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No More Side Projects

Generally speaking, side projects are great things. They offer us opportunities to create something new. Sometimes these are merely hobbies and sometimes these are projects we’d like to pursue as a potential career. They all have to start somewhere, right?

Over the past five years or so, I’ve been involved in quite a few side projects, but the only two of great significance are Minimalissimo and Minimalism Life. These are projects that are challenging both from a creative perspective as well as a sustainability one. Towards the end of 2018 however, I came to the realisation that I was too distracted and spreading myself too thin with my day job as a web & UX designer, managing the aforementioned side projects, as well as working on a couple of other smaller scale projects. I told myself that if I am going to make these two projects true successes, I need to ensure I can dedicate enough time to them—giving them as much focus as I can in order to make them thrive. That means turning down anything new. For now.

New projects excite me though, so it’s not always easy saying “no” to opportunities, but if minimalism has taught me anything, it is to say “no” to many things, so I can say “yes” to the right things.

2019 is going to be a year of less distraction, more discipline, and more focus. Less, but better and with purpose.

Carl MH Barenbrug

Creative Director



Minimalism Life




I'm Carl MH Barenbrug, a multidisciplinary maker and creative director currently living in Edinburgh. I run a small independent magazine called Minimalissimo, which is dedicated to minimalism in design—a passion of mine that extends to a lifestyle. I strongly believe that better design is simpler design. From the approach, to the function, to the aesthetic.

I also run a couple of other collaborative side projects called Minimalism Life and Mnmllist, and I'm always open to work on something new.

If you’d like to hire me as a consultant for a particular project or to collaborate on a product design, please get in touch. Services include Creative Direction and Web & UX Design.