With over 400 million monthly active users, Instagram is one of the most effective social media networks for graphic designers. The image-based platform lets you capture and share the world around you, and gives you a sneaky peek into what others are up to, too, including your favourite graphic designers.
To help you find the best graphic designers to follow on Instagram, we've compiled a quick list of some of the most inspiring, interesting and forward-thinking creatives on the platform, creating everything from pixel art to experimental design. Follow these inspirational designers and illustrators and you can't go far wrong.
01. Seb Lester
If there's such a thing as the Godfather of Instagram, Seb Lester is surely it. The British artist and designer stole the show with his hypnotic short videos showing him reinterpret the world's most famous logos – Nike, The Gap, Star Wars, The New York Times and more – using calligraphy. He aims to reward his one million-plus Instagram followers with a new post every day, so you'll always find something new.
For tantalising design, acute art, handmade algorithms and bespoke generative processes, try the Instragram account of award-winning Berlin-based studio Zeitguised – it's as bonkers as they are. If you like vibrant colour, beautiful textures and a healthy dose of just plain weird, you'll get a bucket-load of inspiration from this talented team.
03. Mike Kus
No collection of the best graphic designers to follow on Instagram would be complete without UK-based designer and illustrator Mike Kus. With a staggering 849,000 followers, expect stunning shots of British beaches and countryside with lots of artistic shapes and geometric lines, plus some dramatic photography to add to your photo stream.
Colombian digital artist, graphic designer and illustrator describes his work as "pop surrealism". Saturated with science references, retro hues and bold, geometric patterns, if you're in the mood for the absurd – and his 76,500 followers suggest there's an interest – look no further.
05. Hey Studio
Hey Studio isn't one of Spain's most exciting practising graphic design studios for nothing. Ricardo Jorge, Veronica Fuerte and Mikel Romero have a cult following – and the studio's Instargam account shows why. Stunning geometric shapes from their latest works juxtapose snaps of the team in action: it's a great way to keep up with the action.
06. Annie Atkins
Specialising in graphic design for film, Annie Atkins created the incredible graphic props for The Grand Budapest Hotel – as well as The Boxtrools, Penny Dreadful and more. Atkins posts insight into her working process on Instagram, plus candid shots of her daily surroundings.
From imposing architecture to close-ups of condensation on a toilet cistern, American designer Gmunk's atmospheric Instagram account records his extensive work and travel adventures, while offering a glimpse into the mind of the man responsible for Tron's opening titles.
08. Jon Contino
Well-known artist and designer Jon Contino uses his Instagram account to showcase his work, which is often done in collaboration with other NY brands. Whether you're interested in illustration, branding or product design, this is a great account to take inspiration from.
Voted in Computer Arts magazine as the most influential graphic designer of the last 20 years, Stefan Sagmeister is currently presenting his favourite daily vinyl artwork on Instagram – it's a fascinating insight into the mind of one of the most successful graphic designers of our time.
10. Anthony Burrill
The work of well-known graphic artist, print-maker and designer Anthony Burrill is exhibited in museums around the world, but if you're looking to understand what inspires the man behind the art, give his Instagram account a follow.
11. Kate Moross
For a hit of colour when creativity levels are dipping, try Kate Moross. The director of Studio Moross – and recently named within the three most inspiring graphic designers of the last 20 years by Computer Arts – is well-known for her bubblegum pop aesthetic and love of Japan.
12. Alex Trochut
Barcelona-born, Brooklyn-based artist, graphic designer, illustrator and typographer Alex Trochut has won a devoted fanbase thanks to his unique brand of illustrated typography and geometric flair. He posts work updates and insights into his "permanent workaholidays" on Instagram – and his 36.3k followers love it.
13. Ryan Bosse
Designer for San Francisco-based agency Stout by day and freelance designer by night, Ryan Bosse posts a real mix of photos to his Instagram account. From snaps of Golden Gate Bridge to his chicken waffle breakfast, we love the variety of pictures he shares with his followers.
14. Kristian Hay
Canadian graphic designer Kristian Hay shares some really cool pictures of his life in Vancouver. From ice hockey to cars to travel, his account is an eclectic mix. We particularly love his sunset snaps.
15. Dan Mather
Screenprinter and graphic designer Dan Mather captures some brilliant colour shots on his Instagram account. If you're a keen cyclist – particularly of the fixed kind – then make sure you give him a follow for some truly cool bike snaps.
16. Riley Cran
Passionate about packaging design? Then make sure you follow US designer Riley Cran. Specialising in identity, packaging and illustration, Cran snaps his creative finds to an Instagram account that oozes cool.
17. Brenton Clarke
Visual designer for Verizon Wireless and artist for Tinker*Mobile, Brenton Clarke takes some brilliant and dramatic shots of the outdoors. With spectacular use of colour, make sure all you keen photographers give him a follow.
18. Erik Marinovich
If you're a typography fan, then make sure you're going to love Erik Marinovich's account. A letterist and designer based in San Francisco, Marinovich has worked for a roster of big name clients including New York Times, Wired and Nike.
19. Mike Perry
With over 57,000 followers, Mike Perry is a man of many talents. He has extensive experience in the art and design worlds, and his Instagram account includes snapshots of his work and travels.
For beautiful 3D artwork, futuristic lettering and top-class photography, keep an eye on the Instagram account of Dazzle Ship studio founder and creative director Alex Donne-Johnson – also known as Vector Meldrew. His latest contribution to #36daysoftype was likened to a 'Saturn feather pillow pretzel' [pictured top-left] – an apt description, we're sure you'll agree.
21. Will Bryant
Will Bryant is a designer, artist, illustrator and part-time graphic design lecturer in Portland. His Instagram account is a comic mix of his work, his inspirations and life in the city famous for arty hipster hangouts.
22. Lauren Hom
Designer and letterer Lauren Hom is the founder of lettering blog DailyDishonesty.com. Her Instagram account shares some of the snippy sayings from the blog, as well as her passion for baking and travel snaps.
23. Kyle Wilkinson
Hacksaw founder and graphic designer Kyle Wilkinson is one to watch. As well as glimpses from his stunning portfolio of work, you'll find in-progress shots of the man at work alongside his product work too.
24. Tad Carpenter
Designer, illustrator, author and teacher Tad Carpenter shares his passion for fun and colourful design on his Instagram account with snapshots of his work, as well as quirky design finds. A great one to follow if you're a fan of character design.
25. Anna Dorfman
The Instagram account of designer Anna Dorfman oozes cool. With snaps of her work, dogs and Brooklyn life, it's a fun and quirky account to add to your list.
26. Gavin Strange
Senior designer at Aardman by day and freelance designer working under the moniker of Jam Factory by night, Gavin Strange uses his account to share his passion for design and bikes.
27. Brand Nu
Speaking of #36daysoftype (see no 20), as we write this you'll find the latest contributions from British creative director Radim Malinic, aka Brand Nu, on his Instagram account. Keep up to date with his latest work and speaking adventures on Instagram.