We're constantly amazed by the new talent that's entering web design at a young age, and these 10 budding young designers are just some of the hotshots currently giving the industry a shot in the arm.
They're all shortlisted for the .net Awards 2013 (opens in new tab) - the international awards event organised by our sister title, .net magazine (opens in new tab). Read on to find out why they were nominated, plus you can find out more and vote for your favourite here (opens in new tab).
Based in San Francisco, by way of New Jersey, Manik Rathee started designing websites aged 10. Now 24 and working at the startup Fluence (opens in new tab) - "a new way for creators and professional media consumers to connect and promote new work", he spent last year in Chicago working on BarackObama.com (opens in new tab), the Barack Obama Call Tool, Dashboard and with a team of five to re-think contribute.barackobama.com (opens in new tab).
British designer, Dan Edwards, 24, started designing websites aged 16 and has work with a range of clients from agencies to startups, including Southampton University, Hardcloud and Surfer Gift. He's even organised his own web design event, Altitude, in Portsmouth, with speakers including Mike Kus, Jeremy Keith, Robin Christopherson and Sarah Parmenter.
Now aged 20, Isaac Paavola started designing websites aged 12. He accepted a position at AKTA Web Studio (opens in new tab) earlier this year as a UI designer. Recent side-projects include a website for online marketplaces startup Reppio (opens in new tab) and interfaces for SpotOn (opens in new tab), a rapidly-growing digital rewards program.
Elliot Jackson, an 18-year-old designer living in France, has only been designing websites for two years. Entirely self-taught, he's recently been working on themes for ThemeForest (opens in new tab) as well as side-projects like Draft.im (opens in new tab), which aims to help undiscovered talent get a Dribbble invite, and Basket.css (opens in new tab), a responsive grid with basic type styles.
Based in Toledo, Ohio, 19-year-old Rita DeRaedt started using Microsoft Paint at 10 and began designing websites aged 14. Although still only a junior at Bowling Green State University, she already has five years of client work under her belt, for clients including Dtech, Wise Lawn Care, Westgate Chapel, Duricek Automotive and Marine Services, Corilla, Trophez, and The Toledo Blade.
Self-described "business school dropout" web designer Tyler Galpin may be just 23, but he's got an impressive list of clients on his resumé, including Spotify, Woothemes, MetaLab, and FTW. Recently, the Canadian has been spending his time building RadPad (opens in new tab), a property rentals app.
Based in Santiago, Chile, 24-year-old Diego Quintana has designed websites for clients including Coca Cola, LG, The KDU, Ana Tijoux, and JOIA magazine. He's currently working on "a few corporate websites for interesting brands" and also works as a web developer for "a couple of art and design magazines".
Brooklyn-based 22-year-old Sawyer Hollenshead started designing websites aged 16, and his clients include Gucci, LA I'm Yours, Atrak, Working Not Working, and CreativeMornings. Primarily self-taught, he's currently at Oak Studios (opens in new tab). "My proudest moment so far came when Tina Roth Eisenberg gave Oak and myself a shout-out in her keynote at SXSW and when the audience applauded a sneak peak of the CreativeMornings website," he says.
22-year-old designer Jules Bassoleil, of Paris, France, started designing websites aged 16. His clients include Warner Bros, Cinemur.fr, J’ai Lu, Rhétorès, and Synerg’hetic. He was recognised this year, along with his friend Pierre Rossignol by a FWA Site of the Day (opens in new tab)for his 2012 portfolio.
Based in Oklahoma City, 23-year-old Kyle Turman started designing websites aged 14 - "well, if a Pokemon fan page on GeoCities counts".
The self-described college dropout now works with Foundry Collective (opens in new tab), and is proudest of his contribution to the Emporium Pies project that we covered on Creative Bloq (opens in new tab) this December. He's also co-opened a coworking space in Oklahoma City called Commonwealth.
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