User Interface Design · User Experience Design

Any success finding UI/UX resources with something like Dribbble?

Eric Lange VP Product Management

April 8th, 2013

I am finding it very difficult to locate a good UI developer that I can even tap on a part-time basis.  It seems like they all cost a fortune and are triple-booked.  I poked around on Dribbble, but it seems more like a forum of UI designers FOR UI designers and isn't really targeted to the person looking for that skillset.  How have others found their UI resources?

Merci Grace Growth at Slack

April 8th, 2013

I've used Dribbble to find UI and UX designers with a ton of success. It's time consuming to message people but there are some ways to speed it up. These are my pro-tips: 

1. Always email them rather using the messaging service provided by Dribbble. Works much, much better. 

2. Always look at their personal website and/or Twitter account to see if they're *really* available for hire. The "hire me" button on profiles is often misleading. 

3. Don't be afraid to hire people outside of the United States or the SF Bay Area. It's cheaper outside of SV and it's just as easy to trade emails with someone in North Carolina as it is with someone in San Jose. 

4. Be thorough in your asks. The better your wireframes are, the quicker a designer will be able to work, and the more you'll know exactly what you're asking for. This will make your relationship smoother and the final bill, cheaper.

5. Pay them to test out their skill sets. Have them complete a project for pay that represents the first 5-10% of the work you need done. If you don't like what they do, you can cut them loose for a fraction of the cost. I do this with multiple designers at the start of of a project.  

Ken Woodruff Software Architect

April 8th, 2013

I'm continually dismayed by the expectation that high-quality design *labor* shouldn't "cost a fortune". In my experience great designers are as rare or rarer than great software engineers--through what logic should they be any cheaper? The good news is that high-quality design *work* can be had very inexpensively via sites like Creative Market https://creativemarket.com/ I'm using a template fri their for my company's new website that I believe cost $15. --Ken

John Arroyo Delivering ecommerce and cloud applications, CEO of Arroyo Labs

June 17th, 2013

merci said it well, don't be afraid to work with an individual or team outside the bay area.  I've worked with sparkwave (http://sparkwave.io/) here in LA, they do great UX/UI work.  They tend to work more with bay area folks than socal companies these days.  There are great folks all over the country, even if you have to pay for occassional travel you might save money (and still maintain quality) by hiring outside norcal.

Jonathan Perle

June 18th, 2013

There is a startup out of NY called Neulantis which aims to connect very high-end technical talent (programmers, UX/UI, infrastructure consulting,etc.) with employers on a contract basis.  While they are contracting with large companies, there are also people willing to do jobs for smaller companies and startups.  I will say that the people you find on the system, while good, probably won't be cheap.

KN

April 8th, 2013

We interviewed maybe 20-25 people. I found them all using sites like Dribble. Whenever we liked someone but they were not available or wanted to charge more than we could afford, we'd ask for a recommendation.  It worked out fairly well for us. (I am happy to recommend the person we ended up using.) Just e-mail me if you want the connection.

Michael Markarian Founder at Mount Dream

April 8th, 2013

Eric, I've noticed the same thing ... I'm in the market for one too, if I find someone (or multiple) people good, I'll send them over to you ... and vice versa please! What's your biz? Best, Mike

Alper Cakir

April 8th, 2013

Hey Eric, I manage an onshore/offshore team. Let me know if you'd like to discuss further.
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Anonymous

April 8th, 2013

Hi Eric,

I'm a Sr. Front-End Developer with a background in UX. I would say it depends on the complexity of your requirements as to where you might look. Dribble, IMHO, is more for Designers, as you stated. Although there are probably some developers you could find there as well. I get contacted frequently via LinkedIn. I've also been contacted via www.carbonmade.com.

Have you tried advertising for PT work on StackOverflow (http://careers.stackoverflow.com/) or AuthenticJobs.com? There's usually a ton of UI/UX dev jobs on those boards.

I'm curious to hear the dollar amount that some are asking. I can tell you it is a very hot field right now. I get daily inquiries so I can understand if people are triple-booked.

Best,
Lynn

Joshua Butner Founder / Partner at Vulk

April 8th, 2013

Eric, There are a variety of ways to locate someone to work with you on your project. You can search Dribbble for someone who displays competency in areas you are needing help. Yes, dribbble is for designers, but that doesn't mean you can't make it work for you. I'm a UI guy and I find that a majority of my work comes from going to events for designers, participating on sites like Dribbble or Forrst or Behance, or just doing a good job so that I get word of mouth referrals. Start attending designer-y meet ups, lurk on design communities, ask colleagues if they can make recommendations. Hopefully, this is of some help. Feel free to ping me directly for more details. Good luck! //josh

Keenan Wyrobek CEO at Open Reading

April 8th, 2013

I suggest. 99designs. For my project I started with a guy from Dribbble. He was very expensive and after about 5K worth of work I kicked off a 99designs contest. For $500 I got a much better design and now have relationships with some really good designers that only charge about $10/hr for follow on work.