100 must-follow Pinterest accounts for graphic designers
When it comes to finding inspiration for design projects, the glorious web offers an insatiable amount of content at our fingertips – so much so, that it can often feel overwhelming. We might spot something, get distracted and forget about it, cursing ourselves for not bookmarking that page. This is where Pinterest has become our best friend.
The platform allows us to find, curate, save and share inspiring bits and bobs that we discover on our virtual travels. And with the ability to create 'boards' that we can pin things to, this helps avoid any creative ruts in future. Even better, we can stalk those we admire and see what they're inspired by – it's the ultimate treasure trove of creativity.
But the problem is, who to follow? Allow us to help. At Shillington, we've pulled together the following list of 100 top Pinterest accounts for graphic design inspiration. With our suggestions, you'll enrich your own boards in no time.
Design Magazines & Bloggers
1. Mr Cup & Walter
Mr Cup & Walter, aka Fabien Barral, is a graphic designer, passionate about images and graphic design.
Refinery29 is a "lifestyle destination that delivers non-stop inspiration to live a more stylish and creative life".
The New-York magazine where "business and design collide".
4. We and The Color
Based in Germany, this bright and vibrant art and design blog shares a wealth of creative inspiration.
5. Kinfolk Magazine
One of the best lifestyle magazines around, and with a Pinterest board dripping with style.
A travel and style magazine.
A Mexico-based art and design blog.
8. Beth Kirby | Local Milk
The Pinterest board of Beth Kirby, owner of Local Milk, a blog about slow living. Beth is based in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
9. Lauren Zwanziger
Nashville native Lauren Zwanziger captures her life of travel and fashion via Pinterest.
10. Creative Boom
One of the UK's leading art and design blogs for creative people. Based in both Manchester and London.
11. It's Nice That
Another leading London-based blog, with an emphasis on graphic design.
12. Creative Review
London-based magazine and website featuring the best in visual culture. They ask one big question – how is creativity changing our world?
13. From Up North
Curating the creative web since 2010. By Swede Daniel Nelson.
London-based magazine, offering a modern guide to fashion, culture and ideas.
15. Design Milk
Design Milk is a website dedicated to modern design run by Jaime Derringer. This is the official Design Milk + Dog Milk Pinterest account.
Daily information on graphic design, image and communication, courtesy of this Spanish blog.
17. Design Quixotic
Follow the feed of Brooklyn-based Art Director + Designer. Lover of beautiful miscellany.
The awards for design, creativity and innovation on the Internet, which recognise and promote the best web designers in the world.
19. Estudio Pum
Hi! Pum is a multidisciplinary design studio based in São Paulo.
20. Hey Studio
Hey – the popular graphic design studio based in Barcelona.
Mucho is a global boutique design studio. This is some of the stuff that inspires them.
Donhkoland presents "global projects oriented to the new interactive market where the usability and vitality that new technologies provide are the key component". A admired studio based in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
23. Pentagram Design
Pentagram is a multi-disciplinary design firm with offices in London, New York, San Francisco, Austin and Berlin.
24. Craig Leontowicz
Founder of 10C, a Canadian graphic design studio.
25. Inkwell Studio
An independent New Zealand design studio specialising in branding, custom typography and print design. Small studio / massive ideas.
26. Vice Versa Design Studio
Vice Versa design studio is the first Infographics design studio in South Korea.
A graphic design firm from Austin, Texas, generating its own projects, initiatives, and content while taking on limited client work. Run by Bryony Gomez-Palacio and Armin Vit.
28. Sixheads John Fry
Sixheads is a graphic design and web development studio based in Melbourne, Australia. Its founder John Fry is also Director of Digital for Shillington.
29. Smack Bang Designs
A boutique branding and design agency based in Sydney. Working closely with businesses all over the globe to create distinctive and damn-fine design solutions.
Designers & Artists
30. Emma Linnea Davis
Artist, calligrapher. illustrator and lover of all things creative, typographical and calligraphic – and a Sydney Shillington graduate.
31. Jessica Walsh
Partner at Sagmeister & Walsh in NYC.
32. Brandon Lesley
Texas-based creative director, designer, photographer, music nerd and documenter of fine design.
33. Richard Baird
A British freelance designer and writer working within the field of brand identity design. Articles published by Brand New, Design Week, The Dieline and BP&O.
Melbourne-based graphic artist, illustrator and maker, and lecturer at Shillington.
35. Tobias Appelgren
Oslo/Apelgren-based designer, offering creative strategy and branded innovation.
36. Chloé Douglas
Vancouver, Canada-based designer, art director and colour enthusiast via www.plentyofcolour.com.
37. Shanti Sparrow
Shanti is an Australian illustrator and designer who loves things bright, beautiful & colourful. An inspiring feed from someone who is also a lecturer at Shillington New York.
38. Jess Wright
Designer based in Melbourne.
39. Eduardo Dosuá
Graphic and type designer based in Madrid. Focused on corporate identity, typography, art direction and editorial design.
40. De perdidos al río
Graphic designer living in Valencia.
41. Anna Dunn
London designer and illustrator, and a lecturer at Shillington's London campus.
42. Kan Wei
New York designer.
43. Suann Song
Founder and Creative Director at Appointed in Washington, D.C.
44. Annie Bastien
Montréal-based designer graphique et professeure de graphisme / Graphic designer and graphic design teacher.
45. Amy Sia
Australian London-based fashion and textile print designer. Loves painting, colour, print and pattern.
46. Mervi / Werkshoppe
Freelance creative from Helsinki, Finland with a soft spot for anything that's a little bit out of the ordinary, and ordinary that's just plain awesome.
47. Shuji Fukada
Japanese graphic designer.
48. Tia Queen
Brisbane-based graphic designer with a love for pixels and paper, and a lecturer at Shillington's Brisbane campus.
49. Neil Ramsbottom
Founder and designer at Studio eNaR and co-founder of Bitique. Fan of graphic design, architecture and the sweet science of boxing. Based in Manchester.
50. Georgia Perry
Melbourne designer and illustrator, creating chic and eccentric accessories. She's also a guest lecturer at Shillington in Melbourne.
51. Lee Nicol
Senior creative at The Creative Method in Sydney, Australia and ex-Shillington teacher.
52. Massimo Pitis
Creative Director at Pitis in Milan: branding, exhibition, digital and editorial design.
Lisbon-based graphic designer. Made of awesomeness. Daydreamer & night thinker. Full-time Geek. Interested in design, art, photo, body art, weird.
54. Laurent Duserre
Art director and web designer based in France. Inspired by travelling to foreign countries, experiencing different cultures.
55. Rebecca Finn
Atlanta, Georgia-based graphic designer and creative soul with a love for design, art, couture and the desire to experience more out of life than what we see in the everyday.
56. Kayla Meyer
Denver-based creative director.
Montreal, Canada-based platform offering copyright-free high resolution stock photographs.
58. Pixabay Free Images
Over 800,000 high quality photos, vector graphics, and videos on Pixabay.com, a startup based in Germany. All images are 100% free to use.
59. Thomas Murphy
Brooklyn-based photographer and blogger.
60. Bekka Palmer
Bekka is a photographer and adventurer living in Brooklyn.
The famous image hosting platform brings you its inspiring Pinterest feed.
Pexels is another non-cheesy stock photo site. Here you'll find interesting and awesome pins around the topic of "web design".
At Freepik, you'll find 1.4 million free graphic files for download.
Resources for Designers
64. Free Design Resources
Straight out of Indonesia, Free Design Resources is a site dedicated to help you find the highest quality free resources for your design.
65. Creative Market
Creative Market, based in San Francisco, is a marketplace for design assets like graphics, photos, fonts, website themes, icons, brushes and more.
66. Graphic Design Junction
Get free daily graphic inspirational resources for designers and developers.
Design Organisations & Events
One of the world's leading graphic design schools (where I happen to work) shares its student work, inspirations, resources and everything design on its rich and varied Pinterest feed.
68. The Design Museum
Based in London, The Design Museum is one of the world's leading museums devoted to contemporary design in every form from furniture to graphics, and architecture to industrial design.
69. The Finders Keepers
The Finders Keepers is Australia's leading design market, featuring the work of independent makers from across the country.
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
71. Wayne Thompson
Type designer, lettering practitioner, typography instructor. Director of Australian Type Foundry and a guest lecturer for Shillington in Australia.
72. Luca Barcellona
Calligrapher and graphic designer from Milan, Italy.
73. Seb Lester
East Sussex-based creative specialising in letterform art, design and illustration.
74. Font Picker
Font Picker is a simple app to browse and choose fonts on your computer. Based in Leeds, UK.
75. Type Worship
Counterpart to the Type Worship blog. Celebrating beautiful letterforms. Based in London and Sydney.
Based in Berlin, FontShop is the premier retailer for desktop, web and mobile typefaces with over 150,000 fonts from expert-selected foundries.
Designs Products & Brands
Collect gallery quality art prints and other products by thousands of Society6 artists from around the world.
The marketplace where people connect to make, sell and buy unique goods.
At Adobe, you can break down barriers to creation. Wherever you are when inspiration strikes… Home? Create. Office? Create. Subway? Create.
Leading lifestyle brand and purveyor of design-driven wares. Flagship in Downtown LA's Arts District and Outpost at The Line Hotel.
WeWork provides you with the space, community, and services you need to make a life, not just a living.
Use Behance to showcase and discover creative work. "We're on a mission to connect and empower the creative world to make ideas happen."
Empowering the world to design. Start creating at Canva, a firm based in Sydney, Australia.
84. Guy Kawasaki
Silicon Valley, CA genuis Guy Kawasaki is the chief evangelist of Canva, an online graphic design tool. Formerly, he was the chief evangelist of Apple. Author, The Art of the Start 2.0.
85. The Dieline
Featuring the best package design from around the world.
Illustration, Colour & Pattern Inspiration
86. Pantone, Carlstadt, New Jersey
The authority on colour.
87. Jessica Colaluca
Founder of Design Seeds.
88. Design Seeds, Madison, Wisconsin
For all who love colour, Design Seeds is a definite.
89. Sarah Bagshaw
Birmingham-based mother of three. Art and design lecturer. Surface pattern designer.
90. Peppy Pattern And Design
Surface Pattern Designer from London.
91. Ciara Phelan
London freelance illustrator and textile designer. Founder of Kith & Kin.
92. Laura Redburn
Welsh collage artist, pattern maker and colour lover.
Spanish front-end developer and UI/UX researcher.
94. Héctor García
UX designer, Spanish born based in Shanghai, China.
95. Nacho Ortega
Madrid-based UX/UI designer.
96. Stephane Sommer
Paris-based design director who says: "Every system is a tool, those are the actions that define it".
97. UX Setup
London-based firm that offers resources to UX designers.
98. Michał Galubiński
Based in Warszawa, Poland, Michal is a creative designer specialising in interface design, mobile application design and web-design.
UX/UI designer with an interesting Pinterest feed.
100. wit studio
Spanish firm wit studio makes software for UI designers and developers.
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