About Becky

Hi! I'm Becky (formerly Murphy) Simpson and I'm an illustrator and author 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 where they paid me to doodle monsters on band shirts.  Soon after, I wrote and illustrated my first 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. I'm currently working on my second book, The Roommate Book (Andrews McMeel, Spring 2016).

This year I'm a creative resident for Adobe. During this residency, I'm focusing on the creative process of designing a sustainable illustration business. I'm excited to fuse my passions: connections, process and play and hopefully help others along a similar journey. You can follow the process on Instagram, BehanceTwitter and my blog.


I'm not currently taking on new projects, but I have talented friends. I'm happy to send referrals if you're in need of a designer or illustrator. 


Interested in

Among many other things, speaking to elementary-high school classrooms to encourage kids in their creative pursuits. If you have any leads in Austin, please let me know! 


Literary representation

Laurie Abkemeier of DeFiore and Company


Stay in touch

Follow on Instagram, Twitter,  Behance and



All The Things | Companion, Austin, TX (December 2015)


Press & Features

Design Milk, ParadeRefinery 29Lifehacker, 99U, The Five on Fox NewsAdobe Create (Book Process), Adobe Create (Lessons Learned from 100 Day Project), BuzzfeedMan RepellerHouston Chronicle, QuartzKWTXCedar Rapids GazetteWaco TribCamille StylesThe TangentialJessica and KrystalThe Girls with GlassesAnthologyB is for BonnieAdobe Creative Cloud (Speaking at MAX)


The Great Discontent, How Design, Hello Giggles, Digital ArtsAdobe Creative Cloud, We are all Artists (Adobe Create), How to Get a Book Deal (Adobe Create), The ExaminerThe Lively Show, The Glitter Guide, 5 Questions for 100 Designers, Austin American StatesmanThe Well Studio, Yellow Conference Creative Lady, Readerly, Wacotown, Adobe Create (Back to School Advice)



Circles Conference | September 2016, Grapevine, TX

Create Upstate | May 2016, Syracuse, NY

SXSW | March 2016, Austin, TX

Web Afternoon | February 2016, Atlanta, GA

AIGA Under the Radar | December 2015, Austin, TX

Mama's Sauce | December 2015, Orlando, FL

Method & Madness | October 2015, Phoenix, AZ

Adobe MAX | October 2015, Los Angeles, CA

Yellow Conference | August 2015, Los Angeles, CA

Adobe Working Late | July 2015, San Francisco, CA

GIANT Conference | June 2015, Charleston, SC 

Adobe Creative Jam | May 2015, Austin, TX (recap here)

TxSC | March 2015, Camp Texlake, TX

Circles Conference | September 2015, Grapevine, TX

Circles Conference | September 2014, Grapevine, TX

Consider Lily | June 2014, Ames, IA

TxSC | September 2013, Austin, TX