I think it is time for me to confess. I always knew about twitter… I’ve created a lot of twitter backgrounds for clients… but in the end… twitter is a place where I have hardly spent any time. I thought it might be time for me to do a little recap… for myself… because in this case, it feels to me that I’m the odd and only one out. I did a Google search on “What twitter really is”. I then closed my eyes and clicked somewhere on the list. The first one I clicked on was Jeff Goins and he summed up my feelings about twitter. He said, “Twitter is of course a cocktail party. It’s an excuse to have a conversation.” This was proved when I started my research for this article and scrolled through the lists and lists of designers. I found every second person making small talk about pizza and someone else, somewhere totally loosing it and I thought to myself, “what am I doing here because I do not have time for conversations like this.”
OK, but before you throw me out as totally ignorant, I’ve done my homework and started to “educate” myself because Jeff also shares how he came to new insights about Twitter.
The way I was using Twitter up to now was for voting purposes… and that is what you will find on my twitter account at this stage, nearly 8000 tweets with various design articles (and no small talk). Therefore it was from this perspective that I researched for this article, to find more designers or accounts that offer information around articles giving tips on designing and the design world. I’ve tried to eliminate those with the small talk (forgive me, may have lost a few great ones in the process) and focused on those who share their articles and tips on designing, the how-to’s, their work, portfolios – everything one needs information on surrounding design.
Following is a list of accounts and names I thought would be worthwhile to follow (I may be wrong, but it is worth a try). I do not want to make it out as THE list because somewhere along the line, I will definitely meet some more and adapt my list. Go and have a look at their Twitter accounts and also their websites and let me know what you think.
The greatest advantage of following these people is to get the latest in design trends and then naturally designers sharing tips and their latest work towards the design community. If you want to add some more, please let me know. Enjoy!
(Please take note, the followers count were taken on the 23rd of September 2013.) Yes, that is when this article was written.
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