Andy Dwyer Quotes as Motivational Posters

A friend of mine sent me this list and it brought me such joy that I felt it deserved it’s very own blog post, not just another link on twitter. Brought to you by the awesome listmakers at Buzzfeed:

If Andy Dwyer Quotes were Motivational Posters.


It’s no secret that Parks and Recreation is one of my favorite shows ever. I actually couldn’t stand Andy when he was first introduced but after he became a main character, he became much of a lovable goofball and one of my favorite characters with some of the best lines. Here are just a few of my favorite quotes from Mr. Dwyer himself.






See more of Andy’s inspirational quotes over on Buzzfeed! (And thanks to Kendra, for sending it to me!)

iDream a Dream: Influence & Inspiration of Steve Jobs.

The Start of a Career

I keep putting off writing this post. I feel like if I actually put it down, then it’s real. Dumb, I know. Hundreds of thousands of people have already written it down. It happened. It’s over. Steve Jobs, iGenius himself, has left us.

So here’s my story. I was a freshman in high school and there was one iMac in the whole school, in the corner of my home away from home: the art room. It was a huge blue box-y thing and it kind of sucked to work with because the screen kept flickering in and out of different colors. But I was in love with it. Totally different from all the other computers at school. Sleek. Clean. I found it easier to use AND it had art software on it. This was also my introduction to Adobe but it’s not as important right now. What was important was that I had discovered a new way to create art that no one had ever showed me. On that Mac, I taught myself how to scan my artwork and draw and color and quickly took this new-found knowledge to the Photo room where I began teaching some of the other kids how to manipulate photos. I also teamed up with other geeks on learning video and movie software.

What I’m getting at is, I would not be where I am, a digital artist, a cartoonist, a web and graphic designer and social media strategist, if it hadn’t been for that Mac. I wasn’t completely in love with computers until that one. And that one changed my life. So I, much like many people I work with and many people sharing their own stories, have an entire career to thank Steve Jobs for. Oh and Pixar. Holy crap, Pixar. Thank you, Steve, for Macs, iPhones, pretty little gadgets, and some of the best movies in history.

I’m seriously thinking about getting an iDream tattoo somewhere. iDream of [Apple logo]. We’ll see. Thanks for everything, Mr. Jobs. RIP.

12 Illustrators to follow on Twitter

Who are your favorite illustrators? Are they on twitter? Well, I can’t tell you for sure if they are, but I can give you some names of other illustrators who grace the pages of Twitter with their wonderful artwork. Here are 12 of my favorite illustrators that you can add as well.

01. @annejulieart
Anne-Julie Art
Name: Anne-Julie Aubry
Website: Ma Petite Theiere

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The Beauty of Design


“Design in art, is a recognition of the relation between various things, various elements in the creative flux. You can’t invent a design. You recognize it, in the fourth dimension. That is, with your blood and your bones, as well as with your eyes.” -D. H. Lawrence

10 Illustrated Web Designs

If you couldn’t tell by my own design here on Snailbird, I love illustrated designs. I have quite a few illustrator/web designers in my favorites, so expect quite a few more of these lists at a later date – I don’t want to swamp you with all of them at once (far too many for that). Here is a list of my 10 favorite illustrated web designs that I’ve come across online.


The personal blog of Becca Lyn. You could call her a typical mommy blogger, but have you seen her designs? She’s anything about typical.

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DeviantArt Inspiration Part III

I missed last Thursday’s Deviantart Inspiration post because I was on the road, but I’m back with ten more of my favorite pieces of art and/or photography from the always wonderful DeviantArt. I can’t help it – I have a lot of images I want to share. Enjoy!

A Moment in Time by Kheleksul

A Moment in Time by Kheleksul

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Something To Remember.

Celestial by Andy Mumford

One summer night, out on a flat headland, all but surrounded by the waters of the bay, the horizons were remote and distant rims on the edge of space. Millions of stars blazed in darkness, and on the far shore a few lights burned in cottages. Otherwise there was no reminder of human life. My companion and I were alone with the stars: the misty river of the Milky Way flowing across the sky, the patterns of the constellations standing out bright and clear, a blazing planet low on the horizon. It occurred to me that if this were a sight that could be seen only once in a century, this little headland would be thronged with spectators. But it can be see many scores of nights in any year, and so the lights burned in the cottages and the inhabitants probably gave not a thought to the beauty overhead; and because they could see it almost any night, perhaps they never will. ~Rachel Carson

More Inspiring Deviantart Pictures

It is Thursday and I shall carry on the tradition of showcasing some of my favorite images from DeviantArt. As before, these are photographs and illustrations that I find inspiration in, be it the color scheme, the topic of the image, or just some small feeling I get inside from looking at it. I hope you like them as much as I do.

Drewdrop Fairy by Lillyxandra

Dewdrop Fairy by Lillyxandra

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Inspirational Art!

While Design Coyote sits on the backburner of things I need to do (the site, not the clients), it’s twitter page @designcoyote has been updated constantly and is growing at a rapid pace. I hope I can keep up with it.

The real meaning I meant to post though was to share with you some of my favorite photos and illustrations I have found on DeviantArt through the years. I love DA because it supplies me with an endless amount of inspiration at any given moment. Maybe you’ll find these as beautiful as I do.

Christmas Card by Maina

Christmas Card 2003 by Maina

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