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On the importance of side projects

  • Feb 18, 2013 · 6:30 PM
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Adam Howell, design lead at Skookum, will be joining us this month.

"Over my 10+ year design career I have almost always had a side project going on in addition to my dayjob.

When I don't, I'm miserable, but when I do, I'm not only happier professionally, I'm able to try new tools and approaches to problems, flex my creativity through total control of a product or project, and work with friends and colleagues in ways I wouldn't have been able to otherwise.

And while my side projects have varied a lot in size and success, the things they've taught me and the attention they've brought me has opened up doors that wouldn't have otherwise been opened.

In this talk I'll go through which of my past side projects succeeded and which didn't and why, talk about what I've learned after all these years of staying up late and waking up early to work on personal projects, and I'll end with some tips on how I've continued to find the time and energy for side projects even with a growing family and more responsibilities in my dayjob."

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  • Scott L.

    I was expecting the topic to be about side projects done for compensation but I really liked that was not the topic and that he covered examples of how others found inspiration to start side projects.

    1 · February 19, 2013

  • Charity H.

    Very inspring! Gave me a lot to think about!

    1 · February 18, 2013

  • Brad E.

    Impressive learning more about Adam tonight. Great talk.

    February 18, 2013

  • aaron

    Great talk Adam

    February 18, 2013

  • Michael B.

    I like the topic, but unfortunately cannot make it today.

    February 18, 2013

  • Rachel H.

    I will be attending this meeting with a fellow Technical Recruiter.

    February 13, 2013

  • Rethesh G.

    Hope to attend

    February 12, 2013

  • Glenn G.

    hoping to make it.

    February 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I hope to be there.

    January 17, 2013

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