9 Graphic Designers and Design Companies to Follow for Inspiration
Creative work can be pretty hard sometimes, and often the hardest part about it is finding inspiration for the things you’re working on. Creative types—like artists, writers, and musicians— are constantly chasing the muse, and graphic designers are no different. That’s why having intellectual “watering holes” where you can go and gather ideas is so critical. It provides your right brain with the resources it needs to craft masterpieces.
We’ve put together this list of nine inspirational designers and graphic design companies to follow; if you fill your social media feeds with input from these creative geniuses, you’ll never have to worry about running out of ideas again.
We start with Mike Dew if no other reason than he has so many fans. He’s among the most popular pinners with 3.5 million followers. His pins take a contemporary angle to design, with boards like “badgography” and “stuffology.” He does have more typical design-related pins for those looking for that, as well.
A major creative agency with offices on four continents, Huge is, well, kind of a big deal. They do more than graphic design, like content and UX, but their Instagram is chock full of carefully selected items, including clever photography, inspirational graphic design, and candid photos of shenanigans in the office. If you want to see how they do it in the big leagues, it’s definitely worth a look.
An art director and graphic designer based out of New York, Leta’s design efforts are quirky, clever, and media-spanning. Much of the Instagram feed is filled with photography, but that photography incorporates classic design elements, with a helping of oddball perspective. It’s entertaining if nothing else, that much is certain.
A talented graphic designer and developer in his own right, Daniel Nelson is the founder of From Up North, which is something else you should be following. His Pinterest is filled with pins that range from basic graphic design, to street art, to even ”80s design. It’s got a healthy variety, so there’s sure to be something that knocks an idea loose.
Mother London is the world’s leading independent creative agency network, and for good reason: they’re very good at what they do. To showcase the talent they have in the agency, each week they hand over the Instagram to a different creative professional, giving them a chance to display their own interests, style, and talent. If you’re looking for a variety of perspectives, Mother London’s Instagram feed is it.
Seb Lester is the king of typography. His videos prove his machine-like capacity to create type and logos, replicating or even improving on designs currently in use by popular brands. The British designer and artist strives to post something new for his million-strong Instagram fans daily, so check back regularly or you’ll miss out on his content.
Tad Carpenter—partner at Carpenter Collective and designer/illustrator extraordinaire—curates an insanely wide spectrum of design topics on his Pinterest boards. His unique taste and perspective have helped him accumulate over 80,000 followers, so it’s worth a gander for sure.
Wolff Olins is way more than just a bunch of creatives doing design. Their incredibly capable global team includes technologists, strategists, and educators. Their Instagram, though, is run by the designers, who showcase their dedicated enthusiasm and quality of work in their feed.
Kelli Anderson is another cross-media master. Her feed features everything from layered websites to interactive paper, though graphic designers will find much to appreciate in all of her posts. Give her creative escapades a look; you’ll be glad you did.
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