35 inspiring designers to follow on Instagram

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Will Fanguy
  •  Dec 14, 2017
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With new social platforms for creatives popping up every day, sometimes it’s hard to keep track of who to follow. We asked our team and some of our closest friends where they go on Instagram to find inspiration (or to be wowed!). Check out this list of some of our favorite designers on Instagram.

Joel Beukelman


“Joel is a talented designer (previously Google and Netflix) who does a fantastic job of documenting his experiences as a designer, along with his journey as a father and husband. Super inspiring to watch!”
–Taylor Toohey, Enterprise Customer Success Manager at InVision

Dina Rodriguez

Dina Rodriguez is one of the most talented lettering designers on Instagram. Everything she creates has a sense of whimsy and fun.

Rocky Roark

“I love how Rocky posts photos of his work in progress, not just the final outcome. It’s really cool to see his process.”
–Kristin Hillery, Content Specialist at InVision

Jessica Walsh

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Happy Friday from @ladieswinedesign ❤️❤️❤️

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Jessica Walsh is an art director and designer based in NYC. Her posts have pops of color, creativity, and originality in spades.

Burnt Toast Creative

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for Kijiji

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“This is the awesome page of illustrator Scott Martin. He creates stunning, smart illustrations with a unique style. I appreciate how he uses bright colors and rounded shapes (the most round I’ve ever seen) to recreate bulky, everyday objects that fall somewhere between reality and satire.”
–Gal Shir, Product Design Lead at Lemonade

Helen Tran

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You can tell a lot about someone by what they take pictures of. Have you ever sat with someone's feed and really thought about it? . Sometimes I spend an embarrassingly long amount of time sitting with someone's feed… not any particular photo but looking at their cumulative feed. What are they taking pictures of? What angles are they using? How do they use colour? . Photography is a form of self-expression and documentation and everyone falls along that spectrum somewhere on Instagram. Mix that in with our need to present the best and what you get is an accidental and intimate view into someone's mind… and their perception of themselves. . Unless… it's just a picture of a waterfall. In which case, you can't learn shit. 😜

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Helen Tran is a digital product designer most recently at Shopify. Her Instagram feed is a combination of design inspiration and photos of her travels throughout Canada and the rest of the world.

The Design Kids

“The Design Kids account is all about spotlighting emerging designers. For someone in the industry, it’s great to see the work of up and coming artists, and I often find new favorites to follow as a result. Also, there’s always a chance that Shillington’s own might be featured on the profile. I love seeing and supporting our talented students and graduates.”
–Anthony Wood, Global Managing Director of Shillington Education

Meg Robichaud

Meg Robichaud is an independent illustrator and designer who specializes in illustration work and icon design. Her feed showcases her illustrations, which are beautifully simple and inspiring.

Dave Foster

“Dave is incredibly good at what he does. He loves sharing his behind the scenes development work and his attention to detail is flawless.”
–Samantha Raphael, Customer Advocate at InVision

Jennet Liaw

Jennet Liaw is a freelance designer and illustrator based in NYC. Her designs often feature prominent hand-lettering and a refined and simple color palette.

Eran Mendel

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GOT se6 ep6: Uncle Benjen one trick pony 🙂

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“Best animator in town.”
–Noam Liss, Product Designer at InVision

Leni Charles

Leni Charles is an art director based in Vienna. Her feed is a combination of her work on many of her projects, and a diary of her travels and inspirations.

Anano Miminoshvili

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“When I came across Anano’s account, I decided to follow her immediately. She is a new and talented illustrator who creates magical illustrations with a special style you don’t see a lot. It’s utterly original. Her choices of strong colors combined with smart compositions and small details inspire me each and every time I open her feed.”
–Gal Shir, Product Design Lead at Lemonade

Ana Victoria Calderon

“As with the other accounts I follow for inspiration Ana also posts nothing pixel related. She posts wonderful pieces of work in watercolour, a medium I never really grasped…”
Liam Gallagher, Head of Design at Venn Digital

Archie Proudfoot

“Archie combines his incredible painting skills with photography and digital art, and the result is mind-blowing. In addition to admiring his work, I follow Archie because he provides a great example of mastering one’s online aesthetic. He’s always using creative ways to showcase his work on Instagram, and takes extra time to ensure that every detail is presented in a clear, high-quality manner.”
–Anthony Wood, Global Managing Director of Shillington Education

Kaylani Juanita

Kaylani is an illustrator based in Fairfield, CA who illustrates inclusive picture books and editorial art. Her feed is refreshingly different, and it showcases her creative and unique illustrations.

Ian Barnard

“Great calligraphy, hand lettering & type design.”
–Noam Liss, Product Designer at InVision

Kate Moross

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All the words ever

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Kate Moross is an illustrator and designer based in London. Her love for color and energetic squiggles is evident in her Instagram photos.

Chris Gannon

“I think he has a unique style creating SVG animations, which I’m trying to include more often in our projects. The colors he uses, the details, the movement, it all flows in a cool yet funny way.. Plus he only has a few followers so it is a gem to be discovered!”
Iván Coronado, Front-end Developer at Commite

Becca Clason

Becca Clason’s Instagram feed shows that it’s not just what you say or how you say it but what you say it with that really stands out. Her lettering and stop motion animation has been featured in campaigns for brands like Starbucks, American Express, and Twitter.

Christopher Perry

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Waiting for the weekend.

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“Christopher Perry’s instagram is the essence of the minimalist design trend. For artists, his work is a constant reminder of the power of simplicity; good design doesn’t need bells and whistles to convey its message.. With just a pen and a piece of paper, Chris creates some of the most creative, beautiful, and inspirational designs I’ve ever seen.”
–Anthony Wood, Global Managing Director of Shillington Education

Gemma O’Brien

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Back in Sydney and painting at @rare_syd today! Rare is a four-day conference and masterclass that aims to tackle the lack of diversity in the creative industries. I‎t’s the brainchild of two of Australia’s leading creative directors, Tara McKenty(Google) and Stefanie DiGiavincenzo (Clemenger BBDO) and launched today in partnership with @d_and_ad. The event features industry leaders from around the world and aims to give creative talent from diverse backgrounds the network and knowledge they need to succeed. There will be four artists creating pieces throughout the event with works auctioned off on Thursday and funds put towards scholarships and grants for those underrepresented in the industry. Will be sharing more in my stories this week. 💥

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Australian designer and artist Gemma O’Brien has taken her passion for typography and built a flourishing career around drawing letters. Her bold type, expressive calligraphy and detailed illustration are all on display in her feed.

Mondo Tees

“Their work combines my love of movies with my love of design.”
–Matthew Stephens, Senior UX/UI designer at The Zebra

Cole Younger

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“His Instagram feed is full of incredible photography. It’s easy to spend hours scrolling through his feed and finding yourself inspired by some of his work.”
–Liam Gallagher, Head of Design at Venn Digital

Lauren Hom

Lauren Hom is a graphic designer from Southern California whose work has been featured in Imprint and Complex magazines. She is the author of Daily Dishonesty, a hand-lettering project that began online and later became a book and a line of stationery products.

Muuto Design

“Beautiful photography is step one to conveying beautiful design. Without clean, photographic composition, the streamlined Nordic design would be lost in aesthetic translation. Muuto Design’s products are more art than furniture. I’d almost rather look at the images than ever sit on any of the objects.”
–Anthony Wood, Global Managing Director of Shillington Education

Jen Mussari

Jen Mussari is a lettering artist and illustrator currently based in Brooklyn. Her work has been featured in campaigns for Dropbox, Squarespace, West Elm, Target, and Dolce & Gabbana.

Ryan Hamrick

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“[Congress] shall in all Cases, except Treason, Felony and Breach of the Peace, be privileged from Arrest during their Attendance at the Session of their respective House, and in going to and returning from the same; and for any Speech or Debate in either House, they shall not be questioned in any other Place.” . Article I, Section 6 lays out some fun things about Congress, including that they fully control their own pay and the increase of which (later amended), and that the above things—any treason, felony or breach of the peace (the Constitution says “and”, but I just realized that now that I’m typing this)—are the only things that a member of Congress can be arrested for while either serving in their house or traveling to and from. That’s a pretty broad scope of immunity. . Sadly, we have some members of Congress—and some hoping to be in 2018—that may actually be cause for concern with these offenses. Democrats need to really show up in 2018, not only to take back control of a major check on executive power, but to keep out even crazier far-right primary challengers, too. We don’t need any extra Roy Moore’s running around. . #ConstitutionalCartouches

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“I’m in awe of Ryan’s abilities. He posts some of the most incredible typographic work and is able to produce it better by hand than I could attempt digitally.”
–Liam Gallagher, Head of Design at Venn Digital

June Digann

June Digann is a graphic designer, illustrator, and letterer. Her feed features images that are saturated with rich colors and sharp lettering.

Draplin Design Co.

“Aaron Draplin has been my go-to design inspiration since I started using Field Notes to keep track of all my daily scribblings. He posts great vintage logos he finds in the wild, creative musings, and TONS of photos of his travels across the US in a big orange van.”
–Will Fanguy, Digital Content Writer at InVision

GF Smith Papers

“Even in this digital world, print is alive and well. GF Smith Papers displays inventive, vibrant designs for a range of items, from business cards to other paper products.”
–Anthony Wood, Global Managing Director of Shillington Education

Radim Malinic

“Shiny! Everything he posts is gold—typography, creative experiments, it’s mad.”
–Liam Gallagher, Head of Design at Venn Digital

Andrea Wan

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Finally had a chance to post photos of my recently completed mural in Rovaniemi, Finland! This mural, titled "Vessel", is a reminder that we are so much more than what we think we are as humans beings. We are not limited to our bodies, our identities or our past memories. If we can fully open up and let go of the judgement and control over ourselves and others, we will allow space for magic to happen. It's been an absolute pleasure working on this project in Rovaniemi, Finland. It's my biggest mural to date and i've learned so much from the process. A massive thank you to @mytkis for being the best assistant ever🏆. Thanks to the @upeart team for the amazing opportunity to share my art in Finland. Thank you Finland for the northern lights, the lovely and supportive people, the delicious fish soup and the much needed saunas. I am super grateful for the whole experience. Till next time 💚

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Andrea Wan is a visual artist and illustrator born in Hong Kong, raised in Vancouver, BC and now based in Berlin. Working mostly with ink on paper, Andrea sees her work as a visual journal that reflects her thoughts and experiences. The images on her feed combine traditional narrative aesthetics with eerie and surrealist qualities.

Justin Shiels

Justin Shiels’s feed shows hints of his experience in communications, marketing, and graphic design. The art on his feed speaks to the inner voice (and occasional anxieties) that creatives often share.

Annie Atkins

Annie Atkins specializes in creating graphics used in filmmaking. Her artwork has been featured on movie posters and in numerous high-profile films like Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel. Her feed is a combination of design inspiration and an intense attention to the smallest details.

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