There is no dearth of UX/UI designers out there but very few actually manage to separate themselves in the industry with their superior skill, creativity, and other important professional qualities.

Since we have been in the design and development industry for years, we are familiar with some of the most creative minds inspiring thousands of aspiring designers all over the world.

In case you are wondering who are the best individual UX/UI designers of 2024, here’s our take for you!

Top UI UX Designers of 2024

1. Elizabeth Churchill

At the top of our list of the best UI/UX designers, we have Elizabeth Churchill – the senior director of the department of UX at Google.

With a strong background in research science, psychology, artificial intelligence, cognitive science, human-computer interaction, and cognitive ergonomics, Elizabeth Churchill is considered one of the most influential UX designers the industry has ever witnessed.

She has made significant contributions to the field of UI/UX design with over 150 publications and 50 patents credited to her name.

Follow Elizabeth on X and Instagram: @xeeliz

2. Golden Krishna

It would be impossible to compile a list of top UX designers without including Golden Krishna in it. Currently, Krishna is working for Google as the Head of Design Strategy.

He was able to seize the attention of the world community of UX designers with his highly acclaimed book ‘The Best Interface is No Interface.’

Before he started making Google products more popular, Golden served the R&D innovation labs at Samsung and Zappos.

Golden Krishna was awarded the title of “World’s Best Designer” by Fast Company, a US-based business and innovation magazine.

As an authority in today’s UX industry, Golden Krishna frequently travels around the world to share his expertise through lectures.

Follow Golden Krishna on X and YouTube: @goldenkrishna

3. Erika Hall

Erika Hall has been involved in web design and development since the late 1990s and established her design strategy consulting firm – Mule Design Studios in 2001.

She is the author of two influential books on UX: ‘Just Enough Research’ and ‘Conversational Design.’

In Just Enough Research, Erika Hall drew the attention of the UX industry to the fact that user research is vital in creating positive user experiences.

‘Conversational Design’ is her most recent publication, which highlights the crucial place of humans in designing and examines the role of language in shaping the user experience.

Erika is a regular speaker at international events, covering a wide range of topics including collaboration, design research, and effective user-interface language.

She frequently uses her blog as a platform to discuss different UX trends. She was recently featured on The Optimal Path Podcast by Maze, where she talked about product decision-making.

Follow Erika Hall on X: @mulegirl 

4. Luke Wroblewski

Luke serves as the Managing Director and head of product at Sutter Hill Ventures, leading the company’s product strategy and growth.

Previously, he held the role of Product Director at Google, where he spearheaded product management, user experience design, and user research for the company’s iOS and Android products. He also oversaw metrics and analytics across all departments.

Luke’s previous roles included being an Entrepreneur in Residence at Benchmark Capital and the Chief Design Architect at Yahoo! before he founded his startups.

He also held the position of Lead User Interface Designer at eBay and Senior Interface Designer at NCSA, which is known as the birthplace of Mosaic – a pioneering graphical Web browser.

Besides numerous articles on digital product design and strategy, Luke has also penned three well-received books on Web design – Mobile First, Web Form Design, and Site-Seeing: A Visual Approach to Web Usability.

Follow Luke Wroblewski on X: @LukeW

5. Indi Young

Indi Young is a designer and researcher who creates tools to promote inclusive and ethical user research. Indi is passionate about addressing people-centered problems rather than just focusing on users.

She was the first to create opportunity maps, which are visual representations of how people approach a goal with the benefits or drawbacks of a solution.

Her expertise lies in assisting teams with mapping their thinking styles, emphasizing the importance of avoiding assumptions and accurately representing individuals’ internal thought processes.

Thanks to Indi’s opportunity maps and mental model diagrams, UX designers now can truly listen to people and avoid being swayed by cognitive bias and assumptions.

Indi is the author of three books, including Time to Listen, Practical Empathy, and Mental Models.

Follow Indi Young on X: @indiyoung

6. Kim Goodwin

Kim Goodwin is renowned in the UX community for her bestselling book Designing for the Digital Age and she currently works as a consultant for clients from aviation and consumer electronics industries.

As the VP of Product and User Experience of a medical research platform – PatientsLikeMe,  Kim led a team of designers to successfully integrate a patient support network. 

Kim has led many design projects for websites, applications, phones, medical devices, services, and even organizations. Her experience as a UX designer includes healthcare, aviation, retail, communication, financial services, consumer, enterprise, automotive, IT, and other industries.

Kim is based near San Francisco and frequently flies to take part in UX conferences around the world.

Follow Kim Goodwin at X: @kimgoodwin

7. Jared Spool

Jared Spool is a known specialist, and authority in user-friendliness, software development, design, and research.

He founded User Interface Engineering (UIE), a company that focuses on conducting research, providing training, and offering consulting services for website and product usability.

Spool has been a pioneer in usability and design for over four decades. He collaborates with research teams of different organizations and advises them to improve their approach to solving design challenges.

He believes that the main responsibility of UX designers is to make their organization experts on their users’ needs.

Follow Jared Spool on X: @jmspool

8. Dan Saffer

Dan Saffer currently holds the position of Director of Product Design at Flipboard. Previously he was a Senior Staff Product Designer at Twitter, where he focused on AI/ML initiatives and developing New Customer Onboarding processes.

For more than 25 years, he has been utilizing his design expertise to develop a wide range of products, including websites and robots.

In his most recent book, ‘Microinteractions’, he highlights the impact of small details of user behavior on the success of a product.

He has authored some popular books on UX design such as Designing for Interaction: Creating Innovative Applications and Devices, Designing Gestural Interfaces, and Designing Devices.

With a career spanning over 25 years, he has developed appliances, devices, software, websites, and services that have become a part of the daily lives of millions.

Follow Dan Saffer on X: @odannyboy

9. Julie Zhou

In 2006, Julie Zhou joined Facebook as their first intern and reached a managerial position there at the age of 25. For 14 years, she worked as the VP of design for Facebook.

She was one of the co-founders of Inspirit.Work, an advisory firm that collaborates with rapidly growing tech companies to develop their products.

With the launch of Sundial in 2021, Julie and her team started a journey to empower organizations and product developers with data-driven decision-making capabilities.

You can experience Julie’s unique perspective on design and product building through her compelling essay compilation, ‘The Year of the Looking Glass.’

Follow Julie on X and Instagram: @joulee

10. Jon Yablonski

Jon Yablonski is a Detroit-based user experience designer and front-end web developer. He specializes in simplifying complex technology through extensive user research and interaction design.

Jon is a Senior UX Designer who strives to empower individuals by leveraging digital tools to enhance their abilities.

He has more than 10 years of experience in entertainment, retail, automotive, and aerospace design and development.

His method of UX design focuses on the relationship between human psychology and technology.

In between creating journey maps and prototypes, Jon also designs digital tools like Laws of UXHumane by Design, and Web Field Manual to support other designers.

Follow John Yablonski on X: @JonYablonski

Common Skills of Top UI UX Designers


Only when you can empathize with a person you can realize how he thinks and feels. A crucial part of UI/UX designing is to understand how to improve the product experience of a user, which is not possible if a designer cannot put himself in the shoes of a user. So, a UI/UX designer must know how to empathize.

The main aim of UI/UX design is to increase the usability of products, which is only possible with a deep understanding of the mindset of the users. For that, a UI/UX designer must include empathy in his thought process.

Communication Skills

Designing the interface and usability of a product requires collaboration and communication with different stakeholders, including the clients, target users, and some other divisions within a design agency.

UI/UX designers need to engage in dialogue with the client to thoroughly understand their requirements. In some cases, they need to interview end users to understand their emotions about a product.

At the same time, UI/UX designers need to exchange ideas with product developers and other colleagues to ensure a smooth realization of their concepts.

You can understand how badly they need to have communication skills to ensure a flawless exchange of views with so many people from different cultural and educational backgrounds.

Ability to Formulate Strategies

Sometimes it may take months for a designer to understand how a product could be more useful for the end users. He needs to invent new and creative strategies to both collect and analyze user data for different products.

Besides, a UI/UX designer blends a product’s branding, usability, and functionality with the design, and only a strategy-driven mind can do it effectively.

User-Centric Design Approach

The ‘user-centric’ approach places the user at the center of the design process, giving the highest priority to the needs and expectations of the users.

Though the producer of a product is the employer of a UI/UX designer, their loyalty is reserved for the end users’ well-being.

Data-driven Thinking

Data-driven thinking is a thought process that continuously requires authentic data to analyze and interpret any situation.

Every successful UI/UX designer needs to have a data-driven scientific mind to acquire a realistic idea about user preferences.

Professional UI/UX designers can never act on hunches or emotions. On the contrary, they completely rely on authentic data for each step they take to create a flawless product design.

Final Thoughts

These top UI UX designers UI UX designers of 2024 have already created a lasting impression on our daily lives with their innovative product designs. We can anticipate that their imaginative minds will continue to determine the way we use essential commodities in the future.