There are a number of names that are well known related to modding Skyrim, and love them or hate them, they are famous/infamous for a reason. Some of these have contributed a few mods, and some have contributed dozens or more. They range in category, scope, and longevity. Mention these names on Reddit or Discord and some will garner compliments and normal discussion, but others will draw out the very opinionated.
(I apologize in advance if there are mod authors that you think are missing from this list. I am relatively new to modding; the game came out in 2011 and I started playing in 2020.)
(NB Some links are actually ports by others, some mods were created with other authors, and not all of each person’s mods are listed below)
(And because I am the Queen of Disclaimers, one more: some of these might not be super famous “Big Names” in Skyrim, but they ARE all mod authors that I know by name…and again I am a modding infant…so that’s saying something.)
I’m sad to say that this talented mod author passed away in January 2020, but his work will continue to bring joy to many modders for years to come. Check out the very nice message his grandson has added to the About Me page. And thank you to Shad0wAng3l09 for porting many of his mods to SE!
Here are some new(er) mod authors that I am tracking and thought you might like to as well!
Please remember to endorse any mods you download and like, and if you appreciate all the hard work that goes into creating a mod, consider giving kudos to the author on Nexus as well (the Give Kudos button can be found on the user’s page).