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8 years ago from John Jackson, Design Lead at Vincent
I feel the same way about Dribbble, no real constructive criticism. Plus, I feel like I am too old for Dribbble.
"Nice Colors!" :). I agree with you. It has lead to a couple freelance gigs though.
I've pretty much turned my Dribbble account into my portfolio.
Some people have strong opinions about this but I'm leaning towards decentralizing a lot of my activity online. Portfolio: Dribbble, Writing: Medium, Conversations: Twitter, etc.
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I like it for visual design reference and inspiration. The ability to like shots and organize them into buckets helps my process. To add to that, I get a large amount of work requests through it. It's very rarely effective at expressing IxD or collecting constructive feedback though.
Dribbble is for beautiful things. It's really that simple.
It has become the dominant index people use to find designers. Even if you only have like 100 followers, you'll still get a lot of people finding you in the search results (usually for location) and reaching out about work.
"but dribbble shots aren't a good way to judge a designer!"
That's why there's a big ol' link for your site at the top of your profile. People don't base their whole hiring decision on those little squares.
Plus, it's a blast to just put up crazy animated fun stuff that doesn't fit into a portfolio project, for instance: http://drbl.in/mUyU
That's exactly it. It's like Tinder for designers. A quick snapshot to get a surface-level first impression, but the potential to lead to something much more substantial (if that's what you're into).
Have something more to say? Link it to a case study on your site or a Medium article.
Look at the way a heavily conceptual designer like John Maeda uses the site. He has a bunch of experiments posted without context, but sandwiched in between are deeper projects like this, with a link to a video that better shows the full scale of the idea.
It's a good source of inspiration if you know half of the stuff on there won't actually work too well in practice. I'm not too hot on visual design these days, so yeah, gathering inspiration for things I can apply to something that will realistically work.
I get all of my freelance work from Dribbble. Having a pro account is worth wonders ;)
I don't consider it a resource for real design solutions, I just see it a fun place to post snippets of work and experiments. I work on pretty boring enterprise software sometimes so it's nice to mix it up and see playful and colorful things, but it's just that.
It helped bring in the majority of my freelance work when i left my full-time job which enabled me to spend more time on my own side-projects, then when we got some funding i found max and oleg via Dribbble, both insanely talented.
So it's had a pretty big impact, especially improving my own design work
Dribbble has become the go-to place for showing off my design work. I use it to land design gigs, both full-time and freelance. Although it doesn't necessarily replace a traditional portfolio, it seems to be (in my experience) a viable alternative!
I use Dribbble for inspiration and every few months I'll post a shot or two. I really do feel like its a popularity contest there and unless you have several thousand followers, its really hard to get exposure for your work.
My profile: https://dribbble.com/JasonLi
A ton of job leads.... clients, relationships, and money.
I primarily go there for design inspiration, but I recently started sharing my work there, too. I just enjoy it for what it is: show and tell for designers.
There seems to be a lot of dribbble hate these days, I don't get it. I think its a great community.
It's good if you can leverage it. Don't use it to post case studies and in-depth analysis of your work. If I'm working on a project, and I create a certain element or view that I find appealing, I will post it. However I post it because I like it and enjoy sharing things with people, not because I'm looking for feedback or an ego boost. Use it to give people a quick "toe in the water" look into your style, ability, and perhaps it will net you some clients. All of the best freelance contracts I've obtained have been through dribbble.
Both local and remote clients. It's easier than consistently updating a portfolio, but creates plenty of folio referrals.
I occasionally use it for feedback, and I've seen mixed results. The rare moment I get constructive feedback is great, but those times are far fewer and far between than they were six years ago.
I barely browse general posts. The vast majority of users are unabashed trend-followers, and many others lack practical experience.
Also used it to recruit for my own projects; great for finding specialized, local designers.
It's like Instagram.. It's an ego boost and dopamine rush each time you get a "like". On the flipside I'm sure it makes some designers feel like crap when they don't get the attention they were hoping for.
I go there for inspiration and references. For example, I'm currently designing a platform that dealing with all kinds of data, so I go to dribble and see how other designers deal with it, and what kinds of UI patterns they use.
On the contrary, I feel Dribbble is a good tool for problem solving. However, I feel that the problem solving happens more on the visual design front rather than the UX front. For example, I have used Dribbble to get ideas for different treatments of data tables and graphs for mobile. Also, the work on Dribbble helped me so much with improving my iconography skills.
BTW, I'm still waiting on an invite if anyone here has one to spare :)
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I'm genuinely curious: What do you guys feel that you get out of Dribbble? I see cool stuff on there, but it's typically out of the context of the problem it is (or isn't) solving. The comments make my skin crawl. Am I missing something?