Posted in Attitude

Good Feelings ’17


As 2017 gets closer (holy cow it’s tomorrow!) I’m having SUPER good feelings about it!  I’m feeling really good about the progress I made this year. Wow, what have I done?

The major milestones are: 

  • Solidified my identity as “Hello Holly Design”
  • Kept up with social media as such (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)
  • Joined and Uploaded designs on those make your own stuff sites (Society6, Design by Humans, Zazzle)
  • Joined UpWork and made a bit of money with clients (so far around $800)Developed a semi-consistent schedule of working from 8AM – 4PM and sometimes 7PM – 11PM
  • Made some really good contacts
  • Started posting here and on WordPress
  • Updated my portfolio often to where now it looks pretty dang good.
  • Developed a comic identity with me and my little spider friends

I’m feeling really confident about carrying over my progress into the new year.

In 2017 I’ll be focusing on: 

  • Developing a followingConnecting with other artists
  • Making a Video Blog
  • Bringing in at least $2,000/Mo on Upwork
  • Developing my skills as a Brand Identity Designer
  • Design different “Series” projects for the design it yourself sites (I’ve written down quite a few ideas, but haven’t gotten around to actually designing them)
  • Stay consistent with updates on Patreon, WordPress, and Twitter

Good things are in store for 2017! I feel like it’s going to be my “launch” year for me as a designer! Woot woot!

Posted in Attitude


The internet is sometimes a bad thing – it’s way too easy to see ALL the competition out there. 
When I was just starting out selling things online and trying to build a following – I saw how many people were out there already doing it, and have been doing it for years.
It’s like starting a race when there’s already a mass of people at the half way point.
But then I watched the Ted talk by Tim Urban. Tim was called to do a TED talk before everything was perfect. 
Maybe the trick is to be open to being successful before the success is actually seen. 
Maybe the trick is just to try, get better, and share along the way.
Posted in Design

My Favorite Font – Aquawax

I’d like to take a moment to show my appreciation for one of my favorite font families – Aquawax.


I first found this font on and later investigated where it came from. There’s obviously a lot of time and love put into this font, so I wanted to make sure I gave credit where credit is due – Thanks Zetafonts!

Check out the full fonty goodness here.

Or check out all their great stuff at