The web design industry is continuously changing and there are many people who are setting the bar higher every day with their incredible work and contribution to the web design community. Here is a list of just a few of the people who are responsible for changing the meaning of web design with their awesome work and concepts. All designers listed here are equally amazing, this isn’t mean to be a ‘Top Ten’ type list, we’re not ranking them, just listing innovators in web design.
Also, with this list I have shared their Facebook, Twitter, Dribbble & LinkedIn information so you can always stay connected and get inspired by their work.
1. Jeffery Zeldman
Jeffery Zeldman is the King of Web Standards & co-founded The Web Standards Project. Zeldman was one of the first bloggers and independent publishers. He has written design books like “Designing With Web Standards”& “Taking Your Talent to the Web”.
2. Jason Santa Maria
Jason is a creative director for Typekit & founder of Typedia. Inspired by traditional print design and typography, he has worked with WordPress, Miramax Films, The New York Stock Exchange, PBS and many others.
3. Dan Cederholm
Dan is a designer, author, and speaker and a co-founder of Dribbble. He is know as a CSS guy. He’s worked with some of the heaviest hitters in the web industry including: Google, YouTube, Blogger and many more.
4. Vitaly Friedman
Vitaly is a founder of Smashing Magazine which is one the largest online design magazines on the web. They regularly publish really high quality articles that help designers and developers across the world.
5. John O Nolan
John is a talented designer from the UK and is working as a member of the WordPress UI Team, he is also developing user interface for Virgin Atlantic Airways. Besides his personal blog, he also contributes to Smashing Magazine, Web Designer Depot and Envato Network.
7. Douglas Bowman
Douglas founded Stopdesign under which he worked with Google, Capegemini, Blogger & other big clients. Later, he worked at Google as a Visual Design Lead and after that he moved on to work with Twitter as its creative director.
8. Aarron Walter
Aarron is a designer, author, professor and speaker. He is the lead user experience designer for MailChimp. He also leads the development of the InterACT curriculum project that helps connect the design industry & education.
9. Ethan Marcotte
Ethan is a passionate designer, speaker and wrote ‘Handcrafted CSS’. New York Magazine, Stanford University, and the World Wide Web Consortium are some of the clients he has worked with. Ethan can be found blogging about design-related articles on his blog.
10. David Airey
David works from a Northern Ireland-based home studio, he is a brand identity designer who has worked with clients of all sizes. His client list include Giacom and Yellow Pages. He writes on design at Logo Design Love and davidairey.com. He also authored the book ‘Logo Design Love’.
11. Patrick McNeil
Patrick is more of a developer than a designer but he has contributed equally to the design community. He has been featured in .NET Magazine and authored the book series “The Web Designer’s Idea Book”.
12. Jason Beaird
Jason is a user experience designer and front-end developer with a degree in Graphic Design. He is currently working as a user experience designer at MailChimp and also authored the book ‘The Principles of Beautiful Web Design’. He has also spoken at many SXSW events.
13. Chris Coyier
Chris is currently working at Wufoo, he is the founder of CSS-Tricks which shares tons of useful tutorials and tips. He has also co-authored the famous book Digging into WordPress.
14. Eric A. Meyer
15. Luke Wroblewski
Luke worked as the Chief Design Architect at Yahoo and was the Lead User Interface Designer of eBay. He has authored two design books and is currently the Chief Product Officer and co-founder of Bagcheck Inc.
Let us know about the designer you are influenced by and tell us which of the designer listed here you like the most.