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10 Inspirational UX Designers to Follow

Do you crave more inspiration from the larger User Experience (UX) Design community? Twitter is a great resource to find, follow and sometimes communicate with the most influential leaders in our industry. Here is a list of UX designers I have been building for the past couple of years through blogs, book and conferences. If you have any suggestions, please add them in the comment section below.

UX Designers Starting Movements

Jeffrey Zeldman • NYC, New York.
He is an Author, Podcaster, Web Designer and Entrepreneur focusing on Web Design. In 2001, he was apart of writing a manifesto geared towards independent designers.

Jared Spool • Massachusetts.
His work is based in User Experience. He is the Founder of UIE and the co-founder of Center Centre, a UX Design school.

Steve Krug • Boston, Massachusetts.
He is the writer of Don’t Make Me Think, and Rocket Surgery Made Easy. Steve currently spends most of his time teaching usability workshops, consulting, and watching old episodes of Law and Order.

Influencers in Austin, TX

Annette Priest • Austin, Texas
She works in International UX Research, Strategy and Design Consultation. If you ever have a chance to speak with her on a panel, bring your coffee and do your homework.

Will Bryant • Austin, Texas
He is a visual artist. His work has been used for advertising campaigns, t-shirts, record sleeves, magazine, underwear and he is an internationally exhibited artist.

Austin Kleon • Austin, Texas
He is a writer and artist that focuses on creativity. Here’s a piece of advice I found from one of his posts and copied it in my notebook, “Next time you’re stuck, think of your work as a collage. Steal two or more ideas from your favorite artists and start juxtaposing them. Voila.”

Designers Inspiring Designers

Jessica Ivins • Chattanooga, Tennessee
She is a UX designer, educator, and speaker. She is a Faculty member of Center Centre. Check out her blog for aspiring UX designers.

Jesse James Garrett • San Francisco, California
He is a Human Experience designer. He co-founded Adaptive Path. Wrote the Elements of User Experience.

Luke Wroblewski • Silicon Valley, California
He has created software that has been used by more than a billion people. Founded Polar (acquired by Google) and Bagcheck (acquired by Twitter.) Writer of Mobile First, Web Form Design, Site Seeing. Formerly worked for yahoo, eBay and NCSA.

Josh Brewer • San Francisco, California
Co-founder and CEO of GoAbstract. He started Made by Habitat. Josh was a principal designer at Twitter, director of UX at Social Cast and Co creator of 52weeks of ux.com. In 2012, Fast Company named him one of “fifty designers shaping the future of design.”

Looking for more resources? Check out my post on essential podcasts for designers.



Matt Eng

Product Designer at IBM Design. Based in Austin,TX. Worked with clients such as IBM, Alcatel-Lucent, Polycom, Symantec and Pebble. Volunteers with AIGA Austin and teaches at Austin Community College.

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