20 Instagram Accounts Every Creative Should Follow
As a highly visual person, Instagram is by far my favorite social media platform. I make sure to keep my feed stocked full of things that will inspire me.
Between all the fantastic artists, letterers, designers, and photographers putting their work out there daily, Instagram is an endless well of creative inspiration!
A quick scroll through some ‘grams can provide inspiration for a website mockup, ebook, or even a CTA.
To get you started, I’ve curated a list of 20 of my favorite creatives on Instagram to follow.
22-year-old photographer and letterer, Noel Shively, will fill your Insta-feed with daily positivity. His beautifully hand-lettered quotes mixed with creative photography will definitely put some pep in your step.
Doing a limited sale of my "Long Live the Adventure" world maps. Only made 20 of them for now. These guys are huge, they run 19in x 27in. Every print is numbered and signed and have their own little unique thing to them. $70 each + $6 shipping for USA *shipping varies for worldwide. Shipped out Monday at the latest. Email me at dwellerandco @ gmail.com to buy #typography #handlettering #painting #lettering
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Florida-based lettering artist, muralist, chalk art aficionado, and self-proclaimed part-time Instagram-er, Casey Ligon, shares a combination of chalk lettered signs, notebook doodles, and typography made with some unexpected materials (think tomato sauce, coffee grounds, and sprinkles!)
Hellooooo Monday. A little gold never hurt anybody (unless we're talking Game of Thrones, but I mean he totally deserved it) ✨💛✨ #casey_sketches
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Scott Biersack is “a guy just doing what he loves.” New York-based illustrator and designer, Biersack will pleasantly surprise you with his diverse lettering skills he’s used for projects done for Blue Moon, Starbucks, and Girl Skateboards.
It's complete! Always having fun covering this massive chalkboard. Another chalkboard piece coming tomorrow as well! ✌️
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Carla Hackett is one cat-loving letterer who will delight you with her free-flowing elegant letter style. Her photos and videos from her hand-lettering workshops are sure to inspire.
Ladies of Letters is going global! These prints are on their way to Pick Me Up graphic art fair in London next month with @supergraph. I'm sure they like cats and Tay over there? 😻
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Sean McCabe will hypnotize you with his wise words for the day. His Instagram showcases his super precise hand-lettering skills and some quick tips, while instilling some positivity into your day.
We all struggle executing on our ideas and turning them into reality—it’s not easy, but please embrace that struggle.
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Daily Dishonesty is the brain-child of designer Lauren Hom. This feed of the “little white lies” we tell ourselves, are not only painfully true but perfectly designed.
Ignorance is bliss. #typography #type #handlettering #lettering #illustration #pants #leggings #fashion #sorrynotsorry #design #graphicdesign #dailydishonesty
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Illustrator, printmaker, and textile designer, Andrea Lauren, will brighten up your day with her bright and playful prints. Lauren's feed is filled with hand-carved linocuts of plants, animals, and life's little inspirations.
Having some fun with these narwhals
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Riley Cran’s Instagram is an awesome mix of his own designs, found design inspiration, and reposts of other great projects. If you’re looking for a diverse design Instagram to follow, this is the one for you.
Two bottles I designed for @nolibrewhouse and my weird scrunched up hand.
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Creative firm, Pavlov Visuals, posts both unique branding solutions and sharp, captivating geometric illustrations inspired by music, books, films, and life.
Stoked to see this friendly bear traveling on tour with @milowofficial. Used for his upcoming solo tour through Netherlands, France, and Belgium.
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Orlando based designer, Justin Mezzell, keeps it interesting with his bold, geometric designs mixed in with snapshots of his every day life.
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Art & Illustration
London-based artist, Nick Gentry, works with contributed artifacts and other materials sourced directly from the public. Gentry’s haunting portraits are so beautiful, it may take you a minute to realize they’re made from floppy discs, film negatives, and even vintage photographs.
Detail of 'Frontier' #Memoryscapes
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Rachel Ryle’s feed has been crowned as the #1 Instagram account to follow by both MTV & BuzzFeed. As a storyteller and professional animator, Ryle’s Instagram is full of cheerful stop motion animations featuring her miniature illustrations.
"Take Two!" - It's my 2 year animation anniversary!!! Words cannot tell you how thankful I am for all your support along the way. In 2013 I taught myself how to animate by using the @Instagram app. Little did I know that something which started as a hobby would so quickly change the course of my life! Within 2 months of creating my first animation I quit my day job and turned illustrating & animating into my full time career! Since my first piece, "Make Something & Grow", I have made 162 animations! In honor of #ThrowbackThursday here is a look back at some of my favorite creations! Thank you for watching me grow along the way, I simply can't wait to see what we *make* of the future! #tbt #stopmotion #animation #anniversary #art #drawing #cartoon #collection #artcollection #gardening #butterfly #nasa #spaceshuttle #rocket #duckhunt #nintendo #chocolate #party #celebration #balloons
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Los Angeles-based illustrator, Nan Lawson, has an Insta-feed of illustrations inspired by “hipsters, cult television shows, and desserts”. She is sure to put a smile on your face every time.
I did another cocktail! Yay! #mixology #moscowmule #illustration #artistsoninstagram
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26-year-old artist, Sam Spratt, has worked with clients like Janelle Monáe, Childish Gambino, FX, Warner Music, and Game Informer, to create jaw-dropping portraits. His feed is a collection of his insanely lifelike digital paintings as well as videos and sketches.
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Self-taught artist, Meera Lee Patel, has an Instagram collection of beautiful, breezy, watercolor paintings inspired by “the magical mysteries of nature, the quiet stories that lace through everyday life, and the bold colors of her native India.”
why bother being anybody else? painting from #SWYABook. #process
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Portugal based Instagrammer, Wandson Lisboa, has a playful feed of snapshots with some familiar pop-culture characters. His perfectly posed photographs will have you feeling very nostalgic.
DJ Woody confirmado! 🏄 🍋⛵️ #dartudo #sentes
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24-year-old architect, designer, and photographer Anna Devís Benet creates beautiful compositions that tell a story using interesting landscapes to accentuate her subjects.
\\\ 🔵 \\\ Here is Daniel showing me one of his secret ninja's camouflage movements. I knew he was hiding me something...
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Jacob Santiago, freelance designer and photographer from NYC, beautifully captures the essence of the city with every photograph he posts. Missing the hustle of the city? Santiago’s feed will make you feel like you’re in the middle of it all.
Can't wait to see more door ways like this
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Los Angeles based photographer, Julie Lee, uses local produce to make colorful patterns and tableaus. Inspired by local ingredients, Lee’s photographs look good enough to eat.
Happy (berry) dance because it's FRIDAY!! 🎈💃🏻🍓
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Molly Grubbs is always looking up. Literally. Her Instagram is full of awesome shots of the sky, and we’re not talking about #skyporn. Grubbs uses interesting structures and buildings to create unexpected views.
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Wondering where to begin?