Dribbble: Show and Tell for Creatives

If you’re a creative and you haven’t yet heard of Dribbble, it’s a fun and unique app allowing designers, developers and other creatives to show parts of their current works with a little sports lingo mixed in. It’s also a fantastic resource for feedback and community. It’s currently invite only, so you’ll need to do a little searching to find yourself an invite.

Here’s are quick review of Dribbble, which we’ve heard many fantastic things about among the design community.

A big thanks to Jeremy Swinnen for supplying us with an invite so we could review Dribbble. Be sure to checkout his Dribbble profile.

Jeremy Swinnen

Jeremy Swinnen

Overview

Any site that’s built for designers and developers would need to be well designed itself, and Dribbble is just that. The site’s design is simple, sexy and usable while not distracting from the main focus points — user submitted “shots”.

Dribbble Home

Dribbble Home

Dribbble is mixed with some fun sports lingo derived from sports like Basketball and Soccer (or Football for some of you). Though the developers are Basketball fans themselves, it seems they also recognize another massively popular sport where shots, rebounds and dribbling takes place (see Dribbble’s footer).

So, the general idea is that members (aka. players) submit sneak peeks of their works (aka. shots) in order to show and tell. They’ll be able to get feedback from the community with other players even able to submit “rebounds” (shots in reply to another shot). The real trick to Dribbble, however, is getting an invite (aka. drafted) as the Dribbble team is trying to keep a “narrow focus on high-quality design work”.

Usage

After you’ve been drafted and complete the simple sign up process, you’ll want to find other players to populate your Following page with shots. Browsing through popular players or visiting the Players page is a good way to find new players you’d like to follow.

Follow Players

Follow Players

When you find shots that you like, you can Like it, submit a Rebound or share it with others via Tweet or unique drbl.in link. You can, of course, also post feedback for the player via comment.

Player Shot Options

Player Shot Options

When you’re ready to submit your own shots, simply click the + Upload link at the top. The max image size is 400×300 pixels via JPG, GIF or PNG. If it’s too large, they’ll help you crop it. You get 24 free shots per month, resetting to 24 at the beginning of each month.

Upload Shots

Upload Shots

Remember that shots are just portions of your works, not necessarily the whole thing.

I’ve uploaded a section of a web design I was working on a long time ago, which will need to be named and tagged after uploading. You can optionally add a comment to provide some information about the shot.

Shot Details

Shot Details

Once you’ve published your shot, you’ll be able to see it on the Debuts page under the primary Shots page.

Debuts

Debuts

Final Thoughts

Dribbble is a fun and unique way for creatives to share and receive feedback on their work. I have to be honest though, based on the hype I saw, I expected something more. The overall design of Dribbble is fantastic and the added lingo is fun but I feel it’s relatively limiting being able to only share “shots” up to 400×300 pixels.

I’d also like to see more social media integration, such as Facebook. Though the developers might have intentionally left features like that out to keep it more of a closed network. As a designer and developer that uses several outlets for networking and feedback, I can’t say I’d be too inclined to use an app that’s so closed off.

Overall, Dribbble is great, but I think it has some further maturing and development to undergo before it will fulfill its potential and hit its stride.


Summary

Dribbble is show and tell for designers, developers and other creatives. Members share sneak peeks of their work as “shots” — small screenshots of the designs and applications they are working on. It’s also a place to talk design, give and receive feedback and iterate toward better work.

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  • The only thing I don’t like about dribbble is the invite process. I like invites to sites but there never seem to be enough. And some people who have dribbble accounts waste the spot, example http://dribbble.com/players/niclas

    • I’m sorry but I don’t see how his account is a waste. Niclas Bergström is a relatively well known designer in the Mac world. If he wasted his spot, he probably wouldn’t have any shots. And plus just because you’re a designer doesn’t mean you’re required to post 100 different design pieces. What if they wanted to follow other designers? He’s got 6 followers but follows 22 people.

  • I think the process to get a dribbble invite is fair enough. If you beg on twitter and have a decent portfolio to back it up, you can get one within a day or two. Besides, how can you prevent people from wasting their dribbble invites? A deactivation after a specified amount of time? …. hmm i don’t know.

  • Dam, I would like a Invite (:
    See my portfolio at http://vustom.com/

    Oh, and nice review.

    Hehe.

  • I’ve been trying to find an invite for ages, but I don’t really know any other designers.

  • How about a contest for invites?
    Or do we have to do this? http://www.pleaseinvitemetodribbble.com/
    :)

  • please someone can help me, how to upload works in dribbble.com or else someone can send me invitation for uploading my latest works. i got more then 8year experience in web design, mobile application designs, web design and flash animation.. thanks