What I’ve Got: Dribbble

Dribbble is a platform that allows users to publicize and digitize the design portfolio. The website’s tagline is “Show and Tell for Designers.” The platform serves a dual purpose: (1) it connects design talent with recruiters and job opportunities and (2) it gives designers a platform to showcase exemplary work while collecting inspiration and receiving feedback in the process. Dribbble is really a community that connects designers with their industry peers and enthusiasts. Essentially, it’s a social network of sorts for design professionals. Besides Adobe’s Behance, it seems to be the only space of its kind online.

Dribbble is a highly visual platform with a great, easily navigable website. You can narrow and refine your search by categories like typography, branding, illustration, web design, animation, print, and more. You can even filter your search by color and design platform used like Adobe XD, Figma, or Sketch. The website offers both a social and visual/aesthetic component, which is where it strikes gold. It’s like an exhibition for tasteful design work.

Dribbble is unique in that you have to be invited to participate in the design community. Each individual post is called a “shot.” Today, there are almost 9.9 million uploads on the platform. Interestingly, you can also find employers like Bloomingdale’s, TaskRabbit, Canva, and StockX on the platform’s job forum.

I’ve thought about using the core “show and tell” idea of Dribbble to develop new products like a website that recognizes exemplary academic work.

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Dribbble is “Show and tell for designers.” And unfortunately, I don’t “got” it, but I dream of having it. while anyone can browse the beautiful projects displayed on the site, it is an invite only community if you’d like to post.
Many designers use the site as a portfolio and a way to advertise their services to potential customers. Personally, I use the site as a source of inspiration.

The Chrome Extension “Panda” : https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/panda-4-news-inspiration/haafibkemckmbknhfkiiniobjpgkebko?hl=en allows you to browse the hottest posts whenever you open a new tab. Combine this with Pinterest to save images you love onto boards for later inspiration.

No design is entirely original – it is the combination of other ideas applied in a novel way. Dribbble is an incredible source for inspiration that you can steal and apply in your own projects.

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