10 Industrial Designers worth following on Twitter

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If you haven’t yet heard (maybe you have been living in seclusion in a Buddhist temple attempting to achieve design nivarna?), the mirco-blogging service Twitter has been taking the online world by storm as of late – 140 characters at a time. There are thousands upon thousands of people to follow on twitter – but here is a short list of some key industrial designers that are worth following. Here they are in no particular order…

idsketching - Spencer Nugent of Idsketching.com.

reBangC Sven Johnson.

designhub -Waikit Chung of Product Design Hub.

robjensendesignRob Jensen of Rob Jensen Design.

designsojourn -Brian Ling of Design Sojourn.

drewpasmithDrew Smith of DownsideUpdesign.

john_nielsenJohn Nielsen, Danish Industrial Designer & Architect.

markwhitingMasters Student in Design Management at KAIST in Korea.

IterationsRalf Beuker, Design Management Specialist (not specifically from an ID background, but a very interesting person).

MarkSandstromMark Sandstrom, Industrial Designer in Queensland Australia.


Since writing this post quite a few more Twittering Industrial Designers have come out of the woodwork so here they are. I will try to keep the list updated so it becomes a ‘living’ list f IDer’s on Twitter. (Last updated 17th April 2009.)


JonnyV1A. John Venida – Industrial/Product Design Lead at Lenovo’s US Site and owner of Innovaid-iD.

juhovJuho Viitasalo, Finnish industrial designer in Japan.

iamsammisIndustrial Design Student in Columbus, Ohio.

rtdesignReza Tehranian, Canadian Industrial Designer.

JeremyJeanJeremy wilson, Industrial Design student focusing on Furniture and CCAD IDSA student president.

Core77 – pretty self explanatory, but for those not in the know – Core77 – The industrial Design Supersite.

GrantHowarth – Freelance Product Designer.

rufflemuffin Design student at GSA in final year.

harrahcrookProduct Design Marketeer based in Middlesbrough.

DropOfSunshineIndustrial and interior designer.

mintskiiproduct designer and a whizz on Pro/E.

nicklkwIndustrial Designer.

joemoakProduct Design Lead at Apple.

Giorgio789Industrial/Product Designer in Buffalo NY.

GielowExperience Designer.

Infredib1e – Fred Zaw Industrial design student at SJSU.

a_erlandsenAndreas Erlandsen, Industrial designer Hong Kong.

igorzemskovIndustrial Design student at Columbus College of Art and Design.
Know of some other interesting industrial designers worth following on twitter? Then let everyone know via the comments. Design Droplets is also on twitter.

42 Responses to 10 Industrial Designers worth following on Twitter

  1. csven - April 8, 2009 at 8:11 am

    Appreciate the inclusion and glad someone did this on their blog (ala those busy SolidWorks socmedia bloggers). The LinkedIn discussion/list I started didn’t seem to be doing much.

  2. Raph Goldsworthy - April 8, 2009 at 11:40 am

    @cseven – your discussion on linkedin inspired this post. Its interesting that the industrial design community haven’t widely jumped on the twitter band -wagon – Core77 only recently started using it…..I thought they would have been on it ages ago.

  3. Waikit - April 8, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    Nice initiative! And thanks for plugging me in. Suddenly a bunch of ID’ers got connected with me. Twitter is really an interesting and powerful tool. I think we can use brainstorm sessions with Twitter. Maybe we should brainstorm how ID’ers can use it for their work ;) Just a quick thought that suddenly pops up in my mind now.

  4. csven - April 8, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    @Raph – Interesting but not surprising to me. If you read the long LinkedIn thread discussing IDSA and other design associations and their odd lack of outreach, it really points out a basic flaw in what I suspect is a general assumption that we as a community are curious, adaptable, “out-of-the-box” thinkers and early adopters. I don’t see much ID leadership in any of this technology. On this front, I see a profession woefully behind the curve.

    @Waikit – Twitter has been used for brainstorming. I participated in one last year – to brainstorm future professions – as a small part of the Superstruct effort, and have seen it more regularly occurring in recent months. Just watch the hashtags and you might notice it. They tend to go for a few hours. Someone pre-announces and establishes a hashtag for the topic and then kicks it off (mostly acting as a cheerleader).

    I should also mention, I’ve actually been on Twitter since early 2007 (the “reBang” account is newer). My first account (“csven”) is private/protected because it’s intended to eventually be a kind of brainstorm/feedback account for my long-term Design Narrative project. I’ve been saving an ongoing list of relevant keywords which pile up as I delete newer, non-relevant entries. That process came from some early efforts to make sense of Twitter and is just how I decided to try using it.

    Another way to use it might be to do something similar to Superstruct in which I (as did most participants) established a few social media accounts for “reBang2019″ – http://twitter.com/reBang2019 – which was a fun way to do a kind of immersive, extended brainstorm. I wrote about my design experience in one of my Futurismic “Future Imperfect” columns. Hopefully, the IFTF will have another official Superstruct session this coming Fall. Considering it just won some award for 2008, that seems like a possibility.

  5. DT - April 8, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    Hi everyone,

    I’m late to the party as usual!

    Thanks for the kind plug Raph. Frighteningly, I have been on twitter almost as long, if not longer, than csven. I find twitter much like nutella, nice in moderation, too much makes you want to reject it out right!

  6. Mark Sandstrom - April 8, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    Thanks again for the plug Raph. It’s amazing how my follower’s list grew exponentially after your blog post. As a recent graduate here in Australia I have found that networking in the ID community is rather lacking [Queensland at least]. Being on twitter for only a few weeks has already exposed me to numerous interesting and innovative designers and companies that I no doubt would have never come across. Only problem now is I have numerous new blogs to read every morning!

  7. csven - April 9, 2009 at 5:48 am

    fwiw, I just posted this:

    “With recent influx of industrial designers, I’m thinking it might be worthwhile to *use* Twitter. Suggestions? (use #IDT001 hashtag plz)”

    Would be a nice introduction for some people and a chance to see how something like Twitter can be useful to the design community.

  8. SAmantha Richdale - April 10, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    YAY Thanks for the add to the list! :D

  9. Raph Goldsworthy - April 10, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    @ DT – thanks for dropping by, also thanks for posting the link to this list on your site.

    @Mark – ID networking is pretty non-existent here in Melbourne as well. Although Design Vic is doing a good job of generally linking designers with business people. New sites to read is always an issue I have around 30 ID related sites in my RSS Feed Reader, plus some several hundred other sites – sometimes its s nightmare…..information overload!

    @csven – will have to stick ye old brainstorming cap on and see what emerges. It will be interesting to see how IDer’s could use twitter. I think you are right about the general assumption that we as a community are curious, adaptable, “out-of-the-box” thinkers and early adopters. But in many cases we are not.

    @Samantha – not a problem.

  10. john nielsen - April 11, 2009 at 12:46 am

    Hi Raph
    Thanks for the recommendation. Im new to Twitter, but since you posted this article its become clear to me, that theres a lot of designinterested people out there as well as fellow designers. And designdroplets is just the kind of place we need to get inspired and meet. Great initiative, and great work with this site!
    regards John

  11. Chris Gielow (aka cg on core77) - April 11, 2009 at 10:52 am

    Twittering @Gielow

  12. DavisonCreators - April 14, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    Very interesting, there seems to be a great deal of good ID news, thoughts and opinions floating around on Twitter. While we’re not up to the level of the above mentioned twitters, we welcome you to check us out @DavisonCreators

  13. IDSA - April 15, 2009 at 1:58 am

    Thanks for sharing this list. Some folks were new to us and some were dear old friends.

    There are, we’ve learned, dozens of industrial designers worth following on Twitter. Perhaps there will be an exhaustive list of them compiled some day. Perhaps this conversation is the start of that list. Here are a few more people we think are worth following:

    http://twitter.com/CarlAlviani
    http://twitter.com/daveixd
    http://twitter.com/DesignObserver
    http://twitter.com/emergingfutures
    http://twitter.com/floozyspeak
    http://twitter.com/janchip
    http://twitter.com/jgebbia
    http://twitter.com/jkolko
    http://twitter.com/johnmaeda
    http://twitter.com/mattgrigsby
    http://twitter.com/micberryman
    http://twitter.com/ocell
    http://twitter.com/robtannen
    http://twitter.com/serota
    http://twitter.com/steveportigal

    And that’s just the tip of the iceberg!

  14. csven - April 15, 2009 at 10:02 am

    fwiw, I added a new ID-specific hashtag:

    #IDJob

    (realized a job announcement to which I was linking might get lost in the stream).

  15. rufflemuffin - April 18, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    Thanks for the shout out on the list.

    On the topic of there being alot of designers on twitter, I think it is a fantastic thing. These days the boundaries are becoming more and more blurred between disciplines and our projects are requiring industrial designers, service designers, business consultants, interface experts, subject specialists and importantly (in co-design) the people we are designing for. I think twitter as it evolves has the capacity to bring people to work together.

    Just the other day I found out about a social innovation camp, (using design to tackle social change) through twitter, ended up at a coffee meet in Glasgow and met some wonderful people. I had a couple of guys say they would help me with the video for my project and check over my designs (as they are gaming experts and I am not) and we are going to use twitter as our connection tool. Gone are the days of checking email, hello twitter username. (I wish I hadn’t chosen such a silly name, ach well!)

  16. Raph Goldsworthy - April 19, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    @john nielsen – thank you for the compliment on Design Droplets and for taking the time to comment.

    @Chris Gielow – thanks for stopping by and commenting.

    @Davidsoncreators – Thanks for your comments and thoughts on Twitter.

    @IDSA – Thank you for your contribution to the list and for taking the time to share it.

    @ csven – thanks for the heads up.

    @rufflemuffin – not a problem. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to share your thoughts. I also think twitter is a wonderful tool for designers. It is really interesting to see how people are using it and your story proves that it can be utilised effectively by designers and is not just another web based time waster. I think that to really utilize it effectively you must direct effort towards connecting with people to develop relationships, as oppose to just using it to tell everyone what you are doing every second of the day. Example:

    “ate jam on toast” – I don’t think I want to know. But “what are your thoughts on the future of interaction design?” – Now a question or comment of this type is actually useful as it creates a point of connection and discussion for designers.

  17. Stephane - April 20, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    Love this post. I’ve definitely been looking for some interesting designers to follow.

    I talk about studying product design at Art Center, among other things, here: http://twitter.com/kepano

  18. Raph Goldsworthy - April 20, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    @ Stephane – Thank you for your comments. Great to hear that you enjoyed this post and found it useful.

  19. csven - April 24, 2009 at 5:16 am

    I’ve added another industrial design tag: #IDComp – for tagging industrial design relevant competitions. If you do a twitter search for it now (http://search.twitter.com), you’ll find my post with a link to a new and interesting competition (specifically it’s rules, which are, in my personal opinion, especially bad).

  20. Philippe - May 24, 2009 at 9:41 am

    another great young product designer is @stefanomerlo

  21. Raph Goldsworthy - May 26, 2009 at 11:08 am

    Just found this great list of 50 designers to follow on Twitter. http://vandelaydesign.com/blog/social-media/designers-on-twitter ,mostly graphic designers though – not so much Industrial or Product Design on it.

  22. Several industries are currently well represented on Twitter, and you’re right – Design is not one of them. The folks in advertising and journalism seem to be making great use of it as a forum for discussion and networking, and I’d love to see designers get into the mix. This list is a great start.

    Related: Stéphane, who posted a comment above was a student of mine last term at Art Center, and I would recommend following him. (Thoughtful designer, smart cookie.)

    Also related: Raph – perhaps DD should think about publishing a list of design hashtags to help keep track of them and get them into wider circulation?

  23. Tom Allen - May 27, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    Thanks a lot to Raph for compiling this useful list. Like most designers it seems I’m a bit late to the twitter bandwagon, but happy to have jumped on… and this article helped! As an industrial designer (@tomallendesign) who studied in Brisbane (like @MarkSandstrom), but who has lived in Barcelona for the last few years, I can certainly say that twitter is still largely unused in this area and relatively unheard of. It’ll be interesting to see how the next few months progress.

    @Candice I understand that various hashtag suggestions for industrial design have been made, but it seems that a general consensus has yet to be reached… maybe this could be clarified?

  24. Raph Goldsworthy - May 27, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    @ Candice-Leigh – I am currently starting to write another article on Twitter so I will definitely try to include hashtags as part of it. I am already following Stéphane (and his blog) and most of the others on the list.

    @ Tom – Thanks for stopping by and adding to the discussion. It is very interesting watching how various disciplines and areas of the world are coming to terms with twitter and how it can be leveraged or utilised. I think twitter will also be a launching pad/catalyst for more innovations that have not even been thought of yet, as it is a very unique platform – although many people I know here in Australia are very confused about what it actually is. Many dismiss it straight away. While equally many look at and see opportunities and possibilities.

  25. I suppose it’s worth including my twitter name in this conversation, rather than making you guess! @candiceleigh.

  26. Tim Zurmöhle - June 29, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    I just joined twitter and I’m curious about it…
    I am a german product designer and recently graduated from university
    Feel free to follow me ;)

    twitter: Tim_zm

  27. V.K.JAGANNATHAN - July 8, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    @jags111-twitter.. Nice to have a collection of ID people on twitter and used this link to effectively connecting to more designers and could share a lot of info. Great
    JAGS

  28. Annemarie - August 19, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    There’s 3 of us Industrial Designers over at @BoxandDice – been on twitter since Saturday in Design in Sydney and enjoying the community. Not much discussion around prototyping which is our favourite topic.

  29. csven - September 20, 2009 at 1:59 am

    Just thought I’d mention the updated ID-specific hashtag list I’ve been keeping on the PDF site: http://www.productdesignforums.com/index.php?s=&showtopic=10713&view=findpost&p=68201

    Additionally, I’ve created an account specifically to promote the use of the #IndDesRFP tag. Basically, I’m trying to help put manufacturers in direct contact with freelance designers and small firms. If they want quotes, I’m hoping they’ll post a twitter asking for proposals and tag them with #IndDesRFP.

    The @IDRFP account will do nothing more than
    - promote use of the #IndDesRFP tag
    - retweet company posts looking for quotes using the tag (at least until the tag is reasonably well adopted)
    - and for the time being try to help unemployed designers by also promoting/retweeting posts using the #IDJob tag

    This account is not a gateway. The tag can’t be owned. Nor will this account be used for advertising/spam (not intentionally; never know if someone will hijack). The only benefit to me is the benefit we all get: the opportunity to quote projects.

    Lastly, it’s a non-return “follow” account. It links only to my main account so that people will know I’m the one behind it. Hopefully that will be a good thing.

    By not returning “follows”, I avoid a number of issues; including collecting a bunch of non-design followers only looking to raise their own follow count. I don’t have time to vet them. And this way, if I don’t return the follow, they’ll hopefully unfollow. This should make the follow numbers more legitimate and, as more actual designers follow, help encourage manufacturers to adopt the tag. If there are only 10 followers, they’re less likely. If there are a 1000, they’ll take notice.

    Any questions, feel free to @ or DM me.

  30. Barton Smith - October 18, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    Very useful post.

    I think it’s also important for people to share their twitter account outside of Twitter as much as possible (like we are here). For many people I don’t think going to Twitter and searching for someone is a process as automated or subconscious as going to Google. I had a lot of trouble both finding other IDers and also getting exposure on Twitter. But since linking “Follow me on Twitter” to the end of my Behance.com projects, I have had a lot more followers.

    Cheers

    twitter.com/wearetol
    behance.net/expansiondesign

    (And try to keep usernames coherent throughout, unlike myself)

  31. Alex - November 19, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    New York City via Israel product designer, Ran Lerner!
    twitter.com/ranlernerdesign
    Brand new account it seems, has some interesting posts up currently on his latest work.

  32. Chris - April 8, 2010 at 2:19 am

    Nice discussion.

    I’m a product designer at a vibrant, young consultancy based in Manchester, UK. We (as a company) are trying to use Twitter and other social media to connect to the design community, discuss projects and meet new people.

    If anyone has any insights within using Twitter as a networking tool in the design industry I’d love to hear from you.

    twitter.com/true_chris

  33. James - April 20, 2010 at 5:46 am

    Great list! I found a few interesting people to follow. I can be found on Twitter at:

    http://twitter.com/bicycledesign and http://twitter.com/jctdesign

  34. Mike Willshaw - May 7, 2010 at 12:46 am

    Great list, thanks a lot. Very useful. We’re also a creative product design consultancy who tweet and blog – http://twitter.com/Radiuscreatives

  35. Sunny Panesar - July 20, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    Fantastic, some very interesting people to follow! You can follow us at:

    http://twitter.com/CruxProdDesign

  36. Duncan - August 11, 2010 at 1:02 am

    http://twitter.com/tweetwoodand21 is little old me. Am becoming more focussed with industrial / product design.

  37. Sean Barbre - September 17, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    Great post!

  38. AniBo - April 29, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    Better late than never…
    Canadian-Italian designer:
    http://mobile.twitter.com/StefanoDiLollo

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