“I have always loved reading and books. When I was younger, I would look at books and marvel at how a person could fill all of those pages with ideas and words all by themselves. Much to my delight, I later learned that I had a knack for writing, and that filling pages could be enjoyable – and sometimes even effortless.”
– Denise Jacobs


Denise’s most recent book is Banish Your Inner Critic (2016), the premier guide on the premier handbook on silencing fears and self-doubt to unleash creativity and help people do their best work. Her first book is The CSS Detective Guide (2010), the comprehensive guide to troubleshooting CSS code. Denise is also co-author to the Smashing Book #3: Redesign the Web (2012), and InterAct with Web Standards: A holistic approach to web design (2010). Additionally, Denise contributed to the book Designing Together (2013) by Dan Brown.

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Denise has contributed articles on creativity to influential web design industry publications. She has written for A List Apart, NetMagazine, Smashing Magazine, Web Standards Sherpa, Sitepoint, and the Miami Herald’s op-ed section. Her most appreciated articles encourage people to overcome procrastination and overwhelm, silence their inner critic, reignite their creative spark, or get in touch with some of the surprising ways they can enhance creative productivity.

The Writer’s Experience

Here are some posts that Denise have written on her experience being a writer:

  • Lessons Learned While Writing Banish Your Inner Critic

    May 6, 2017

    I learned that I shouldn’t try to force the book’s content, my ideas, or my writing into a mold – that I should only do that which is authentic to myself.

    So much has changed in the last 8 years since I wrote my first book The CSS Detective Guide, but some things haven’t. As to ...

  • Banish Your Inner Critic Book Excerpt: “Readjust to Trust”

    May 5, 2017

    “Can you remember who you were before the world told you who you should be?”
    — Danielle LaPorte, author, speaker, entrepreneur, and blogger

    Have you encountered a four-year-old lately? At this age, many children are very much themselves. They are clear about their likes, dislikes, and wants. They are wonderfully opinionated and sassy. They are in ...

  • Why I Wrote Banish Your Inner Critic

    April 13, 2017

    Back when I was writing my first book The CSS Detective Guide in 2009, I battled self doubt almost every day. But when I was done writing and designing the book’s website, I reached one of the deepest, most blissful states of creative flow that I have ever been in. Afterwards, I understood why. During ...

  • Critical Tools for Sustained Success: Creativity and Innovation

    November 12, 2014 Creativity & Innovation: Tools for Sustained Success

    The landscape of business has changed dramatically over the past several years. For decades, the focus has been on cost control and technology, whereas the current business climate has prompted a paradigm shift. Success for companies in the 21st century is now dependent upon creativity and innovation, both hailed as the most important contributors to ...

  • Four practices you never thought could make you more productive

    September 12, 2012

    If asked if they wanted to be more productive during their day, most people would respond with an emphatic “yes!”. But what we usually do to create and produce more is to “push through it”, “suck it up”, and have a “no pain, no gain” type of attitude.

    What if some of the answers to being ...

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