Social Networking Communities for Graphic Designers & Web Designers

Social Networking Communities for Graphic Designers & Web Designers

Social Networking Communities for Graphic Designers & Web Designers

Are you a graphic designer looking for a place to fit in online? Well, I have put together a comprehensive list of community sites for graphic designers and web designers.

Graphic Design Community 2.0 -is a Social Networking and Community site for professional graphic designers, web designers, desktop publishers, and graphic design students. The Graphic Design Community 2.0 includes a design forum, chat, collaborative blog, free portolio space, design articles, list of design conferences & competitions, design critiques / reviews, Photoshop Tennis, and fun design games.

Design Sites Up - A site to find and comment on inspirational graphic design projects.

9Rules -9rules is a social content network where readers can explore interesting content across dozens of communities and connect with other like-minded people around the globe. 9rules was originally launched in 2005 and has evolved since our original concept, but the focus is still on connecting you with content you enjoy and people to enjoy it with.

Ads of the World -Not much of a social networking design site, but it is a community. Ads of the World is an advertising archive and community showcasing the best and most interesting work worldwide.

Behance -The Behance network is a platform for creative portfolios, projects, and collaborations. You can create circles of friends, discover design job opportunities, share design knowledge, and access design resources that boost your creativity.

Colour Lovers -Colour Lovers is a resource that monitors and influences color trends. Colour Lovers gives the people who use color - whether for ad campaigns, product design, or in architectural specification - a place to check out a world of color, compare color palettes, submit news and comments, and read color related articles and interviews.

Computer Love -Discover the social platform for Creative Talents … another great way for designers to waste their valuable time having a lot of fun interacting with each other. (someone stated this on StumbleUpon about this site)

Concept Share -Online design collaboration made easy. Save time and money on your design projects with Concept Share.

Coroflot -Coroflot has been around forever, however, they recently made some changes that make it more of a Web 2.0 design site. Add your design portfolio, view design jobs, join a design group, or read a design article on their blog.

Creative Bits -Creative Bits is an Apple OS oriented design community with design forums, blogs, articles, news, links, and more.

Create Magazine -The focus of Create Magazine has been to inform, connect, inspire and educate the local creative community by providing its members with key content in a high-end format. The magazine’s news bites, feature stories, business profiles and event listings give enterprising readers the information they need to get involved on the local level and network with their community’s creative decision makers, encouraging partnerships and growth.

CSS Beauty -CSS Beauty is a project focused on providing its audience with a database of well designed CSS based websites from around the world. Its purpose is to showcase designers’ work and to act as a small portal to the CSS design community.

CSS Globe -A community driven news site dedicated to CSS, web design, and web standards.

Design 21 -Design 21: Social Design Network’s mission is to inspire social activism through design. We connect people who want to explore ways design can positively impact our many worlds, and who want to create change here, now.

Designer ID -DesignerID helps all designers connect, not just those looking for a job. It includes seasoned or mid-level designers who are happy with their job but just want to see what else is going on in their market or abroad and maybe contact designers of interest.

Design : Related -Design:Related is a community site and inspiration tool that brings together creative people from different disciplines (and parts) of the design world. Design:related serves to motivate designers to share ideas, inspire, and be inspired.

Design Float -Another Digg-like / social networking site for graphic designers and web designers. The categories include print design, web design, interactive design, identity & branding, motion graphics, advertising, and resources. Designerssuggest design resources and articles, and other designers vote for the ones that they like best.

Designster -(seems to be down now but it was up the other day so please let me know if it continues to be a broken link) - Social networking and portfolio hosting for designers.

Design Snack -Another Digg-like site for graphic designers / web designers. Design Snack is a community-based web design showcase. Our members will vote, comment & ultimately choose the websites that are showcased on the front page.

Developer’s Niche -Another Digg-like site for web designers and developers.

DeviantArt -DeviantArt is the largest art community in the world and has a large designer following base.

DZone -Another Digg-like site, but this time for web designers and developers. This is a popular community.

Lo8os -Lo8os is a logo gallery and graphic design community. The goal of this community is to share logo design ideas, and inspire.

FFFFound! -An image bookmarking community that designers seem to love.

Flickr -Of course I couldn’t leave out Flickr. Flickr has a big graphic designer and web designer following. You can also find other Flickr-type sites here.

GFX Artist -A digital arts community. Learn from the articles and tutorials, stay up to date with the daily news, communicate using your buddylist and the on-site message system as well as the comment functions throughout the site. Expose your work in our member gallery and see what others think about your creations.

Graphic Design Links -Another Digg-like / social networking site for graphic designers and web designers. The categories on Graphic Design Links include 3D, Blogs, Flash, Design, Graphic Design, Graphic Design Tutorials, CSS, Logo Design & Brand Identity, Graphic Design Business, Illustration, Off Topic, Photography, Programming, Motion Graphics, Typography, Web Design, and Web Hosting. Users submit design stories and other users vote for the items that they like the best. The favorite design items appear on the front page of the site.

Graphic Design Network -The Graphic Design Network is part of the Estetica Graphic Design & Web Design Forum. It is a social networking site for graphic designers worldwide and includes a forum, design groups, photos, and videos.

Graphics.com -Graphics.com is in essence a platform for publishing news concerning those who actually use graphics tools. Those who post tips, tutorials and reviews on their sites, for example, can use Graphics.com to get the word out. And there are many more ways to contribute to the life of the site, in the Gallery, Forums, Links Directory and Top 100 Sites areas, for example. Graphics.com is the reference site for news of all kinds in the graphics space, as well as a thriving community of those creating and using graphics.

Kuler -A community site for creating, sharing, and downloading color palettes for use in themes and applications (as kuler APIs) — great for inspiration, brainstorming. Need the most current Flash player.

Lounge72 -More of a design article portal and ezine than a community, but their are ways in place here that designers can communicate and post images and resources, so I think it still qualifies as a community.

Mojizu -A contemporary character design community.

Nice to Meet You -A community / psocial networking site for creative talents and companies around the world to get in touch with eachother. It is also a great outlet for their creativity. In other words, this is a space to promote yourself and your work - but even better - to get in touch with other registered users.

Open Web Design -Open Web Design is a community of designers and site owners sharing free web design templates as well as web design information. Helping to make the internet a prettier place!

Open Source Design Community -The Open Design Community (TODC) is a group of Open Source Website Designers providing hundreds of XHTML and CSS based free web design templates available for download.

Pixel Groovy -This is a Digg-like site for design tutorials. It is a design tutorial portal that users can vote up or down depending on the quality of the tutorial. The categories include Photoshop, Flash, Illustrator, 3D Studio Max, Cinema 4D, CSS, Javascript, Site Development, Mac OS X, and Windows.

SitePoint -SitePoint is a fast growing online media company and information provider targeting the Web professional market, specifically Web Developers and Designers. SitePoint has great articles and a hugely popular forum. This isn’t really a social networking web 2.o site, but it is a community.

Speak Up -Through interviews, discussions, reviews and supported by openness, honesty and immediacy, Speak Up strives to distinguish exceptional practices in graphic design that exemplify the importance and relevance of the profession as well as shed light on those that deteriorate it. By talking amongst ourselves (an activity continuously regarded as ineffective) it is possible to ascertain the significance and relevance of those practicing under the umbrella of graphic design.

Typophile -Typophile is a great community of like-minded typophiles, and has numerous other resources, blogs, typography-related news and even a typography Wiki.

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  1. Posted June 30, 2009 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

    A wonderful list! I’d love to add Blellow to this list. Blellow is a microblog for freelancers, entrepreneurs, technical and creative pros to collaborate, find work, and help each other solve problems. We have an amazingly talented community with about 6500 members - most of whom are artists, web designers and programmers. :)

  2. Lynn Gustafson
    Posted July 2, 2009 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for putting this list together. I will pass it on to other designers for future reference.

  3. Posted July 18, 2009 at 1:39 am | Permalink

    Thanks a lot for posting the list! Being in designing industry myself, I do believe that networking is essential. Not only that it helps you to find work, you also come across other designers and can learn from their experiences.

  4. Nuha Lyson
    Posted August 12, 2009 at 9:46 pm | Permalink

    Love the list, and I see several of my favourite design networks to visit.

    However, you’ve missed out one of the best ones (in my opinion) -http://www.designtaxi.com/ : )

    Posted August 31, 2009 at 7:07 am | Permalink

    What about CreativeFolk.net ????

  6. Posted September 4, 2009 at 6:43 am | Permalink

    fffound is quite exclusive and cool too

  7. Posted September 17, 2009 at 8:30 am | Permalink

    Nice post! Really Love it! thank you very much!

  8. Posted November 3, 2009 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

    Here’s another real good one you missed: http://www.chancellorofdesign.com - It’s like a facebook for artists and designers, definitely work a look!

  9. Posted September 24, 2010 at 8:19 pm | Permalink

    You will have not intended to do so, but I think you’ve managed to express the state of mind that a lot of consumers are in. The sense of wanting to assist, but not knowing how or where, is one thing quite a lot of us are going via.

  10. Posted October 31, 2010 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

    Ian, when I looked at chancellorofdesign, I received a “Reported attack page” message. If your site has been flagged, you might want to look into that because you may be missing out on traffic caused by it! I’d also like to add to this incredible list if I may - http://www.artists.me which is a social networking website for all types of artists and designers that want to share their talent and work with others.

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