Our Story

Hi! I’m Neema, and I am so glad you are here!

The Design Hippo is run by a two-person team – my husband Vijay and me. I am fascinated by design and color, and my husband loves all things that are DIY and techy.

I always enjoyed designing. Being self-taught and also being quite a bit of a self-doubter, I wasn’t sure if anyone would be interested in using my designs in their projects. But then, over time, we found fellow crafters and small business owners using our designs in creative ways and making the most amazing things. I finally found the courage to believe in myself a little more 🙂

We started The Design Hippo in 2018 by offering cut files to crafters. So you will find a lot of free SVG files in this blog that I hope will make their way to your crafting projects. I also love printables! So you will find a collection of cute, fun, and inspirational free printables here.

We have learned so much in the journey from quitting our jobs to owning a small business. We taught ourselves everything necessary to run The Design Hippo – designing files, finding the right fonts, identifying what sells, selling on different platforms, starting and running a blog, using Pinterest to drive traffic, and so much more.

Thank you so much for stopping by our little blog! Follow us on Pinterest to stay updated 🥰

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