A collection of fun, flirty illustrated love notes for introverts. The project is inspired by the funny and romantic things introverts think of, but never say or the things that introverts would love to hear from someone who understands them.
A series of animated GIFS that turn period euphemisms into charming animations that aim to break down the stigma around menstruation.
Combining his passion for finely-crafted ornament and bespoke typography with his passion for travel, Nick created Fauxsaics, a series typographic mosaic illustrations.
"I really enjoyed Lauren's direct approach to the material, the fact that she told us exactly how she went about starting her project/finding an agent/etc without using vague language or hypotheticals like lots of other designers do.
The project launch was the most exciting moment. The response I got was so enthusiastic I was really blown away. It was also so exciting to see this project of mine being featured on so many blogs and accounts. The thought that somehow I stumbled onto an idea that resonated with people—despite being so chronically bereft of ideas—was really thrilling!"
- Nick Misani, Project: Fauxsaics
Pixel Passport is a collection of passport stamp designs for video games places, inspired by Japan's tradition of memorial stamps. Beside the original stamp designs, some talented guest designers have joined forces to create over 50 designs in over a year.
A series of hand lettered jigsaw puzzles inspired by the challenges I faced from my own quarter life crisis. Solving puzzles helps me get my mind off things in the most hectic times; once completed, you can frame these puzzles as posters!
I hope these puzzles will help you relax, unwind, and refocus to finally find your peace of mind.
Budget Bae is a lettering series focusing on financial advice for women. My aim is to urge women to take agency with their money, take control and plan for their futures.
"Through taking this course I’ve gained priceless relationships with incredible, talented people in the group, as well as self confidence in my skills and my passion project. Additionally, being able to talk about my passion project has given me opportunities to meet even more people outside of the Passion to Paid community. It all goes full circle!
Regardless of the skills or experience level you come into the course with, Passion to Paid will help you find a fun, unique, and meaningful passion project that you will pour your heart into. The resources and guidance Lauren provides weekly in this class are so valuable, I can't say enough great things about the course!"
- Chie Tamada, Project: Piece of Mind Puzzles
Postcards for Pessimists was created in order to share with the world the not so glamorous side to travel. The goal of Postcards for Pessimists is to bring a dose of reality to travel posts and to share these misadventures so that others won’t feel so alone in their travel fails.
Long-time friends Sarah Rushakoff and Elizabeth Berglund joined forces to illustrate the bodily dysfunctions associated with entering mid-life. The result is a travel-sized book you can share with your friends as you laugh at their pain.
The class made me realize I have a lot of untapped ideas I never knew I had! For some reason I thought I was only visually creative, but I discovered that I am also conceptually creative, which opens up a world of possibilities! It made me think of all the other myths I'm holding onto that are holding me back. I feel like I've gotten a big creative slap in the face, in a good way! You can quote me on that "Passion to Paid; a big fat creative slap in the face!” I now have a list of ideas that I just need the time to execute. I just launched my first passion project called idiYUMs and I’m very confident that it will lead to paid work.’
- Noah Camp, Project: IdiYUMS
After a year-and-a-half of designing “Rabbit Rabbit” reminders (an old British superstition that says, if “rabbit, rabbit” is the first thing you say on the first of the month, you’ll have good luck), it occurred to me that maybe there’s more I can do to actually, actively spread luck. Maybe the more good we all spread, the more luck there will naturally be—so I began the #MoreGoodMoreLuck movement by giving away random free coffees at a local coffee shop on the first of each month.
This is a collection of paintings that rose out of my journey through the grief that came from my daughter dying when I was 21 weeks pregnant. Each one is taken from scriptures that have helped and encouraged me, and my hope is that they help and encourage you, or your loved one, as well.
"I now have more confidence in what I do and the ability to get paid work. When I was noodling around on my own, the idea of how to attract clients and a following seemed very experimental and mysterious, but Lauren outlined actual strategies that are pretty easy to follow once you’ve made the content. I feel like I know a lot of people that make brilliant artwork but struggle with how to get it seen.
My one-on-one Skype sessions with Lauren were instrumental. Not only was she delightful to chat with, she had such a positive attitude & it was great to talk specifics about my project and business challenges. It’s always great to get another professional’s perspective on how you’re doing because it’s easy to get lost inside your own head."
- Annie Wong, Project: Ovary Actions
The only thing more fun and mesmerizing than scrolling through videos of calligraphy on Instagram is picking up a pen and doing it yourself. Handwriting not only sparks creative thinking and helps organize ideas, it has the same calming effect on the brain as meditation. What are you waiting for?
"Having the girls from 2 Dope Queens notice my work and commission a print was a major highlight (and Jessica Williams follows me now, which is totally a fan-girl's dream!). I may have let out a little scream at work when I got the notification. I was also reposted by the ladies from My Favorite Murder, which resulted in 300+ new followers over the course of two days.
Hands down the greatest take away from the course was helping me to define my personal style. The worksheets were absolutely invaluable, and working through them helped me to find my voice. I learned to fully embrace my inner weirdo, and as a result I'm finally producing work that feels like ME."
- Lucy Giller, Project: Two Turntables & a Podcast
"Passion to Paid is by far the best investment I’ve made for myself since leaving school. Lauren has put together a no-nonsense curriculum that shows people EXACTLY how she went from having a small project on the internet to being one of the most sought after designers out there. She shares everything from her brainstorming process to her social media strategy to the tools she uses. If you’re willing to put in the work, you’ll come out the other side a much better designer than you were going in."
- Mariana Martinez, Project: Mexican Moms Be Like
“To the fellow perfectionists and over-thinkers, I would say: The time is now! You don’t need to wait for the ‘right’ time and you definitely don’t need to be 100% ‘ready’. You can take this course right now and still gain huge amounts from it! I find throwing myself into things like P2P is always the best way to kickstart something I’ve always wanted to do. I didn’t launch my passion project during the actual program, and you don’t have to either—there’s no pressure!
Completing this course is a fantastic first step on your journey and the teachings/class support can be accessed from day one for as long as you’re keen to stick around and stay involved. If you’ve ever wanted guidance on idea generation, marketing, freelance business, pricing (and more), then this is for you!”
- Casey Schuurman, Project: Books I Wish Existed
A series of quotes related to a variety of popular social media platforms.
Everyday, the effect of global warming has become more and more apparent and it’s time we take it in our own hands to do something. This project is meant to be a place to learn and share tips on how to be more eco-friendly. It is a complicated and overwhelming thing to tackle but if each person makes small changes, we can influence the climate.