It's a tough world for creative types. Writers, designers, and artists of any kind have to make their own way. This often means working for less, picking up tough contract gigs, and living for months on canned soup. It also means using the Internet to the best of your ability -- to showcase your abilities.
Dribble is a great place to show off those talents if you are a designer of any kind. The site bills itself as a "show and tell for designers," and that's exactly what it is. Designers from all around the globe congregate on Dribble to display work. Not familiar with Dribble? Take a look.
Dribble is for the design community at large. Graphic designers, logo artists, illustrators -- if you design something, Dribble is for you. But, Dribble is also something of a closed community too. In order to sign up for a Dribble account, you have to be invited by a current member of the Dribble community. This may be tough, but you can try your luck by signing up to be contacted through the site's main page.
Once you are given that secret login access, you can create a profile that's all your own. Inside of that profile, you can post photos of your work, show people what you can do, and let recruiters and companies know that you are looking for work (if that's the case). The whole site is bursting with talent, so post your best stuff.
Why bother with a site like Dribble? It's hard enough to find gigs in the art world. But, you may not be hooked up with a ton of jobs if you post on Dribble, so why bother? For one thing, it's a place where you can post an online portfolio. Having a site that shows off your best work online is a big help when applying to gigs. This way, you can simply direct a potential employer towards your portfolio.
For Employers Too
If you're looking to hire a designer, you can sign up to become a 'Scout' on Dribble. Scouts can search and sift through various design profiles to find what they are looking for. You can search via location or designer-type. If you really want to narrow your search, though, you'll have to sign up to 'Go Pro,' which will cost you $20 per year.
$20 is not a bad or high price to pay for a year, but it's still something to consider if you have a hiring budget. Dribble has quickly gained a ton of users, and plenty of designers are creating new profiles. There's a lot of talent out there, how does your talent measure up? Dribble is the first site of its kind, and it's a site that really does stand out.
Sign Up Is Free
To sign up, if you are a designer, just go to the Dribble site and fill out the requested sign up information. From there, you can start posting your work. If you have design talent, make sure to showcase it using Dribble!