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:
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.
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.
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.
- How to find the right designer (Attack of Design)
- How to pick a great designer (Folyo)
- How to write a good job description (Folyo)