DesignerNews is almost dead

1 year ago from Riho Kroll, Lead UI/UX Designer

  • Thomas Michael SemmlerThomas Michael Semmler, 1 year ago

    I've been saying it since forever and it is still true:

    Designers use platforms exclusively to promote themselves or their business.

    That is the big problem. If you make Platforms that evolve around attention, which increase its exposure with increasing attention to it, you will always attract a crowd that mostly sees this as an opportunity to milk the audience.


    Also, many designers do not care about this stuff. And the designers who do are busy working. Look at this "10k Website Process". They are literally trying to milk designers who don't know better. We have let this happen forever. People who praise this behaviour are contributing just as much.

    Our Design "Community" is driven by ego, money, and reinventing the same job title over and over again, just exclude someone else.


    I agree with your suggestions completely and I think they would really improve the community, but, and its a big but, it will interfere with monetization of this website. This website relies on sponsored content, ads. Nothing more. The more exposure, the more impressions. It feeds itself, because as more people come to consume the content here, so will people who intend to milk this by posting some nonsense about their mediocre icon library, 200€ Sketch Plugin and clickbait titles about shaming you who is using anything other but whatever is currently popular.

    I think you are trying to solve an issue that cannot be solved. Designernews going down is just a side effect of this issue.

    If you really wanna improve the community, designers need to stop:

    • using twitter as their main source of news
    • start making their own platforms, making their own sites instead of relying on big companies
    • find solutions themselves instead of relying on cookie cutter solutions
    • never, ever again go on dribbble or behance
    • stop stardoming people who are not actually contributing. Someone who makes something pretty is not worth it. We are all capable of making something nice to look at.
    5 points
    • Andrew C, 1 year ago

      Dribbble is one of the (if not THE) most positive and pleasant outlets for designers to visit on the internet. Fuck that Intercom article, and any designer taking their work so seriously they’ll shit on others that are actually posting good and interesting designs or thought provoking concepts.

      A community based on doing and not waxing poetic is exactly what the doctor ordered for this field.

      1 point
      • Thomas Michael SemmlerThomas Michael Semmler, 1 year ago

        Dribbble is one of the (if not THE) most positive and pleasant outlets for designers to visit on the internet

        Are you serious? I cannot tell if this is sarcasm or not.

        Fuck that Intercom article

        I don't know about this Intercom article - can you link it please?

        ... any designer taking their work so seriously they’ll shit on others that are actually posting good and interesting designs or thought provoking concepts

        That is a bit of a misleading way of thinking about it. Because what is being posted on dribbble distorts the reality for those who consume what is posted there. And that is influencing the way they work and what they produce, which creates trends. So we should absolutely post responsibly on dribbble.

        90% of shots on dribbble are decoration. They are things made pretty. But Design is not only about making it pretty. The way it is right now I only use it to follow illustrators.

        3 points
      • Joey Prijs, 1 year ago

        Do you find it pleasant because thousands of people on Dribbble only respond with "great work!" - hoping you're gonna click on their profile doing the same for them?

        I'd argue Dribbble is one of the main reasons ego-trips and self-promotion became so prevalent in the community. It started out great tho; "show us what you're working on" instead of "make a great Dribbble shot!" - at this point it's fair to say Dribbble is the Instagram of the design world; mostly toxic.

        0 points
        • Andrew C, 1 year ago

          Dribbble is built on people putting up shots and I like the value of designers showing over telling. Our field is full of rhetoric and endless waxing. Hence why a story about us gathers more rote activity than stories about work and products of our peers. It’s nice to see the busy worker get their due.

          0 points