8 Best Alternatives to Dribbble

October 1, 2019
Dribbble Alternatives

Dribbble is definitely the leading global designers’ platform at the moment. It’s a community, a social network – you name it – for digital product designers to showcase their work and for clients to find them.

A place to learn, earn and grow on your skills. To find like minds, to comment on others’ work, to seek inspiration and get feedback.

It has become so huge and easy-to-use that having a portfolio there was a total must-have for anyone in the field.

It also used to be a “private club” which made it even more attractive. A never-ending closed event you could be a part of.

Still, there are things Dribbble can’t be. Especially when it comes to product design. And, though there is no 100% alternative out there, we can find some if we break it down to 4 main features of Dribbble:

– social network for designers;
– portfolio website;
– place to find inspiration and ideas;
– designers’ job board

So here’s my top pick of the best Dribbble alternatives.

1. Behance

behance pros and cons

It has already been mentioned thousands of times, but it is worth saying again since it’s perhaps the most compelling competitor Dribbble has today. It also offers a little more functionality for UX/UI designers to show their skills.

Behance lets you create and set the case studies and, which is even more important, allows embed code from Invision, Figma, XD and Marvel.

So, in theory, any designer can showcase interactive prototypes created in the tools mentioned above on Behance. However, in practice, this feature is extremely buggy, so very few people actually use it.

2. Pinterest

pinterest pros and cons

Pinterest is no news to anyone who’s in love with great visuals. In fact, more than 300 million people use it actively to show their creativity to the world.

It allows users to share others’ or upload their own pictures and images and compile different boards.

Here, on Pinterest, you are just a click away from  an inspirational design that can help you with a current project.

It may not be the best all-purpose for a designer, but it’s still a great place to connect with like-minded community.

3. Reddit

We are moving down our list, which means fewer similarities to Dribbble.

Surprisingly, Reddit is a platform that is also suitable for designers. Unlike Behance or Dribbble, you can’t use Reddit to display your portfolio, however, the power of community is really strong here.

For example, this subreddit can answer all your web design-related queries. You may find similar threads pertaining to Typography, UI Design, UX, Graphic Design etc.

You may also see a few jobs here and there on Reddit’s forums but it can’t be used for that purpose on a daily basis.

4. Medium Blogs (And Beyond)

meduim blogs pros and cons

If we talk about other types of platforms, it’s impossible not to mention Medium design blogs, such as Designbetter,  a blog by designers and for designers. A blog that targets design enthusiasts from all over the world.

The blog gets updated with top news, trends, tips and tricks and advice from the industry-leading professionals.

Notable Mentions:

1 – UXplanet.org: A great blog similar to Designbetter with more functionalities. You can search for a certain user and publish your own content on it.

2 – UXdesign.cc: On this blog, you can also publish your own story and get loads of inspirational ideas related to UX, product design and usability.

3 – SmashingMagazine.com: This is probably the most comprehensive blog for designers. You can search for a job, get inspirations through articles, and be a part of conferences and events.

4 – DesignBombs.com: A simple blog full of great content coupled with offers, free coupons and juicy deals.

5 – CreativeBloq.com: If there is a single, most comprehensive magazine-like resource for designers, it must be CreativeBlog. From news to tips, from how-to guides to inspirational ideas and stories, this blog covers everything.

5. UI Assets Collections

The platforms that we are about to discuss provide the best UI design kits and assets. You can download some of them for free as well. Those websites also offer an amazing opportunity for designers to showcase their works and get paid.

Not-so-perfect for social networking or looking for a job, but still is a great resource for any budding or experienced designer.

1 – UImovement.com
2 – UpLabs.com
3 – CollectUI.com

6. Job boards

job boards pros and cons

Freelance platforms like Upwork, Fiverr, 99designs, etc can be the perfect place to earn some serious money – all while sitting back at home.

Theoretically, you can also maintain your portfolio on all these platforms. When it comes to job boards, my personal favorite is 99designs, which (unlike others) is specifically built for the designer community.

Having said that, if you’re a full-time freelancer and “more work” is what you require, try Upwork.

7. Portfolio Builders 

Now, if you’re looking to simply build a portfolio, there are some great options out there worth mentioning.

Adobe Portfolio can get you almost everything from elegant layouts to responsive design and live editing. The best thing is, it can sync seamlessly with your Behance profile.

Wix is an amazing “drag and drop” style website builder perfect for people who don’t code. The platform offers stunning pre-made website templates that can be ideally suited for a designer’s portfolio. 

Notable Mentions:

  • Semplice: A simple, fully-functional portfolio builder for designers based on WordPress.
  • Carbonmade: A great place to maintain your portfolio. You can try it for free. Unlocking all features is a paid option

8. UIGiants

uigiants pros and cons

Having said that, we’ve been looking for a decent alternative to Dribbble for quite a while. 

We were in search of something that is better adjusted to UX/UI design community needs, such as an ability to showcase interactive prototypes, display versions of your designs, post complete case studies. Many designers want to have a more sophisticated and fairer way of ranking in feeds and lists. A place that would actually drive the field forward, and not just show the world pretty pictures with no actual solutions behind them.

That’s why we’re building UIGiants to meet new standards and requirements of the industry and UX/UI design community. A place to properly showcase your skills and experience, exchange feedback with peers, find and collaborate with customers up to payment.

Be first to join us and get all advantages of being first on a new designers’ innovative platform. 

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