I won’t lie, in the beginning I wanted to be on Dribbble for the same reason as everybody else: to be among the world’s best designers, hoping that some of their talent and notoriety would rub off on me.But in the few weeks since I finally received an invite (after countless tweets begging for one), I started realizing that Dribbble is something more than a simple community: it’s actually starting to have an influence on my work itself.
Since Dribbble restrains you to a 400px by 300px format, you have to make sure that whatever you put there kicks ass. So when working on something with Dribbble potential, you have to pay attention to every font, every color, every drop shadow, otherwise your design stands no chance to make its mark.
However, I’ve found that this attention to detail is very beneficial to my work, even when I’m not planning to submit anything. Instead of asking myself if a design looks good, I now ask myself if it looks interesting. I ask if it makes me want to click on it, and if it makes me feel anything.
So I’ve set Photoshop’s marquee tool’s size to 400 by 300, and from time to time when working on something, I crop a selection, copy it in a new document, and stare at it for a while.
And I ask myself: “Is this good enough for Dribbble?”.