It is a good thing to learn from people that have “been there, done that”, people that understand the dynamics of the industry and share them freely.
That is why I compiled this list of people that inspire me. Be it with their apps, their podcasts, their blogs. The idea is that they share their experiences so that we that come after them don’t have to make the same mistakes.
This is why you should follow these people, learn from them and be a better developer. So, in no particular order, here goes.
UPDATE: Seems a lot of people on this list are getting new followers. To make it easier to follow them all, use this list
John is easily the most recognizable name in the industry. He posts this thoughts regularly on Apple news and events. The most recent one I found interesting was the commentary on flat design and the case against Skeuomorphism.
Also his podcasts should be a part of any developer’s week.
Craig Hockenberry is famous for his work at the IconFactory who developed Twitterrific. I listened to a podcast a while back and I discovered he designed a lot of the icons for application I have used and worked with for years. Even on the Windows platform.
He is frequently interviewed on podcasts and websites and loves sharing his experience.
Loren developed Tweetie which is now the official Twitter iOS app. He is responsible for the pull-to-refresh design pattern that is now a part of the iOS 6 Mail app.
Apple must have spent years trying not include it iOS but had to because it was just too good a control.
Check out his app, Letterpress
Daniel hosts the Core Intuition podcast along with Manton Reece. The podcast should definitely be in your weekly playlist if you want to keep up with what is going on in the world of iOS.
Daniel is predominantly a Mac developer and is the person behind MarsEdit
Manton is a co-host with Daniel Jalkut on the Core Intuition podcast which as I said above should be part of your week. They comment on stories in the world of Apple and iOS. This is a good way to spot trends and understand what the wider community is talking about.
Manton has sworn never to go back to Twitter after they burned him and thousands of other developers. You will have to get on app.net to follow him.
Dave Verwer runs what is arguably the best researched newsletter in iOS, iOS Dev Weekly. It is a list of links on resources and tips that will benefit you as a developer. Definitely something to look forward to on a Friday afternoon.
Marco is well known for Instapaper and recently, The Magazine. In my opinion, he has identified a sweet spot of app monetization: recurring subscriptions on the Newsstand platform. As a developer, you shouldn’t be satisfied with a 0.99c app which you will need to support forever. He explains the process he went through in the now defunct podcast, Build and Analyze.
He is also a fan of fast cars and coffee.
David Smith is the host of Developing Perspective, another podcast that should be on your weekly playlist. David comments on struggles and wins that every indie developer goes through in the process of publishing apps.
It is important to know that others are going through the same experience.
David runs App Cubby with the flagship app, Launch Center Pro. The App Cubby blog should be in your reading list. It is a treasure trove of insights into developing, publishing, pricing and monetizing apps.
Ken is the creator of a suite of beautiful looking apps. Agenda, Buzz and Today. He shares a lot of interesting links on his Twitter feed so you will want to follow that. His book AppSavvy, is a good resource for learning how to turn your ideas into apps.
Sam Soffes is a prolific sharer and contributor to open source. Just check out his Github profile to see what I mean.
His app, Cheddar was open-sourced and it is a delight to go through the code and see how things are implemented. Very inspiring.
Marc Edwards is a prolific designer. Check out the amazing apps done at Bjango to see his work in action.
He co-hosts the Iterate podcast with Rene Ritchie, where they share their thoughts on design, development, skeuomorphism and all things in between.
Mike Rundle is one of the rare people who has got skills in coding and design. These people don’t exist of often. If you want to learn how you can have skills in both, check out Design Then Code
Rene Ritchie must have written 2.5 million words on iMore.com and he is a prolific podcaster as well. I seem to always discover podcasts hosted by Rene.
The ones I listen to are Iterate and Debug. They should be in your podcast playlist if you want to be kept up to date about UI/UX design, iOS and Mac development.
Mark Jardine is Co-founder to TapBots who have blazed a trail when it comes to app design. Their apps TweetBot and more recently, NetBot are amazing pieces of art.
Sophie Teutschler is the founder of Sophiestication. The entire range of apps are arguably the most beautiful to look at.
One of her apps, Articles won an Apple Design Award. The On This Day app is a perfect showcase of how skeuomorphism rocks.
The site is the place to go to when you need inspiration on your next app’s design.
Jeremy is the Founder of Tapity, makers of the Grades app which won an Apple Design Award. What I like about Jeremy is the way he shares his experience with the community.
Ray Wenderlich runs, in my opinion, the best iOS tutorial site on the web. There are tons of free tutorials. The iOS By Tutorials series is also a must have if you want to keep up with the new APIs in iOS.
Keith Shepherd is famous for the Temple run series. He is the Co-Founder of Imangi studios along with his wife Natalia.
Temple Run 2 was downloaded 50 million times in 2 weeks. A record by any standards. Instead of being tight lipped about their success, Keith and Natalia share their experiences by giving lots of interviews. That’s why they are inspiring.
Mattt is a prolific developer who has created one of the most used libraries in iOS/OS X. It is called AFNetworking with currently over 1000 forks on Github.
Steve Streza is Lead Platform Developer at Pocket and he is a joy to follow on Twitter. Not only for his tweets about development but also off-topic info like Obama and Gangnam style.
His Gangnam style Mashup got over 100,000 views in the first weeks. I’m happy I got to see it before it got banned in the UK.
Aaron runs Cocoa Controls, the go-to site for custom iOS controls. The site currently has over 2000 controls both free and paid that you can drop into your app.
The curation is top class and there is no other site that comes close.
Matt Gemmell blogs about iOS/OS X at his site and has published loads of open source components.
For more inspiration , Matt regularly speaks at conferences around the UK.
Matt Rix is the developer behind Trainyard, a game which at some point rose to #2 in the App store beating Angry Birds.
He blogged about the experience here. It is always nice to see developers so open about their journey (struggles and successes so far).
Dan is the developer behind Clear, the to-do app that re-wrote the rules of UI app design. The Clear app was single-handedly responsible for lots of of gesture-based UI controls, and an open source control that mimics the paradigm is a top rated control on Cocoa controls.
I’m sure it must feel good to have affected an industry in such a way.
Evan Doll is a Co-Founder at Flipboard. I use this app multiple times everyday and no other app can boast of that on my home screen.
He taught one of the first series of the CS193P iOS course at Stanford. I followed this course and was my first introduction to iOS 5 years ago.
Aaron Hillegass is a Co-Founder at Big Nerd Ranch, a training company with amazing personality. The website alone lets you know that you are not dealing with your run-of-the-mill training house.
Guy English is the man behind KickingBear where he has been blogging since 2009. The topics are generally ones iOS indie developers would like to follow.
He co-hosts the Debug podcast along with Rene Ritchie where they interview indie app developers. You will probably want to tune in to that as well
Is there someone you think should be on this list? Please leave a comment and let me know!
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