Who inspired your web design career?

Ask a graphic designer or illustrator who their heroes are, and chances are they'll reel off a list of famous names plus a smattering of unknowns to make themselves look cool.

Of course, the world of web design has its fair share of heroes and leading figures as well. To help spread some web design inspiration, we asked seven designers and developers which individuals helped to shape their career choices.

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Ruth Hamilton

Ruth spent a couple of years as Deputy Editor of Creative Bloq, and has also either worked on or written for almost all of the site's former and current print titles, from Computer Arts to ImagineFX. She now spends her days reviewing mattresses and hiking boots as the Outdoors and Wellness editor at T3.com, but continues to write about design on a freelance basis in her spare time.