Tools of the Trade #14: Dribbble

Nubby Twiglet | Dribbble

Designers have been using Dribbble for a few years now to share snippets of their works in progress. Even though I’ve been a big fan of the platform for quite some time, I only joined very recently because like many of you, I didn’t think I could possibly take on another social media platform — managing another account on top of everything else stressed me out. But every time I clicked through and checked out the amazing work others were sharing, I felt the pull of wanting to be a part of the community and finally joined in the fun.

For creatives, one of the highlights of Dribbble is that it provides an environment to get constructive feedback on your in-progress projects — it reminds me of the absolute best parts of design school. Engaging in an immediate critique with your design peers is so valuable.

There are a few other benefits of Dribbble as well:

• They have a job board that employers have to pay to post on so the offerings are really high quality.

• It’s a great place to make connections. I’ve already engaged with so many designers I never knew existed before I joined. The community is a friendly, welcoming bunch.

• If you upgrade to a pro account, you can have an icon next to your name that shows you’re available for hire.

• Businesses looking for a reputable designer can search and see who’s active and shares a style that meshes with theirs.

• A lot of work that gets shared on Dribbble inevitably makes its way to Pinterest and opens up a much larger audience for the designer.

Are any of you on Dribbble? Let us know in the comments so we can check out your work!

Credits: 1. Branch, 2. J Fletcher Design, 3. Anthony Lane, 4. Emma Robertson, 5. Hendrick Rolandez, 6. Branch and 7. Mary Frances Foster.

11 Responses to Tools of the Trade #14: Dribbble

  1. Maja says:

    I absolutely love dribbble and seeing the process of different creatives. The only thing is, I don’t know many people in the design world yet and am still waiting to find an invite. Any tips on how to go about that?

    Thanks so much for your help,

  2. Shauna says:

    Hey everyone, thank you for posting links to your Dribbble accounts! I just added some and hope we can continue to connect over there. It’s so nice to feel that sense of community. Keep on posting, I love seeing what you’re up to! -Shauna

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