“Don’t worry, be happy,” tells us Bobby McFerrin; “Every little thing is gonna be alright,” adds Bob Marley; “Just say no to pants,” says Becky Simpson. The illustrator and designer’s delightful illustrations and flowcharts push forward the kind of mantras we need in our life.
“I’ve always been the art kid,” Simpson told Freelance Wisdom. “I’m from a small town and was pretty coddled as THE artist. Some of my earliest memories have to do with being affirmed in my creativity. I’ve always known I was going to have some sort of artsy career. I studied graphic design to be ‘practical’ but eventually inserted my doodles into projects whenever I could.”
“It’s just what I enjoyed doing. After doing a lot of that and developing a style (which I never sought out to do, just happened by way of drawing a lot), I became equal parts graphic designer and illustrator. Then I wrote my first book (I’d Rather Be Short) while I was at my first job and that launched me into my freelance career.”
Now, her brand Chipper Things sells her printed illustrations that aim to make you a little less grumpy. Every piece in the shop is illustrated by Simpson in her studio in Nashville, Tennessee. But you can also follow her motivational artwork on her Instagram page.