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Become a Better Designer with Side Projects

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

Tim Smith

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

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

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

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  4. Just Kidding!

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  5. I Have A Lot
    of Side Projects

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  6. Each of Them
    Have a Purpose

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  7. Today’s Agenda

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

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

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  10. 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

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  11. 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

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  12. The East Wing

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  13. My learning had gone stale

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  14. My learning had gone stale
    work sucked

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  15. My learning had gone stale
    work sucked
    job sucked

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  16. The East Wing Saved Me

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  17. Tim Likes to Teach

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  18. Anyone Can Learn

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  19. Sounded Like a Fun Idea

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  20. Lustra Magazine

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  21. I Had Just Been
    Fired

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  22. I’m a Proud Underdog

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  23. What I’ve Learned

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  24. Content with
    Lots of Personality
    1

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  25. I Stalk My Guests

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  26. Not Like This

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  27. Create Something
    You Can Be Proud of.
    The Audience Will Follow

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  28. Use Time Wisely
    2

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  29. Time Management?
    Whaaaaaaaa??

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

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  31. My family
    faith

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  32. My family
    faith
    friends

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  33. My family
    faith
    friends
    work

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  34. Push the Limits
    of Your Knowledge
    3

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  35. Hi! I’m a Designer! I’m
    addicted to Photoshop,
    but I’m scared of code.
    —A Lot of Designers

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  36. You Cannot Reach
    Your Potential Without
    Knowledge of the Medium
    (aka The Browser)

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  37. Decide In the Browser.
    —Chris Coyier

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  38. Everyone Has Their Limit

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  39. How Do I get on iTunes?

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

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  41. How Do I get on iTunes?
    create an iTunes
    Feed?
    create a member
    system?

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  42. Re-learning Print Design

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

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  44. I Know Enough To Be
    Dangerous

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  45. Why
    Have a Side Project?

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  46. You’ll Be More
    Valuable to Companies

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  47. You Can Help Other People

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  48. Make Great Friends

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  49. These Things Make You a
    Better Designer

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  50. Thank You!
    timothybsmith.com · @ttimsmith

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