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Designer and Illustrator Ngaio Parr Launched “Make Nice” to Elevate and Inspire Creative Women

Designer and Illustrator Ngaio Parr Launched “Make Nice” to Elevate and Inspire Creative Women

“I built Make Nice to make things easier and better for working in the creative industries.” Read more.

Designer Rebecca MacDonald’s Mentoring, Collaborating and More

Designer Rebecca MacDonald’s Mentoring, Collaborating and More

“It is really refreshing to take a break from my day-to-day design work and create something completely different and unique.” Read more.

Designer, Photographer Bekka Palmer Turns Threads into Textile Products

Designer, Photographer Bekka Palmer Turns Threads into Textile Products

“A side project is totally necessary for my creative-self.” Read more.

Hand Letterer Libbie Bischoff Nudges People to Save The Fucking World

Hand Letterer Libbie Bischoff Nudges People to Save The Fucking World

“I have always been passionate about the environment and I am hoping my artwork can help with that.” Read more.

User Experience Facilitator and Designer Kat Vellos Fosters Better Conversations

User Experience Facilitator and Designer Kat Vellos Fosters Better Conversations

“I created Better Than Small Talk as a way to inspire more open, authentic connections between people.” Read more.

Writer Keah Brown’s uplifting hashtag #DisabledAndCute on Twitter

Writer Keah Brown’s uplifting hashtag #DisabledAndCute on Twitter

“#DisabledAndCute is not about seeking validation from anyone but yourself.” Read more.

Designer and Educator Jamie Cavanaugh Activates Lifelong Learning for the Global Design Community

Designer and Educator Jamie Cavanaugh Activates Lifelong Learning for the Global Design Community

“In March 2017, I started my side project, Design Higher, a website focusing on lifelong learning for designers.” Read more.

Designers Rashi Birla and Nicklesh Soni share Their Wanderlust

Designers Rashi Birla and Nicklesh Soni share Their Wanderlust

“We use a combination of photos and words to share our discovery of the people, places and things along our travels.” Read more.

Exploring through Urban Journaling: Stationery Enthusiast April Wu

Exploring through Urban Journaling: Stationery Enthusiast April Wu

“I doodle, sketch, paint and utilize crafting materials to document adventures and explorations from my daily life.” Read more.

Product Designer Avalon Hu Reconnects with the Art of Illustration

Product Designer Avalon Hu Reconnects with the Art of Illustration

“I decided to set a goal to invest in my illustration skills and be more serious about it.” Read more.

Organizational Designer Mollie West Duffy & Illustrator Liz Fosslien Declare Emotional Fluency

Organizational Designer Mollie West Duffy & Illustrator Liz Fosslien Declare Emotional Fluency

“Emotions can serve as valuable guideposts for decision-making.” Read more.

Designer and Writer Matthew Wyne’s Love Affair with Cocktails

Designer and Writer Matthew Wyne’s Love Affair with Cocktails

“I started Letters & Liquor, a blog that illustrates the history of lettering associated with cocktails.” Read more.

CEO Claire Lew’s Art of Painting

CEO Claire Lew’s Art of Painting

“I feel insanely lucky that my mother exposed me to creating things with my hands.” Read more.

For Illustrator and Designer Anna Raff, “Things Are Looking Grimm”

For Illustrator and Designer Anna Raff, “Things Are Looking Grimm”

“My most recent side project is a series of illustrations based on the fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm.” Read more.

Running and Drawing by Lori Richmond

Running and Drawing by Lori Richmond

“I draw something I see on my run, in the same amount of time as my run.” Read more.

User Experience Designer Kaitlyn Rich Nerds Out on Plants and Herbalism

User Experience Designer Kaitlyn Rich Nerds Out on Plants and Herbalism

“I’ve always been interested in plants, working and volunteering with various urban garden and farm programs.” Read more.

Freelance Writer & Editor Madeleine Dore Reveals “Extraordinary Routines” of the Creative Community

Freelance Writer & Editor Madeleine Dore Reveals “Extraordinary Routines” of the Creative Community

“In 2014, I started my online interview project ‘Extraordinary Routines’ as a way to uncover how creative people go about their days.” Read more.

Industrial Designer Carmen Liu’s Explorations to Create Immersive Experiences

Industrial Designer Carmen Liu’s Explorations to Create Immersive Experiences

“Always on the lookout for ways to create an immersive experience and change the perspectives of those who participate.” Read more.

Carissa and Paul Hempton’s Print Prologue collection of tools for the creative community

Carissa and Paul Hempton’s Print Prologue collection of tools for the creative community

“Informing, educating and celebrating the process of small-format print design and the details that make it special.” Read more.

Amy Papaelias Co-Founded Typographic Collaborative Alphabettes.org

Amy Papaelias Co-Founded Typographic Collaborative Alphabettes.org

“I help run Alphabettes.org, a network and blog that promotes the work of women in typeface design, typography and the lettering arts.” Read more.

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