The Other Guys – Dribbble

In my ongoing commitment to finding social media alternatives to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and (now) Google Plus, I present to you “The Other Guys.” This week I’ll be profiling Dribbble.

Dribbble website example

If you’re a designer or developer you might’ve already heard of this site. It’s a place where members can post “shots” (400×300 px images) of their work to share with others. In this community, creatives* can share their ideas and showcase their works of art.

But, the kicker with Dribbble is that not everyone can post to the site. People who join the community are categorized as one of the following:

  • Player – a full-fledged member who can post and comment on content. You have to be drafted (invited by a current player) to be in this elite group
  • Prospect – this is someone who’s indicated he/she would like to become a player.
  • Spectator – these are the people who are sitting on the sidelines. You can’t comment or post, but you can be inspired by all of the great work found on the site.

This set up might seem a little elitist and exclusionary, but my guess is that’s exactly what Dribbble is going for. Being a player is something to reach for, an aspiration for up-and-coming designers. Not only that, requiring players to be “drafted” helps keep the community full of the most inspired, thought-provoking work and conversation.

Whether you’re a designer or not, I suggest you take a look at Dribbble and get inspired. If you are a designer and would like to be a member, I’d suggest you start networking with some of the artists who are already players. If you click a player’s name you’re taken to his/her profile where you can often find a link to a website or Twitter profile. Worst-case scenario, you connect with an industry leader, best case, you’ll become a player too.

*By the way, my mom pointed out to me the other day that “creatives” is not a word. She prefers “creative professional.” So mom, if you’re reading this, I’m sorry… but all the cool kids are doing it.

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About Donna Queza

I'm an optimist grounded in realism. That's what I love about working on the web -- the possibilities to be creative and distinctive are endless, but there's always a need for those reality-driven, data-fueld folks who make our dreams into realities. I like to think I hover somewhere in the middle - creative, quantifiable internet marketing solutions.

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