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10 Refreshing Instagram Designers to Follow

April 23, 2017
Photo credit Robert Jahns

Capturing the world we live in through a visually compelling artistic lens is no easy task. Hats off to these top ten Instagram accounts, who continually inspire, impress and create.


Denmark based photographer quit his desk job to become a full-time international photographer. His work features an eye for ‘the moment’ with high-contrast visual integrity.


Sunday’s in Copenhagen. Stepping in to an alternate universe

A post shared by Morten Nordstrøm, Copenhagen (@mortenordstrom) on



Son of National Geographic photographer Aaron Huey, this 7-year-old analog photographer has made quite a name for himself with 226k Instagram followers.




Quaint and whimsical, Deb Garlick’s work features texture-heavy acrylics with an emphasis in storytelling.




Specializing in solid, simple design; Rowan Made is a small design studio that consistently inspires.




Digital artist Robert Jahns transforms the world of photography with his highly imaginative approach to travel imagery.




Founded by sisters Elsie and Emma, A Beautiful Mess features homemade recipes, crafts and inspiration from our readers around the world.


My new favorite mural!! 🍦💜 @rclayton #ABMlovesmurals

A post shared by Elsie + Emma A Beautiful Mess (@abeautifulmess) on



Representing from the Pacific Northwest, lifestyle and adventure photographer Dylan Furst captures the soul of the PWN with his moody color palettes and stunning scenery.


Waiting for the perfect salmon to swim by

A post shared by Dylan Furst (@fursty) on



Graphic Designer and Illustrator Steve Wolf specializes in bold colorful typographic creations and brand identities.


Part of a big project in the works. #revelstoke #illustration #typography

A post shared by Steve Wolf (@stevewolfdesigns) on



Vancouver, B.C based photographer Jacob Riglin captures the heart and soul of travel photography.




LA based designer, Kati Forner focuses on modern brand identify and typography.





Hit Refresh

November 2, 2015
Photo Credit @battery_full

Hello good people! Hope you all had a great weekend, I took a short trip to the mountains today to get away from life, the city, my house…needless to say it was perfect and just what I needed to feel refreshed for a new week.

Speaking of refreshed, I thought it was about time for some good, old fashion typography inspiration. I love all things type, therefore; I found far too many examples to fit in one post so I’ll have to try to narrow things down. Enjoy!



Photo credit @battery_full



Photo credit @Luke Ritchie




Photo credit @Multiple Owners




Photo credit @Anton Brumistrov



Photo credit @Multiple Owners


Photo credit @Hanna Viktorsson


Photo credit @Jeff Rogers


How to Be an Instagram Legend

October 14, 2015
photo credit @brahmino

Hey all! I wanted to address a topic that’s been pressing heavily in the back of mind. Almost like a guilty presence haunting my daily interactions – I’m speaking of course of my lack-luster efforts reflected throughout my Instagram account! I know October is classically observed as an acceptable space for hauntings, but I am ready to put an end to my insta-nightmare.

Alright, enough of the theatrics. I wanted to share some tips I’ve recently learned on building up and expanding your Instagram empire.

1 Pick a Pattern:

By this, I mean consciously choosing a theme for your Instagram feed. This could involve a variety of things; dark and moody, texture, minimalism, architecture, color palettes. It’s up to you to decide which direction you want, but remember to stay consistent and view your feed as a bigger picture. Here are some enviable accounts who have owned their theme throughout!




Photo credits @andrewknapp




Photo credit @Kellywearstler


2 Lighting does Matter

Just because your using a phone, doesn’t mean that traditional photography rules need to fly out the window. For starters, begin taking photos during the “golden hour”, the time of day shortly before sunrise or sunset. Being conscious of good lighting will elevate your photography from meh to amazing.

Avoid using the actual Instagram application to take pictures; instead, shoot with your phone’s standard camera in landscape view. Since most phones have decent camera technology, the resolution and overall quality will be much higher than with the condensed processing of the app itself.



Photo credit @ravivora



Photo credit @brahmino


3 Better is Better

Long gone are the days of standard filter options; instead, download some decent editing software. Here are few apps that will make life much easier and prettier during editing.

This one is actually free (so no excuses).

This is an OS exclusive but allows for a wide range of editing exposures, angles, not to mention a broad selection of filters.

For 99 cents you and your cam can access new photography heights.


4 Shoot for the Square

This is exactly what it sounds like. Since Instagram is unique for its square formatting, it is important to plan your shoot instead of having to crop back an amazing rectangular shot. To rock a square, it helps to center or pick a focus point which fits clearly within the frame without any threat of cropping. Play with angles, backgrounds, color contrast to help move the eye to a focal point. Here are some more examples of unbelievable artists to drool over.



Photo credit @Kellywearstler



Photo credit @brahmino
I hope this was helpful and inspiring, and now I’m off to build my own insta-empire!