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12 Art Directors to Follow on Instagram

This article first appeared on Creative Bloq.

Want to source more daily aesthetic inspiration? Look no further than the digital visual diaries of these 12 top creatives.

The visual storytelling power of Instagram is indisputable – this platform provides the ultimate showcase of the beauty found in everyday life. Here, chief content editor at ImageBrief, Avril Delaney has handpicked a list of some of the most creative minds in the industry to see how they curate their everyday lives.

01. Juan Carlos Pagan 


  • Who: Design director at Deutsch
  • Location: New York City, New York
  • Follower Count: 1,789

Passionate about design and typography, Juan Carlos Pagan has worked with brands ranging from MTV to Pinterest, The New York Lottery, the Asian American Film Festival, and The New York Times Magazine. His Instagram feed incorporates a blend of the design elements that we see in his work, cool patterns in everyday moments, and beauty and humor in mundane and unexpected places.

02. Jessie Bearden


  • Who: Designer and art director
  • Location: New York City, New York and Austin, Texas
  • Follower count: 4,789

Having worked on campaigns for McDonald’s and Sony Music, Jessie Bearden is a fireball of imagination. Her Instagram feed provides a direct lens into her creative mind. See sketches, videos of her creative process, everyday experiences, and images that she finds beautiful.

03. Burcu Deniz


  • Who: Senior art director at McCann
  • Location: Istanbul, Turkey
  • Follower count: 572

In her role at McCann, Deniz works with name brands like Coca-Cola, L’Oreal, Atasay, and Evyap. On her Instagram feed, you can see her biggest source of inspiration — her vibrant surroundings in her native Istanbul. If you love architecture, art, and creative patterns found in everyday life, you’ll love Deniz’s feed.


04. Dudi Ben Simon 


  • Who: Creative director and photographer
  • Location: Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Follower count: 16.4K

A self-taught photographer, Simon enjoys creating optical illusions by spending unrelated objects into one cohesive image. His Instagram feed is powered by these amazing, out-of-the-ordinary compositions.

05. Nathan Lewis 


  • Who: Visual designer at R/GA
  • Location: Austin, Texas
  • Follower count: 344

A photographer and designer, Lewis has directed campaigns for household names like Nike, Google, Whole Foods, Chipotle, Walgreens, AT&T, Beats by Dre, and Wrigley. On his Instagram feed, you’ll see an eclectic mix of motorcycles, illustration, and architecture, all from his perspective.

06. Rei Inamoto


  • Who: Chief creative officer at AKQA
  • Location: New York City, New York
  • Follower count: 1,894

Named in Creativity Magazine’s annual “Creativity 50″, as well as one of “the Top 25 Most Creative People in Advertising” by Forbes Magazine, Rei Inamoto is one of the most influential individuals in the marketing and creative industry today.

On the agency side, he’s worked with Audi, Google, Nike, Xbox, and Verizon. He’s been inducted into “The Hall of Achievement” by the American Advertising Federation and draws upon influences from all over the world.

His mission is to make things that are useful, usable, and desirable — a perspective that shines through his Instagram feed, which combines seasonal beauty with stunning architecture and patterns.

07. Bobby Sullivan



  • Who: Director of user experience and creative at Disney; Co-founder at The Fox Is Black
  • Location: Los Angeles, California
  • Follower count: 18.8K

It’s an understatement to say that Bobby Solomon is passionate about art and design. In addition to leading UX and creative projects at Disney, he’s launched an award-winning art and design blog to share the most interesting and inspiring parts of contemporary life and culture. Follow his Instagram feed to see Los Angeles through his eyes.

08. Jessica Walsh


  • Who: Art director, designer, and partner at Sagmeister & Walsh
  • Location: New York, New York
  • Follower count: 75K

Blending photography with handcraft and digital design, Walsh is a creative powerhouse and has worked on brands ranging from Levi’s to Aizone, Adobe and the Jewish Museum of New York. She also teaches design and typography at the School of Visual Arts in New York and was one of the masterminds behind the ’40 days of dating’ experiment with designer and friend Tim Goodman in 2013.

Follow her Instagram feed for a burst of bold, colorful, and unusual style. Get a direct lens into the visuals that she’s created and that inspire her.

09. Ale Paul


  • Who: Type director at Sudtipos
  • Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Follower count: 8.7K

A master of typefaces, Paul has created an Instagram feed around the two things that he loves most in the world: typography and food porn. The combination is unconventional, unexpected, but most importantly — visually stunning.

10. Molly M. Grubbs


  • Who: Creative strategist at Tumblr
  • Location: Los Angeles, California
  • Follower count: 25.4K

Ranked as one of the 33 most creative women in advertising by Business Insider, Grubbs is a master of developing large, integrated campaigns. Her Instagram feed is one that stands apart from the rest. There’s a cohesive visual theme throughout, because, as she puts it, “I keep trying to take pictures of the sky, but all this stuff keeps getting in the way.”

11. Jen Lu


  • Who: Creative Mutant at Droga5
  • Location: New York, New York
  • Follower count: 971

Lu is an explosion of personality. With a passion for street style, interior and furniture design, art hacking, pop culture,and animation, she’s worked on campaigns for Smartwater, Chobani, Kraft, Athenos, and Spotify. Follow her Instagram feed to see her artistic talent in its truest and most unconstrained form — featuring moments from her everyday life.

12. Vince DeSantiago


  • Who: Graphic Designer at Walton Isaacson
  • Location: Chicago, Illinois
  • Follower Count: 1,401

A fan of motorcycles, cats, and dogs, DeSantiago is an avid learner who draws inspiration from his peers, coworkers, and surroundings. Follow his Instagram feed to see the beauty of everyday moments through his lens. The images that he shares range from haunting to inspiring, nostalgic, elegant, and ominous.

Final thoughts

What these 12 Instagram feeds share in common is an exceptionally strong sense of self. Every account communicates a defined sense of beauty, creativity and individualism. Follow each one for a daily dose of unique visual inspiration.

Avril Delaney

Avril Delaney is Chief Content Editor at ImageBrief, an online platform where creatives from the world's largest advertising agencies, brands and publishers license images direct from insanely talented photographers. Find more of her work on ImageBrief’s blog or follow her on Twitter.

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