Never stop being side tracked
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“You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’

But I dream things that never were; and I say,

‘What the heck. Why not’?”

— George Bernard Shaw (and &yet).

Hello! This dispatch is reminding us to dream big and never stop being side tracked.

Playing is productive

Remember when you were a kid, and basically your job was to play? Legos and Saturday morning cartoons were serious business. *sigh* Those were the days. But who’s to say those days have to be over?

In this day and age, it’s easy to fall into the trap of feeling like you don’t have time to do all of your necessary, ‘grown-up’ tasks, much less have time to sit criss cross on the floor and just play.

Recently, several people on the team have shared some incredible projects that they did just for fun. Lynn built a fascinating site about airport codes, and in between working on design projects for &yet, Amy manifested the most incredible yeti icon series. A little while back Jaime spent his weekend learning how to sculpt 3D renderings in Blender. His first attempt was amazing.

I think what these folks seem to understand is that playing is productive. Approaching a task just for the fun of it can be an incredibly freeing exercise. It can unlock incredible creativity and ingenuity, which inevitably infuses your work with a freshness that can only come from removing all rules, having fun, and just playing.


Want to be Less Stressed And More Creative?

by Carolyn Gregoire

Carolyn's eye opening examination shares the value of creative side projects and how they can relieve stress, tap into a sense of play and even a new way of thinking.


Brains At Play

directed by John Poole

This NPR Ed series produced by John Poole, explores questions about the brain while at play and how it relates to learning. What if play could help with our interaction & communication with one another?


Making Time to Learn with Side Projects

from Treehouse

Dave Rupert's superb interview with our friends at Treehouse talks about the importance of setting aside time for side projects and being open to learning from it.


Over to you

Side projects from these folks in the &you community

  • Marcy Sutton created an awesome showcasing with accessible user interfaces & curration of your favorite website, application or UI pattern. 
  • Jaime and Fritzy are building a video game! In WFH Rat, your rat works inside your dock in the background, but may need occasional guidance and social interaction. 
  • Ollie Kavanagh is running an art directed site using web typography that brings Hip-Hop Quotes to life.

What We're Doing

  • If you missed it, we launched new design for our home on the web:!
  • Somethings are meant to strike again. Kind of like lightning bolts. Mark your calendars for Oct. 6th - 8th. Because why not?
  • Talky Kickstarter announcements are coming soon (like super soon).
  • Speaking of Talky, team Talky has recently improved a common audio quality issue, so if you haven't tried Talky Beta yet, now's the time.


Stop being side tracked and get back to work! No, but really what are some side projects you are working on?

Let us know and we'll share it in a future dispatch (just reply to this email). Tweet This