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A Dribbble of creative

I found Dribbble.com today which is an interesting spin on the creative portal where artists can show off their work. The difference here is that you only share a sneak peeks of your work as small screenshots of the designs and applications you’re working on. Membership in the site is entirely driven by our users so all members of Dribbble have been drafted (invited) by other members.

The screenshots or “shots” are organized by tags but there is no real cohesive navigation to help you sort through all the work. Once you find a piece that looks interesting you can click on it for a slight larger version that you can like, Tweet or Rebound which is a shot in reply to another shot. But for me this site has a huge miss in that there is no way to get real feedback on such a small screenshot and I couldn’t find any way to track the progress of the work.  How do I know when it is done? Where can I see it? How is this site anything but a tease for small windows of partial inspiration? Maybe all of this is hidden away only for members but it felt me scratching my head. I found a few artists who were smart to see this problem and posted links to the final work in the comments but this seemed to be rare. I am working to get an invitation to try out everything on the site but check it out and see if these little glimpses do anything for you.

2 Comments

  1. Rob

    July 30, 2010 at 10:06 am

    Been waiting for an invite now for a while. It’s too bad they don’t open it up a bit more. Feels very exclusive, at least from someone looking from the outside.

  2. Lea Botwinick

    August 2, 2010 at 8:33 am

    I’ve been a member of dribbble for a couple months now and what I love about what they offer, is a real sense of community. It allows us access to dozens of big name designers on the web and helps facilitate communication and constructive critique from other great designers.

    Regarding follow up shots – if you follow a person on dribbble, you no doubt follow them on twitter. Most players will tweet their shots and as a follow up will announce when their project is live on the web. And, as you’ve mentioned some even post updates within the comments section.

    In a sense, dribbble is what you make of it. If you’re active in the community, post comments, reach out to other players, it could be extremely beneficial as a networking tool.

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