Are you a budding (or established) UX designer, who digs the occasional bit of insight or inspiration from experts to get the creative juices flowing? Well, Twitter is a tremendous way to hear from and connect with the very best in any field, including UX design.
Of course, finding the right people to follow on Twitter can be like trying to find needle in a haystack. So we decided to make it easy for you and give you a head start by curating a list of awesome UX designers who share interesting insights and links. Follow these 20 people on Twitter to keep up with the latest and greatest in UX Design.
Luke is a web thought leader who has designed or contributed to software used by more than 700 million people. Formerly VP Design at Yahoo, he now runs a startup called Input Factory which is focused on creating big value from micro mobile interactions. He has written three books on web design and even has a Youtube series on UX.
Obvious always wins. pic.twitter.com/3mggyCypmS
— Luke Wroblewski (@lukew) April 11, 2014
2. David Armano
Currently Director of Global Strategy at Edelman Digital, he has almost two decades of experience in digital marketing and branding and advising companies like HP, Ebay and Adidas. In addition, he is a prolific writer and has contributed to HBR and Bloomberg Businessweek in the past.
— David Armano (@armano) August 1, 2014
3. Chris Messina
Ever wondered who created the hashtag? Well, Chris is your guy. He was also one of the UX designers behind Google+ and co-founded Barcamp – an international network of user-generated workshops primarily focused around technology and the web.
— Chris Messina ✁_____ (@chrismessina) August 13, 2014
Ethan is a Boston-based web designer, who, in his own words, works at the intersection of ‘beautiful design and elegant code’. He also runs a separate twitter handle focused on responsive web-design where he curates useful links on a daily basis.
There’s no better feeling than refactoring some old CSS you wrote and where am i why is the room on fire whose blood is thi
— Ethan Marcotte (@beep) August 13, 2014
5. Jared Spool
A software developer and programmer, Jared founded User Interface Engineering in 1988. He has more than 15 years of experience conducting usability evaluations on a variety of products, and has also found the time to author a book on Website design.
— Jared Spool (@jmspool) August 13, 2014
Creative Director of Adobe @Typekit, Elliot is a designer and illustrator based in Bristol, England. He’s also the founder and editor of 8 Faces, a bi-annual printed magazine dedicated to typographic design, and co-founder of Viewport Industries — creators of Countdone, a productivity app on iOS.
— Elliot Jay Stocks (@elliotjaystocks) August 6, 2014
7. Andy Budd
Andy started designing websites in 1998, has been a prominent contributor to the pioneering Web Standards movement, and is the author of a book. He founded Clearleft, now one of the world’s leading UX design consultancies. He spends a lot of his time engaged in mentoring young designers and can be seen at numerous conferences including An Event Apart and SXSW.
— Andy Budd (@andybudd) August 1, 2014
8. Paul Boag
Paul has been working in the web for over 20 years. Since 2002, he’s been running Headscape, a digital strategy and UX firm. He also runs Boagworld, a blog and podcast that offers advice on web strategy and design.
Some great stock imagery perfect for your startup site. Best of all they are free. http://t.co/8Twikx5PpR
— Paul Boag (@boagworld) August 12, 2014
9. Mike Matas
Mike has worked on some exciting projects over the past 10 years. As a young coder, he co-founded Delicious Monster, makers of the elegant cataloguing tool Delicious Library. In 2005 he went to work for Apple, where he designed user interfaces and artwork for the iPhone, the iPad and Mac OS X. He founded Push Pop Press, a publishing company bought by Facebook in 2011, and now runs design for Facebook Paper.
We just posted a series of tech talks about how our engineers built Paper to be a smooth physics based gestural app. http://t.co/ZaADK1q9oq
— Mike Matas (@mike_matas) April 22, 2014
10. Joshua Porter
Joshua is currently UX Director at HubSpot, and loves making interfaces that are easy and pleasurable to use. He is a co-founder of 52 Weeks of UX (along with Joshua Brewer), a premier UX blog read by over 10,000 UX professionals. He is generous with his advice, which you will find on his blog (running since 2000) and in his bestselling book.
— Joshua Porter (@bokardo) August 7, 2014
11. Aarron Walter
Apart from being the head of all things UX at Mailchimp, Aarron has written a wildly successful book called ‘Designing for Emotion’, which tells you exactly what it takes to get users to fall in love with your site. You can find an entire list of his publications on his website.
— Aarron Walter (@aarron) August 5, 2014
12. Whitney Hess
Whitney coaches companies on how to design their products more mindfully and compassionately. She writes at Pleasure & Pain and co-hosts the podcast Designing Yourself. Her life’s mission is to “put humanity back into business”. Examples of her work include United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Seamless and Boxee.
— Whitney Hess (@whitneyhess) August 10, 2014
13. Trent Walton
Trent is one of the co-founders of Paravel, along with Dave Rupert, Reagan Ray, and has been working and building for the web since 2002. In his spare time, he writes about what he learns on his blog and on Twitter. For more on his journey, and Paravel, read this great interview.
“As it turns out, ‘responsive design is bad for performance’ can actually be really good for performance.” http://t.co/Xjm4pemPre
— Trent Walton (@TrentWalton) July 11, 2014
14. Ryan Singer
Ryan has been building stuff at Basecamp — an easy to use project management system for businesses — for over 10 years. You can check out his articles and talks on UX and UI on his website, Felt Presence.
A design project doesn't really start until you're in that difficult place between knowing what you need to do and not knowing how to do it.
— Ryan Singer (@rjs) July 30, 2014
15. Josh Brewer
In 2012, Fast Company named him one of “50 designers shaping the future of design”. Josh was previously Principal Designer at Twitter, UX director at Socialcast and is co-founder of 52 Weeks of UX along with his namesake Joshua Porter. He is also a mentor at Designer Fund, which invests in startups co-founded by designers.
— Josh Brewer (@jbrewer) July 19, 2014
16. Nick Finck
A UX professional who has worked in the web industry for over a decade, Nick has helped create both web and mobile experiences for Intel, Google, Adobe and Oprah.com, and is currently keeping up the good work at Amazon AWS. He has also published Digital Web Magazine an online publication for web professionals, for the past 10 years.
— Nick Finck (@nickf) August 8, 2014
17. Mike Kus
Mike is a UK based designer who specializes in Web/UI Design, Graphic Design, Branding, Illustration & Photography. He has worked for the likes of Twitter, Microsoft, Berocca and Mailchimp among others. He is also a regular speaker at design/tech conferences.
People have been asking me about my old blog posts, so I've put my old site back online here: http://t.co/s3drpMXlOT
— Mike Kus (@mikekus) July 28, 2014
Jesse, co-founder and chief creative officer of Adaptive Path, is one of the world’s most widely recognized technology product designers. In 2005, he gained worldwide attention for coining the term “Ajax” and defining the concepts behind this emerging trend in web technology. His design leadership has since been acknowledged by publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and BusinessWeek. For more, check out his website.
Still amazed that marketers haven’t realized they need to craft these YouTube pre-rolls to deliver *some* message in the first 5 seconds.
— Jesse James Garrett (@jjg) June 5, 2014
19. Wilson Miner
In 2004, Wilson helped create the original version of the Django web framework. Since then, he has worked with some great companies – Facebook, Rdio, Everyblock and Apple. If you are looking for some much needed inspiration and insight, check out his talk from the 2011 Buildconf.
— Wilson Miner (@wilsonminer) July 18, 2014
20. Kerem Suer
After leaving his job at Fitbit to start his own design studio in 2011, Kerem Suer has worked with great design teams at MyFitnessPal, Lovely, Pinterest, Dropbox and One Kings Lane. He recently joined the Omada Health team to help rethink healthcare delivery.
I just accidentally entered 3D mode in Photoshop https://t.co/isJh25Ck2s
— Kerem Suer (@kerem) August 12, 2014