Love ’em or just plain don’t have time for ’em, social media platforms are here to stay.
While you don’t necessarily need to be an expert at Tweetin’ or Facebookin’, there’s a lot to be gained from staying in contact with old colleagues or finding inspiration for your next side project. Of all of the social media platforms, however, Instagram has become one of the easiest ways to accomplish the basics of sharing and viewing content quickly and easily.
While following the antics of your in-laws across their European vacation or your old college buddy’s home remodel are certainly fun and all, the real muscle that Instagram provides for product designers and engineers is in its ability to quickly gain inspiration and insight from valuable sources while simultaneously sharing your own material with ease. Needless to say, it’s not uncommon now for individuals to launch entire brands using their Instagram network as a springboard for exposure.
Whether you’re already an Instagram Jedi Master with a loyal following or have been wondering where to get started, here’s a list of 20 of our favorite Instagram accounts for finding inspiration and staying ahead of the product design and development curve. Who knows, you might learn a trick or two from these guys and have your own loyal following before too long?
Reid Schlegel is a Virginia Tech ID Alumni and NYC-based industrial designer at Frog Design. Known for his fresh sketching style, Schlegel posts whatever he is working on near-daily which can range from treehouse concepts to ideation sketches of his current work projects.
Andrew Kim is a talented young designer fresh out of Art Center who works at Microsoft working on everything from the XBox to the HoloLens. His clean photography style highlights where he finds inspirations for his own designs. Needless to say, there are some good takeaways here.
As a collaborative between two industrial designer brothers, Creative Session is one of the most creatively diverse accounts in this list featuring everything from animation and branding design processes to more polished physical products.
As one of the original design sketching teachers, industrial designer and concept artist Scott Robertson deserves a place somewhere on this list. More recently, Scott has been sharing the development behind a custom vehicle of his own design.
Astro Studios is a San Francisco-based multidisciplinary design studio. While their Instagram account is somewhat scattered across all their work disciplines, it does serve up a healthy dose of relevant musings from the world of modern design and technology.
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