Hi friends, when we talk about making our mark as a designer the first thing or the first question that comes to the mind is the big “HOW”. How to do it? And where should we start?
So the answer is very simple, to get recognition we must showcase our art, our skill, our talent. The one place we all know about is deviant art. However, is that it? Though there is no doubt that deviant art gives you exposure but it is just one platform and to get notice by a large community of designers we must increase our exposure.
Now you may ask is there any other site beside deviantart that will do it for us. And the answer is “Yes”. To make you familiarize with other websites that showcase upcoming designers I’ve brought 5 very active designer communities. Each has its own flavor and each is playing a very effective role in launching and showcasing talented designers and professional artists.
Have a look.
This is a site for designers to showcase their work, get response and get regular updates and news from the designing community. Designshack is really easy when it comes to being user-friendly.
The main designing categories on Designshack are: Web design, interface designing, logos and branding.
Premium account: it doesn’t offer one but you can have promotional chances for $49.
Behance is made for the professional designers and artists who work in the designing field full time. Very well organized and has some strict rules when it comes to showcasing the art work. You can say behance is a high-level professional website.
Some of its main categories are: Interface design, web designing, typography, graphics, interaction designing, typeface and industrial design.
Premium account: Not exactly premium account but its portfolio publishing websites begins with $11/month.
Designmoo is a website open for all designers and artists. Its main aim is to give its users affective feedback and help them to complete their designing projects. It has a lot to offer when it comes to handing out free stuff like brushes, fonts, icons, illustrations and a variety of other designing stuff.
Its main categories are: layouts for email newsletter, fonts, UI elements and graphics.
Premium Account: begins with $9/month.
You can say Dribble is a closed community because it’s an “Invites only” website. Its users get 24 shots every month to display their talents and get noticed. The website is all about the rebounding and shots which is a great way to answer with a post a series or a shot tied to a certain idea. This website also offers a job board for its users.
Its main categories are: web and UI designing, Typography, 3D designing, Script etc.
Premium Account: $20/year.
Like dribble Forrst is also an Invite only community. However, if you are a GitHub member, you do not need an invitation to log in on Forrst. This website also gives focus to developers. Being an Invites Only community it keep its members to maintain the quality and invite only the people who match their skills and talents. It also offers a board job for its members.
Main categories of forrst are: Software, icon, UI and web interface.
Premium Account: $5/month and called supported accounts.