Dribbble is dying. Whats next?

over 5 years ago from , Product Designer

As Dribble is a dying platform (no fresh works or ideas for a long-long-long time), many designers post their works on alternative platforms, such as Instagram (not the best choice, but anyway). And I suppose that whole new generation of designers might use other platforms to share their ideas. Let's collect links on UI inspirational sources that can replace dribbble in future.


  • Tony GinesTony Gines, over 5 years ago

    RIP dribbble.

    no fresh works or ideas for a long-long-long time

    Did Donald Trump write this? lol

    81 points
  • Adam T.Adam T., over 5 years ago

    What are you talking about? Do you have usage stats to back up your claim? What threshold have you set for "fresh works or ideas" other than your personal taste?

    I've found Dribbble to be an invaluable portfolio resource both to reference other's takes on UI elements and for getting job leads.

    52 points
    • Sean LesterSean Lester, over 5 years ago

      Yeah I'm going to second this "Dribbble is dying? Says who?" response.

      Dribbble has been mocked by DN for years and it seems to be doing just as well as ever. The trends in visual design and illustration have little to do with the platform itself, and I don't think it's very reasonable at all to claim there have been no fresh works or ideas. People just beat trends to death and they evolve relatively slowly — but we're in a much better place in visual design and in the work on Dribbble than we were two/three years ago or so.

      8 points
  • Pawel LudwiczakPawel Ludwiczak, over 5 years ago


    oh, wait..

    32 points
  • Account deleted over 5 years ago

    Stop browsing 'popular' and curate your following list.

    18 points
  • Guilherme SchmittGuilherme Schmitt, over 5 years ago

    Dribbble just had a sold-out conference in Boston. Sounds dead to me.

    14 points
  • Jordan LittleJordan Little, over 5 years ago

    Dribbble bought Crew back in April and shows no sign of financial troubles. What are you seeing that makes you think it's a "dying platform?"

    13 points
  • Vasil EnchevVasil Enchev, over 5 years ago

    Fake news!

    10 points
  • Andrew ConnAndrew Conn, over 5 years ago

    I see the opposite. It’s become more popular and the work has generally increased in quality. The problem still persists, however, that it’s an echo chamber and much of what’s posted is without substance. Dribbble could easily fix this by adding some feature that allowed you to post your thoughts, story, and process around the final visual design.

    7 points
    • Dean HaydenDean Hayden, over 5 years ago

      Your thoughts and the story of your work should be contained within a ‘Project’, rebounds can be used to show iteration.

      The beauty of Dribbble is its ‘design snapshot’ nature (though you do have the tools to show your process and/or development of an idea). If it tried to expand on this (like Behance) they would destroy the appeal and simplicity of the platform.

      For me it’s a great platform for visual inspiration and I follow people from multiple disciplines. This really helps the echo chamber problem.

      I would rather see a ‘Nike shoe concept UI done for the hell of it’ piece rather than a ‘proved to increase ROI and the product sponsor signed it off’ grey and blue drab UI.

      Yes, many Dribbble shots lack substance but it’s design candy, a quick hit for the eyes. If I want something more insightful I would look elsewhere.

      0 points
  • Nic TrentNic Trent, over 5 years ago


    6 points
  • Jesse PenicoJesse Penico, over 5 years ago

    Not everything posted on Dribbble is or has to be UI / UX btw ... just saying.

    5 points
  • Scott ThomasScott Thomas, over 5 years ago
    • Option 1) Just Google "UI Inspiration" There are tons of sites. DN also had a post about Little Big Details has returned.
    • Option 2) Post original work on dribbble and stop complaining
    • Option 3) Create an inspirational site and fixes the gap
    5 points
  • Jonathan SimcoeJonathan Simcoe, over 5 years ago

    The fact that this thread exists and many of the comments here are evidence of the failure of Dribbble and Designer News to be meaningful design communities.

    4 points
  • Bobby AndersonBobby Anderson, over 5 years ago

    Dribbble is what you make of it, much like DN or any other community based website. The popular page, what people consider the 'best' designs, is just watered down nonsense 90% of the time. Fancy neon blob gradient filled unusable UI or debut shots welcoming people to the community, I feel there is very little 'actual' project work but by curating your feed and finding people who do similar work or are in similar situations as yourself is the best way to use the platform.

    2 features I'd love to see on Dribbble are 1 - having the ability to block/hide people who do post utter crap and always end up on the popular page because Wowe nice colurz and 2 - having an option to mark uploads as actual project work - not just having folders for them as this doesn't help when searching or filtering

    3 points
  • Erin GwozdzErin Gwozdz, over 5 years ago


    3 points
  • Nathan NNathan N, over 5 years ago

    I've found UpLabs to be quite good, I learned of it when someone promoted one of my dribbble shots there (It credits you automatically). You are on to something though, the places I used to use for inspiration seem dated now, pttrns for example.

    2 points
  • Interested Curious, over 5 years ago

    The site isn't dead it's just popular.

    There's fresh work on all the "old" platforms, it just doesn't get most viewed because people have to put effort into finding them.

    Hell I still prefer behance because it shows more complete projects, and more than just things in the UI scope.

    2 points
  • Account deleted over 5 years ago

    Buahaha really? Those morons killed themselves? And they were SOOOO proud and confident with all those "invitations only" signings... buahaha... Rest in Pieces, Dribbble.

    1 point
    • John PJohn P, over 5 years ago

      "Important Twitter rockstar designers use us and people literally beg to get in, we've totally made it guys!!!!"

      3 years later "We have no growth and our community is on life support, what went wrong"

      Good riddance

      1 point
  • Account deleted over 5 years ago

    Wishful thinking

    1 point
  • Metin SarayMetin Saray, 5 years ago

    I think problem with Dribbble is the terrible search and discovery functions.

    I don't get why am I still seeing a post from 2013 as a 'popular' in the year of 2018. Shouldn't it be used more now? The views and likes should have overwritten the 2013 posts by now. It's just bottlenecking maybe some very talented people from getting seen.

    I'd love to see prospects getting features instead of some bullshit freebie vlogging designers that knows how to handle social media well. Like that beardy dude last year.

    If they had some sorf of a curation team that could nitpick some works or approach this in a more editorial way I think it's still a really great source of inspirations.

    It's just that they are are not trying anything which is a shame because they are still the top platform and there's tons to invest.

    0 points
  • Mont gomery, over 5 years ago

    People really love shitting on one of the few platforms for designers that isn't a total financial black hole or foothold for big advertising. Take behance for example, that website was good for maybe 5 minutes, until it was overwhelmed with the most pathetic cavalcade of mediocrity that you had ever seen.

    Not to mention behance basically became another softcore porn site where so-called "photographers" could display their art, that and every 2-bit blog and vaguely design related site could sell their dog shit floral packs or ripped fonts. In addition to those things, behance quickly became a perfect example of capitalism, works in theory yet totally controlled by the 100 people at the top who maintain all the influence and focus, this due to the millions of half-wit morons that think by commenting "this is fantastic, you should check out my portfolio here :)" will someone get people to go view their 2 bit derived nonsense clogging up the servers.

    So i think that dribbble, whilst full of average shite and visual porn, still is the only place where work can at least be slightly curated, invitation-only is the best system we have and it sure beats the hell out of giving any egg roll with a crayon a creative license and medium to share their "work". You may get derivatives and replicas and trends on tap, but how else is any prospective employer going to hire you, no one cares about your amazing design solution if it looks like shit, thats the way of the world, so if people get upset that not every designer is reinventing the wheel, then creativity is not for you. Everything ever made anytime was derived from something else.

    End Rant :)

    0 points
  • Ola Drachal, over 5 years ago

    The title is over the top. Dribbble is still top webdesign resource for most people. Does it have the same level of works as before. Hmm not always, as it's now use mostly by small agencies and software houses to find new clients and in order to achieve that they post a lot of crazy stuff. But then again just don't follow them, follow the designers. There are still so many great people there posting they fantastic works.

    Btw. What I use now more often then dribbble is http://www.land-book.com At least you know that those are real projects and you can experience how it works.

    0 points
  • Yassine AbouzaidYassine Abouzaid, over 5 years ago

    But I still haven't got my invitation :( (yet)

    0 points
  • Daniel PapeDaniel Pape, over 5 years ago

    Maybe it's that UX and UI design has had "no fresh works or ideas for a long-long-long time", not the platform that people are sharing them on.

    0 points
  • Kieran Link, over 5 years ago

    The problem with Dribbble is a bad search and tagging function.

    0 points
  • Kiran B, over 5 years ago

    uplabs seems to be a good one.

    0 points
  • Harper Lieblich, over 5 years ago

    Let’s agree to disagree.

    0 points
  • Ramona S, over 5 years ago

    could someone send me an invite, Ive been dying for one! https://www.behance.net/ramonable

    0 points
  • Bruce Vang, over 5 years ago

    I've been liking Behance lately.

    0 points