondly, I referred to other sticker packs to create a list of emotions and ideas for inspiration. Using this second list, and the Easy Eight provided in class, I mapped out the emotions and ideas I wanted to convey in my custom pack with greater structure. At this point, I planned to split the pack between donkey stickers and rat stickers.
What I ended up with was a pack of 12 donkey stickers, plus one bonus rat sticker for now. Overall, I'm happy with this set as a first attempt. I proceeded to upload the pack to Telegram to surprise my friend!