Curating your Instagram feed with designers creating beautiful work can be a great source of visual inspiration. From designers who create for print, web, packaging or almost anything—to creatives that share their process/side projects—the social media platform can be a great place to jumpstart your creative thought process.
And we’re here to help. We’ve gathered a list of 25 incredible designers to follow on Instagram to provide gems of visual gold each time you log in. What’s exceptionally fun about following this collection of designers is that many provide a glimpse into their professional projects as well as real life.
1. Joel Beukelman
Joel Beukelman is a designer at Google and his feed in an interesting mix of his life and design elements. His photos feature interesting camera angles and visual combinations. His bio notes that he used to designer on Design Inc., Andriod and Netflix.
2. Neil Stevens
Neil Stevens is the artist behind the Crayonfire Print Shop. The freelance illustrator showcases his projects – which have a fun and highly engaging style. The feed includes a mix of finished projects and even in progress sketches.
3. Dina Rodriguez
Dina Rodriguez is a hand-lettering artist and freelancer. She also coaches people on how to create illustrations, which her feed is chock full of. But her lettering pieces are what truly stand out, particularly some of the videos which show hand lettering as she creates it.
4. Sandy Pell
Sandy Pell is a partner at Pellvetica, working as a commercial mural artist and illustrator. Her projects and Instagrams feature large-scale work that makes boring blank walls beautiful and detail elements from illustrations.
5. Brandon Nickerson
Brandon Nickerson is a graphic designer based in New York. His feed features a collection of work in a simple minimal style. Take note of the great typography examples.
6. Jessica Walsh
Jessica Walsh is an art director and designer and self-described “travel & color lover in NYC.” Her design diary feed is fun, funky and modern. She works on projects that we might all dream about in terms of visual interest.
7. Cody Saya
Cody Saya is an artist, designer and photographer with a great eye for composition. While is ‘grams are a mix of design and photography, they are all visual marvels that will spice up your feed and make you want to take better photos. Many of his images are a little more personal than some of the others on this list, but well worth your “follow.”
8. Ian Barnard
Ian Barnard’s feed features lovely hand lettering created on paper and digitally. He even creates lettering with a zucchini in one short video. His work makes you want to grab a pencil and start sketching letters.
9. Carlos Diaz
Carlos Diaz shows off his brand work and photography skills on his feed. His bio sreads: “Not afraid of the unexpected (open arms).”
10. Kate Moross
Kate Moross has an Instagram feed that full of color and somewhat expected combinations of elements. (The outlook from a feed like this can break up all those food photos that your friends are taking.)
11. Chris Gannon
Chris Gannon is an interactive designer and his feed shows small interactions at their finest. It’s full of short video animations for UX design. The image are bright and trendy. And the animations will jumpstart your user experience design thinking.
12. Russell Shaw
Russell Shaw is an art director based on the West Coast of the United States and his feed contains a little bit of everything, showing a diversity in project types and styles.
13. Christopher Perry
Christopher Perry is a designer in Sweden and his feed is a collection of drawings in a minimal style. Almost every image has a white or light background with plenty of space. If you watch his feed regularly, you can see some designs evolve right there.
14. Radim Malinic
Radim Malinic is a creative director and designer and Brand Nu, showcasing often elaborate projects in his feed. Recent posts each feature three panels to show a single work. Not only is the work creative, but the Instagram presentation is equally visual.
15. Meg Robichaud
Meg Robichaud is an illustrator. Some her best ‘grams seem to be self-portraits of her life.
16. Annie Atkins
Annie Atkins does graphic design for films, games and “life.” Her feed is a fun assortment of images that she’s created as work product, images from her life and just interesting bits of design with color and texture.
17. Steven Harrington
Steven Harrington has a fun illustration still that’s pack with cool characters, color and visual interest. Everything about his Instagrams are “SoCal cool.”
18. Jennet Liaw
Jennet Liaw is a freelance designer and illustrator who shares projects in the feed. From small glimpses to murals, her work features plenty of hand lettering and bright color.
19. Leta Sobierajaski
Leta Sobierajski is an art director and graphic designer. Her feed showcases a flair for the unusual and unexpected (often in a mod style) as well as snapshots of her life.
20. Jessica Robbins
Jessica Robbins is a creative and UX director with a fun feed – UX Memo – that has a theme of “small moments of big UX thinking.” All of the images feature sticky notes from UX projects. (You might recognize many of the sentiments. She also has another handle for work and personal sharing.)
21. Jurgen Leckie
Jurgen Leckie uses beautiful, almost cartoon illustrations to showcase UX work. His wireframes are works of art in themselves. His bio reads: “Make it fun and make it work!”
22. Jason McCall
Jason McCall is a freelance graphic designer who loves branding, UI and illustration. All of these elements show up in his feed, which features a wide range of work and project types.
23. Nick Buturishvili
Nick Buturishvili is another freelance designer featuring website design work and personal photos. His feed looks like a portfolio, which can be a good use of this social platform.
24. Leni Charles
Leni Charles is an art and creative director with an Instagram feed that’s mostly images. Look closer and you’ll see how closely they tie in to her work. (And she seriously looks like she is having a good time doing it.)
25. Grace Bonney
Grace Bonney is a blogger and the force behind Design*Sponge, which you might call a beautiful lifestyle blog. Her ‘grams feature great uses of space, pattern and texture and are wholly inspirational.