2019 in Side Projects

Tiffany Tseng
Dec 24, 2019 · 4 min read

I really dislike side projects and one day will write a long blog post about why.

But I have what I’m calling a compulsive creator disorder where if I think of an idea, then I want to make it immediately, and if I don’t, then I get very antsy. And then I feel bad that I don’t finish most of them.

This is a compilation of side projects I worked on in 2019, some finished but most not.


  • I started reading a dictionary of Design Since 1900 and started collecting examples I liked into an are.na board [in progress]
Design since 1900 are.na board
  • I started illustrating some of my favorite spots in NYC to learn Procreate. [unfinished]
Morgenstern’s, Lennox Hospital, Grand Central Terminal


  • I illustrated some food jokes that I wanted to ultimately compile into a zine [in-progress indefinitely]
Otter Pop
  • illustrated minimalist versions of famous Japanese cats [finished]


  • I had an idea to do a collection of illustrations titled Shy Guy doing Shy Guy Things [unfinished]


  • css-animation-sandbox app for playing around with keyframe-based animations [finished]



  • collaborated with Melissa McEwen on a Glitch project viewer called GlitchDex [unfinished]


  • playing around with scroll-based animations using laxxx.js to create a seasonal-haiku app [finished]


  • Animation a day project — tried to create SVG-based animations on a regular basis [started but didn’t follow through on]
  • unfinished sprite animator app that uses css animation steps to cycle through a sprite sheet [abandoned]


  • playing around with easily remixable starter apps that use front-end-only APIs [finished]
  • makecode pixel art maker for generation pixel art you can add to makecode arcade [finished]
  • started working on getting a tamogachi on the m5stack [in progress]
  • played around with alternative avatar designs for Tasty Snacking [abandoned]
Alternative Tasty Snacking icon design


  • Attempt at Inktober
Fruits drawn in Fresco & Procreate
Lynda Barry drawing exercises
Illustrated avatar + cover image for Tasty Snacking
  • played around with sqlite to save color palettes. never finished app but used the code to build the updated hello-sqlite starter app on Glitch.
  • Based on the color-pal app above, wanted to save color palettes I liked. I started creating an are.na board for it, but lost interest.
Are.na board of color palettes [link]
  • a family-tree-generating app using dTree to map out characters in the book Homegoing [finished]


  • connecting to the m5stack with a simple web app [blog post] [finished]
  • consolidated US state-specific jingles into an app [finished]
  • made a map of my favorite places to get snacks in NYC [finished]
  • worked with my friends at Microblocks to get pixel art onto the M5Stack


  • created a Google Sheets-powered version of my year-end-list app called year-end-list-sheets [finished]
  • made a visualization of my favorite music from 2019 [finished]
  • ported over an old interactive greeting card I made [finished]

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