This morning I read an excellent piece on the importance of personal projects on my friends blog, Rookie Designer. (Jake Van Ness & Kitty Florido, both some of the best graphic designers I know and some VERY motivated sorts)
He explained how having personal pet projects to do is important as a designer; I think, as any sort of artist too. It keeps your skills sharp, for one.
But for me, I think it’s more than that – it’s more motivating, because it’s more fun than working for another person. I’m personally a loner type, I do enjoy working with some people, but in the end, I prefer to be the boss! I’m not actually a bossy type, i’m not even that sociable. I just like being able to lead where the project is going, and be proud of the outcome.
On that note, here are my own reasons for doing pet projects:
– Fun. Girls just wanna have f-uuun.
– To learn new techniques and skills. I may sound like I know what I’m talking about but sometimes I’m as new to it as you!
– Leadership/management skills. You may not always be working by yourself. I may be the ‘frontwoman’ for Strangekitty.ca but theweejenny works hard behind the scenes to make sure I don’t break anything! She’s also taught me so much that I wouldn’t have the patience to learn all by myself. You can learn a lot from others. And i’m learning how to manage people, inventory, etc. Time, too.
– Networking. Try new things, and you’ll eventually meet new people, even if it’s just online. I’ve made connections I would have never seen if i only stuck to photography.
Strangekitty is huge project for me, and the fashion design is my pet project. I’m one of those girls that was making paper dolls constantly, and I would sew outfits for my Barbies, even though I really didn’t like Barbie that much. She did make a useful mannequin though!
I’ve been wanting to do blogging on all the stuff that interests me and I love learning new things, and when I do, I want to share it with y’all!
Anyway, that’s my two cents on the subject. Do you have a pet project? Even a small one. I wanna know! You can inspire others just by sharing.
Also, check out Jake and & Kitty’s other projects, they’re very busy.
The Foodies Kitchen (Watch out, droolworthy recipes ahead)
Asterico*, SA (her graphic design & food photography)
Rookie Photog (Photography blog/podcast)
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