50+ Designers on Twitter: Our favorites to follow.
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Alright, so Twitter is the hot thing right now. Somewhere in-between blogging and instant messaging, it’s a super addicting way to see what the design community is up to. Frank Chimero just ate a muffin? It’s crepe day at Chronicle Books? @gogograce just blipped The Style Council? I’m in!
While it’s fun to follow hundreds of interesting-sounding Twitterers, it can also quickly become overwhelming. Suddenly you have this barrage of tweets to sift through, and before you know it two hours have gone by. That’s why we’ve put together a list of our 50 or so favorite design-related Tweeters. This list isn’t exhaustive, it’s just a little peek at who’s tweeting about design. We apologize for leaving anyone out, it was really hard to narrow this down to 50ish.
OK! Get your tweet on!
The Grain Editors!
Grain Edit! Our official place of Twittering.
Grace! She blips and beeps the best music around.
Ethan! I say silly things and update you with my school schedule.
Grain Edit Job Board The latest listings from the Grain Edit job board
Designers & Firms:
Aesthetic Apparatus. The midwest gig-poster staple.
Tad Carpenter. Illustrator / designer in Kansas City. He just bought a new suit!
BBDK. Bob Borden is BB. Duane King is DK. Bob and Duane are a multidisciplinary studio called BBDK.
Coudal. Another midwest design staple.
Damien Correll. NYC based designer/illustrator and Rad Mountain collective member. Good Philly cheesesteak updates.
Nicholas Feltron. Of the Feltron annual report series fame.
Frank Chimero. Springfield, MO designer/illustrator and recent Grain Edit interviewee.
Mike Davis. Mike runs Burlesque and So Much Pileup.
Pentagram. Interesting updates from the giant of design.
Xavier Encinas. Founder of Swiss Legacy, and designer of graphics.
Folkert Gorter. Interaction designer of Superfamous fame.
Tom Muller. Tom designs websites, books, logos & comics!
Patrick Algrim. P41 Studios & Hell Yeah Dude!
abduzeedo. Fabio brings it!
Neuarmy. Live and direct from Philly
ISO50. Tweeting home of designer Scott Hansen aka Tycho.
Wink. The ever-awesome Minneapolis design crew.
Invisible Creature Seattle’s finest.
Jason Santa Maria. Designer by day, designer by night.
Pinch. A Portland design office. They deliver six tweets daily; on issues related to brand, design, and sustainability.
Big Spaceship. Digital creative agency Big Spaceship, curated by Founder/CEO Michael Lebowitz.
Kate Bingaman-Burt. Portland based designer/illustrator/teacher/consumer/documentor/maker.
Skinny Ships. Rad San Francisco based designer.
Chris Glass. 37 year old tall guy from Ohio.
Jason Munn / The Small Stakes. Limited edition screen-printed tweets straight from Jason’s cat!
Hatch Design. The best design is honest, hands-on and human.
NOON Design. Defining brand narratives.
Joe Bauldoff. Artist and designer in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Odopod. Odopod helps brands make new friends.
Wonder Thunder. Handmade creations from Meagan Hall and Sasha Barr.
Ellen Lupton. The renowned designer, writer, and curator.
Brett MacFadden. A partner in design studio, MacFadden & Thorpe.
Christopher Simmons. Author, designer, and principal of the SF design studio MINE™.
Brian Flynn Founder of Hybrid Design and Super7.
Ward Jenkins. Very entertaining Portland-based illustrator.
Andy Miller. Illustrator, art director, designer, and musician, based in the UK.
Jeffrey Bowman Mr. Bowlegs y’all!
Meg Hunt. Phoenix-based illustrator and jack-of-all-trades.
Nate Williams. Illustrator living in Buenos Aires. He has also lost 12,215 pairs of sunglasses!
John Martz. Maker of comics, illustrator of pictures, letterer or letters. From Toronto, ON.
Steve Mack. Canadian illustrator. My favorite tweet: “I’ve eaten my first and last Butter Popcorn flavoured jellybean. Yuckers.”
Jon Burgerman. I like John’s quote:
Julia Rothman. Illustrator, designer, and blogger of the amazing Book By It’s Cover.
Lisa Congdon. Illustrator + rare device shop owner + dork.
Lizzy Stewart. Illustrator and knitwear fan.
Blogs, Podcasts & Magazines:
Aegir Hallmundur. A designer, typographer, blogger and ranter. He also run The Ministry of Type.
Design Milk. Art and design blog — one of the best.
The Scout. NYC guide to design, food, lifestyle, and events.
Anorak Magazine. The coolest kids magazine ever!
David Airey. Northern Ireland based designer. Good rugby updates!
Jacob Cass. Designer & blogger. Lots of tips and interesting links.
NOTCOT. Is the visual filtration of ideas + aesthetics + amusements + now tweets!
Print Magazine. Lots of links from this classic design mag.
How Magazine Yep they twitter too!
Booooooom. The blog with the most O’s.
Viewers Like You. Art, culture, design, music, blips, tweets, fun.
Design Observer. No introduction needed. Epic design and writing resource.
Aisle One. The next best thing to Josef Müller-Brockmann’s personal twitter.
Khoi Vinh. NYTimes.com Design Director, and operator of the Subtraction blog.
Ace Jet 170. Amazing visual inspiration and falafel updates.
It’s Nice That. Showcases great creative talent.
I Like. “Happy to be a part of the industry of human happiness!”
Drawn! “The Illustration & Cartooning Weblog.”
Eye Magazine. The one and only.
Cartoon Brew. Awesome animation blog. Lots of great links here.
Swiss Legacy. A blog focused on typography, swiss graphic design and the grid.
Under Consideration / Speak Up. “A design firm and blog publishing enterprise all rolled into one.”
Kitsune Noir. Bobby covers everything: art, design, fashion, film, music, etc. He’s always eating at some tasty sounding restaurant. I want to try them all.
Read Between the Leading. New podcast discussing design trends and issues. (And they interview amazing design blogs! Haha!)
Fleuron. Extensive resource for contemporary graphic design and typography.
Mark Frauenfelder. Editor-in-chief of MAKE, founder of Boing Boing, lover of dinosaurs and robots.
Design:Related. “Where design meets inspiration.”
Netdiver. The design anywhere + digital culture magazine.
The Strange Attractor. TSA features a blend of design, art, science, and music.
The Dieline. A great resource and frequently updated blog devoted to packaging.
Smashing Magazine. An online magazine dedicated to designers and developers.
Velocity Art and Design. The awesome online art/design super store.
Surfstation. Great design inspiration blog.
sfgirlbybay. “Bohemian modern style from a San Francisco girl.”
Design Sponge. Design Sponge’s cozy twitter home
Okay Great. A big pile of art, design & music. Authored by the fine folks of Flywheel Design.
Creative Review. The best in visual communication.
Design Feast. Diverse design content, creative voices and design projects.
Illustration Mundo. Humongous and humongously awesome illustration resource.
Michael Surtees. Michael runs the informative Design Notes blog.
Pikaland. An exciting art and illustration blog.
YouWorkForThem. Coming to you straight outta Minneapolis and Bangkok, YWFT is one of your favorite type, book, pattern and design resources and stores.
Turntable Lab. Awesome resource for all things turn and table.
Kid Robot. Sweet limited edition art, toys, and apparel.
Herman Miller. Tweet me a new Aeron, Herman!
Monocle Magazine. Global affairs, business, culture, and design.
Fecal Face. Comprehensive San Francisco art website.
Emily Chang Co-founder of Ideacodes. Likes robots. And fruit.
Veerle Pieters Color lover for life.
Ministry of Type. Twitter feed for this yummy type resource!
Icograda. Icograda is the world body for professional communication design.
QBN. Great design resource, portal and community.
Sing Statistics. Illustration and short fiction.
How About Orange. Graphic and textile designer in favor of orange.
Crew Design. From Boston, to Austin, to the Bay.
Art of the Title. We honor the artists who design excellent title sequences.
FormFiftyFive. Design inspiration from around the world.
Hello Lucky Cards. A specialty letterpress printer and design studio.
Sam Grawe Dwell’s EIC, Hatchback, & Windsurf.
Arkitip Supporting the arts & promoting freedom of expression.
Steve Mehallo. Designer, illustrator, typographer, educator & tweeter.
I Love Typography. Type tweets from your favorite typography blog!
Stephen Coles. It’s Stewf!
FontFont. The awesome Berlin type foundry.
FontShop. The first independent retailer of digital type.
Typophile. Great type resource and community.
Hoefler & Frere Jones. Everyone’s favorite type foundry tweets it up.
Fountain Type. Very cool Sweden-based type foundry.
Process Type. Awesome type foundry in Minneapolis.
Type Girl. Type. Typography. Design. History. Music. Food. Love. Not always in this order.
House Industries. The type kings from Delaware!
Font Bureau. We sell fonts. Typefaces, actually, but you can get fonts too.
We couldn’t narrrow it down to just fifty, so here are ten more as a bonus.
John Hodgman. Author, PC, self-proclaimed expert and chronicler of all human knowledge.
Malcolm Gladwell. Author of Outliers, Blink, and The Tipping Point.
All Songs Considered. Lots of updates from NPR’s great music podcast.
Gary Hustwit The man behind the Helvetica + Objectified films.
Gorilla Vs. Bear. Good music, good tweet’s, lots of mp3’s.
The Auteurs. An online movie theater to watch, discover, and discuss films. Great resource!
Chronicle Books. “An independent publisher of distinctive books and gifts.”
John Maeda. Design writer, thinker, simplicity pioneer and president of RISD.
Michael Ian Black. Actor and comedian. Funny: “I’m collecting money for orphans! You can totally donate through Twitter!”
David Lynch. The man behind the Eraserhead’s big hair.
Flavorpill. Filtering culture so you don’t have to.
Eames Demetrios. Filmmaker/geographer-at-large/steward/artist/writer/design exponent.
Stones Throw. The awesome independent hip hop record label.
Also be sure to check out Tweeeeet — a great who’s-who of designers on Twitter.
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