Seems barely a month goes by without someone voicing a concern about Dribbble and it’s apparent unsuitability as a platform for feedback. I think those who question it as a feedback platform may be missing the point a little.
There a couple of things to my mind Dribbble are clearly not:
- A platform for constructive design criticism
- A meritocracy where the best work is the most liked
That said, I quite like browsing the people I follow, I rarely look at the “popular” shots, they’re pretty much always from the same people and displaying the same sort of “work in progress” (I have my doubts as to many of these super detailed icons and UI Kits ever see the light of day in projects) but I’ve spent a little time curating the list of people whos style I like and who post up things of interest.
Dribbble don’t market themselves as a feedback forum, they say
Dribbble is a place to show and tell, promote, discover, and explore design.
Seems fair enough. To me it just says they’re offering a place to sling up all sorts of work and it’s up to you to pick and choose what you want to see and who to follow. No mention of feedback or critique. I said a year ago in a Smashing Magazine article that you don’t see any process on sites like Dribbble or indeed any of the constraints that lead to a final design
When you look at an inspiring gallery or attractive website, remember that what you’re seeing is merely the result, not the process. Design is about problem solving – Smashing Magazine
Not everything needs feedback, not everyone wants feedback. Dribbble seems to offer that level of relatively mindless consumption of shiny design things that I personally quite like.