About Becky

Hi! I'm Becky Murphy and I'm a freelance illustrator, graphic designer and writer living in Austin, Texas. 

I was born and raised in Iowa, where I got my start as an avid doodler, positive thinker and pun-maker. My favorite books as a kid were The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle and Amelia's Notebook by Marissa Moss. 

I kept up with the drawing and went to Iowa State where I studied graphic design. Upon graduation, I landed a job in Waco, Texas where they paid me to doodle monsters on band shirts. It was a good move. Soon after, I wrote and illustrated a book called I'd Rather Be Short. It's 100 reasons why it's awesome to be small. It was published by Plume Books (imprint of Penguin Random House) in late 2013 and is available where books are sold. Check it out here, here or here.

About Chipper Things

Chipper Things is an illustration and graphic design studio based out of Austin, Texas. Each project is as uniquely and thoughtfully crafted as the clients and ideas themselves. I see myself as an aid in a much bigger project—partnering with idea makers who truly make a difference. Chipper Things operates and collaborates with intention. I strive to be a creative and generous leader in my industry. Work finds its space around life, not the other way around. 


I'm available for freelance design, illustration and art direction. Shoot me an email at becky@chipperthings.com if you'd like to discuss work or tell a good joke. 


Jazzed about

Branding, book illustration, mural design, storefront windows, stationery, album art, home goods, pattern design and children's magazines.



Represented by Laurie Abkemeier of DeFiore and Company


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