Dribbble and The Creation of The Useless Designer
Michael Abehsera
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It’s certainly a shame that what was originally intended to be a platform for sharing work-in-progress has now become nothing more than visual porn. We could try to continue to fight this change but I feel that ultimately it will be an impossible battle. The community has changed the platform and those that don’t like that (myself included) are probably better off searching for an alternative — sites like http://littlebigdetails.com come to mind, albeit without the community angle.

I think that perhaps the design of Dribbble itself might be to blame for its shift in content. The platform’s loose constraints, invitation only elitism, and focus on likes to gauge popularity make it all too easy for new users to want to create the most beautiful thing they can in a bid to gain some sort of recognition.

Hopefully, the Dribblers who engage in this activity eventually become more understanding of what makes a design good at which point they too develop a disdain for the platform, moving on to more interesting dialogues about user needs and design thinking, a path which I’ve found myself taking.

All that to say, I’m glad to have never been drafted to play.