Design Details logo

Have a question?

We’d love to help. Head over to our repo and create an issue, and we’ll reply back when we discuss it on the show. DM us if you’d like to ask a question anonymously.

Follow along

We’ll be tweeting new episodes, polls, questions, and show updates. Follow us and say hi!

Listener supported

This show is possible because of the generosity of our listeners. If you’ve found our podcast useful or entertaining, please consider supporting us directly by becoming a patron.

417: The Side Project Prophecy

October 27, 2021

This week, we reflect on why it is that talking about building a side project can often reduce your motivation to actually finish the project. We dig into our latest side project progress and share tips for maintaining momentum. In The Sidebar, we recap Google’s Pixel 6 event and share our hot takes on the latest phones and software announcements.

Golden Ratio Supporters:

Play is the first native iOS design tool made for teams creating mobile products. Design, prototype, and collaborate, directly from your phone. With Play you can experience your design as you create it while taking full advantage of native iOS features not found in other design and prototyping tools. Full access invites available for the first 25 people here.

Plume empowers a billion smart devices in homes and small businesses through a suite of adaptive WiFi, AI security, and parental control. They're hiring product designers to build the future of smart home services. They're hiring product designers with 2-5 years of experience shipping products — learn more at designdetails.fm/plume. Oh, and they just raised a $270m series E, so now's the time!

Sympli builds design version control and developer handoff tools to help teams collaborate on screen designs. Check out their design-to-development plugins for all major design tools, including a version control app for Sketch, Sympli.io.

Latest VIP Patrons:

  • FoxFire720
  • Lukáš Ther
  • Bjarki Steinn Birgisson
  • Cho
  • Curtis Winiesdorffer
  • Antonio
  • Drian Hillman
  • Jenna Barth
  • Mason Hahn
  • Sam Stephenson
  • Trevor Harris
  • Annika Ganson
  • Yuan Zhuang
  • Brett Benson
  • Solveig Engevold Gaustad

The Sidebar:

The Sidebar is an exclusive weekly segment for our Patreon supporters. You can subscribe starting at $1 per month for access to bonus content going forward! Sign up at patreon.com/designdetails.

Follow up:

We’ve declared issue bankruptcy on our GitHub repository. If you have a question or topic you’d like to hear us talk about on the show, please open an issue!

Main Topic:

This week, we reflect on why it is that talking about building a side project can often reduce your motivation to actually finish the project. We dig into our latest side project progress and share tips for maintaining momentum.

Cool Things:

  • Brian shared Next.js, a React framework for building websites. This week they released version 12 and things are getting so so good. If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about React and build a new website in the process, take a look at their step-by-step guide.
  • Marshall shared Far Cry 6, the latest release in the Far Cry series where there is something new and interesting to discover every 30 seconds or less — guaranteed!

Design Details on the Web:

Byeee!

Design Details © 2015 - 2021

This site is open source