How to Silence the Haters | Grace Bonney of Design Sponge on Inside Quest
Don’t ever tell Grace Bonney she can’t do something. This once struggling art student has made a career of proving doubters wrong. Hear how she built the design empire and loyal online community Design*Sponge on this episode of Inside Quest with Tom Bilyeu.
Grace Bonney is an author, design critic, and owner of Design*Sponge, one of the premiere online destinations for design content. Founded in 2004, Design*Sponge has grown to a vibrant and thriving community that reaches over 1.5 million people per day and was called the ‘Martha Stewart Living for millennials’ by the New York Times.
Getting an early start in blogging, Grace has woven herself into the very fabric of the design and DIY communities through her prolific writing. She’s also been a contributing editor or freelancer for a litany of some of the most recognizable names in the industry, including House & Garden, InStyle, and New York Magazine. She’s written several books, including her most recent “In the Company of Women, Inspiration and Advice from over 100 Makers, Artists, and Entrepreneurs.”
Grace’s writing is characterized by her willingness to go beyond the surface aesthetic to find the deeper meaning in human connection behind the design. This remarkably personal approach has made her unbelievably successful. With a relatively small team, she’s having a massive impact on the world of design. And she’s doing it by focusing on spreading her company’s values as well as simply making the world a more beautiful place. Constantly learning and reinventing herself, her broad experience gives her collective works a unique vitality. In short, Grace is a force of nature who is fearlessly herself.
In this episode:
-Grace talks about her Type 1 Diabetes diagnosis
-Power of Positivity
-What Grace learned from a Professor’s criticism
-Grace talks representation in her book
Discussed in this interview:
1. In the Company of Women: Inspiration and Advice from over 100 Makers, Artists, and Entrepreneurs by Grace Bonney: http://quest.to/inthecompany
2. Design Sponge: http://quest.to/designsponge
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