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Using Dribbble

What is Dribbble?

Dribbble is show and tell for designers. A community answering the question, “What are you working on?”. Web designers, graphic designers, illustrators, icon artists, typographers, logo designers, and other creative types share up to 24 small screenshots (shots) per month that show their work, process, and current projects. Dribbble is also a place where designers and companies promote their work and products, find designers for hire, and receive work inquiries.

Uploading work and commenting requires an invitation. This helps us scale the site and community gracefully. But anyone can sign up to follow, like, and curate the work being shared.

What is proper behavior/etiquette for members?

Read the Player’s Handbook for tips and rules for being a good team player in the community.

How does blocking work?

You can block another Dribbble user by clicking on the gear icon on their profile page, and selecting “Block [user]”. After blocking a user, the blocked user will not be able to:

  • follow you
  • leave comments on your shots
  • add you to lists
  • add your shots to buckets

Accounts & Billing

Where can I find a receipt for my Pro / Job purchase?

If you have a Dribbble account, you can view your entire purchase history, including printable receipts for your orders, at https://dribbble.com/account/orders.

If you purchased a Job ad without a Dribbble account, we attached a PDF receipt to the confirmation email you received. Can’t find that email? No problem! Contact us and we can send you another one.

Can I have a username that is already taken?

Perhaps. Inactive Dribbble accounts may be renamed or removed at our discretion. We will not rename or remove an active account except in the case of name squatting, which is prohibited. You can request a username for an account that appears inactive, but please note that not all activity on Dribbble is publicly visible.

Dribbble usernames are provided on a first-come, first-served basis, and are intended for immediate and active use. Usernames may not be inactively held for future use.

Attempts to buy, sell, or solicit other forms of payment in exchange for Dribbble accounts or usernames are prohibited and may result in account suspension or removal.

Whoops! I accidentally signed up as a Scout/Prospect, how can I switch?

It’s easy! Just use the checkbox at the bottom of your Account Settings page. It looks like this:

'List as Prospect?' checkbox on account page

Does Dribbble provide invoicing?

No, we don’t provide invoicing at this time. We do provide receipts for Pro, Job, and Team purchases, which are emailed after purchase and are available for reference on the Orders page under your Dribbble account settings. You can add any necessary information there as well.

Can I add extra information to a receipt?

Yes, you can add information to a receipt on your Orders page under your Dribbble account settings. Use the Receipt Info form on the right side of the Orders page to provide any necessary data, such as a company address or your tax ID. Any additional information provided will be applied to all receipts.

Players & Prospects

How do I upload my work?

Anyone can sign up to find, follow or hire designers at Dribbble. However, to upload shots or leave comments, an invitation from a member is required. Invited (drafted) members are called Players. If you wish to be drafted, be sure to check the box marking yourself as a Prospect in your account settings.

Why does Dribbble have an invitation process to share work?

All players (members who can post shots) are drafted (invited) by members. Having members take responsibility for those they draft sharpens the focus on sharing interesting work. We also limit invitations, which helps our tiny company scale the site and our support of it. This strategy is imperfect—we know there are many fantastic designers still undrafted—so our efforts to grow gracefully are ongoing.

How are Players drafted?

We periodically issue invitations to existing Players who, in turn, use those to draft (invite) new Players to post their work on Dribbble.

Players with invitations can draft Prospects using the “Draft” button on Prospect profile pages. Designers without Dribbble accounts can also be invited from the Invitations page.

If a Player chooses to draft a Prospect, an email is sent with a URL to accept or decline the invitation.

With so many Prospects on Dribbble, how will I ever get drafted?

We know trying to find an invite can be tough sometimes, but there are a few ways you can improve your chances of catching a Player’s attention:

  • Fill out your profile (Account settings). Help the community get to know you! Upload an avatar and write a short bio so members can get a better feel for who you are and what you’re about.
  • Add your skills and location. Potential drafters will be able to find you by your skills and location via Find Designers.
  • Link to your portfolio. Players with invitations will want to see your work, so be sure to add a link on your profile to a website that shows off your work.

Shots

What are Shots?

Shots are small screenshots (400×300 pixels or @2x 800×600 pixels for HiDPI or Retina displays) posted by members to show what they are working on. Some have called Dribbble “Twitter for designers.” Shots are to Dribbble as tweets are to Twitter.

Is there a limit to how many Shots a Player can upload?

Players can upload up to 24 shots per month. When a new Player is drafted, they start with 24 available shots, no matter when they’re drafted. On the first day of each month, we reset everyone’s count so each player has 24 shots free. For example, if you have 10 shots free on March 31, you’ll get 14 more on April 1; if you have 0 free, you’ll get a full 24.

There is also a 5 shot per day limit to discourage a single user from flooding Dribbble with a ton of shots in a short period of time. No ball hogging!

What is a Rebound?

A rebound is a shot in reply to another shot. Rebounds offer a way to follow up and “link” two shots together. For example, a sketch can be rebounded with a finished design, or alternate concepts of a design can be rebounded so there’s a reference trail to follow.

Rebounds can also be purely for fun—what you’re working on doesn’t have to be for work. :) For example, any player can create games or memes allowing other Dribbble players to riff off an initial shot to get their takes on the same idea.

You can see many examples of rebounds on the Playoffs page.

What is an Attachment?

An Attachment is an extra file that Pro members and members of teams can upload along with their shots (PSDs, .zips, larger images, etc.). You can attach up to 5 files per shot (each having a 10MB max). You can also check a box when cropping to keep the larger, original image as an attachment when needed.

What is a Project?

A Project is a collection of a player’s shots that have been grouped because they share a common theme. Projects are viewable by anyone, but can only be created by members with Pro accounts.

You can see many examples of projects on the Projects page.

What is a Bucket?

A Bucket is a collection of shots that any Dribbble member can create. While logged in, click the ‘Bucket’ link on any shot to add it to a bucket.

You can see many examples of buckets on the Buckets page.

What is an @2x shot?

Dribbble allows 800×600 pixel uploads that are displayed at 400×300 reference pixels in HiDPI displays (e.g. Retina). If the device is capable, Dribbble will serve the larger image for twice the clarity of a normal 400×300 shot. In normal resolution displays, we’ll deliver a downsized 400×300 image instead. You can follow the @2x link on the shot page to view the 800×600 original.

Confused? You’re not alone. Web design is getting all complex and stuff. Check out Towards A Retina Web for more on designing for HiDPI displays.

What does HiDPI stand for?

HiDPI stands for High resolution Dots Per Inch when referring to displays. For example, the Retina displays found on the iPhone, iPad, and MacBook Pro are HiDPI. Dribbble allows @2x 800×600 pixel image uploads that we show at 400×300 reference pixels for twice the resolution on HiDPI displays that support them. HiDPI displays will eventually be the norm, and we’re making sure Dribbble presents your work appropriately.

How do Debuts work?

Debuts is a stream of first shots from new Dribbblers. Only your very first shot will show up in the Debuts stream, so be thoughtful about your first impression. Also note, if you delete your debut and upload another shot, it will not show up in the Debuts stream.

Can I select a teaser frame for my animated GIF?

Not at this time. We automatically use the first frame of the animation for the teaser, so plan how your animation cycles carefully!

Comments

How can I leave comments on shots?

Comments can be left on shots using the form at the bottom of each shot page. Currently, only Players are able to leave comments.

Comments can include some HTML tags for formatting and links, and you can mention other Dribbblers if you want them to know you’re talking about them.

How do Mentions work?

Mentions are a handy way of replying to people in a comment on Dribbble. Here’s a little screencast on how they work:

Invitations

How can I get more invitations?

Invitations are handed out to Players based a variety of ever-changing criteria. The longer you’re on Dribbble, the better your chances are of receiving invites. Thanks for your patience!

A Player I drafted isn’t using their account. Can I revoke their invitation?

Sorry, we can’t revoke invitations once they’ve been accepted. Once a Prospect is drafted, they will remain as such, so make your invites count!

I tried to invite a member, but they haven’t accepted the invitation. Is the invitation gone?

Don’t worry! If the user doesn’t claim the invitation within 30 days, it will expire and the invitation will automatically return to your account.

Will my invites ever expire?

No, the invites you have available to use will not expire. Feel free to take your time and draft wisely!

Any sent invites must be redeemed within 30 days. After 30 days, if an invite hasn’t been redeemed, it will be returned to the sender’s account.

Pro

What is Pro?

Pro is an upgrade which can be purchased to enable some extra cool features to help you get more out of Dribbble.

Anyone can upgrade to Pro, and all members who do will receive:

  • Pro Search: access to advanced Find Designers features, including search by location, skill, availability, and more.
  • Lists: Organize Dribbble members into public or private lists.
  • Be Available For Hire: Displays a “Hire Me” button on your profile so employers can contact you.
  • Pro Badge: Appears on your profile to show your support for sustaining the community.

Additionally, Players who go Pro receive the following:

  • Projects: Organizing your work into specific… projects.
  • Attachments: Add up to 5 files along with your shot uploads (PSDs, .zip, larger views, etc.).
  • Advanced Stats: Keep track of your traffic, biggest fans, profile views, and more.

Pro accounts are a big part of our business, and help our company stay afloat without needing to resort to obtrusive advertising or other unpleasant methods of income. We really appreciate the support!

Can I upload shots if I purchase a Pro account?

Purchasing a Pro account does not enable shot uploading or commenting. You’ll still need to be drafted (invited by an existing member) to share your work on Dribbble.

What happens when my Pro upgrade expires?

If you don’t renew your Pro upgrade, you’ll lose access to Pro-only features like our Find Designers search and advanced stats. Your Projects and Lists will disappear as well, but don’t worry: they’re only hidden, not deleted. If you decide to go Pro again, all your existing Projects and Lists will become visible again.

Teams

What is a team account on Dribbble?

Teams are an easy way for organizations and their designers to share work on Dribbble. Team members can upload work to both their profile and the Team’s profile. Job ads posted by the team show up on our main Jobs page, as well as the team profile.

Creating a team account

You can create a team account by either creating a new team from scratch, or by converting an existing Dribbble account to a team.

Converting an existing account to a team

When signed in to the account you wish to convert, head over to the Create a Team page and choose “Convert this account to a team”. You’ll need to choose a second account to be the team owner. If a second account doesn’t exist, sign up and then convert.

IMPORTANT NOTE! Converting an account to a team is permanent not reversible. Please be certain the account your converting is indeed a team.

What are team owners?

Owners are team members that have special privileges. Owners can update the team profile, add and remove members, and manage billing info. Owners can also act on the team’s behalf (upload shots, comment, like, etc.). Each team is required to have at least one owner.

How can owners act on a team’s behalf?

Team owners can switch to the team account and act on its behalf by selecting the “Use Dribbble as…” link from the avatar menu when they’re signed into their personal account.

How do I add or remove team members?

Team owners can add and remove team members from the Members tab when using Dribbble as the team.

How do I add or remove team owners?

Team owners can add and remove other Team owners by visiting the Owners tab when using Dribbble as the Team.

How do team members upload team shots?

When a member of a team uploads work, they can choose the team via a drop down menu. The shot will show up on both the team profile as well as their own, with dual attribution.

Members can also retroactively mark shots as team work, by following the “Edit” link from the shot page.

Can a shot be in a personal project AND a team project?

Normally, shots can be included in a single project only. Team work is an exception, where the shot can appear in one personal project as well as one team project. Team members will see team projects listed alongside their personal projects in the “Add to Project” modal pop-up.

How do team members add to team projects?

All team members can add shots to team projects. When uploading a shot (or from the shot page if it’s already published), follow the “Add to team project” link and choose an existing team project to add the shot to. Team projects can be created only by an owner while acting on the team’s behalf.

Additionally, team members that are Pro can add shots to a team project as well as a personal project.

What happens when a team member is removed from a team?

After being removed, a team member’s work will still remain on the team profile. Team owners always have the ability to remove individual shots from the team from the admin menu on the right side of the shot page.

What are the advantages of posting a job as a team?

Job ads posted by the team (or a team owner) appear on your team profile for higher visibility. Designers can easily search for teams and even look for teams that are hiring.

Additionally, team jobs have an avatar next to their listing on the main Jobs page which links to their team profile.

How can I update the credit card used for my team?

Any team owner can update the credit card on file at any time. This credit card is used to renew the annual subscription.

Jobs & Finding Designers

Do you offer any discounts for multiple job postings?

Yes! We can take 5% off purchases of 5-9 job postings at a time, 10% off 10-19 postings, and 20% off 20 or more postings. Please contact us if you’re interested, or for more details.

Can Dribbble host my job’s description?

To keep things simple, we made a choice to have our job postings link off to wherever your job description already lives. Chances are, you have it hosted on your own jobs page, or another job board. If you don’t have it hosted elsewhere, write a blog post or even a Google doc and link to that.

How can I update my Job posting?

We’ll be glad to make any necessary updates! Contact us with details.

Can I post part-time or freelance jobs?

While most job ads are for full-time employment, we welcome part-time and freelance/contract positions as well.

How can I contact designers on Dribbble about work opportunities?

Members with Pro accounts can indicate that they are available for work. Doing so displays a ‘Hire Me’ button on their profiles that signed-in members can use to send messages about work opportunities (read testimonials from hired Dribbblers and talent seekers!).

Note: Dribbble reserves the right to throttle the number of messages a member can send. No spamming, job inquiries only!

Branding & Logos

For guidelines regarding the Dribbble brand, and to download Dribbble logos, please visit our Logo Downloads & Brand Guidelines page.

Equipment Shop

For help with our Equipment Shop, status on orders, returns, questions, etc., please visit our Shop Customer Service.

API

For information and help regarding Dribbble’s API, please visit our Developer site.