Become a Better Designer with Side Projects

Febbffcb54abe1be1435720fc2268237?s=47 Tim Smith
April 06, 2013

Become a Better Designer with Side Projects

It's been my experience that side projects have the ability to elevate designer, developers and more to a different level. If you choose these wisely, they can sharpen existing skills and create new ones. This session will cover side projects that have helped me, why they've helped, and suggestions for what you could do.

You can see the video here: http://youtu.be/_VspTuwGtkk

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Tim Smith

April 06, 2013
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  1. Become a Better Designer with Side Projects

  2. Hi! I’m Tim Smith Designer, Talker & Coffee Addict timothybsmith.com

    · @ttimsmith
  3. I’m Director of Design We work with WordPress

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  7. One More…

  8. Just Kidding!

  9. I Have A Lot of Side Projects

  10. Each of Them Have a Purpose

  11. Today’s Agenda

  12. Today’s Agenda • Why did I start these side projects?

  13. Today’s Agenda • Why did I start these side projects?

    • How they’ve helped me develop skills
  14. Today’s Agenda • Why did I start these side projects?

    • How they’ve helped me develop skills • Why it’s important for you to have a side project
  15. Today’s Agenda • Why did I start these side projects?

    • How they’ve helped me develop skills • Why it’s important for you to have a side project • Trust falls
  16. The East Wing

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  18. My learning had gone stale

  19. My learning had gone stale work sucked

  20. My learning had gone stale work sucked job sucked

  21. The East Wing Saved Me

  22. Tim Likes to Teach

  23. Anyone Can Learn

  24. Sounded Like a Fun Idea

  25. $$$$$$$

  26. Lustra Magazine

  27. I Had Just Been Fired

  28. I’m a Proud Underdog

  29. What I’ve Learned

  30. Content with Lots of Personality 1

  31. I Stalk My Guests

  32. Not Like This

  33. Create Something You Can Be Proud of. The Audience Will

    Follow
  34. Use Time Wisely 2

  35. Time Management? Whaaaaaaaa??

  36. Don’t Waste Time Spend it on Things That are Worth

    It
  37. For Me

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  39. My family

  40. My family faith

  41. My family faith friends

  42. My family faith friends work

  43. Push the Limits of Your Knowledge 3

  44. Hi! I’m a Designer! I’m addicted to Photoshop, but I’m

    scared of code. —A Lot of Designers “
  45. You Cannot Reach Your Potential Without Knowledge of the Medium

    (aka The Browser)
  46. Decide In the Browser. —Chris Coyier “

  47. Everyone Has Their Limit

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  49. How Do I get on iTunes?

  50. How Do I get on iTunes? create an iTunes Feed?

  51. How Do I get on iTunes? create an iTunes Feed?

    create a member system?
  52. Re-learning Print Design

  53. Picas? Whaaa? Baseline Grids? Do I Need Baseline Grid?

  54. I Know Enough To Be Dangerous

  55. Why Have a Side Project?

  56. You’ll Be More Valuable to Companies

  57. You Can Help Other People

  58. Make Great Friends

  59. These Things Make You a Better Designer

  60. Thank You! timothybsmith.com · @ttimsmith