Five Best Online Communities For Designers to Learn, Grow & Share
It’s quite obvious why online communities for designers is a must for a creative to stay relevant and find support.
Hence, one needs to join groups with shared interests.
However, do note this following saying: we are the average of the five people we spend the most time with.
What that means is that we are influenced by the people we have in our closest circles.
We become more like those who we spend time with.
And as designers, it’s crucial to be learning from other designers, helping other designers, and using online communities to enhance and develop our skills.
I’m going to take you through my five top online communities for designers, which helped me grow as a designer over the past 15 years.
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1. UI-UX Designers
Number one is Facebook groups; and one of my favorites is UI-UX designers.
It is the largest designers community on Facebook.
And it is a wonderful place to share your latest designs, to get feedback, to ask questions, to generally, generally find other people who are looking to be designers.
2. UX Stack Exchange
Number two is UX Stack Exchange.
Now this is more of a forum, curated for people to ask very specific questions about UX problems.
It’s much more academic or serious.
But if you’re looking to design more complicated apps or websites, and you are struggling with some decisions, this is a fantastic resource to get very good feedback and opinions from experienced designers.
It is very much like Quorum, or the development cousin Stack Exchange.
But I highly recommend this for really learning and taking a more serious approach to your learning and development.
3. Web Designer Forum
Next up, number three is Web Designer Forum.
This is a well organized forum, where many different sections where you will be able to find help and support and community around the different subjects.
And this is a great resource for finding people specifically talking around individual subjects.
It is well curated.
So it’s easier to find specific conversations that you’re interested in and a Facebook group.
And it’s not quite as dry and serious as UX Stack Exchange.
4. Reddit Web Design Thread
Going into number four is the web design thread on Reddit.
It has 528,000 designers, making it one of the largest design communities on the internet.
It has many featured subjects, including beginner questions.
And it has a real range of different topics which you can get involved with.
Number five is Behance.
Now this is a portfolio site that I’m sure you’re aware of.
And for me, it is undoubtedly one of the top communities for engaging with inspiring designers.
It is massively useful for inspiration and collaboration.
I have had many job requests, and found a lot of useful feedback from Behance.
I think one drawback is that if you were getting out of Behance or if you’re at the beginning of your design career, toddlers get noticed.
And you will be much more likely only to look at interacting with other designers.
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Here’s number 6 is dribble.
Now dribble has evolved massively over the years.
When I first started out on dribble, it was by invite only.
It’s a very very small community, and has since grown and exploded into, an absolute behemoth of a platform.
But it is fantastic!
One, for creating your own portfolio and getting feedback from other designers.
And two, for interacting with other designers, and finding inspiring designs.
Let me know your favorite online communities for designers in the comments.
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