Move over Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, there's a hot new social media (opens in new tab) platform on the block and it's called Vero (opens in new tab). The platform, which is currently topping the App Store, is being picked up by creatives from all sorts of industries who are looking to ditch other social media sites that have become cluttered with ads.
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According to Vero, what sets it apart from its rivals is that there are no ads and no algorithms. Vero is being presented as the next logical step for people who want to connect and share online.
However usability issues, such as an inability for users to delete their accounts immediately, have already dogged the platform's image.
Every platform goes through teething troubles, though, so could Vero be the go-to social media site of the future? If the current influx of designers and artists are anything to go by, the answer's yes.
To help you get acquainted with the platform, we've rounded up 12 designers and artists who have already made the move to Vero.
(Vero is currently experiencing high demand, so for now we've linked to their portfolio websites. We'll update this article with Vero handles as soon as we can.)
01. Becky Cloonan (opens in new tab)
Trying out Vero! The last thing I need in my life is another app, but it’s streamlined and feels less bloated than Instagram. Hoping this can be a good place to keep up with friends and artists whose work inspires me! (Or we will all just delete it in a week haha) pic.twitter.com/j1xhbqxN1oFebruary 25, 2018
Comic book artist and creator Becky Cloonan is already a popular presence on Twitter thanks to her witty statuses and habit of sharing her incredible work. Cloonan, who was voted the third greatest female comics artist of all-time back in 2015, was also the first woman to draw the main Batman title for DC Comics. Be sure to follow her for glimpses of her amazing art, and hopefully some more humorous updates too.
02. Jen Bartel (opens in new tab)
Hmm well I joined Vero, will be testing it out as a potential IG replacement. I’m on there as JenBartel if you wanna check it out! 😘February 24, 2018
Illustrator and comic artist Jen Bartel is another Twitter sensation who has decided to dip her toes into the world of Vero. Bartel has attracted a large audience thanks to her fantastic vibrant work geared around depictions of strong ladies, so be sure to follow her on Vero for a burst of empowering art.
03. Tom Muller (opens in new tab)
Tom Muller is a creative director who splits his time between running his own design practice, helloMuller, and working as the creative director at Possible. Specialising in creative direction, graphic design, branding design and more, Muller will be one to follow on Vero for choice insights on a broad range of design principles.
04. Thom Simpson (opens in new tab)
It's easy to lose hours looking at the detailed wonders that are Thom Simpson's illustrations. By following the talented artist on Vero you'll be able to do exactly that, and you won't be distracted by ads.
05. Siggi Eggertsson (opens in new tab)
Siggi Eggertsson's beautiful creations pack all the charm of pixel art (opens in new tab), but with their rounded elements they're a bit easier on the eyes. Be sure to follow him for visual treats straight into your timeline (or whatever the Vero version is.)
06. James Boast (opens in new tab)
What could be nicer than logging into a social media platform and seeing the delightful artwork of freelance illustrator James Boast? It beats endless holiday snaps in our books.
07. Ben the Illustrator (opens in new tab)
If you're an illustrator knocking about online, chances are you have heard of Ben the Illustrator thanks to his annual illustrator's survey. To keep up to date with all of his latest works and thoughts, why not give him a follow on Vero?
08. Velvet Spectrum (opens in new tab)
The Los Angeles-based creative studio of Australian graphic artist Luke Choice already has a strong following on other social media platforms, so be sure to get in on the ground floor as he sets up shop on Vero. Expect posts that explore his portfolio of surreal and unexpected art.
09. James Jean (opens in new tab)
Artist James Jean already has over 60,000 followers on Twitter, but in comparison his Vero profile is looking a little lonely. Why not join him on the new site and give him a larger audience for his stunning work?
10. Thomas Fenton (opens in new tab)
There are a lot of traditional and digital illustrators on this list, so to shake up your tastes we recommend following 3D artist Thomas Fenton. And thanks to Vero's lack of data mining algorithms, you won't get spammed by Vero with recommendations for pretenders to his throne.
11. Bobby Chiu (opens in new tab)
On Twitter Bobby Chiu describes himself as an artist/teacher/creator, but now he can add Vero user to that list. With work for clients including Disney, Warner Bros and Star Wars, you're sure to pick up useful industry insights by giving him a follow.
12. TNMZ Design (opens in new tab)
Type fans are in for a treat with TNMZ Design. Set up by 21 year-old self taught graphic designer known as Hendry, TNMZ specialises in logo design, poster design, and professional hand lettering. If those are your bag, give TNMZ Design a follow on Vero and prepare to be bombarded by design goodness.