Do you have any side projects? How important do you think it is to have side projects?
Side projects give you the opportunity to explore avenues client work may not offer you, so if you’re keen to grow as a designer then it’s a great way to scratch any creative itches you may have.
Any week now I’m going to release my follow up font called “Museology”. It’s going to be a family of 4 weights with their respective italic partners, so 8 all up. Anyone that’s followed my work or have read other interviews from me will probably be yawning right now as it’s been an on going side project for the past 2 and a half years. There have been plenty of lulls along the way for various reasons but now I have decided to really pin my ears back and make a push for the finish line. I only need to create the italic lowercase letters of a couple of weights and then I’ll be close to releasing the family. The problem with taking a long time to fulfil side projects is you grow so much in that time as a designer. My knowledge of typeface design now is 10 fold of what it was back when I started this project, but Museology has its place and whilst it may not reflect where I’m at right now with typeface design, I’m still very proud of it and I can’t wait to tick this one off the type nerd bucket list. Creating a font family really is a mammoth undertaking. Creative itch? More like a full body creative rash.
I’m also in the process of putting together a storyboard for some video tutorials that will be going on Skillshare and my website.
I’ve also got bubbling around my brain the idea to do more illustrative/ artwork pieces. Something where I can bring together my love for typography and surfing.