We got to stop doing this in our spare time
We got to get off from the computer more often in our spare time
I know the artist has commented below, but this is one of the reasons my hobbies are purely mechanical and analogue - when I was at Uni and in my first postings, I was young and full of piss and vinegar and would do creative projects all the time and be learning on the PC late into the night.
Then the years in the industry catch up, and you realise you're going soft. Now days I try to limit my "digital life" at home to listening to Spotify while I do other projects, as well as the occasional freelance job to earn some extra pocket money. But I think it's important for your mental health (and your physical health) to have a hobby which you look forward to at the end of the day which doesn't constrain yourself to a screen.
To those that do, however, get home after the 9-5 and continue to fight the good creative/digital fight.. I commend you. It's too much for me.
I know right! By the way, thanks for checking out this article. (I'm the Microsoft designer who built the Icon Library) It was a great opportunity for me to share my little side project to the world!
Haha nice, it seems you had a good time doing it. I was a bit grumpy when I read it and thought why the hell does a company of that size need somebody to do a project that big in their spare time. I take it back though.
No worries, and yeah I did this mostly for my own interest and learning. This project was actually done 2 years ago, and back then there wasn't a unified team building designer tools like icon libraries. Now we have an official internal icon library built by a dedicated tooling team, but many designers still prefer my tool because of some features that are not available in the official one (e.g. tagging, download svg, upload svg, double click to copy etc.)
Jesus lol - well, that's the corporate world for ya. They'll take your soul and leave you hanging on the high five.
Is figma better than Ligma?
Wait a sec... Microsoft's design language is called fabric? lol.
Our new design language is called Fluent, but when I built this 2 years ago the system we used was Fabric.