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In the archives, you'll find over 100 articles, videos and resources to help you create and share exceptional work online. I hope it inspires you to go make something beautiful.

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Online marketing without social media

Is online marketing without social media an impossibility? In this post, I share alternate ways to promote your business while staying off the feeds. I can’t tell you how much I miss the early days of sharing content on the internet. A specific moment from 2011 has stayed with me, and it’s a perfect representation […]

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Are you a creative business owner who has been struggling with converting email subscribers to buyers and lifelong fans? In this blog post and video, Michelle shares an underutilized strategy that you can use to increase your odds of making a connection. If you have an online business, you’re probably getting really sick of hearing […]

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Trying something unfamiliar can be exciting, but often comes with a dose of fear, and can leave you feeling exhausted. This week I experienced a rollercoaster of all those emotions as I took on two new projects that were outside of my comfort zone: publishing my first vlog and preparing to launch a Facebook ad […]

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Is blogging actually worth it? Spoiler alert: YES. This article explores how to maximize the impact of your blog posts, reach a bigger audience, create opportunities, and put more money in your pocket. { Includes a FREE CHECKLIST to help improve the value of your posts! }

Is blogging actually worth it? Spoiler alert: yes. This article explores how to maximize the impact of your blog posts, reach a bigger audience, create opportunities, and put more money in your pocket.  I spent the early years of my business blogging without purpose. Like many newlywed gals, I thought Style Me Pretty was the […]

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Exploring the benefits of guest blogging, choosing the right type of site, methods for pitching your content, and maximizing your opportunity for exposure. // From MichelleHickey.Design

In this post, you’ll find guest blogging tips for creative brands: how it’ll help you grow, how to find opportunities, and advice for pitching your content. Guest blogging is one of those small actions that can potentially grow your business in a big way. It didn’t just bring more traffic to my blog but exposed […]

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Free Printable Planning Sheets for bloggers and small business owners! Two designs are included: one for keeping track of your brilliant ideas and the other to manage potential collaborations and sponsorships. Both will get you inspired to take action and grow your business and/or blog. Designs by MichelleHickey.Design.

Two planning printables for bloggers and small business owners to help you get organized while elevating your business: coming right up! Inspired by my word of the year Fellow bloggers and small business owners, I don’t know what happened to me at the start of this year, but I have got a fire lit under […]

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Are you a creative looking to share your work online? In this post, you’ll find ten steps that’ll aid you in starting a successful creative blog. Many of you have reached out to tell me that you have dreams of someday starting your own blog and/or creative business. I also have some dear friends and […]

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In this post, you’ll learn five ways to create pin-worthy graphics to help promote your blog, online shop, social media, and more. If you’ve been making your way through my design school series, I’m guessing you may be a blogger or online content creator. If you’ve got something great to share, you need artwork and […]

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Whether you need help developing your brand's aesthetic, or scroll-stopping visual content, I'm here to help you and your business stand out in the digital space.


A modern maker with a classic approach to design.

An elder millennial, I learned graphic design the old-fashioned way, but for the past fifteen years, I’ve practiced those principles in the digital space. The result: content that stands the test of time.

I work with clients to craft everything from the ground up, establishing a strong foundation and energizing your visuals with meaning. Impactful content goes beyond what we see. We’re here to make your audience feel.

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