October 18, 2017

Pride, Work and Necessity of Side Projects: Designer and Hand Letterer Libbie Bischoff Educates People on Being More Eco-Friendly in order to Save The Fucking World

What are you working on—on the side?

My current side project is Save The Fucking World—an ongoing lettering project focused on global warming. It’s my way of sharing easy tips for people who are too overwhelmed by the thought of becoming more eco-friendly. I began with really simple advice and am gradually shifting to more complex life changes. It is easy to think that nothing the average person does will have an impact, but if even a few people use these tips, it will make a big difference. I have always been passionate about the environment and I am hoping my artwork can help with that.

How do you manage to work
on your side project(s)?

My secret is cliché—I make time! I make sure to set aside a couple nights a week to work on my side projects. Sometimes I need to trick myself into working by having the TV on in the background or listening to a podcast. This way, it feels less like work. Most of the time, I love what I’m working on, but there are definitely days when I want to lay down and do nothing. The best remedy is to give myself a little caffeine boost and get on with it. I know the longer I wait to do something, the more daunting it will seem.

Why have a side project?

The benefit of having a side project is that I get to be my own client. The projects I make for myself are the ones I love the most. It promotes the work that I want to do and attracts clients that want that type of work. It’s also a great fix for days or weeks when I don’t feel creatively fulfilled by my day job.

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Diptych courtesy of Libbie Bischoff.

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