Dribbble gives creators center stage, but in a small way. Users can share a little snapshot of their latest project to share with the Dribbble community. This works by allowing users to create an entry for their most recent project. This includes a small screenshot (only 400 by 300 pixels or less). The small screenshot allows the user to share only a taste of what they are doing without giving the whole thing away. It also keeps others interested and leaves them wanting to see more. There is a social networking element included in Dribbble. Users can comment on what others are doing and the creator can post a “rebound” shot to respond to comments. Users can also choose to like a project to show their enthusiasm for it. Dribbble provides creative individuals with a unique way to show the community what they are currently working on without giving it all away.Show more screenshots »
Dribbble was founded in 2009 by Dan Cederholm and Rich Thronette. The site was intended to be a design sharing tool for creative minds. Users could provide a small taste of what they are doing to entice other users without showing them everything. It also helps users get some feedback on what they have so far, which could help guide them to a better finished product. The like feature allows users to encourage creators as they work through each endeavor.
There are many ways to share a project online. Users can post screenshots just about anywhere. However there may be times when the user doesn’t wish to give it all away. Dribbble uses a unique system that allows creators to entice others to follow what they are doing by providing them with only a small snapshot. This is what makes Dribbble different from other websites. Users must stick with a small screenshot, which can encourage discussion, comments or support from the Dribbble community.
The Dribbble website has an elegant appearance with a stylish, cursive Dribbble logo and dark blue and white color scheme contrasted by hints of bold pink. The homepage explains the way the site works using colorful images and concise wording. Users can also put a face to the creators by clicking on their profiles (which are featured on the homepage). This makes Dribbble feel a little more friendly and personal for new users.
Unfortunately, Dribbble is not open to just anyone. A new user who does not know other users already on the site cannot register. There is no form offered or other sign in alternative. The site is currently closed to public registration. New users can join, but they must have an invitation from an existing Dribbble user. This may be frustrating to some, but the site’s creators explain that they place a strong emphasis on quality and want to make sure they can manage quality levels on the site.
There is no cost associated with visiting or using Dribbble. Anyone can browse the site, but only invited individuals can create an account. This may change in the future, but for now there is no subscription fee or premium paid account option available. There is no public account option available at all, so requesting a payment would be fruitless for the site and likely deter some invited users.
Creative individuals can enjoy Dribbble. It is based entirely on the creations of the user community. Unfortunately, the only user who can really love Dribbble are those that know an existing user and can get an invitation.