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Graphic Designer Belinda Kou Works Practices Her Hand-Lettering Craft

Graphic Designer Belinda Kou Works Practices Her Hand-Lettering Craft

“I experiment with different styles, refine existing ones and connect with the greater lettering community.” Read more.

Po Campo bike bags Designer and Entrepreneur Maria Boustead’s videos on the Quest for Sustainability

Po Campo bike bags Designer and Entrepreneur Maria Boustead’s videos on the Quest for Sustainability

“I found the journey of realizing sustainable design to be really interesting.” Read more.

Illustrator Rukmini Poddar Draws from a Extended Range of Emotions

Illustrator Rukmini Poddar Draws from a Extended Range of Emotions

“Side projects have opened such a healing and empathetic space.” Read more.

Type Designer Dyana Weissman Advocates Experiencing the Outdoors

Type Designer Dyana Weissman Advocates Experiencing the Outdoors

“I co-lead hikes in a nearby state park, guiding new parents who carry their babies on a different trail. This gives them an opportunity to enjoy the benefits of being immersed in nature.” Read more.

Designer and Marketer Kimberly Gant Loves to Create with Others

Designer and Marketer Kimberly Gant Loves to Create with Others

“Side projects gave me the opportunity to explore new things.” Read more.

Writer, Director and Filmmaker Tara Cocco’s Comedy Chops

Writer, Director and Filmmaker Tara Cocco’s Comedy Chops

“Comedy is about understanding how your content resonates and connects with your audience.” Read more.

The 100 Black Females Project created and advanced by Shayla Hunter

The 100 Black Females Project created and advanced by Shayla Hunter

“A project about what it means to be a black female today.” Read more.

Professional Picture-Maker Liz Nugent Happily Goes Into The Wild

Professional Picture-Maker Liz Nugent Happily Goes Into The Wild

“I get a lot of inspiration from nature—then draw it!” Read more.

Product Designer Caylee Betts’ Entrepreneurial Outlets: Swipies, Meetup group Moonlighters and More

Product Designer Caylee Betts’ Entrepreneurial Outlets: Swipies, Meetup group Moonlighters and More

“If you’re interested in professional self-improvement, I highly recommend taking on a side project!” Read more.

Sacha Judd is Advancing Diversity and Inclusion in The Tech World

Sacha Judd is Advancing Diversity and Inclusion in The Tech World

“My side projects all revolve around the central question of how we can make the tech sector better.” Read more.

Designer and Illustrator Ngaio Parr Launched “Make Nice” to Elevate and Inspire Creative Women

Designer and Illustrator Ngaio Parr Launched “Make Nice” to Elevate and Inspire Creative Women

“I built Make Nice to make things easier and better for working in the creative industries.” Read more.

Designer Rebecca MacDonald’s Mentoring, Collaborating and More

Designer Rebecca MacDonald’s Mentoring, Collaborating and More

“It is really refreshing to take a break from my day-to-day design work and create something completely different and unique.” Read more.

Designer, Photographer Bekka Palmer Turns Threads into Textile Products

Designer, Photographer Bekka Palmer Turns Threads into Textile Products

“A side project is totally necessary for my creative-self.” Read more.

Hand Letterer Libbie Bischoff Nudges People to Save The Fucking World

Hand Letterer Libbie Bischoff Nudges People to Save The Fucking World

“I have always been passionate about the environment and I am hoping my artwork can help with that.” Read more.

User Experience Facilitator and Designer Kat Vellos Fosters Better Conversations

User Experience Facilitator and Designer Kat Vellos Fosters Better Conversations

“I created Better Than Small Talk as a way to inspire more open, authentic connections between people.” Read more.

Writer Keah Brown’s uplifting hashtag #DisabledAndCute on Twitter

Writer Keah Brown’s uplifting hashtag #DisabledAndCute on Twitter

“#DisabledAndCute is not about seeking validation from anyone but yourself.” Read more.

Designer and Educator Jamie Cavanaugh Activates Lifelong Learning for the Global Design Community

Designer and Educator Jamie Cavanaugh Activates Lifelong Learning for the Global Design Community

“In March 2017, I started my side project, Design Higher, a website focusing on lifelong learning for designers.” Read more.

Designers Rashi Birla and Nicklesh Soni share Their Wanderlust

Designers Rashi Birla and Nicklesh Soni share Their Wanderlust

“We use a combination of photos and words to share our discovery of the people, places and things along our travels.” Read more.

Exploring through Urban Journaling: Stationery Enthusiast April Wu

Exploring through Urban Journaling: Stationery Enthusiast April Wu

“I doodle, sketch, paint and utilize crafting materials to document adventures and explorations from my daily life.” Read more.

Product Designer Avalon Hu Reconnects with the Art of Illustration

Product Designer Avalon Hu Reconnects with the Art of Illustration

“I decided to set a goal to invest in my illustration skills and be more serious about it.” Read more.

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