My 3 Go-to Sites for Finding Designers

There are already a lot of articles on how to find a designer, including my own. But I thought it was time to revisit the topic, especially since a few interesting sites have recently popped up.

So if you’re looking to hire a good designer, here’s where I’d start looking:

1. Dribbble

In the battle of seducing great designers, Dribbble has won hands-down. Sure, other sites like Behance or Forrst (or even Deviantart) include amazing talent, but Dribbble is my personal favorite, especially for web projects.

Quick tip: Search by Location

Most people don’t know this, but you can search Dribbble designers by location. Just search for a city name, and then select “See full results” in the user column on the results page. For example, here’s a search for Vancouver designers.

2. Folyo

I’m biased on this one, since I’m the guy behind Folyo. But from the feedback I’ve had so far, people seem to really like the concept. Like other sites you can browse profiles for free, but you also have the possibility to pay a small $100 fee to send your project to all members.

Quick tip: Designers Map

Folyo recently added a designers map that lets you see all Folyo members around the world.

3. Zerply

Zerply is what LinkedIn would look like if it worked better, looked nicer, and didn’t send you notification emails every half hour. Although it’s not limited to designers, there’s a lot of very good ones on it already. You can search profiles using their tag system, for example here’s a search for London designers.

Quick tip: Endorsements

Zerply has a really nifty endorsement feature. Every profile lets you see how many people vouch for them for a variety of skills and tags. So endorsements can become a good proxy for talent and exeprience.

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I'm Sacha Greif, a web designer freelancing out of Paris, France. You can check out my portfolio, and of course you should follow me on Twitter.

3 Responses to “My 3 Go-to Sites for Finding Designers”

  • Arturo

    Behance is way better than Dribbble for designers (in general, as the post title suggests). Great sites. I’ve seen most of them and it’s amazing how talented people are.

    Thanks.

    27 Oct 8:02 pm
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  • john639

    I don’t get it. Your site, Folyo looks like it just piggy back’s Dribble and a Zerply who offer a much better comprehensive review of designers. In addition some of the designers on your site just don’t measure up to what you call “the best”. Who’s deciding this?

    I would rather go to a site like Behance where there’s more of a diverse selection of designers and styles that let me be the judge of the work I’m looking for than than a few hand picked designers by a site that is using Dribbble as its portfolio.

    20 May 7:16 am
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