Professional UX stalker

I never had mentors.

Or, to be more specific, they had no idea they were my mentors. That was hardly an exception for those around my age that dived into web.

Over time, there were a couple of professionals that made me think, wonder and get inspired by their work, tutorials and original approaches towards years old issues.

Only a couple of them made it from the Web Design list to the UX one and I fully recommend them to you, if you recently activated your radar.

Luke Wroblewski

Luke Wroblewski

Product Director @ Google

LukeW is an internationally recognized digital product leader who has designed and built software used by more than one billion people worldwide.

Nick Finck

Nick Finck

Senior Manager of User Experience @ Amazon AWS

Nick Finck is a user experience professional who has worked in the web industry for over a decade. He specializes in information architecture, interaction design, usability and user research for web and mobile.

Patrick Neeman

Patrick Neeman

Director of Product Design at Apptio

An award-winning designer with experience bringing consumer user interfaces to various business to business applications. Experience includes building multiple teams, conception of completely new products, and iteratively redesigning existing products to increase user engagement.

Jared Spool

Jared Spool

Founding Principal at User Interface Engineering

Jared M. Spool is the founder of User Interface Engineering, the largest usability research organization of its kind in the world. If you’ve ever seen Jared speak about usability, you know that he’s probably the most effective and knowledgeable communicator on the subject today.

Susan Weinshenk

Susan Weinshenk

Behavioral Scientist, Author, Speaker, Consultant, Mentor -- Understand, Predict, Direct Human Behavior

She wrote: 100 MORE Things Every Designer Needs To Know About People, How To Get People To Do Stuff, 100 Things Every Designer Needs To Know

Ethan Marcotte

Ethan Marcotte

Web designer & developer, a speaker and author

Ethan lives in Boston, Massachusetts, and is passionate about beautiful design, elegant code, and the intersection of the two. He is a popular and experienced speaker, having been featured at An Event Apart, Carsonified Workshop, and South by Southwest, and co-hosts the Handcrafted CSS seminar series with Dan Cederholm.

Aaron Walter

Aaron Walter

UX Consultant

He writes about design for industry publications including A List Apart, UX Mag, and Think Vitamin. Author of Designing for Emotion

Andy Budd

Andy Budd

Co-founder and CEO of Clearleft

Andy Budd is one of the founding partners at User Experience Design Consultancy, Clearleft. As a leading authority on interaction design, Andy is a regular speaker at international conferences like The Web 2.0 Expo, An Event Apart and SXSW.

Paul Boag

Paul Boag

Independent UX Consultant

Paul Boag is a digital user experience consultant, author and speaker. He helps organisations as diverse as the BBC, European Commission and Nestle, adapt to the digital world. He refocuses them on customer service and meeting the needs of the new generation of connected consumers.

Companies

Also, there are a couple of companies I’d fancy working for because of the .. well, experience and people behind them.

So, by following their footsteps I’m attempting to further mine deeper into UX.

Clearleft

Clearleft

Forty

Forty

Foolproof

Foolproof

Digital Telepathy

Digital Telepathy

These are my professional beacons and inspired companies. Looking for gals as well, so if you know a good reference, pass it on. The list is not carved in stone, I’m always looking for new sources of wisdom.

So, whom do you follow and get inspired by ? Feel free to poke me with a suggestion using the form below:

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