Like many designers, I gain lots of inspiration (large volumes of it, in fact) by going online and looking at the work of others. There are plenty of websites set up to showcase design, but I’m finding that one of the nicest ways to come across great work is through twitter.
When I joined twitter, I imagined I would use it primarily to talk with people I already know: friends, and designers I’ve come to know via blogs. Then, I started visiting links tweeted (and retweeted) by others … and looking at the work of the people who follow me on twitter. I really enjoy discovering fantastic designers, artists and bloggers this way. Here are some of the people I’ve encountered (and whom I now follow) thanks to twitter:
scullyb works for Ballas Creative, a design and branding firm in Denver, Colorado. I really like their one-page site and the work displayed in their portfolio.
Jo Klima is an Australian graphic designer working under the business name The Darling Tree. Her website is designed with charming emblems of folk art; visit to check out a range of beautiful patterns available for download.
Pinch is a design company in Portland, Oregon, with a beautifully laid out website, great portfolio and an interesting blog. What more could you ask for?
Lawrence Anderson first grabbed my attention with the great logos he’s been designing; then I caught a very useful blog post he’d written on Flash microsites.
Josh is also based in Portland, Oregon, and has an impressive body of design work, starting with his own website.
Benek Lisefski lives in Auckland, New Zealand (one of my favourite cities). He designs and builds beautiful websites.
Brian Hoff started his blog The Design Cubicle late in 2008 and quickly gained an impressive following due to some very useful and thought-provoking articles on design, freelancing and social media.
Janko Jovanovic (aka Janko at Warp Speed) has a nice looking blog with some great tutorials to stretch the functionality of your website(s).
David Billings creates fun illustrations and animations for kids, and his website indicates he’s also based in the vicinity of Portland, Oregon (I’m sensing a trend here …).
Another great illustrator on my twitter follow list is Matti Kemppainen, from Finland. Matti’s website says he also works in 2D animation and game art. I love his take on the Grim Reaper.
Josh Couts is a Colorado-based photographer, with a portfolio of stunning landscape and nature photography.
Chris Taylor creates some great illustrations and designs under the name Seraphim Collective.
Athena Emily has created some beautiful wallpaper designs, which can be viewed on her blog. Living half the year in the UK and the other half in Hong Kong (as her website says), she really is mobile!
Cameron Senior (aka damnpenguins on twitter) is a Sydney-based web developer with a beautifully designed website and some useful CMS tips on his blog.
UK designer John O’Nolan has a great website and a blog which outlines (among other things) his experiences in establishing his own business.
Art Webb is the creator of tutsearch, which aggregates digital art tutorials from a wide range of sources across the web.
Antonea Nabors writes in her VelvetAnt blog about design and how it is applied in the real world.
Alex Charchar is a designer based in Queensland, Australia. I really like Alex’s blog because of the sense of character, including the questioning of some design conventions, that’s apparent in the writing.
This group is just a sample: I follow a lot of people on twitter, including many very talented designers, illustrators and bloggers whom I’ve encountered and in some cases have come to know quite well through avenues other than twitter. Perhaps that will be the subject for a future post.
Have you found twitter to be a good source of inspiration? In what way? I’d also be interested to hear of other designers you may have found this way.