Dear 43 Things Users,

10 years after introducing 43 Things to the world, we have decided we have met our last goal: completing the incredible experience that has been 43 Things. Please join us in giving one last cheer to all the folks who have shared their goals with the world, as well as all the people who have worked at The Robot Co-op to build this incredible website. We won a Webby Award, published a book, and brought happiness to a lot of people.

Starting today, 43 Things users can export their goals and entries from the site. Starting August 15, we will make the site “read only”. 43 Things users will still be able to view the site and export their content, but we won’t be taking any new content from users. We hope to leave the site up for folks to see and download their content until the end of the year. Ending on New Year’s Eve takes us full circle.

It has been a long ride (one of our original goals was to "build a company that lasts at least 2 years” - we beat that one!) While we wish the site could live on, it has suffered from a number of challenges - changes in how people use the site, the advertising industry, and how search engines view the site. We wish the outcome was different – but we’ve always been realistic about when our goals are met and when they aren't.

As of today, you will be able to download your goals and entries. See more about that on the FAQ page. Thanks for 10 great years of goal-setting and achieving.

- The Robots.

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AmelicaNew brochure

I have just finished creating the layout for a brochure for a personal project. I was surprised with how good to the eyes it was! What made it different from my previous crappy works was the use of good color combination. I used to select colors almost at random, mixing and matching until I found one that is quite satisfactory—or until my eyes get tired from frustration – but they never turned out to be “wow, that’s a really attractive design!”

What I didn’t know back then was that there was such a thing as color theory. Colors don’t have to be matched by trial and error. If you’re like me, and you don’t have a natural flair for colors, you can rely on that theory. No, I didn’t study the theory, and I still don’t have a grasp of its basics (nor do I intend to acquire such). However, given that there’s a color theory, someone out there must have already developed a tool using this theory. And, for this brochure, I used such a tool. It’s called “Color Scheme Designer 3.” That tool helped me transform my brochure from a boring gray into a luscious piece of eye candy. 7 months ago


Complete the freelance project I’ve been hired for, creating a simple, effective logo for a private company.

Despite being an art major, I know next to nothing about design programs and am teaching myself along the way. 13 months ago

fierceunicornHope to Make it a Career

being a Graphic Designer sounds so much fun and is my dream job! 4 years ago

monica_24Hey all

Just wanted to drop in some advice if anyone wants it. If you want to learn design, I see it as two different pieces:

1. Design concepts
2. Mechanics

With design concepts, I’d start with color theory. Everything kind of unlocks from there. Study design principals, architecture, and the golden ratio and you’ll be good to go. Also, fashion magazines and websites like provide good inspiration.

With mechanics, that’s all about getting your software and actually putting stuff together. You’ll need GIMP (free) or better yet, the Photoshop/Illustrator combo. All the best designers are pros at Illustrator and everyone who designs uses either photoshop or GIMP.

good luck! 4 years ago

012781learn graphic design

i wanna learn graphic designing 5 years ago

rolanygrafic design

i wanna learn more about grafic design 5 years ago


Just graduated a graphic design program actually. Not so hot with brochures and logos all the time…but 3-D and Photoshop are awesome…once you know what you’re doing you can do pretty much anything with these things! 6 years ago


re downloaded adobe cs.. my friend is gonna teach me so that i can rock as much as she does!! best thing is were doing it over voice chat so we are both on our own systems :) 6 years ago

JoannaLOVE IT!

This year I joined the Yearbook staff at my school. I was on staff for design. So much thought goes into each spread. It is such a problem solving job. Seriously, you must do it! Now, it does take a while to learn the software. We use InDesign and Photoshop. We work on PC’s and Mac’s. Personally, I prefer Mac’s, but some people prefer otherwise. This year, we used a variety of brushes, and our theme called for about 1 pika between each picture , all that were clumped together. We decided that this year, our book would be clean. Meaning = lots of white space and “Breathing room.” It gets the concept through to the viewer much nicer. REMEMBER people…Less is more when it comes to Graphic Design. 6 years ago


i have finally done a basic course in graphic designing and its so easy. now i can do so many things on my own instead of relying on other people.. 6 years ago

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