About Chipper Things

Chipper Things is a custom illustration and graphic design studio. 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. 

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.

Let's stay in touch! You can find me on TwitterInstagram or Dribbble.

Be sure to check out my shop. I sell prints like, "Should I wash my hair today?" flowcharts and words of affirmation muscle men. Stationery coming soon.


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...

Book and editorial illustration, branding small businesses, mural design, storefront window illustration, stationery and copywriting, album art, home goods, fabric and pattern design, children's magazines and apparel design.



Represented by Laurie Abkemeier of DeFiore and Company


Press + features

Parade, Refinery 29, Man Repeller, KWTX, Cedar Rapids Gazette, Camille Styles



Austin American StatesmanThe Well Studio, Yellow Conference, Creative Lady


Stay in touch

Follow on TwitterInstagram or Dribbble