Those of you on Twitter will likely know the idea behind “Follow Friday” where you mention the names of those you deem followable. Rather than restrict myself to 140 characters, or Friday, here’s my take.
@blairenns — Blair Enns, of Win Without Pitching
Based in Kaslo, Canada, a short nine-hour drive from Vancouver. Those of you who’ve read my book will be familiar with Blair’s knowledge (he kindly contributed to the chapter on dealing with clients). Those of you who haven’t read it are probably familiar with Blair anyway, but if not, his manifesto‘s a great read. You can watch Blair’s Pecha Kucha talk here. Liverpool FC supporter.
@swissmiss — Tina Roth Eisenberg, of swissmiss
My familiarity began with a subscription to the swissmiss blog, and Tina has since branched-out with other design-based offerings like the popular TuexDeux task-list application, and the highly-regarded CreativeMornings events (design legend Milton Glaser is speaking at the next one). You can watch quite a few of the previous recordings on the CreativeMornings Vimeo channel.
@markmcguinness — Mark McGuinness of Lateral Action
Mark does a heck of a lot as a coach for artists, creatives, and entrepreneurs. He’s also written a range of ebooks that are available for free — on time management, motivation, and more. Taking a slight, but creative, tangent, Mark’s on the editorial board for Magma Poetry. He keeps a note of poems he reads and a scrapbook of those he writes on markmcguinness.com.
@karj — Eric Karjaluoto, of smashLAB
Often makes me smile, but there’s much more to the man than witty remarks. Eric’s book, Speak Human, is a great read, and like the other creatives listed here, it’s not just about producing great design in the studio (remember this?), it’s also about sharing great content, and how design can change things for the better. Oh, and Eric’s excellent essays can be read at ideasonideas.
@debbiemillman — Debbie Millman, of Sterling Brands
A tireless advocate of ethics in design, Debbie is President of the AIGA, President of the design division at Sterling Brands, host of Design Matters (anyone know if that’s available to watch?), author of Look Both Ways and How to Think Like a Great Graphic Designer, and that’s not even half of it. Beautiful apartment, too.
@ilovetypography — John Boardley, of I Love Typography
A british born graphic designer and writer in Japan, it’s no surprise to see the huge readership of John’s blog, and the extension that’s we love typography. Additionally, he authors the Linotype newsletter, and created The Font Game. John’s just stuff I find blog hasn’t been updated in a few months, but is still work a look.
Might be a semi-regular thing, if that’s up your street. I could’ve easily made this post huge, but small packages and all that.
Excerpt image courtesy of Jennie on Flickr.