The meaning of my side projects is to do something made by hands. Side projects could be a long-term project or just small ones, could be the beginning of a small business, too . I feel it's important to do things like this, more if you are a Web designer. Spending a lot of time on the computer make my mind confused and this is my getaway.
Sometimes I do things like this lamp project, and other times I just take a sharpie and start drawing things and hang them around the house, I also post those drawings here: Sharpieland.com. A couple of years ago I made this product called Pronta, a handmade eco-friendly fabric necklace and now I am thinking in doing a project related to Instagram, and like that. Trying out things to take me away from my digital world.
So. Why do I think doing any kind of side project is important?
1. Any designer need a boost of creativity away from the internet. Think. Make. Test.
2. This could be your second income. How awesome is that?
3. You get to learn something beyond the Web design. Imagine this, you'll get to be good at something else!
I encourage you to to take your creativity to a whole new level by doing things with your hands (that aren't typing on a computer). Just try it. Believe it or not, I'm not a very patience person so painting wasn't my thing for the fact that you have to wait in between coats to let it dry. Oh! That was so painful. But the more you wait, the more excited you get to appreciate the final product.
My side project this time
This lamp is 35 years old, I bought it from my grandma. I wanted to have something from her in my new house and I am sharing with you what this side project was about. Do you have any side project to share?
Do you want to read more about the importance of side projects? Take a look at this awesome article from 2012 where Paul Boag talks about Work, Life and Side Projects.