UK Designers and Developers to Watch in 2012 - Heart Internet Blog - Focusing on all aspects of the web

The UK design and development market is growing and leaps and bounds, and there are a huge number of talented people out there producing beautiful websites, designs, illustrations, animations, software and much more. There are hundreds more designers and developers who deserve to be on our list, but we’ve picked out some of the ones to watch in 2012. So if you’re looking for inspiration or valuable Twitter contacts, these ladies and gentlemen are well worth checking out. We’re looking forward to seeing what they come up with this year!

Tom Lane / @GingerMonkey_TL

Tom, aka Ginger Monkey, was highly recommended in the comments of our 2011 post, 15 of the Most Inspirational UK Web Designers. His website effectively showcases his stunning work.


Rachel Shillcock / @missrachilli

Following on from her successes in 2011, which included being featured in .net magazine, Rachel’s recent website redesign and Dribbble snapshots make her a designer to watch in 2012.


Thomas Harvey / @thomasdharvey

With his signature bright colours, Thomas’s illustrations are naturally appealing as well as being flexible enough for a wide variety of applications.


Kirsty Burgoine / @kirstyburgoine

Kirsty’s design and development work is very commercial and business-friendly, making it ideal for those who are looking for professional, functional websites.


Henry Brown / @henryz14

Henry’s attention to detail and original artistry makes him the one to go to for a unique design finished to very high standards.


Tom Hirst / @tom_hirst

A friendly face and clean, versatile design work makes Tom a great choice for designing or developing your website.


Neal Mullen / @ashfalldesign

Neal’s design skills – particularly his typography – never fails to impress. He also made our ‘Most Inspirational UK Designers’ list back in 2011.


Richard Carpenter / @photoshop_plus

In addition to running a popular Photoshop tutorials website, Richard also has a modern portfolio website which showcases his excellent print and web work.


Katie / @whatkatiedoes

Having used her skills to create work for a variety of big names including Skype and Barclays, Katie’s portfolio encompasses a variety of design styles and is a great place to find inspiration.


Matthew Young

Matthew Young / @matthewoyoung

Penguin designer Matthew’s website is a testament to his quirky, attention-grabbing illustrations and animations.


James Lindeman / @jameslindeman

Nottingham-based James produces excellent captivating designs covering everything from typography to full branding.


Jamie Knight / @pluslion

Jamie and his mascot Lion offer web development and various styles of creative design ranging from cartoons to slick commercial offerings.


Naomi Atkinson / @naomisusi

A web design veteran with a history of working at top London agencies, Naomi’s success lies in her innovative ideas and thoughtful execution.


Who’s your favourite or who did we miss out? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!


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  • Kirsty Burgoine


    Awesome !! Thank you for including me in this list. Very chuffed! 🙂

  • emtwo


    You did miss the fantastic Kyle WIlkinson at – he’s so so good.

  • Tina Plant


    You missed out a little agency called boxChilli media, doing some lovely stuff, just did me a new website, and are doing my SEO as well

  • Neal Mullen


    Aww! Tanks you very much! You guys are too good to me haha

  • Vu Online


    Great list! Don’t think you checked us out though… 🙂

  • Thomas Harvey


    Thanks for including me guys, amazing!

  • Henry


    Appreciate the mention, thank you!

  • 22/03/2012

    No problem Henry! 🙂

  • 25/04/2013

    […] I am hugely honoured to have been included in Heart Internet’s list of “UK Designers and Developers to Watch in 2012“. […]


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