Why side projects are essential for creatives

Gavin Strange
Gavin Strange (Image credit: Jamfactory)

There comes a point in most designers' careers when the question of how to balance passion projects and client work becomes pertinent. While the former can provide invaluable creative fulfilment and inspiration, it's often the latter that pays the bills. But as much as possible, designers and artists should try to keep their personal projects alive.

In an inspiring talk at this year's OFFF Festival in Barcelona, Bristol-based designer and director Gavin Strange stressed the importance of creative side projects, and making work for yourself. (Inspired to get creating? Check out the best laptops for graphic design.)

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Daniel John
Senior News Editor

Daniel John is Senior News Editor at Creative Bloq. He reports on the worlds of art, design, branding and lifestyle tech (which often translates to tech made by Apple). He joined in 2020 after working in copywriting and digital marketing with brands including ITV, NBC, Channel 4 and more.