15 Community & Networking Sites For Designers And Creative Types

There’s probably hundreds of community and networking sites out there but only a few focus on the design and creative community. We went ahead and selected 15 of the best sites for designers and creative types.

Obviously there are some sites we might not be aware of, so make sure you leave a comment if your favorite design community/networking site wasn’t included in this post.

Dribbble

Dribbble
Dribbble is a show and tell for designers where you can show the world what you’re working on by uploading 400x300px screenshots. Dribbble is all the rage these days, most likely because the site is invite-only but also because the work showcased on Dribbble is of great quality. Nonetheless Dribbble has a great community of extremely talented designers – if you’re a designer and haven’t been ‘drafted’ yet, you can still join as a spectator.

Forrst

Forrst
Forrst is a community of developers and designers. This is a great place to get critiques and feedback on your work and connect with other designers and developers. Like Dribbble, Forrst is also an invite-only community (I currently have 2 invites left. Leave a comment on this post. First come, first served.)

LoveDsgn

LoveDsgn
LoveDsgn is a new social site for designers and other creative types. Like Dribbble and Forrst, LoveDsgn is invite-only. This is another great place to get feedback on your designs and connect with like-minded designers.

Drawar

Drawar
Drawar is more of a discussion forum than a networking site, but it definitely deserves a place in this post. On Drawar you can discuss design, development, business and pretty much anything else that has to do with being a web-designer. If you’re looking for a place to express your opinions or ask other people for theirs, Drawar should be your first stop.

Behance Network

Behance Network
I’m pretty sure that all of you know of the Behance Network. While Behance is more of a showcase-meets-portfolio site, there is a huge (and very active) community on Behance. Simply create your profile, upload some of your work and discuss designs and give feedback on other people’s work. You can also become a part of groups, post in the forums and even find a job.

DeviantArt

DeviantArt
DeviantArt is probably the largest online community for artists and creatives. I don’t think DeviantArt needs any introduction :)

DesignersCouch

DesignersCouch
DesignersCouch is an invitation-only community where you can network with other designers, post some of your work in a portfolio, read articles and connect and collaborate with other designers.

DesignRelated

DesignRelated
DesignRelated is another invitation-only community site where you can find inspiration, create a portfolio and network with other members.

Typophile

Typophile
For all of you typography lovers out there, Typophile should be a daily stop for you. Interact in the forums, read news articles, find great resources and learn about type and design with their TypoWiki. Definitely a great place to hang at.

SitePoint

SitePoint
SitePoint deserves a place on this list in part because of their huge community. Of course they offer more than just discussion forums. There’s blog articles, products to buy, courses, podcasts and a marketplace. SitePoint is like a one-stop shop for all things design and web business.

ColourLovers

ColourLovers
The ultimate community for artists looking to get color inspiration and get feedback on their professional or personal projects. You can search user-created color palettes and patterns, create your own and share them with the community, interact in the forums, join groups and read articles.

DesignBump

DesignBump
While DesignBump is not exactly a networking site, it’s still totally worth visiting to keep up with all the latest design and development articles and news – a daily stop for me.

The Web Blend

TheWebBlend
TheWebBlend, much like DesignBump, isn’t a networking site, but it’s another great resource to stay up-to-date with all the latest design and dev news.

CSSGlobe

CSSGlobe
CSSGlobe is a community of designers and developers with a focus on CSS and development. While there’s no networking features, CSSGlobe offers a great range of web development links for all of you web-designers and developers out there.

Pixel Groovy

Pixel Groovy
Pixel Groovy is a user-controlled tutorial directory. Users decide which tutorials are worthy of being published. You can see this site as a social media site for designers where users are in control of the content.

More Resources

Of course there’s a lot more community and networking sites out there. Not all of them are for designers and developers only, some are more business oriented. Here’s a short list of additional resources:

I hope you enjoyed this post! Feel free to chime in and leave a comment below :)

Comments

  1. Kyle H. says

  2. says

    Thanks! I’d love to send you a Forrst invite but unfortunately I don’t have any left, sorry. I’m sure the folks at Forrst will send you one eventually though (or maybe a kind reader of SpyreStudios has one)

  3. Wayne says

    Wonderful article. I always appreciate a nice collective of reputable sites. For those interested in a more rogue version of typophile, check out pilo.me – they have an adequate amount of type discussion, amongst other things typography related. I think it is also invite only or it usually is.

  4. says

    Great list – already participating on a few of those sites listed with the exception of a few I was unaware of. Thanks for that! I’d also suggest Shadowness as another art oriented community. It’s just rolled out version 9 to the public after months of private beta testing.

  5. says

    Great list Jon, a couple of sites I have not seen before.

    Even though I must admit, I am getting a bit fed up with all these invite-only networks. I do understand the reasoning behind it and the quality control aspect of it, but those networks tend to leave out a lot of very talented designers that are just tired of chasing down invites.

    It almost feel like we are back in high school and trying to fit in with the popular groups. I am afraid that eventually all those networks will be full with the same group of artists.

    Maybe it is just me!?

    Cheers.

  6. Sajjad says

  7. Gerrit says

    It would be nice, if someone of you could send me a Forrst Invitaion. This Website is just awesome! Greets from Germany ([email protected])

  8. says

    Hey Dimi, good point! And it’s not just you :)

    Well, I understand why Dribbble is invite-only, mostly because they told people the reasons why on their blog (easier to scale the site and control quality – they don’t want the site to get out of control and grow too fast, which is a nice problem to have if you ask me) so I can understand that.

    As for the other invite-only networks, well I’m sure there’s a bit of marketing behind it. If you restrict access to only a select group of people that will then talk about it you’ll get the interest of a lot of other people who’d like to join in.

    I too am a little fed up with the invite-only thing (waited about a year to get a Dribbble invite before a kind soul drafted me), but I guess it makes sense from a marketing and business perspective. It’s hard to tell if some of those networks are just following the invite-only trend that sites like Dribbble set forth or if they’re actually doing this for valid scalability/business reasons. I wish I knew :)

  9. says

    Awesome list – I had heard of a few of these (deviantart, etc) but a lot of them were new to me! Still very interesting, I will definitely be paying each one a visit. Thanks for sharing! :)

    Laurie

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