44 Web Designers to Follow on Twitter

Update: You can now follow this list with just one click. Head over to the @carsonified/top-web-designers list.

Last week I posted 40 Web Developers to follow on Twitter. I thought it would be interesting to follow it up with the top web designers on Twitter. We chose the folks on this list because they’ve made a significant contribution to web design or are currently involved in interesting projects. We know you won’t agree with everyone we’ve chosen, but nevertheless, we hope you find it useful.

If you have any suggestions for folks we missed, please reply to me on @ryancarson or in the comments below.

  1. Nicole Ashley @ilovedesign
  2. Jina Bolton @sushimonster
  3. Veerle Pieters @vpieters
  4. Sabrina Dent @SabrinaDent
  5. Patrick Haney @notasausage
  6. Khoi Vinh @khoi
  7. Jeremy Baines @jeremybaines
  8. Brendan Dawes @brendandawes
  9. Shaun Inman @shauninman
  10. Jonathan Snook @snookca
  11. Paul Boag @boagworld
  12. Joshua Porter @bokardo
  13. Bryan Veloso @bryanveloso
  14. Chris Messina @chrismessina
  15. Brian Fling @fling
  16. Jeff Croft @jcroft
  17. Jon Hicks @Hicksdesign
  18. Jason Santa Maria @jasonsantamaria
  19. Larissa Meek @larissameek
  20. Andy Clarke @Malarkey
  21. Mike Stenhouse @mikesten
  22. Derek Featherstone @feather
  23. Dan Cederholm @simplebits
  24. Jeff Veen @veen
  25. Derek Powazek @fraying
  26. Elliot Jay Stocks @elliotjaystocks
  27. Simon Collison @collylogic
  28. Amy Mahon @amerz
  29. Mike Kus @mikekus
  30. Adii @adii
  31. Dan Rubin @danrubin
  32. Mark Boulton @markboulton
  33. Ryan Sims @simmy
  34. Cameron Moll @cameronmoll
  35. Daniel Burka @dburka
  36. Ryan Shelton @ryanshelton
  37. Folkert Gorter @folkertgorter
  38. Robert Hodgin @flight404
  39. Toke Nygaard @tokenygaard
  40. Jeffrey Kalmikoff @jeffrey
  41. Ryan Singer @rjs
  42. Jim Coudal @Coudal
  43. Sarah Parmenter @sazp
  44. Jeffrey Zeldman @zeldman
  45. Dave Shea @mezzoblue

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215 comments on “44 Web Designers to Follow on Twitter

  1. Quality list. From the names I recognize, most of the people listed do a great job of mixing personal, humorous, design, and retweet type tweets in their streams.I extremely thankful you kept the size and quality of this list within reason. Heaven forbid you make a 100+ list and fill it with the dozens of “web developers” that just retweet everything and auto-follow everyone.Yes, I just cleaned out about 100+ web design people from my following list so I know what I talking about. Haha.Thanks again.

  2. Quality list. From the names I recognize, most of the people listed do a great job of mixing personal, humorous, design, and retweet type tweets in their streams.

    I extremely thankful you kept the size and quality of this list within reason. Heaven forbid you make a 100+ list and fill it with the dozens of “web developers” that just retweet everything and auto-follow everyone.

    Yes, I just cleaned out about 100+ web design people from my following list so I know what I talking about. Haha.

    Thanks again.

  3. Would have liked to seen some less common talented designers featured here. I think for all the new designers out there, following designers who may actually reply to tweets here and there could be helpful.

  4. While I can't speak for the others, I highly value Twitter as a mechanism for conversation. I too shy away from users that seem to have an invisible brick wall up when it comes to @replies. I can say with confidence, at least for anybody that ever wants to ask me anything (might not be many, but yes, anything), that if you @reply me, 4 times out of 5 I'll reply back.That's probably the reason why my tweet count is so inflated. :)

  5. While I can't speak for the others, I highly value Twitter as a mechanism for conversation.

    I too shy away from users that seem to have an invisible brick wall up when it comes to @replies. I can say with confidence, at least for anybody that ever wants to ask me anything (might not be many, but yes, anything), that if you @reply me, 4 times out of 5 I'll reply back.

    That's probably the reason why my tweet count is so inflated. :)

  6. Great list. I'm definitely going to have to add some of these peeps. I am such an amateur designer but I manage to keep getting clients and love to keep learning.

  7. Great list. I'm definitely going to have to add some of these peeps. I am such an amateur designer but I manage to keep getting clients and love to keep learning.

  8. Great list – thanks for putting this together Ryan.Only thing I would say is a future list would benefit from having a short summary under each name. Maybe explaining where they work or why they are so well known. Realise that's a bit more work of course : ) but just a thought.CheersDennis

  9. Great list – thanks for putting this together Ryan.

    Only thing I would say is a future list would benefit from having a short summary under each name. Maybe explaining where they work or why they are so well known.

    Realise that's a bit more work of course : ) but just a thought.

    Cheers
    Dennis

  10. Boag isn't any kind of designer. He's so good he got Jon Hick's to design his own site right?

  11. I appreciate the pimpage but Twitter people, BE WARNED: You do not want to follow me. I mostly swear a lot and post no design links. (My mother would be so proud.)

  12. Boag isn't any kind of designer. He's so good he got Jon Hick's to design his own site right?

  13. Thanks for taking the time to put this together. Just like the Web Developers list, this is an invaluable resource for other Web Designers.

  14. @DarynHobden – Award winning web designer. Have a look at my website portfolio and then decide if you want to follow or not. I generally tweet about Design, creative stuff and occasional funny anecdotes.

  15. Good list but few don't have much updates, may be we can recommend to add more design tweets :)And why don't you add a post on “Top SEOs to follow in twitter”?

  16. Good list but few don't have much updates, may be we can recommend to add more design tweets :)

    And why don't you add a post on “Top SEOs to follow in twitter”?

  17. Sure: the title says “44 web designers that you should follow on Twitter”. The list already stands at 45, which strongly suggests that you're doing this to please the right people, as opposed to making the hard decisions about who are *really* the right 44 to follow.Similarly, the high number of entrants also smacks of appealing to the designers' egos.Further to the appealing point, you then proceeded to “@username you're on the list lol” most of them on Twitter to notify them that they had been listed in this. It's brown-nosing, plain and simple.Back-slapping comes into the fact that there are almost no “unknowns”, who might be able to provide more value for their followers than already famous people with no time for the more personal approach that can be valuable over Twitter. This has been mentioned in other comments on this very page.

  18. Sure: the title says “44 web designers that you should follow on Twitter”. The list already stands at 45, which strongly suggests that you're doing this to please the right people, as opposed to making the hard decisions about who are *really* the right 44 to follow.

    Similarly, the high number of entrants also smacks of appealing to the designers' egos.

    Further to the appealing point, you then proceeded to “@username you're on the list lol” most of them on Twitter to notify them that they had been listed in this. It's brown-nosing, plain and simple.

    Back-slapping comes into the fact that there are almost no “unknowns”, who might be able to provide more value for their followers than already famous people with no time for the more personal approach that can be valuable over Twitter. This has been mentioned in other comments on this very page.

  19. Just to further this statement: “Similarly, the high number of entrants also smacks of appealing to the designers' egos.” – the high number smells a lot like you didn't want to leave anyone out of offend them. The very same thing happened with increasing numbers on the “40 web developers”, which now stands at 44 after people complained either on the comments or on Twitter. Have some integrity about the way you choose people, please.

  20. Just to further this statement: “Similarly, the high number of entrants also smacks of appealing to the designers' egos.” – the high number smells a lot like you didn't want to leave anyone out of offend them. The very same thing happened with increasing numbers on the “40 web developers”, which now stands at 44 after people complained either on the comments or on Twitter. Have some integrity about the way you choose people, please.

  21. I actually had to whittle this list down quite a bit. The reason I was @replying them is because they wouldn't know they were on the list because WordPress doesn't do ping backs to Twitter profiles. A lot of people were saying “Why am I getting a bunch of new followers today?”I'd say we put several 'up-and-coming' designers on the list actually. However, the whole point of the list is that these are the big names that are shaping the industry. They're *supposed* to be well known.The reason why the list is growing is because I'm not omniscient. I didn't think of everyone when I posted it and I fully expected people to point new people out to me, which have been added to the list.Bradley – instead of complaining, why don't you put together your own list? I'm tired of you spouting negativity (which you have often done both on this blog and Carsonified) without ever offering a solution.

  22. An elaboration on why these particular individuals are worth following might be useful…(for example: I know there's a few mentioned who only seem to tweet about their cats!) ;)

  23. I actually had to whittle this list down quite a bit. The reason I was @replying them is because they wouldn't know they were on the list because WordPress doesn't do ping backs to Twitter profiles. A lot of people were saying “Why am I getting a bunch of new followers today?”

    I'd say we put several 'up-and-coming' designers on the list actually. However, the whole point of the list is that these are the big names that are shaping the industry. They're *supposed* to be well known.

    The reason why the list is growing is because I'm not omniscient. I didn't think of everyone when I posted it and I fully expected people to point new people out to me, which have been added to the list.

    Bradley – instead of complaining, why don't you put together your own list? I'm tired of you spouting negativity (which you have often done both on this blog and Carsonified) without ever offering a solution.

  24. An elaboration on why these particular individuals are worth following might be useful…(for example: I know there's a few mentioned who only seem to tweet about their cats!)

    ;)

  25. > Bradley – instead of complaining, why don't you put together your > own list?Because comments are for feedback on articles (as said in the page above this), and I have provided feedback.Additionally, if I put together my own list, no-one would read it as no-one follows my “blog” or Twitter account. I'd rather try and improve the more public appearances of this kind of information than dilute the waters by adding extra noise on other sites.And why is the onus on me to “(offer) a solution”? I'm not famous or well-known enough (except perhaps as a troll) to actually make a difference – I'm just a member of the same community as the rest of us who happens to be critical of fluff.If you'd like constructive feedback (aka part of a solution), here's some: how about when you make your next list like this you provide a *reason* why these people belong here, rather than just listing them? This article (and the one previous) are essentially blog rolls with a wider audience. I'd like to see some real *writing* on this topic: why are they visionary? Why should we follow them? If we don't know them, what have they done we might know? That's the kind of article I expect on thinkvitamin – actual content.

  26. > Bradley – instead of complaining, why don't you put together your
    > own list?

    Because comments are for feedback on articles (as said in the page above this), and I have provided feedback.

    Additionally, if I put together my own list, no-one would read it as no-one follows my “blog” or Twitter account. I'd rather try and improve the more public appearances of this kind of information than dilute the waters by adding extra noise on other sites.

    And why is the onus on me to “(offer) a solution”? I'm not famous or well-known enough (except perhaps as a troll) to actually make a difference – I'm just a member of the same community as the rest of us who happens to be critical of fluff.

    If you'd like constructive feedback (aka part of a solution), here's some: how about when you make your next list like this you provide a *reason* why these people belong here, rather than just listing them? This article (and the one previous) are essentially blog rolls with a wider audience. I'd like to see some real *writing* on this topic: why are they visionary? Why should we follow them? If we don't know them, what have they done we might know? That's the kind of article I expect on thinkvitamin – actual content.

  27. +1 for an explanation why these people are worth following. What makes them worthy contributors to Twitter? The fact they're pseudo-famous web designers or the insightful commentary they provide on Twitter? I've previously followed and then subsequently unfollowed a few people from this list because whilst they might be good conference speakers or talented in their field, they don't necessarily say anything interesting (or sometimes, quite the opposite) on Twitter.

  28. +1 for an explanation why these people are worth following.

    What makes them worthy contributors to Twitter? The fact they're pseudo-famous web designers or the insightful commentary they provide on Twitter? I've previously followed and then subsequently unfollowed a few people from this list because whilst they might be good conference speakers or talented in their field, they don't necessarily say anything interesting (or sometimes, quite the opposite) on Twitter.

  29. JSM all the way down at 18? This is a travesty, a sham, and a mockery. It's a traveshamockery! Great list.

  30. JSM all the way down at 18? This is a travesty, a sham, and a mockery. It's a traveshamockery!

    Great list.

  31. You're not commenting, you're being inflammatory: “Have some integrity about the way you choose people, please.” That's not constructive. “And why is the onus on me to “(offer) a solution”?” Simple: because communities pitch in together to find solutions. If you're not contributing to the community, then you're not a part of it.You're what Caius Durling so kindly coined, a Soapbox Troll.

  32. You're not commenting, you're being inflammatory: “Have some integrity about the way you choose people, please.” That's not constructive.

    “And why is the onus on me to “(offer) a solution”?” Simple: because communities pitch in together to find solutions. If you're not contributing to the community, then you're not a part of it.

    You're what Caius Durling so kindly coined, a Soapbox Troll.

  33. Mr. Carson took a minimalist approach to listing off the noteworthy designers. Many of these I already follow or have followed, so I know who is/isn't worthwhile — to me. He put the Twitter profile links so you, the reader, could scan through their twits and decide whether or not they're worth following.Bradley's suggestion (sans the bitterness) is a good one, considering a brief description of each person would be nice… but we all should be web savvy enough to research each of these persons and decide who we'd be best served following on Twitter.Thanks for the list, Ryan! (not to brown-nose or anything!) Cheers!

  34. Mr. Carson took a minimalist approach to listing off the noteworthy designers. Many of these I already follow or have followed, so I know who is/isn't worthwhile — to me. He put the Twitter profile links so you, the reader, could scan through their twits and decide whether or not they're worth following.

    Bradley's suggestion (sans the bitterness) is a good one, considering a brief description of each person would be nice… but we all should be web savvy enough to research each of these persons and decide who we'd be best served following on Twitter.

    Thanks for the list, Ryan! (not to brown-nose or anything!) Cheers!

  35. Though I'm allergic to cats, if a designer is skilled enough (JSM), I am willing to withstand the e-symptoms of their KittyTwits in exchange for the tidbits of knowledge that come with following them on Twitter.

  36. Though I'm allergic to cats, if a designer is skilled enough (JSM), I am willing to withstand the e-symptoms of their KittyTwits in exchange for the tidbits of knowledge that come with following them on Twitter.

  37. Fine Ryan, you may choose to ignore my constructive suggestion and the (rather kind, especially for me) words I had to say about this very website by quoting an earlier comment of mine somewhat out of context. Remind me again what we're trying to find a “solution” for? The age old problem of “who do I follow on Twitter”?My point about content still stands – this article is particularly short on it, and I'd prefer to see something useful in my feedreader. I'll unsubscribe from ThinkVitamin, since it clearly just causes me to make inflammatory comments.

  38. Fine Ryan, you may choose to ignore my constructive suggestion and the (rather kind, especially for me) words I had to say about this very website by quoting an earlier comment of mine somewhat out of context. Remind me again what we're trying to find a “solution” for? The age old problem of “who do I follow on Twitter”?

    My point about content still stands – this article is particularly short on it, and I'd prefer to see something useful in my feedreader. I'll unsubscribe from ThinkVitamin, since it clearly just causes me to make inflammatory comments.

  39. Hey Pete. Jon did our corporate identity. I designed the sites. I am certainly not a logo designer. However, I do tend to agree. I WAS a designer, but I don't think I can claim to be anymore. I am now reduced to 'poncey' titles like 'consultant' or 'strategist' :)

  40. Hey Pete. Jon did our corporate identity. I designed the sites. I am certainly not a logo designer. However, I do tend to agree. I WAS a designer, but I don't think I can claim to be anymore. I am now reduced to 'poncey' titles like 'consultant' or 'strategist' :)

  41. If you have a failing Ryan it's that you give the haters too much credit.You gotta resist the temptation to engage with them and only offer the silence that their useless provocation deserves.On topic though, thanks for the list. It would be great to see yoru pick of digital marketers who twitter in a future post.

  42. If you have a failing Ryan it's that you give the haters too much credit.

    You gotta resist the temptation to engage with them and only offer the silence that their useless provocation deserves.

    On topic though, thanks for the list. It would be great to see yoru pick of digital marketers who twitter in a future post.

  43. I do object to the fact that, given I follow a good number of these people already, I had to watch Ryan fill my feed by tweeting at EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM to tell them they were on the list. Seriously, was this necessary?There does need to be some context for why these people are so essential to follow, I appreciate the obviousness of choosing well-known web designers, but a lot of them say very little about web design. Sure, follow them if they're interesting or funny, but if they're not saying a lot about the web should they really be on this list?I would say that out of all the web designers people I follow, Matt Wilcox (twitter.com/mattwilcox) is the most valuable (despite his endless rants) because he is pretty much singlehandedly pushing forward the best ideas about how CSS and HTML could be improved and why they're not good enough as they are.

  44. I do object to the fact that, given I follow a good number of these people already, I had to watch Ryan fill my feed by tweeting at EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM to tell them they were on the list. Seriously, was this necessary?

    There does need to be some context for why these people are so essential to follow, I appreciate the obviousness of choosing well-known web designers, but a lot of them say very little about web design. Sure, follow them if they're interesting or funny, but if they're not saying a lot about the web should they really be on this list?

    I would say that out of all the web designers people I follow, Matt Wilcox (twitter.com/mattwilcox) is the most valuable (despite his endless rants) because he is pretty much singlehandedly pushing forward the best ideas about how CSS and HTML could be improved and why they're not good enough as they are.

  45. Hey Andrew,Apologies for the constant tweeting earlier today. I actually only tweeted around seven people, then realized it was annoying for all my followers – so promptly stopped.I'll check out Matt Wilcox – sounds very interesting.Best,Ryan

  46. Hey Andrew,

    Apologies for the constant tweeting earlier today. I actually only tweeted around seven people, then realized it was annoying for all my followers – so promptly stopped.

    I'll check out Matt Wilcox – sounds very interesting.

    Best,
    Ryan

  47. I agree with Bradley. This is just a “who's who” of the “cool” in hopes that they Twitter, comment or further spread the article around (all a part of the ego'ness Bradley had mentioned). Carson doesn't mention why any of the above mentioned are worth following and some of the above mentioned are actually not that active on Twitter at all and provide no professional insight — mostly personal. Carson just listed “hey, here are really cool people and their Twitter accounts” — not much of an article to me. The “what” is easy, but where is the “why” or the “how” you got to this list?I think the overwhelming Twitter plug on this is what is making me more and more agree with Bradley.

  48. I agree with Bradley. This is just a “who's who” of the “cool” in hopes that they Twitter, comment or further spread the article around (all a part of the ego'ness Bradley had mentioned).

    Carson doesn't mention why any of the above mentioned are worth following and some of the above mentioned are actually not that active on Twitter at all and provide no professional insight — mostly personal.

    Carson just listed “hey, here are really cool people and their Twitter accounts” — not much of an article to me. The “what” is easy, but where is the “why” or the “how” you got to this list?

    I think the overwhelming Twitter plug on this is what is making me more and more agree with Bradley.

  49. Bryan: You have five now!!!! :o(Okay, okay, now following you…). I can't comment much on j-pop, but I once liked Utada Hikaru. That was years ago though ;)

  50. Bryan: You have five now!!!! :o

    (Okay, okay, now following you…). I can't comment much on j-pop, but I once liked Utada Hikaru. That was years ago though ;)

  51. Kevin Knight has over 25 years experience in the blind industry. He's considered an expert in window blinds in Western Australia and has written extensively on the subject.

  52. Kevin Knight has over 25 years experience in the blind industry. He's considered an expert in window blinds in Western Australia and has written extensively on the subject.

  53. Mmm, impressive array of designers. I actually have quite a few of these dudes on my twitter list already. And as a matter of fact, I already had Ryan on there, too. Haha, this list is spot on.

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  55. Kevin Knight has over 25 years experience in the blind industry. He's considered an expert in window blinds in Western Australia and has written extensively on the subject. If you live in Perth, WA and have a question about window blinds, you can contact him directly at info@customblindswa.com.

  56. I tend to tweet about my cat or what I'm eating. I'm amazed that I have some followers.

  57. I tend to tweet about my cat or what I'm eating. I'm amazed that I have some followers.

  58. Dudes, seriously.This list may be lame. But using the comments below this post to promote your own sorry ass that didn't make it to this list is taking lameness to a whole new level.

  59. Dudes, seriously.

    This list may be lame. But using the comments below this post to promote your own sorry ass that didn't make it to this list is taking lameness to a whole new level.

  60. I look forward to Twittering these developers! I'm just now grasping the significance of twitter. I didn't think much of it at first, but it's a great tool for sure!

  61. I look forward to Twittering these developers! I'm just now grasping the significance of twitter. I didn't think much of it at first, but it's a great tool for sure!

  62. I look forward to doing some digging on these people. Thank you for the information. I will pass it along to some of my developer friends as well

  63. It would make more sence if i knew where they work or what they have done.. ie. Name, Work, Twitter-link

  64. Wow, I totally agree with everyone on that list! I just wanted to mention that there are probably a lot more people who deserve to be on there :P great job though!

  65. I guess I dont get the whole twitter thing, like the one post says “why do I want to hear about his cat” The point of twitter is to say whats on your mind at that moment, well how often are people thinking and writing about things i dont care about,.I know their are people who thought like me and then got addicted to the whole thing, Im guessing I wont be one of them.

  66. I guess I dont get the whole twitter thing, like the one post says “why do I want to hear about his cat” The point of twitter is to say whats on your mind at that moment, well how often are people thinking and writing about things i dont care about,.
    I know their are people who thought like me and then got addicted to the whole thing, Im guessing I wont be one of them.

  67. Just followed. I looked through their work. Some are really good, but not all.How have they been selected?

  68. Just followed. I looked through their work. Some are really good, but not all.
    How have they been selected?

  69. I would say that out of all the programmer I follow, the most valuable the point of twitter is to say whats on your mind at that moment, well how often are people thinking and writing about things.We are involved in interesting projects .It will be use full.

  70. Hi, look.. not meaning to be forward, but why not categorize the “web designers” into areas of expertise. Sometimes I wonder what make a web designer, is it cos they have a cute Gravatar, or their portfolio website is amazingly wow.. or because they post to 1,000,000 blogs ? Many times you hear of so and so.. but I think its the work and skills which should proceed the designer, not because he is a “pop/web start” or good sales man. Or is it?

  71. Web design is so incestuous. Kinda makes me laugh how the same old names come up time and time again. Yes, some of these people are excellent designers (some are not) but there are plenty of new faces that have come through who are doing work that is far more innovative and exciting than the majority of these.

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  73. Hey we kind of share this allergy thing! thanks for such a great list Ryan, I appreciate it. keep stuff like this coming, you have really been quite informative.Jessica

  74. Hey we kind of share this allergy thing! thanks for such a great list Ryan, I appreciate it. keep stuff like this coming, you have really been quite informative.

    Jessica

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  76. How about a list of top web project managers to follow? I’ve been scouring the internet trying to find some peers and peeps with insight and they are very hard to find!