Instagram hotlist: must-follow accounts of May 2018

Your monthly guide to the most engaging accounts on Instagram – big and small – as followed by W* staffers. Cut through the visual static.

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John Yuyi

Taiwanese-born, New York City-based artist, with a string of interdisciplinary collaborators, including Nike and Gucci. Follow for pulse-racing visuals.

Mary Duggan

Mary Duggan is a London-based RIBA registered architecture and design studio established in March 2017. Founder Duggan’s Instagram is a muted moodboard of architectural models, inspirations and scribbled quotes, awash with peachy hues. Follow for therapy.

Daniel Piper Words

A rare treat: a comedian and poet with their own visual style and sensibility. London-based Daniel Piper’s first book Arbitrary and Unnecessary has just been crowdfunded, and is filled with comedic shorts on themes of ‘death, Eamonn Holmes, Jesus, Eastenders, vegetables, money, Phillip Schofield, and dinosaurs’ – amongst others. Follow for laughs.

Lucy Hardcastle

We’ve long had our collective eye on Hardcastle, known for her distinctive mesh of virtual and physical art. Her visceral, highly textured works have the ability to reach out of the screen and into your hand. Her Instagram is similarly boundary-crossing – half calming, half nausea-inducing. Follow for stimulation.


Agnes Lloyd-Platt is a photographer based in London, with a passion for colour. Her feed is a riot of vibrancy, featuring fashion, hotdogs, flora and the sky. Follow for positvity.

Hiller Goodspeed

This Vancouver-based illustrator with comic penmanship doesn’t seem to take himself (and by extension, his Instagram) too seriously. But don’t mistake this for lack of commitment. His understated drawings display a grown-up take on a childlike aesthetic. Follow for deceptive simplicity.

Leandro Farina

Our June 2018 issue (W*231) photography cover star is a London-based image maker with an eye for architectural spaces and shapes, as well as for intelligent still-life work. Follow for clarity of vision

Elly Parsons is the Digital Editor of Wallpaper*, where she oversees and its social platforms. She has been with the brand since 2015 in various roles, spending time as digital writer – specialising in art, technology and contemporary culture – and as deputy digital editor. She was shortlisted for a PPA Award in 2017, has written extensively for many publications, and has contributed to three books. She is a guest lecturer in digital journalism at Goldsmiths University, London, where she also holds a masters degree in creative writing. Now, her main areas of expertise include content strategy, audience engagement, and social media.