Dribbble recently rolled out yet another feature for their Pro members which helps them connect not only with each other, but also potential employers. While I’m not yet a contributing member of Dribbble, it’s obvious from the outside that the community within Dribbble is as strong of a community as you can get, especially when narrowed down to a field such as design.
The new feature is a little widget of sorts which allows the sorting and filtering members of Dribbble by skills, availability, location, and other criteria. It’s been implemented into the “Find Designers” section of Dribbble for easy searching for talent to hire. It’s also available throughout other sections of the site, such as narrowing down people within lists and even your followers. In the words of Dan Cederholm, the founder of Dribbble.
Want to see who your favorite Dribbbler follows near Chicago that does illustration? A few clicks and…presto. You now have the power.
Building a community
Designers from every inch of the globe are contributing some of the most well thought out and implemented designs the industry has ever seen. When Cederholm and his team founded Dribbble, I have a feeling they didn’t have a clue just how great of a platform it would become. Maybe they did, though. Regardless, it’s a platform and community that almost every designer gains inspiration and motivation from.
Dribbble has already managed to create a very nice system of organizing designers with all types of skills, living all across the world, and making potential employers lives much easier by allowing them to narrow it down to a specific field and/or location for potential hires. This is just one of the things that fuels and sustains the community on Dribbble; knowing that there are some extremely well-respected companies and individuals out there who are searching for talent. This motivates designers to only put out their best work and truly challenge their own abilities.
Not only is the potential for a job enticing, but as I mentioned above, the community of designers alone creates an atmosphere that pushes you to be the best you can be. From Playoffs to Debuts, people are consistently striving to challenge their current ways of thinking and step out of their comfort zone to contribute to a website full of designers from every walk of life.
All of this wouldn’t be possible though, if it weren’t for the work of Cederholm and his team at Dribbble. They pride themselves on creating community of designers; of all types; from across the street to across the oceans. From what I’ve seen since I’ve hopped on the bandwagon (albeit a bit late) they’ve managed to do that extremely well.
With the release of features such as this new search function, the team at Dribbble is insuring that it will stay on the top of their game at making it the go-to place for sharing, promoting, and discovering design.