Ever heard of a “Cold Case”.
Detectives refer to a cold case as an old case which was left unsolved. The original investigation stops due to a lack of new evidence or leads and the case is neither open or close, it just goes cold.
Detectives however tend to look into cold cases at a later date. Sometimes cold cases are reopened as a pastime or just to hone skills. In any case it’s a productive way of staying active and results in doing some good not just for the detective but for the community, the victim and the police department.
Coincidentally designers do the same thing either as a past time or to hone their skills. It allows the creative professional to experiment and adapt by demonstrating their expertise or expanding them further.
In most cases, a cold case for a designer is a side project which leads to more work. It can be seen as training, marketing, experimenting, pro bono or just plain fun.
If a detective can benefit from it as well as a designer, the question is, can you?
What cold cases are you working on? And if not why not?