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An art and design lifestyle blog focused on productivity, design inspiration and the creative process.

How To Argue Yourself Happy


There’s something so simple about happiness that is always true but is hard to remember. We can hang motivational quotes and snippets around our house, on our desktop backgrounds, on sticky notes on the fridge, but ultimately there’s nothing more reassuring than reading or re-reading a longer passage in a book or elsewhere. Let me … Continue Reading →

What’s in my Pen Case: Favorite Pens and Markers


Okay. I’m going to Paris soon. And while I’ll already be in Paris when this post publishes, I am starting to mentally pack for my trip and I need to bring my Biggest Bang For My Buck pens so I can doodle to my heart’s content. So I wanted to share! To be honest, the … Continue Reading →

How do you follow blogs?


In a recent Twitter conversation and Facebook post, I got some feedback on how people follow blogs. The answers? Email, Feedly and Bloglovin. There are two scenarios here: You Read Blogs How do you follow your favorite blogs? You love to read blogs. You may reach for the RSS feed of every new blog you want … Continue Reading →

9 Crazy Cute Threadless T-Shirts

Yummy Bear Shirt by Jennifer Coyle - hellobrio.com

After feeling the sting of my second Cotton Bureau rejection, I’m feeling a bit raw. But what to do? Submit my design to more sites. More! After attending a really awesome Comic event last weekend, I’m ready to jump into Threadless per Terry Laban‘s recommendation. I submitted my first design (mockup below) and am waiting … Continue Reading →

How to customize your search form in WordPress

How to customize your search form in WordPress - tutorial on hellobrio.com

I’ll just go ahead and say it. The default search widget that WordPress provides is ugly. Sometimes, when you’re searching for blog designers or shopping for a custom blog theme, the difference between a good design and a great design is the styling of forms. The search form is a good indicator of the level … Continue Reading →

Inspiring Ampersands of the Internet


For this week’s design roundup, I am going back to designer-grass-roots. Designers are stereotypically obsessed with ampersands for a reason: their unique form and wide variety of shapes that they can take are inspiring. Ampersands are beautiful, feminine, masculine, edgy, sharp, soft, balanced; all of the above. They speak for the grace in typography and … Continue Reading →

How to add widgets between blog posts in WordPress

wordpress blog wireframe sketch in moleskine

In this post, I’ll show you how you can easily add custom content between your blog posts on your homepage or archive pages. It’s really fast, and in my experience the answer was hard to find. But first, a word about thinking critically about your blog design. Always be improving your blog Some bloggers, especially … Continue Reading →

Motivate yourself past resistance

The Desire Map by Danielle Laporte

Danielle LaPorte is a genius. I’m in the middle of reading The Desire Map, a book about mindful living and goal setting, which asks you to set goals based on how you want to feel, not based on what you want to have. What? I know. It sounds a little touchy-feely. I wanted to call … Continue Reading →

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