UX Development · User Experience Design

Is Dribble helpful for finding UI/UX Designers?

Jason Gorham Corporate Executive Recruiter at Aflac

August 6th, 2015

Has anyone used Dribble to find ux/ui people? If so was it a payment or equity arrangement and was it successful?
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Daniel Turner Interaction Designer, Xerox PARC

August 6th, 2015

Dribble is a great place to look at the visual design component of the work -- which, I should remind people for the nth time, is not UX. It can be a part of UX, but UX is problem solving, not "how it looks". Of course, there are great visual designers who are also great UX designers, and some of them display on Dribble, but it's a terrible place to evaluate actual UX ability and skills.

There are tons of amazing UX designers who can learn about your users, make your app/page/store/whatever work amazingly well and delightfully, but who can't draw a straight line. And there are a lot of people calling themselves UX who can create beautiful artifacts but who will be stumped when it comes to figuring out how something should work and why, based upon real users and their needs.

Evaluating the latter requires time and a willingness to learn about the subject, and the humility that goes with it. So whereas Dribble is a great place to look at images, it won't help you evaluate who is a good UX designer and who is a good visual designer.

(Related note: more and more top-level company founders and executives are learning this the hard way, and are pushing back against people who have lovely portfolios but only have, say, 10 weeks of General Assembly as their UX experience. Long story.)

Sunoh Choe Interaction Designer II at Honeywell

August 6th, 2015

I agree with Daniel Turner. Good UX designers are valuable not because of their pixel-pushing skills but more because they are able to attack the problem first and focus on the user. Dribble focuses more on the "aesthetic solution" than the problem-solving ability. Anyone can imitate an aesthetic style but it's harder to find someone who can apply visual communication skills with problem solving.

Supriya Gulati

August 29th, 2016

I am a founder at StylePlum (www.styleplum.com) and we are launching our V1 in the appstore in couple of weeks. I agree with Daniel that sites like Dribble or Behance can give you a better idea of the quality of graphic designers as compared to the quality of UX designers. The designer I hired was a great visual designer but she struggled with the user experience part of the designing. Also you want to find someone who is willing to spend time in understanding your problem areas and then spending time researching on solutions for those problems. There are a lot of designers out there who will try to find easy ways to solve a problem like copying it from other apps. Luckily we did not have this issue with our designer but I found this issue while we were interviewing designers. As Sunoh correctly mentioned, finding someone who applies visual communication skills with problem solving is not easy to find. We are also looking for someone right now with great problem solving skills to help us with redesigning of our screens in the app.

Daniel Jaeger Owner & Principal UX Designer

August 6th, 2015

Hi Jason - what are you looking for? I’m a UX designer with strong overlap into product planning / management. I have over 15 years experience, most recently 2 years at an internal startup group at Amazon and then working with startups designing their V1 products. I designed an entire wholesale trading platform for a fashion startup in New York and helped them get to a point where they signed up several global brands as their clients and raised several million in Angel (!) funding after their seed round before the product was even in Alpha. Let me know if you’re interested in chatting. Thanks, Daniel.

Daniel Turner Interaction Designer, Xerox PARC

August 29th, 2016

Supriya, I see a few typos on the StylePlum home page and a few interactions that could be a bit less confusing (it's always easy to see that stuff in _other_ people's work). I don't mean to talk about it here; drop me a line.

Supriya Gulati

August 29th, 2016

Thank you Daniel for pointing out. Already dropped you a note.