Stupid Side Projects


Tobias van Schneider is an extremely talented designer currently working as the Product Design Lead at Spotify. He is extremely passionate about the culture of side projects, and his advice boils down to having a lot of fun to keep the magic alive. This article in First Round Review is a great read alltogether, and here are two of my favorite quotes from Tobias:

“The only way a side project will work is if people give themselves permission to think simple, to change their minds, to fail — basically, to not take them too seriously,” says van Schneider. “When you treat something like it’s stupid, you have fun with it, you don’t put too much structure around it. You can enjoy different types of success.”

“Side projects are great because you don’t need to know anything. You get to be a beginner because no one is watching you and there are no expectations,” he says. “If you don’t have an idea, don’t stress about it, just go do something else. It’s this attitude that it doesn’t matter that allows us to be inspired and to work on only the things we truly want to work on.”