Curious Case of Design Portfolio. Dribbble, Behance, Pinterest and more.
And this one I will keep it short but this was required as this is worth sharing…:-)
I have great respect for platforms which keep creative juice alive to deliver great designs. I have been visiting dribbble and Behance lately and there are concerns which are worth discussing:
1. Who should be there?
2. What’s the novelty value?
3. Will they deliver in practicality?
- Who should be there?
These platforms are a great way of presenting your design portfolio (both visual and UI), market them well and reach masses. Most of the portfolio I saw had to do with the sleek and balanced designs which please the eye and were delivering visual satisfaction.
The problem : After a while, most of them started looking alike and in most cases the presentation and workstation scenes overpowered the actual mockups.
- What’s the novelty value?
Your mockups start reflecting the same design if you start following these platforms religiously. It’s always good to start from something and that’s inspiration but innovating new and fresh from something is an art.
- Will they deliver in practicality?
A design without users in mind and missing conversational language is aesthetically great but it seldom performs. Most of the designs seen are for demonstration purpose and were miles away from users, metrics, and conversion.
I am still a big fan of Dribbble, Behance, Pinterest, Instagram, Deviantart, Coroflot and many others but showcasing your work is always in your hand. I know many who showcase their design via case studies explain designs keeping users besides not aside. Remember it’s WHY, WHO, WHAT, WHERE, and HOW (4W+H rule) that makes your design perfect and makes it shine.