Inspiration is something which can take you from rags to riches. Well being a designer, at times when I starve for ideas, even a small icon works as an inspiration for designing big projects. As aptly quoted- “It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to.” ~ Jean-Luc Godard.
Creativity is a free bird, but it is not a loner. In order to bring the best out of a creatively genius mind you need to be aware of what people are doing around you. Thanks to our social and professional networking sites, we can now peep into the current technological trends and view the standard bar these talented people are setting.
If you are designer, do not worry! As i have picked the best UX and UI designers from whom i personally take inspiration from. Though, it is contrary to what Albert Einstein once said “Creativity is knowing how to hide your sources” ☺, but this is the way I am.
Top 10 Peoples for Design Inspiration:
Formerly a psychologist, Wouter de Bres is now a UX/UI designer who hails from the Netherlands. He is obsessed with simplicity in the web design interfaces and opines that simple things deliver better user experience. This can be seen clearly from his posts’ on Dribble. He primarily focuses on delivering minimalistic and simple user interfaces which has now become his forte.
2. Jacob Cass
Jacob Cass at TEDxCMU
Creativity does not come with age and Jacod Cass simply justifies this statement. Working as a web designer since the age of 12, he has accomplished various milestones at such a young age. He is now the founder of JUST™ Creative and is a multi-disciplinary graphic designer, having a vast clientèle which stretches across the globe. He is a self employed designer with ample lot of awards in his kitty.
3. Virgil Pana
With 15,452 followers on Dribble, Virgil Pana is the on the top of this list. He is a Romania based freelance UI and UX designer and is active on Dribble. He shots every Dribble every day and has received thousands of impressions. This makes him one of the most sought after UX and UI designer.
4. Oykun Yilmaz
Oykun Yilmaz is a London based designer who proclaims to be a self taught designer. He used to work as a developer and then after he switched to designing out of sheer proclivity. Now he has established himself as a niche web designer by crafting a wide range of excruciating UI designs extending from web to mobile application development. Yilmaz finds himself lucky, as he has crafted numerous successful projects which are featured on iOS App store and famous tech blogs Forbes , TechCrunch, The Independent, The Sunday Times and many more.
Next on our list is Tintins, who is a Bangkok, Thailand based UX/UI designer. His portfolio comprises of a wide collection of designing user interface concepts which helps you in choosing colors from your palette aptly.
According to him – “Inspiration runs the world”.
6. Regy Perlera
Regy Perlera is a New York based UX/UI designer who has gained hands on designing experience after working for stalwarts such as Amazon, The New York Times, TripAdvisor and many others. You can follow him on dribble to get inspirations from his design post.
7. Cat Noone
Cat is a niche designer and an active blogger who is based in Berline, Germany and hails from Brooklyn. She has co-founded a tool named Liberio, which helps to create an eBook and one-click publishing via Google Drive.
Victor Erixon functions on the precept which mixes minimalistic approach along with usability. He now based in New York, but hails from Sweden and keeps on competing with himself and develops incredible products. He was also nominated for the ‘Young Designer of the Year’ award.
9. Luboš Volkov
With 5, 956 followers on Dribble, Luboš is a vibrant face in the designing world who hails from Czech Republic and works as a designer at Toptal. His designs have spurred the way we used to design our user interfaces.
10. Daniel Eden
Currently working for Dropbox in San Francisco as a UX designer, but Daniel Eden dons a lot of roles such as designer, writer and also a coder. He is the creator of some of the marvelous and technically intelligent project such as Brills, Onword (an environment for intrusion free writing ), Toast and Animate.css . His class apart work made him win a nomination for the ‘Young Designer of the Year’ award.
I would like to share a quote of Jim Jarmusch –
“Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery – celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to.” ”
Likewise, I believe that ‘inspiration is the fuel for creativity’ and I believe no engine can run without a fuel. Taking inspiration will embark on a new creative cycle and will take development to another level.