25 MAY

How my Dribbble profile got me a job

Dribbble Profile

First of all, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Will Barron, I’m a designer from Sheffield and I’m the newest member of the Evoluted team.

As the title suggests, I didn’t join Evoluted through traditional methods. My work got spotted on Dribbble by Ash, who had been searching the site for designers under the term “Sheffield”.  Ash then approached me after looking at my full portfolio on my website. I visited the Evoluted offices for an informal interview and now here I am writing this blog post.

What is Dribbble and how do I join?

Dribbble is basically a show and tell for creatives. Designers can share “shots” (small screenshots of the designs they are working on), which other users can “like” or comment on to give feedback. Dribbble is also a great source for inspiration, users can follow their favourite designers and “like” their favourite shots.

Anyone can join Dribbble as a spectator, allowing them to follow designers and like shots. However in order to upload your work, you must receive an invite (this helps to maintain a good level of design work). Existing members are allocated invites periodically, they can then invite new designers who’s work they like.

Users wishing to get invited can sign up as a prospect, but they should have an online portfolio or work examples ready to share. If they manage to impress a member with invites to spare, then they have every chance of getting drafted.

Setting up a profile

Once you have received an invite you can start sharing your work. You can upload 400px by 300px shots of your work which will get added to your profile page. It’s also important to add your location, website link, twitter username and a bit about yourself.

You can upgrade your profile to a pro account. This does cost $19, but gives you access to additional features such as projects, stats and attachments. Projects allow you to organise shots that share a common theme, the stats provide useful information about your shots and followers, whilst attachments can be added to shots so you can share psd files, zip files or larger images.

I originally joined Dribbble just to share some work examples with the design community and draw inspiration from other designers around the world. However, having a Dribbble profile has proved to have been of great benefit to my career. As a web designer, it’s key to have a good online presence. It’s important to have your own online portfolio, twitter account and now a profile on Dribbble. You never know who might be looking at your work or when a great new career opportunity might present itself.

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Written by Will Barron

Will is a designer at Evoluted, spending most of his time tweaking layouts and layer effects in Photoshop. Outside of work Will plays ice hockey, enjoys snowboarding and bouldering. Not to mention drinking the odd pint. Read more posts by Will Barron

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13 Comments

  1. Joe Whittaker

    May 25, 2011 at 9:52 am

    Always like the work you upload to Dribbble Will, look forward to seeing more blog posts on here too. Hope you’re having fun at Evoluted!

  2. Nik

    May 25, 2011 at 9:57 am

    Nice first post Will, Dribbble has given me a few clients over the past year.

  3. Gavin

    May 25, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    Nice post mate, I grew up not far from Sheffield but now live in Sydney, Australia. Dribbble will come in handy when it comes to showcasing the business and designers that we have at our Sydney studio.

  4. team

    Will Barron

    May 25, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    Thanks for the comments guys.

    @Gavin – It certainly can be a great showcase and as Nik has mentioned, it can be a good source for new work opportunities.

  5. flamedidea

    August 02, 2011 at 8:03 am

    hi, im still new on dribble, Im about to sign up and post my works there too, should I sign up as a spectator first? or is it better if i log in with my twitter account?
    Thanks!cool work btw!

    • team

      Will Barron

      August 02, 2011 at 8:59 am

      Hi, thanks for the comment.

      If you are looking to post your work, you’ll need to get an invite from another user. It’s best to sign up as a prospect so others can see you are looking to get drafted.

      Good luck

      Will

  6. Yasir Ali

    September 10, 2011 at 4:15 am

    Hi, Will Barron do you have to get an invite to allow you upload your work? If so can you send me an invite dude?

    • team

      Will Barron

      September 12, 2011 at 9:01 am

      Hi Yasir,

      I’m afraid I don’t have any invites to give out at the moment. If I ever do have any going spare I’ll let people know via twitter.

      Thanks

      Will

  7. jampa

    September 19, 2011 at 9:41 am

    do you have idea, how to upload works in dribbble.com

    • team

      Will Barron

      September 19, 2011 at 10:58 am

      Hi Jampa,

      Once you have received an invite and you have your account set up, the upload process is easy. Its as simple as selecting your file to upload and adding a description & tags.

      Hope that helps

      Will

      • jampa

        October 12, 2011 at 8:28 am

        hi will

        really thanks for your reply first of all. still i am not getting roots of hows to upload my at all. as you said its simple. after login still i am not getting page as where should i upload my works. can i get proper info about that,,,,,,,,,thanks a lots.

        • rafael john

          October 12, 2011 at 8:52 am

          hi jampa, its maybe because you are still not invited or “drafted”, anyone can sign up, but you need to be invited or drafted so you can post your works, its like, youre a spectator at first with no way to upload,

          • jampa

            November 21, 2011 at 7:53 pm

            thanks rafeal john…..please can you send me invite to me…i am very eager to upload my works.. its been waiting from long time….if you could send me invite that would be much great…….thanks

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