Dribbble has become one of the most extensive and active online communities for digital creative professionals. The platform offers a number of useful features for web designers, including the ability to share screenshots of their work (simply called “shots”), update their progress on current projects, and view, comment, and like the work of other people. But if you’re already on Dribbble, you already know all this.
If you aren’t on Dribbble, you should be. It is an excellent source for inspiration on those days when inspiration eludes you. It’s also a great place to connect with other web designers and related professionals. Heck, with Dribbble’s free job board, it’s even a great site to get web design jobs.
What many Dribbble users don’t know is this:
There are also a variety of extensions and tools that expand Dribbble’s usefulness even further!
From accessing high-quality free resources to programs that convert your Dribbble shots into an instant design portfolio, the tools we’ve outlined below will help you leverage the full power of Dribbble and have a little fun while you’re at it.
These Free Dribbble Resources Can Help You Get Inspired and Show Off Your Work
Among the many Dribbble extensions out there are those that point you in the direction of free resources. Some, like Freebbble, focus on helping you find great logos and other design work. Others, like ⌘+Space, offer a free service to show off your own awesome work.
As the name indicates, Freebbble is a collection of free resources from Dribbble. The platform was designed and is maintained by a third-party, the Tokokoo Network. As a result, Freebbble features many of Tokokoo’s premium products, although there is no requirement to purchase their products to access their service. Instead, Freebbble itself is free and allows you to search for freebies based on specific categories or by search term. The option to search by license type is a nice touch as well.
A different kind of free resource, ⌘+Space allows Dribbble users to create a custom Dribbble portfolio. The service creates a sleek and aesthetically pleasing portfolio for you. And you know the best part?
You get your own ⌘+Space URL to boot!
Like ⌘+Space, Dribbbox is an all-in-one, easy-to-use portfolio creation platform for Dribbble users. The service is free, creates a self-hosted portfolio based on your Dribbble shots, and does so instantly. Pretty cool!
Boost Your Productivity on Dribbble Today
There are a number of programs out there that help boost your Dribbble productivity. Among them are Drubbbler, which helps you schedule your Dribbble posts, Folllowing, which links your Dribbble and Twitter accounts, and Hooops, which allows you to search for specific Dribbble users.
If you tend to forget to post your shots or just don’t have the time to do so for each individual piece of work, Drubbbler is the solution for you. It serves as a buffer between you and Dribbble, allowing you to schedule your shots to post at specific times. According to its developers, Drubbbler will help you get more visibility and more opportunities by scheduling your shots to post at the most opportune times.
Folllowing is a handy tool that allows you to find the Twitter accounts of designers you already follow on Dribbble. Just give Folllowing access to your Twitter account, and they will identify which Dribbblers you already follow and which ones you’ve missed.
Hooops is an iOS app that gives Dribbble users the power to find specific Dribbblers. You can search the debut, everyone, and popular sections with ease. Hooops also allows you to share shots easily across other social media platforms.
Viewing Dribbble Shots
To maximize your ability to view as many Dribbble shots as possible, these Dribbble tools streamline the process. Viewing, liking, and commenting on other designers’ work has never been so easy!
If you typically use Dribbble from your iPhone, Design Shots is the app for you. Design shots makes browsing shots easy by allowing you to scroll through images, like and comment on them, and share them via social media. The app also allows you to follow users whose content you like, straight from the app.
Hot Shots is a Mac OS X client that gives you the ability to browse Dribbble shots in a clean, easy-to-use interface. The program allows you to sort and filter shots based on keywords. You can like shots, follow users, and view the shots of people you’re already following as well.
An iOS app that allows users to like shots and follow users directly from a “shot screen,” Posterized App also gives you an interactive profile screen with a scrolling feature that makes viewing shots super easy. Think of the look, feel, and functionality of Instagram, but powered by the Dribbble API and offered exclusively to Dribbblers instead.
If you’ve ever heard of Tinder, you know that the platform presents you with random people nearby and allows you to swipe right to indicate you like them and swipe left to indicate you aren’t that impressed.
What Tindddle does is take this same approach and apply it to Dribbble. Tindddle shows you a randomly selected Dribbble shot that you can favorite by clicking a heart or pass it up for the next offering by clicking an X. It makes browsing shots pretty fun, but be aware, it can be addictive!
An extension to the Google Chrome browser, Benchwarmer displays an array of Dribbble shots each time a new Chrome tab is opened. You get to decide what shots you see, be they from Dribbblers you follow, trending users, or from everyone. However you configure it, Benchwarmer helps you keep abreast of the latest shots from other Dribbble users.
Some of the designs shared on Dribbble are so good you might want to see them often. Fortunately, there are a number of screen saver tools designed specifically for Dribbble.
Dribbble Screen Saver
Want a card-style screen saver that features a few dozen Dribbble shots? Give Dribbble Screen Saver a try.
Designed specifically for OS X 10.8 and up, Nibbble gives Dribbble users a fun screen saver, complete with images that flip!
Dribbble is a fantastic community for designers both from an exposure standpoint for their own work, and for finding inspiration in the work of others. The ability to interact with other digital creatives can also be handy because it can lead to professional relationships that help you grow as a designer. It gets better:
You can also find a lot of design work on Dribbble, which is a definite bonus.
The list of Dribbble tools, apps, and programs we’ve listed here will help you maximize your experience and get the most out of this valuable website. But there are many others that did not make our list. If you’ve got a favorite Dribbble tool we haven’t mentioned here, leave a comment below and tell us all about it!
Rawlings Basketball (with modifications) by Karl Baron via Flickr Creative Commons