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How to Recruit Designers on Dribbble and Behance

July 24, 2017 at 11:00 AM William Clarke

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As every organization rushes to create and update slick apps and websites for their users and customers, designers have become one of the highly sought after professions for technical recruiters.

But designers are a breed apart. Finding them and assessing their skills and experience takes more than just a quick LinkedIn search or resume scan. In reality, you want to see examples of their work and analyze their design skills. And that’s where sites like Dribbble and Behance come in handy.

So what exactly are Dribbble and Behance? In short, they are both online communities where designers showcase their work. Think of them as almost like visual resumes. And while many designers use both sites, but that doesn’t mean they’re interchangeable. In fact there are subtle differences and learning how to use both is in the interest of every savvy recruiter.

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What you need to know about Dribbble: Dribbble is a community of designers, illustrators, typographers, and other artists showcasing their work, creative process and other projects. It was founded in 2009 and based in Salem, Massachusetts. It has around 3 million monthly active users. While anyone can sign up to find, follow or hire designers at Dribbble, to share work or comment on other’s work, an invitation from a member is required. Zendesk, ESPN, Box, AngelList, HelloSign and more have used Dribbble to hire designers.

behance-4.svgWhat you need to know about Behance: Behance is an Adobe-owned online platform for designers to showcase and discover creative work. It was launched in 2005 and headquartered in New York City. Behance averages around 70 million project views and around 7 million project appreciations each month. Behance is a free to join and there is no limit to how many projects users can share. Companies using Behance to hire designers include Nike, Google, The New York Times, Prada, and more

What are Dribbble and Behance really good for?

  • Researching and assessing creative talent beyond portfolios, profiles, and resumes.
  • Gaining context and supplemental information to effectively engage passive candidates.
  • Finding designers who spend their time outside of resume databases and LinkedIn.
  • Posting job listings where the people with the right skills will see them.
  • Overcoming the recruiter saturation of more traditional talent pools.

Things to remember when assessing designers on Dribbble:

  • Designer’s profiles should look “pretty”. Unlike engineers or people in other tech fields, designers by nature make things aesthetically pleasing. If their work looks bads or amateur, that’s a bad sign.
  • Be on the lookout for their digital work. Most companies seek designers with responsive web and mobile design capabilities, not just print work. If they have this experience, you’ll see screenshots of websites and/or apps they’ve designed.
  • Always ask candidates if there is anything not on their profile that they would like to share.

Things to remember when assessing designers on Behance:

  • Behance offers users a more robust profiles, including sections like work experience, awards, and references that offer insight for better connecting and engaging candidates.
  • Similar to Dribbble, designers’ profiles should be aesthetically pleasing.
  • Their number of project views, Appreciations, Followers, and Following are nice-to-haves, but don’t necessarily measure quality of candidate

When you’re navigating either network, be sure to ask yourself if the designer matches your client’s point of view or your organization’s branding and design vision. Are you looking for a sleek and modern design someone with new, funky and unique ideas? Either way, be sure to hone in on designer’s whose work and experience aligns with the vision of your organization. The good thing is that Dribbble and Behance are such valuable resources that once you get going, you’ll have no shortage of strong candidates to choose from.

If you’d like to learn even more about Dribbble and Behance, including sample Boolean search strings, useful terminology, and other valuable intel to help you find and hire the best possible designers, check out our webinar on recruiting UI/UX designer’s using Dribbble and Behance.

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