Get Inspired and Steal from the Best Designers

Good Artists Borrow, Great Artists Steal” – Pablo Picasso. The main problem with this concept is that we often steal from the wrong person and instead of improving our output, we end up messing it up. In this post I will list some of the best designers out there, that can inspire you in your future designs.

1. Jon Hicks

Jon Hicks from Hicksdesign is the man behind many well-known logo designs like MailChimp, Shopify or Silverback. But Hicksdesign is responsible not only for great logos, but also great user interfaces and web designs for Mozilla, Opera Software and others.

Follow Jon Hicks on Twitter: Hicksdesign

2. Cameron Moll

I think Cameron Moll was one of the first designers that I admired when I started searching the web for inspiration. From well defined typography to great colors, Cameron’s designs are absolutely stunning. You can check Authentic Jobs or one of his great typographic posters to see Cameron’s style and execution.

Follow Cameron Moll on Twitter: Cameron Moll

3. Jason Santa Maria

Please tell me that you have heard about, Typekit or maybe WordPress, otherwise I will find you and you will feel the wrath of the pixel. Jason Santa Maria is one of those designers that you read about constantly when important stuff is debated. Also, take a look at his portfolio, you will be amazed about his artwork.

Follow Jason Santa Maria on Twitter: Jason Santa Maria

4. Veerle Pieters

Veerle Pieters seems to be the only woman in this list … that’s strange, because there are a lot of good women designers out there. But back to Veerle and her graphic design skills – any pixel she puts on the screen is mind-blowing and any of her portfolio samples are unique.

Follow Veerle Pieters on Twitter: Veerle Pieters

5. Matthew Smith

You may know little about Matthew Smith but I’m sure that you already are a fan of his work. You have to be … because his big blue whale is on every design gallery site – yes, I’m talking about the Squared Eye whale.

Follow Matthew Smith on Twitter: Matthew Smith

6. Elliot Jay Stocks

You may read Elliot’s description in the next image, but you have to visit site (great design and execution) and then visit his portfolio. I promise you won’t be disappointed. He is a complex designer having artworks in all design domains: print, web, identity, illustration.

Follow Elliot Jay Stocks on Twitter: Elliot Jay Stocks

7. Simon Collison

You might have heard about Responsive Design, the new hot thing in web design – adaptive design based on screen size and more. Well in case you have, you are familiar with the mother of all responsive websites – – Mr. Simon Collison’s website. I actually don’t want to say more and invite you to visit and discover it.

Follow Simon Collison on Twitter: Simon Collison

8. Dan Cederholm

Dan runs the small yet awesome design studio – SimpleBits, studio that brought great designs like Cork’d, Wikirank, Sphere, MTV, Odeo and even Google (2 tiny icons). What you probably are more familiar is Dan’s latest book – CSS3 for Web Designers (buy it, it is a great source for CSS3 techniques).

Follow Dan Cederholm on Twitter: Dan Cederholm

9 ideas on “Get Inspired and Steal from the Best Designers

  1. Arjun

    Thanks for this great list of designers. It will be a great learning experience exploring their works.

  2. Ferg

    Your opening statement for the post is flawed.

    “Good Artists Borrow, Great Artists Steal” is not a concept; but rather it is a statement of fact (albeit under artistic license).

    The idea that a great artist would steal from the wrong person thereby ‘messing up’ his own work is kind of silly.

    Picasso was actually including himself in that statement, and to my knowlege he never stole ideas from the wrong person, let alone ‘messed up’ his work as a consequence.

    • Andy Gongea

      I’m not sure you got the message right.
      Starting from Picasso’s statement (a statement that is seen in our everyday life as a concept – a part of the design world), I said that you should steal from the best in order to craft your style properly.

      Thanks for your comment, Ferg.

  3. Wireless Web Studio

    Thanks for sharing, Great :)

  4. Yourwaytomagic

    Great designs! They all got a bit of a retro look. Or is it just me?
    Have a nice day!

  5. Joomla Design

    Really motivating! I wanna see my name in list you shared in next five year :)

  6. Galen Gidman

    Hmm… I can’t believe Rogie didn’t make the list:

    • Andy Gongea

      Actually I wanted to put him there but he is more like a UI designer from my perspective and I wanted to create another list for that specific domain.

  7. Marketing Quotes

    A good list Andy; I have seen a few of these in the past (have to agree with you about Veerle Pieters – I came across her site a few weeks ago and do now follow it) but a couple are new (which I will take a butchers at). Thanks for sharing them.