Side projects are often prescribed to emerging designers as something to help them stand out, land a job or satisfy unfulfilled creative energy. But in addition to simply performing well at work, can an overwhelming pressure to have a side project jeopardise a healthy lifestyle? Based in Brooklyn, New York, Carly Ayres was inspired to speak up. As co-founder and partner at interactive design studio, HAWRAF, she took to Twitter to voice her concern, and debunk the idea that more side projects are the key to creative fulfilment. The tweet quickly caught fire online, eliciting responses and reactions from the creative community on the pros and cons of side projects. We asked Carly to expand on her thoughts as she considers the downsides of a pro-side-project culture.