Dribbble – a place for designers to socialize and get hired
Dribbble is an online community where “web designers, graphic designers, illustrators, icon artists, typographers, logo designers, and other creative types” can share pieces of their work with others, give and receive comments and get in touch with businesses that may be interested in their work.
Despite the fact that Dribbble is about sharing, it is a semi-closed community with quite a lot of limitations. Posts and profiles can be viewed by anyone, but to be able to share your own designs you must be invited by someone who is already a member – and the number of invitations one can send out is limited. Every month members, called players, can post up to 24 shots, or small screenshots of their current work.
The site also offers pro accounts: for players they provide some additional features, like a Hire me button on the profile, and for those who are looking for designers they allow advanced search by location, skills and availability.
Dribbble doesn’t promise to keep the shots indefinitely – their FAQ section states that “after some time” old shots will be removed to make space for new ones. So the service can’t work as an online portfolio – it’s really for showing others what you are working on at the moment and getting feedback.
As they say themselves, Dribbble is a tiny profitable company which helps “the world's design talent share their creations and get hired”. With only 3 employees, their website has a functioning blog, a page that facilitates meet-ups for dibbblers across the world, and even a shop where you can buy Dribbble-branded T-shirts. What do you think of the idea? If you were (are) a designer, would you be on Dribbble?
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