Dribbble removes ability to filter all shots by 'Recent' on main navigation

almost 4 years ago from , Design Lead at Vincent

This morning I noticed that Dribbble changed the way that users view the 'Shots' lists. You used to be able to view shots by 'Recent' and 'Popular'. Now, you can view shots by 'Popular Now' and 'Popular This Week'. I have a concern with this and I'm interested to hear the thoughts of others.

What impact will this have on new Dribbble players who have few to no followers? How will they ever reach either of these buckets when no one can like their shots because no one is able to see them? The same dilemma applies to those who have a larger following, but few active followers.

My initial thoughts are that this change will cause popular Dribbblers to become more popular and could negatively impact the growth of up-and-coming Dribbblers.


EDIT: You can still change the filter once you're viewing all shots. It just isn't available via the main navigation anymore.


  • John PJohn P, almost 4 years ago

    Make your social network alienate new users even further, what could possibly go wrong.

    39 points
  • Chris Lewis, almost 4 years ago

    "Recent" should still be accessible in the dropdown on the Shots page. It is for me at least.

    14 points
  • Michael GurneyMichael Gurney, almost 4 years ago

    I use that feature all the time when I'm looking for inspiration, plus it's a basic filter option for any site.

    7 points
  • James Mikrut, almost 4 years ago

    I agree with your thoughts. I've found it kind of difficult to get views on my studio's work and that's unfortunate. Look at the popular work and it's all by the same few places, and it's all spec work or fake mockups that use bright color and trends.

    Dribbble could be such a great platform to garner feedback on design work but it falls quite short IMO.

    7 points
  • Joe Roberto, almost 4 years ago

    Time to build a 'new' dribbble from the ground up. One that isan't profit focused, but focused on sharing & curating design inspiration. I thought the addition of the 'TINY' team would be a benefit for Dribbble, but sadly it has not been.

    5 points
  • Alex MarinAlex Marin, almost 4 years ago

    Looks like they added it back! And they made it even better than before.

    4 points
    • Brian Houtz, almost 4 years ago

      What? Where? How is it better? It's not on the navbar for me which makes it much easier to find and access.

      0 points
  • Jim SilvermanJim Silverman, almost 4 years ago

    if there's one thing dribbble loves, it's killing discoverability. the "scout" roll-out caused widespread backlash from top-tier users, i guess they're trying to make things up to them.

    4 points
  • Jordan FlaigJordan Flaig, almost 4 years ago

    Only a matter of time before you can pay an extra $15 m/ to "Increase Discoverability" of your shots / profile.

    I honestly see dribbble turning into the LinkedIn for designers. Lots of upsells and pro features to make finding jobs easier... but you'll have to pay.

    3 points
  • Judah GuttmannJudah Guttmann, almost 4 years ago

    Users have been complaining about how difficult it is to discover new and interesting content and designers... clearly those complaints are not being heard.

    I love dribbble, but this move is so obviously not what the community has been asking for. Everyday the popular page is spammed with the same users and content. Hiding filters or making them less discoverable is a move in the wrong direction.

    I'd love to hear the thinking behind this from the team.

    3 points
  • Ali AliAli Ali, almost 4 years ago

    More and more dribbble confirms its push to be a popularity contest. That's a shame.

    3 points
  • Philip LesterPhilip Lester, almost 4 years ago

    Whoever is behind Dribbble these days is killing the platform. I understand wanting to monetize it, and by all means they should, but the intro of Scout in essence killed all designers sources of leads. I've talked to a ton of designers who this has happened to and they all echo similar things.

    I realize this is a bit off topic, just needed to vent :)

    3 points
  • Alex MarinAlex Marin, almost 4 years ago

    I noticed that too, and it's annoying having to go through another click to get to the Recent work. Dribbble has always been supporting popular users more and this does nothing more but to do better by them.

    Popular work isn't necessarily the best, and it's usually made up of trendy, seen before work, so I like to go to Recent work and maybe get a shot at actually interacting with those that posted.

    3 points
    • , almost 4 years ago

      That's my thought. I always sort by 'Recent'. I think that these two 'Popular' and 'Popular This Week' options are really nothing more than 'Top 10% of Dribbble' lists. Sure, you won't see the same Dribbblers every single day, but you will see the top percentage of Dribbblers. The popularity is primarily driven by their existing followers, which naturally means that the same designers are going to show up each week and the vast majority of other Dribbblers will remain toward the bottom.

      4 points
      • Alex MarinAlex Marin, almost 4 years ago

        Exactly, and it's why I don't follow many, if any big names. I can never miss their work. It'll show up everywhere on Dribbble.

        5 points
  • J. Terrell, almost 4 years ago

    Might be time for Dribbble to get a competitor.

    1 point
  • Caroline Smith, almost 4 years ago

    I miss having the playoffs readily available! I was able to find where they were initially but I bet they will get less involvement now. Rebounds are fun and a great way to get the community together . Also the emphasis on "popular" and "trending" is a bit of a dangerous mindset

    1 point
  • Thomas Michael SemmlerThomas Michael Semmler, almost 4 years ago

    Social Media usually does this when they start to "show you content based on your interest", aka ads. Get ready for ads in the feed! It's gonna be hard for them because designers, creative types are sooooo unpredictable, especially for ad companies.

    PRESS L TO SHOW SOME LOOOOOOOVE also follow me on all social media because attention is the new money an I NEED IT.

    omg is that a new trend? abstract shapes of humans in illustration let me DO THAT FOR EVERYTHING.

    1 point
  • Philip A, almost 4 years ago

    Maybe they should have a "Talented Dribbbler" section that rotates once a day which only showcases profiles with less than 100 followers or something?

    1 point
  • Andrew C, almost 4 years ago

    I say this respectfully to the community at Dribbble: the majority of users browsing that site are going there looking for something to wow and inspire them. Popularity seems like a pretty solid metric for that. The newly focused dropdown menus from the top navigation are way simpler, and much more understandable to me. I like that I have more options for getting a wave of neat–looking UI thrown at my eyeballs.

    The removal of the filter is a tough call, but I think the focus on popularity is probably more... honest? Any designer hoping to gain exposure would have to network within Dribbble directly or promote them (and therefore Dribbble by association) directly via other channels.

    1 point
    • Brian Houtz, almost 4 years ago

      I agree with your point about visitors looking for inspiration - but the problem is that other designers who can also provide that same level of inspiration are not being given a fair chance. The current setup basically favors the "old guard" the earlier you were on Dribbble, the better. There are way more talented designers than the 30 or so that are constantly being cycled through the front page due solely to being there first. Keep in mind that Dribbble is invite only - they not only were there first, but were guarded from competition for quite some time.

      If Dribbble truly wants to live up to what's stated on it's about page - it needs to do better. Much better.

      "Dribbble is on a mission to build the world’s best platform for designers and creative professionals to gain inspiration, feedback, education, community, and job opportunities."

      There is no reason that Dribbble can't do better at helping discover new talent and shots. A single bump for "Debuts" is not enough. They have a talented team behind the scenes and surely they're more than capable of providing an actual solution to what should be considered a real problem for a platform as big and important as Dribbble.

      0 points
  • Alex Hazel, almost 4 years ago

    Interesting. Can't say that I have ever used a filter on Dribbble though. I have built an awesome collection that I am following, so I just look at my new posts in "Following". If I want something else, I will search.

    I mean you would have to assume they looked at their site analytics and realized that most people don't use that view? But I am not sure what they are trying to accomplish by removing it.

    1 point
  • Cameron SageyCameron Sagey, over 2 years ago

    Just gonna revive this thread real quick hah. They got rid of it again!! I think they should add reddit style pages like "new" "hot" "popular" and "rising". Would help so much for exposure

    0 points
  • Lee HordLee Hord, almost 4 years ago

    Going to https://dribbble.com/shots?sort=recent still works

    0 points
  • Jesse HeadJesse Head, almost 4 years ago

    Why doesn't Dribbble allow proper filtering of search results yet? Only offering by 'popularity' and by 'recency' isn't nearly enough. You get a tonne of 2012 style visual design with the former, and mostly trash with the latter.

    I'd love to be able to search for a term, and then look at the popular shots within a given timeframe.

    0 points
  • Victor ErixonVictor Erixon, almost 4 years ago

    I see it. I'm just confused... I was opposed to the addition of "Trending designers" for various reasons but I could see Dribbble's point of promoting active and less followed people. But isn't this just contradicting the matter a lot?

    0 points
  • Stuart McCoyStuart McCoy, almost 4 years ago

    Perhaps this is an A/B test? Maybe I'm missing something here but when I go to dribbble.com I see "popular" as the default sorting method but "recent" is a filter option. The query string in the address bar shows "/shots?sort=recent". You can also filter by most views and most comments. Sure, "popular" is the default but maybe they found out that this is what their users were looking for the most?

    0 points
  • Nathan NNathan N, almost 4 years ago

    I don't think this is much of an issue, debut shots always have high engagement.

    0 points
    • , almost 4 years ago

      That's one shot. Having high engagement on your debut shot does not mean that you will receive high engagement on future shots.

      2 points