There’s a lot of dribbble hate flying around at the moment, slating the site and it’s members. We’re vain, self centered, real world experience lacking Mac boys who have nothing better to do.
I’m not quite sure what the gripe is (I am a Mac boy) or the role they think dribble should play in the grand scheme of things but for the most part I think the haters are missing the point.
Let’s clear the air a little. I also get cheesed off with dribbble every now and again and I’ll abstain... for a while.
Yes, it’s true that the styles can be repetitive and sometimes viewing the Popular page can feel like your looking at the work of one lone, talented designer.
Yes, it can be seen as a refuge for uninitiated designer, those that don’t actually have any real world experience. If you had a real design job, you wouldn’t be seen dead here right?
Yes, it can be seen as a platform to perfect the art of creatively ripping off the designer next to you.
Yes it can be shallow, centered around a few superstars designers who leave those outside feeling that they’e not worthy.
All of the above is true, but people are looking at it all wrong.
dribbble is a small community. We complain, we bitch and we moan but the web is a pretty big place. What we forget is that people, real people with money and companies and hopes and dreams etc etc think of dribble as the place of reference for design talent.
dribbble is questionably the largest designer platform in the world. You get out of it what you want, and also what you put in. If you only want to like and be liked then great. If you live to get on the popular age, fantastic, if you use it to attract client attention then you’re not alone.
What difference does it make if another designer uses it differently to you? If they want different things out of it than you?
I know there are countless arguments for and against the exclusivity policy of dribble, but I have to admit that I enjoy the fact that the work is of a certain standard and that the designers that do deign to actually leave feedback aren’t just making it up as they go along.
But the way in which dribbble is of most use to me, and a way in which it rarely fails to deliver, is as a promotional platform. Shock, horror!
Although I don’t condone the dribbble only portfolio I also recognize the power of dribbble. Any time I upload a shot that is even remotely popular I receive work enquiries, without fail. These work offers come from clients that may or may not be my ideal client type, but the ball is in my court and they arrive thanks to an ever growing platform that lets us upload 400x300px shots of work regardless of the tag, whether it be: angled, skewed, wireframed, sketched, blownup, @2x, flat (mostly flat) skeu, app, landing page, white, ui, android, red, white, blue, green, wip, iso, dashboard, WHATEVER.
dribbble is a place where you can hopefully still get a little feedback, enjoy a sense of community, (albeit a reduced one) feel the rush of seeing your shots move up the ranks (I don’t care, it does matter) and most importantly for me, work 24 hours as a promotional tool where companies can view my work, get in touch, pay me and give me the means and inspiration to keep going, regardless of what a few might say.
The king is dead, long live the king.