Timeout with Fraser Davidson

Timeouts are lightning-quick interviews, five questions to help you get to know the players holding court at Dribbble. Thanks to Fraser for being this week’s interviewee.

Who are you? Let us know where you hail from and what you do.

Fd I’m Fraser Davidson, co-founder of Cub Studio along with Ben Skinner. We are a small animation company based in London, UK. We create animated content for TV, the web and occasionally mobile.

What are you working on?

At any one time, we are working on 3-6 projects. Right now we are working with ESPN and the NFL on a couple of online animations due out this month. We are halfway through creating the graphics for the third series of BAFTA-Award-winning BBC show “The Revolution Will Be Televised” and creating a short explainer video for Raygun in New Zealand.

Choose a favorite shot of yours. Tell us why it’s a favorite.

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Right now, I think I like this test piece [POW!] for one of our upcoming pieces. We post a lot of test material on Dribbble as it’s a great way to test the waters and gauge reaction for an idea. We love looping.

Tell us about your setup. What tools did you use to create the shot (e.g. hardware, software, pens, paper, blowtorch)?

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This is not Fraser Davidson. This is Fraser Davidson’s dog, Molly.

We use mainly After Effects and Cinema 4D to create work. This is a very simple illustration brought to life in After Effects with a few simple animated shape layers and strokes.

Choose a favorite shot from another player. Tell us why you dig it.

Bikerdribbble

Going for a Spin by Latham Arnott

I really liked this piece from last month. It’s a fantastic loop. Extremely simple at first, but the more you look at it, the more lovely detail and clever secondary motion you see. It has great character.

Find Fraser at Dribbble, on Twitter, at www.fraserdavdison.co.uk, and at Cub Studio.

Beta Than Ever

We’re pleased to announce the beta release of the Dribbble v1 API. It’s the culmination of a lot of thought and hard work. Hoots and salutes to Tristan Dunn for implementing this functionality and making it available to our community.

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The v1 API contains a large set of endpoints covering most common read operations and supports authentication via OAuth, enabling long-awaited endpoints for writes. We know you can’t wait to like and comment from your preferred mobile application. Or to easily upload a new shot without having to open a browser. And we’re excited to see new applications that never occurred to us.

Some of you may be asking, “Didn’t you already have beta API a long time ago?” Indeed we did—you can find the now-deprecated original API here. However, development on that version stalled and we never added much-requested support for write operations.

We released the original API with a lot of enthusiasum but not much of a plan. Unfortunately, supporting it while trying to grow a community, scale to meet our traffic, implement new features and establish revenue streams with only a two-person, one-developer team became a burden. As a bootstrapped startup with a mission to grow via earned, sustainable revenue, we learned some lessons.

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While we’re still a small organization, we’ve grown our developer team to four strong, enjoy the benefit of some hard-won knowledge, and have a much stronger identity as a business.

However, with great power comes great responsibility. In order to expand our API offering, it’s crucial for us to establish boundaries for its use. Here are the broad strokes:

  • Please don’t use the API to build a similar or alternate version of the dribbble.com website or community.
  • Please don’t use the API to build a competing service to our revenue-generating offerings such as Jobs and Find Designers.

The Dribbble API Terms & Guidelines may always be a work in progress, but we’ve tried as best we can to spell out where we’re headed and what uses of our data we reserve for ourselves. It’s essential reading for anyone who wants to build with our API. If you still have questions after reading, please contact us.

With greater resources, a clearer vision, and a comprehensive set of guidelines, we’re excited to revisit the API with a much broader offering and watch what the community builds. We’re also happy to have an avenue for developers to participate and interact with our community of designers. And, unlike last time, we hope to mark v1 as a stable release soon, once the tires have been kicked and the bugs resolved.

If you’re planning to give it a spin, be sure to follow @dribbbleapi for updates and contact us if you have any issues or questions. We’d also love to hear about any libraries or projects you’ve made—seeing the API get used is the most exciting part of releasing it.

One final note: So as not to disrupt existing applications that use the now-deprecated original API, it will continue to be available until April 8, 2015 at which point it will be retired. Please migrate any existing applications to the v1 API by this date.

Weekly Replay

September 15, 2014

Since Last Week

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    August Meetup numbers are in! More than 750 people attended 8 Meetups in 6 countries. Additionally, nearly 3,000 people attended the Dribbble-sponsored National Poster Retrospecticus shows in Boston, Brooklyn and Cleveland. Thank you to all the organizers and our Meetup Co-Sponsor Shopify!


    In Timeout, we visited with Irish-born, France-based designer Charlotte Smith, illustrator and creator of luscious paper pops.

Good Work

Atomic Comic

Mythy

Animated

Kit

  • image The Watercolor Branding Kit from Callie Hegstrom, available via Creative Market this week
  • image iOS UI Kit Actions v2 from Jérémy Paul; “This UI Kit for Photoshop in a form of an action set lets you create entire interfaces in a few clicks. One click on a button from the Actions palette equals one element drawn in seconds in your canvas.”

UI

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  • image Medieval Battle Game UI WIP by Melissa Pohl

We Like to Play with Fire.

Coaches’ Picks

Teams

  • image Casey Childs and Jordan Lump of HQ have been working on a social network analytics app.
  • image Nitro's office is expanding. Alex Magee illustrated Dublin landmark Christ Church Cathedral to hang on new walls.

Meetup Wrap-up

Odessa, Ukraine, August 30

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Odessa Dribbblers numbering about 250 gathered for the second Provectus-sponsored Dribbble Meetup. Thanks to organizer Tanya Kozovaya and to Alex Kukharenko for the pictures.

Amman, Jordan, September 10

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Thanks to Sultan Shalakhti and Tariq Yosef for organizing the first-ever Amman Meetup. Hooray! And thanks, Tariq, for the photographs.

Meetups

  • London, England
    Tonight! London Skillshare’s Dribbble Championships, Monday, September 15, 6:30 p.m., upstairs at The Railway Tavern, 15 Liverpool Street. Analog Playoff plus Photoshop challenge. RSVP.
  • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
    Tuesday, September 16, 7 p.m., location TBD. RSVP.
  • Boston, Massachusetts
    Refresh Boston, Thursday, September 18, 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Fresh Tilled Soil, The Riverworks, Suite A310, 480 Pleasant Street, Watertown. Not a Meetup, but we’re buying the pizza and hope Boston heads over to Watertown to hear Mat Marquis talk about responsive images. Sponsored by us, Fresh Tilled Soil and Future Insights. RSVP.
  • Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    DribbbleTO, Thursday, September 18, 7 p.m., BNotions, 106 Front Street E, 2nd Floor. Meet and greet with like-minded creatives and designers, BBQ & keg, swag, BNotions’ version of Analog Playoffs, with two winners receiving Fifty Three Pencils. RSVP.
  • Dhaka, Bangladesh
    Saturday, September 20, 6 p.m., Mainland China Restaurant, Siam Tower Floor 15, Sector 3, Uttara. RSVP.
  • ATX Dribbble Meetup #20Austin, Texas
    Sunday, September 21, 4 p.m., The Ginger Man, 301 Lavaca Street. We’ll be joined by some of our friends who will be in town for An Event Apart. Sponsored by Invision, Dribbble and Shopify. RSVP.
  • Singapore
    Tuesday, September 23, 7:30 p.m., Zopim, 1 Commonwealth Lane #03-01. Talk shop about design, play Pictionary, and enjoy free pizza and beer! Sponsored by Zopim and buUuk. RSVP.
  • Dublin, Ireland
    Thursday, September 25, 7 p.m., Against the Grain, 11 Wexford Street. RSVP.
  • London, England
    Generate London Dribbble Meetup, Thursday, September 25, 6:30 p.m., The Last, Athene Place, 73 Shoe Lane. Join the Generate team, your fellow attendees and Dribbble co-founder and Generate keynote speaker Dan Cederholm at the Generate London pre-event and Dribbble Meetup! Sponsored by Badoo, Dribbble and Shopify. Interested in attending the conference? Use the code Dribbble20 when registering for a discount. RSVP.
  • Richmond, Virginia
    Thursday, September 25, 7 p.m., Cafe Caturra, 5811 Grove Ave. RSVP.
  • Seattle Dribbble MeetupSeattle, Washington
    Facebook Seattle Dribbble Meetup, Thursday, September 25, 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Our Facebook Design team loves a good cocktail and meeting new friends so RSVP for a casual night of mingling, drinks and fun! RSVP using password FBDRIBBBLE for full event details.
  • Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    Friday, September 26, 5 p.m., Strangelove, Tweede Kostverlorenkade 68. RSVP.
  • Athens Dribbble Meetup!Athens, Greece
    Pre-Digitized Dribbble Meetup, Friday, September 26, 7 p.m., Tzaferi 16, 16 Tzaferi. Gather in advance of the Digitized Digital Design Conference. Network, get to know each other, and shoot pool. RSVP.
  • Dribbble MeetupHermosillo, Sonora, Mexico
    Friday, September 26, 8 p.m., location TBD. Type Wars, portafolio reviews, cerveza y buena charla. RSVP.
  • Memphis, Tennessee
    Tuesday, September 30, 7 p.m., Cafe Eclectic, 603 N. McLean Blvd. RSVP.
  • Dribbbleriet: Round Two Oslo, Norway
    Wednesday, October 1, 6 p.m., Hyper, Maridalsveien 87. Pizza, beers, classic games, Analog Playoffs, warm-up games, a crash course with Thuy Gia Nguyen in prototyping with Quartz Composer/Origami, and classic inspirational videos. RSVP.
  • Buenos Aires Dribbble MeetupBuenos Aires, Argentina
    Friday, October 3, 7:30 p.m., Indicius, 1154 Darwin. Sponsored by Aerolab, Indicius, Dribbble and Shopify. Max. capacity 100. RSVP.
  • Edmonton, AB, Canada
    Tuesday, October 14, 8 a.m., Startup Edmonton, 10359 104th Street. Come join and meet others in the local design community for some real life show & tell, project sharing, and helpful tips and tricks to raise your design game. Did we mention free coffee?! RSVP.
  • New York, New York
    Thursday, October 16, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m., SeatGeek, 235 Park Avenue South. Join fellow NYC designers and dribbblers for a night of drinks, snacks, laughs, and more. Talk by Cap Watkins, senior designer at Etsy. RSVP and follow @dribbblenyc on Twitter.
  • Have a shot you’d like considered for Replay? Send the link to susanna@dribbble.com.

Timeout with Charlotte Smith

Timeouts are lightning-quick interviews, five questions to help you get to know the players holding court at Dribbble. Thanks to Charlotte for being this week’s interviewee.

Who are you? Let us know where you hail from and what you do.

Smithy Hi! My name is Charlotte Smith, I’m an Irish-born graphic designer based in Paris. But hopefully, I will soon be moving to London. I studied type and lettering, then webdesign and quickly left that to the side. So for the past two years I have been working as a freelance graphic designer concentrating mostly on lettering and illustration.

What are you working on?

I’m lucky enough to regularly work for a french magazine called Paulette Magazine which has a very graphic approach. At the moment I’m working on the lettering for their summer issue cover, they never use ready-made fonts. I’m also working on a very exciting type project. I’ve been asked to create 6 to 7 different letterings that will go on a kids clothes line and that will be out this winter.

Choose a favorite shot of yours. Tell us why it’s a favorite.

Icecream

Icecream. I’ve always been fascinated by paper art, and recently I gave it a go myself. I really enjoy dabbling at it in-between two projects. I was happy how the colours worked well together in this one. I have an obsession with pastel colours.

Tell us about your setup. What tools did you use to create the shot (e.g. hardware, software, pens, paper, blowtorch)?

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My desk is completely covered in type sketches, paper volumes, inks and pens, so I usually work in the sitting room. For this shot, I sketched up my templates on Illustrator, printed them and then cut them out on pastel paper before sticking them together. The hardest part is to take a picture of them. I’m useless with a camera, and have no mini-studio, so I have to make do with my kitchen corner, paper taped together and a sunny day.

Choose a favorite shot from another player. Tell us why you dig it.

"Pool" fine art print on sale

Pool fine art print by Karolis Strautniekas. I’m in love with Karolis Strautniekas’s work. The atmosphere that she creates in each piece is beautiful, I find them very calming. The textures, details and simple colours in this piece are mind blowing.

Find Charlotte at Dribbble and at www.charlottesmith.fr.

Weekly Replay

September 8, 2014

Since Last Week

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We trekked out to Washington state to Karli and Caleb Ingersoll’s bar/cafe/music venue for the first-ever Bartfest, a celebration of music and design. No we didn’t. But we wish we did. You’ll wish you did, too, after reading last week’s Timeout.

Good Work

Process

  • image Kim Wouters took the time to explain why she did what she did with a recent app project.

On the Grid

Lettered

Patterns

Gaming

Branded

Schooled

  • image Mark Geyer is offering an Interface Animations workshop at BlendConf 2014.
  • image Alex Manthei, designer and poet, took Adam Whitcroft's Skillshare class Icon Design: Create a Cohesive Icon Set and made this icon set.

Apples & Pears & Apples & Pairs

Badass Lady Creatives

New over at Badass Lady Creatives:

  • image Illustrator, designer and maker Emily Balsley of Madison, Wisconsin; to the left, “a sneak peek of a little self-promo somethin’-or-other”
  • image Buenos-Aires-based illustrator and art director Vero Escalante; Marceline to the left

Coaches’ Picks

  • image Tycoon Playing cards, designed by Forefather in conjunction with Theory 11 for “The Millionaires’ Magician” Steve Cohen
  • image Floating House, a cardboard lamp by Vera van Wolferen

Teams

Meetup Wrap-up

Charleston, South Carolina, September 3

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From organizer Mike Hartwell: We kicked the night off with one of our favorite tools at the eHouse Studio office, SoundDrop. Loading up our playlist with mingle music, beers on ice and piping hot pizza, we were ready to welcome a fabulous 50 RSVP’d Charleston friends. With the usual Dribbble swag laid out, Jenelle Koles and Macy White made sure to check-in each guest with a warm welcome.

Seven lucky folks were picked at random from our “take a shot” rebound raffle. Charged with doodling a rebound of our “Tools of the Trade” illustration our guests put pen to paper. The remainder of the evening was spent brainstorming the tools that make our processes more efficient, productive, versatile, etc. Using the Post-it Note® method we where able to cluster similar apps, services & methods.

Now that our call has been answered comes the real work. Regardless of my personal fear of large crowds, it’s now my mission to sustain our newly founded community through sharing, educating and inspiring diverse Charleston creatives. Thanks to our sponsors Shopify, Dribbble, A Book Apart and eHouse Studio. Your contribution helped make our meetup a huge success.

Washington, DC, September 4

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More than 200 Dribbblers gathered at Canvas. From the DribbbleDC feed: “Thank you to everyone who came out to the #dribbbleDC Meetup … huge turnout and a great time!” Thank you to organizer Martin Ringlein!

Meetups

  • De Pere, WI - Dribbble MeetupDe Pere, Wisconsin
    Tuesday, September 9, 7 p.m., Genius Labs, 421 George Street. Drinks, Laughter, Dribbble Swag & Design Contests. RSVP.
  • Dribbble-meetup-at-highlightSan Francisco, California
    Thursday, September 11, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m., Highlight, 25 Kearny Street, Suite 300. RSVP.
  • Atlanta Meetup 1-Hour PlayoffsAtlanta, Georgia
    Friday, September 12, 6:30 p.m., Campus Bubble, 323 Edgewood Avenue, Suite A. Beer, Ping-pong and shoptalk on a rooftop. RSVP.
  • New Orleans, Louisiana
    Saturday, September 13, 6 p.m., location TBD. RSVP.
  • London, England
    London Skillshare’s Dribbble Championships, Monday, September 15, 6:30 p.m., upstairs at The Railway Tavern, 15 Liverpool Street. Analog Playoff plus Photoshop challenge. RSVP.
  • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
    Tuesday, September 16, 7 p.m., location TBD. RSVP.
  • Boston, Massachusetts
    Refresh Boston, Thursday, September 18, 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Fresh Tilled Soil, The Riverworks, Suite A310, 480 Pleasant Street, Watertown. Not a Meetup, but we’re buying the pizza and hope Boston heads over to Watertown to hear Mat Marquis talk about responsive images. Sponsored by us, Fresh Tilled Soil and Future Insights. RSVP.
  • Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    DribbbleTO, Thursday, September 18, 7 p.m., BNotions, 106 Front Street E, 2nd Floor. RSVP.
  • Dribbble Manchester Competition 1Manchester, England
    Tuesday, September 23, 6:30 p.m., TechHub Manchester, 26 Lever Street. Theme: Web design fashions. RSVP.
  • London, England
    Generate London Dribbble Meetup, Thursday, September 25, 6:30 p.m., location TBD. Sponsored by Badoo, Dribbble and Shopify. Interested in attending the conference? Use the code Dribbble20 when registering for a discount. RSVP.
  • Richmond, Virginia
    Thursday, September 25, 7 p.m., Cafe Caturra, 5811 Grove Ave. RSVP.
  • Athens Dribbble Meetup!Athens, Greece
    Pre-Digitized Dribbble Meetup, Friday, September 26, 7 p.m., Tzaferi 16, 16 Tzaferi. Gather in advance of the Digitized Digital Design Conference. Network, get to know each other, and shoot pool. RSVP.
  • Dribbble MeetupHermosillo, Sonora, Mexico
    Friday, September 26, 8 p.m., location TBD. Type Wars, portafolio reviews, cerveza y buena charla. RSVP.
  • Memphis, Tennessee
    Tuesday, September 30, 7 p.m., Cafe Eclectic, 603 N. McLean Blvd. RSVP.
  • Dribbbleriet: Round Two Oslo, Norway
    Wednesday, October 1. More information to follow at Dribbblereit's Meetup page.
  • Buenos Aires Dribbble Meetup
    Friday, October 3, 7:30 p.m., Indicius, 1154 Darwin. Sponsored by Aerolab, Indicius, Dribbble and Shopify. Max. capacity 100 - RSVP now!.

Have a shot you’d like considered for Replay? Send the link to susanna@dribbble.com.

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The Bartlett

228 W. Sprague Avenue, Spokane, Washington

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This space is not an office.

A designer does not work in this space, but this space is the work of a designer. The designer owns this space. The designer’s husband, a music promoter, also owns this space. Together, they designed this space.

They wanted to run a music venue. They wanted to promote local artists. They wanted to open a cafe. For two years, they designed and promoted and promoted and designed. Last year, they opened this space. This weekend, this space — their space — hosts a festival showcasing 33 independent musical artists on stage and the works of 33 poster artists on the walls.

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This space is The Bartlett.

The Designer + The Promoter

Karli and Caleb Ingersoll grew up playing music and attending shows. Karli is a designer with broad experience and a special interest in designing for the independent music universe. Before marrying Karli, Caleb managed The Red Room, a 400-person venue in Kennewick, Washington. Caleb now promotes musicians at The Bartlett, the couple’s Indiegogo-fueled dream-made-real, a 150-person all-ages music venue/cafe in a scruffy neighborhood on the edge of downtown Spokane hard by the Greyhound station.

The Outside + The Inside

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Caleb and Karli split design tasks for The Bartlett. While he focused more on interior design and she focused more on branding, they both kept simplicity at the core of their efforts. To their minds, The Bartlett’s design elements should serve as distinctive but understated backdrops allowing the musicians and poster artists to star as ever-changing focal points.

"All of our branding choices have been somewhat subtle and more mood driven, allowing for a blank canvas for the music and events we book," Karli told Dribbble. The Bartlett’s facade is mostly black and white, with some wood accents. The cafe and the venue feature natural textures, brick walls, and hundred-year-old wood floors: lovely, strong, understated. "The idea is for all of it to get out of the way and almost be unnoticeable so that the focal point can really the the music."

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As for technical design, the two wanted the space to attract bands that might typically appear at larger venues. “We had experience running shows in the past and were able to apply that into every little piece of the design … the actual layout and selection of equipment,” Caleb said. “I wanted a sound system that you might find in a 500-capacity music venue, but set in a smaller room.”

The Logo + The Signage

When it came to branding, Karli wanted to maintain the simplicity of the interior while also creating something memorable. During the process, she worked her design muscles in new ways.

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"I went through a ridiculous amount of design attempts before I really hit the nail on the head. It was the most laborious project I’ve ever done but through it I felt like I really grew." The work not only served The Bartlett, but also Karli’s professional life. "I now see The Bartlett logo in creative briefs from clients, which gives me a great feeling of satisfaction knowing it has directed my career and style in a big way."

Bartfest the First

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At The Bartlett, Karli and Caleb meld music and art and community. Bartfest, the first iteration of which kicks off Friday, takes those passions to a higher pitch. The three-day festival features 33 bands, each of which has been paired with a designer who created a unique show poster for their band. Featured designers include a number of Dribbblers. We’ve highlighted their work below. (If you’re part of Bartfest and we missed you, we’ll happily add you to our grid. Email susanna@dribbble.com.)

  1. Bartfest poster show!
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  3. Dead Serious Lovers Poster
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  2. Scottryan_bartfest_aug20_tiny
  3. Joseph2
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  2. Bearcubbin'!
  3. Shelby Earl Poster
  1. Von The Baptist poster
  2. Wildones2
  3. Telekinesis Poster Closeup
  1. 24_normalbabies_johnmujica
  2. Modern Kin
  3. Summer Cannibals
  1. Hundred Waters Print
  2. Pineleague_1000
  3. Seagiant-these-years

Row 1, L-R: Karli Ingersoll for Glasser, Mike Shamberg for Nite Jewel, Matt Bogue for Dead Serious Lovers

Row 2, L-R: Marcus Brown for Blouse, Jessie Spaccia for Scott Ryan, Caroline F Schibel for Joseph

Row 3, L-R: Brandon DeLauney for Young Magic, Tony Kuchar for Bearcubbin’, Amanda R. Johnson for Shelby Earl

Row 4, L-R: Factory Arts for Von the Baptist, Danielle Davis for Wild Ones, Jessie Pierpoint for Telekinesis

Row 5, L-R: John Mujica for Normal Babies, Tiffany Patterson for Modern Kin, Kaarin S for Summer Cannibals

Row 6, L-R: Jacob Greif for Hundred Waters, Keely Honeywell for Pine League, Ryan Monson for Sea Giant

Thanks, Karli, for all of your help.

Spaced features interesting Dribbbler office spaces. E-mail susanna@dribbble.com to be considered for an upcoming article.

Weekly Replay

September 2, 2014

Since Last Week

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  2. Marshawn
  3. St. Joseph Baseball

We rolled out a new Pro feature we think you’ll like: You can now send analytics information for your shots, attachments, projects and so on to Google Analytics. (Shot by Patrick.)

Over at the blog, we took a Timeout with Sport Ngin's Frank Denney. (St. Joseph Baseball above center and Beast Mode above right)

Good Work

  1. Ice Bucket Challenge
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North American social media is blowing up with videos of people taking the Ice Bucket Challenge. An effort to raise awareness about amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, the challenge has raised more than $100 million for the ALS Association and increased donations to other ALS-focused organizations as well. Several Dribbblers have taken the challenge.

Top Row, L-R: Chad Geran dumped the bucket, drew the bucket. Frame & Follie Design Co., co-owned by Jasmine Habart, accepted the challenge and donated to ALS Canada. Kyle Loaney designed a poster for beer to put in the ice bucket: Excelsior Brewing Co’s Biscuit Pants Session Ale, part of Ales for ALS 2014. Ales for ALS supplies brewers with hops and ales to brew their own beers; in return, brewers donate $1 of every pint sold to the ALS Therapy Development Institute.

Bottom Row, L-R: IMM dove INTO the bucket (aka ice-fed Boulder Creek) and donated $100 for each of its 90 employees; posted by Sergey Grigoryan. Amanda Jaquin (nominated by Jennifer Ho) dumped her bucket on a fat cat and Dai Dietzmann dumped hers on a happy dog.

Launched

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Now I Know My A Bee Seas

Fonts

User Friendly

Sketch and Final

We Will Have Nightmares.

Apps

Ha!

Icons

We Like Backpacks.

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  • image Munk Pack Bag by Motto, part of a larger branding project
  • image Email designed by Meg Tiffany, part of Vera Bradley’s Back to Campus fall promotion

Badass Lady Creatives

Up at Badass Lady Creatives:

  • image Artist and designer Lynn Fisher's CSS drawing project A Single Div; A Single Div hobbit door to the left)
  • image Designer Bethany Heck; 34Brand to the left

Coaches’ Picks

  • image August 26 was National Mac & Cheese Day in the U.S. Nate Azark whipped this up for a client.
  • image Draught House 46th Anniversary (also comes in cream) by Lauren Griffin

Teams

  • image Heyllow is working on a wireless lighting app; posted by Valik Boyev.
  • image JellyJarCo launched Chroma for iPhone; posted by Eric Hoffman.
  • image Mailjet shared some pages from its redesign; posted by Stigliani Alessandro.
  • image Nutanix is growing and pushing its UI to a new level. From Jeremy Sallée: “This is a design I made a few month ago iterating on our existing pages (like tables and analysis) but bringing a more consistent clean/flat style for a better focus on this really complex UI.”

Meetup Wrap-up

Brooklyn, New York, Saturday & Sunday, August 23 and 24

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Credit Regina Kokoszka

Another good time at The National Poster Retrospecticus. Hope you NYC Dribbblers got out for it. Providence-area Dribbblers, your turn is next. See details below.

Dublin, Ireland, Thursday, August 28

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The dedicated Dublin Dribbblers gathered once again at Against the Grain for beer and chatter. Thank you Donovan Hutchinson for the pic! The Dublin crew meets up quite often, so check back here soon for information on the next gathering.

Meetups

Thanks to our global Meetup co-sponsor Shopify.

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    Wednesday, September 3, 6 p.m., eHouse Studio, 2 Race Street. RSVP and follow Charleston Dribbble/dribbbleCHS on Twitter.
  • Washington, DC
    Thursday, September 4, 6:30 p.m., canvas co/work, 1203 19th Street, NW. Presentation by TJ Cichecki and Abe Garcia of Workhorse. Sponsored by canvas, Dribbble and Shopify. RSVP.
  • Bartfest stuffSpokane, Washington
    Bartfest! Friday-Sunday, September 5-7, The Bartlett, 228 W. Sprague Ave., and nYne, 232 W. Sprague Ave. 33 bands + 33 artists (including many Dribbbler). Not a Dribbble Meetup, but we encourage area Dribbblers to go and meet up! Buy tickets.
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Friday, September 5, 7 p.m., Frankford Hall, 1210 Frankford Avenue. RSVP.
  • Nashville Dribbble Meetup - September 6thNashville, Tennessee
    Middle Earth Dribbble Meetup. All designers welcome, not just Dribbblers. Saturday, September 6, 4 p.m.-6:30 p.m., Private Pool Room, Flying Saucer Draught Emporium, 111 10th Avenue South. RSVP.
  • National-poster-retrospecticus-logo-blink Pawtucket, Rhode Island
    Dribbble @ The NPR, Saturday, September 6, 6 p.m., Machines with Magnets, 400 Main Street. RSVP.
  • De Pere, WI - Dribbble MeetupDe Pere, Wisconsin
    Tuesday, September 9, 7 p.m., Genius Labs, 421 George Street. Drinks, Laughter, Dribbble Swag & Design Contests. RSVP.
  • Dribbble-meetup-at-highlightSan Francisco, California
    Thursday, September 11, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m., Highlight, 25 Kearny Street, Suite 300. RSVP.
  • Atlanta, Georgia
    Friday, September 12, 6:30 p.m., Campus Bubble, 323 Edgewood Avenue, Suite A. Beer, Ping-pong and shoptalk on a rooftop. RSVP.
  • New Orleans, Louisiana
    Saturday, September 13, 6 p.m., location TBD. RSVP.
  • London, England
    London Skillshare’s Dribbble Championships, Monday, September 15, 6:30 p.m., upstairs at The Railway Tavern, 15 Liverpool Street. Analog Playoff plus Photoshop challenge. RSVP.
  • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
    Tuesday, September 16, 7 p.m., location TBD. RSVP.
  • Boston, Massachusetts
    Refresh Boston, Thursday, September 18, 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Fresh Tilled Soil, The Riverworks, Suite A310, 480 Pleasant Street, Watertown. Not a Meetup, but we’re buying the pizza and hope Boston heads over to Watertown to hear Mat Marquis talk about responsive images. Sponsored by us, Fresh Tilled Soil and Future Insights. RSVP.
  • Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    DribbbleTO, Thursday, September 18, 7 p.m., BNotions, 106 Front Street E, 2nd Floor. RSVP.
  • Manchester MeetupManchester, England
    Tuesday, September 23, 6:30 p.m., TechHub Manchester, 26 Lever Street. Theme: Web design fashions. RSVP.
  • London, England
    Generate London Dribbble Meetup, Thursday, September 25, 6:30 p.m., location TBD. Sponsored by Badoo, Dribbble and Shopify. Interested in attending the conference? Use the code Dribbble20 when registering for a discount. RSVP.
  • Richmond, Virginia
    Thursday, September 25, 7 p.m., Cafe Caturra, 5811 Grove Ave. RSVP.
  • Athens Dribbble Meetup!Athens, Greece
    Pre-Digitized Dribbble Meetup, Friday, September 26, 7 p.m., Tzaferi 16, 16 Tzaferi. Gather in advance of the Digitized Digital Design Conference. Network, get to know each other, and shoot pool. RSVP.
  • Dribbble MeetupHermosillo, Sonora, Mexico
    Friday, September 26, 8 p.m., location TBD. Type Wars, portafolio reviews, cerveza y buena charla. RSVP.
  • Memphis, Tennessee
    Tuesday, September 30, 7 p.m., Cafe Eclectic, 603 N. McLean Blvd. RSVP.
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Friday, October 3, 7:30 p.m., Indicius, 1154 Darwin. Sponsored by Aerolab, Indicius, Dribbble and Shopify. Max. capacity 100 - RSVP now!.

Have a shot you’d like considered for Replay? Send the link to susanna@dribbble.com.

Timeout with Frank Denney

Timeouts are lightning-quick interviews, five questions to help you get to know the players holding court at Dribbble. Thanks to Frank for being this week’s interviewee.

Who are you? Let us know where you hail from and what you do.

PhotoHey! My name is Frank Denney. I’m a Korean-born, Iowa-raised designer currently living and working in Minneapolis, MN. About a decade ago I discovered that sports and design make me incredibly happy, and have been doing it ever since.

I am the senior graphic designer at Sport Ngin, where I design websites for sports organizations from youth to the pros. Prior to that, I was a bicycle and snowboard designer, digital artist, and dabbled as a freelancer for a bit.

What are you working on?

St. Joseph Baseball

I’m currently working with a good friend and fellow Dribbbler, Joe Barrett, on a website for a town baseball club that I’m super pumped about. Giving a small town club team in Minnesota the same treatment that is usually reserved for a professional team really excites me. I’m also doing some branding work with an awesome group of breast-cancer-surviving ladies who are running a dragon boat racing team.

Choose a favorite shot of yours. Tell us why it’s a favorite.

Marshawn

Beast Mode is my favorite because it’s one of my most recent. I tend to like newer things because every new project is an opportunity to remind myself that I’m still learning. This was a personal project of mine experimenting and focusing on a number of different lighting techniques, 3D rendering, and photo treatments.

Tell us about your setup. What tools did you use to create the shot (e.g. hardware, software, pens, paper, blowtorch)?

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My home setup includes an iMac when I want to put my head down, a MacBook Pro when I’m multi-tasking, and a couple 15” monitors on reserve for really long projects. I use my Sketchbook for ideas and wireframes, and my Daft Punk action figures for when I lose myself to dance.

Choose a favorite player. Tell us why you dig them.

Daftp2

Every time I look at the work of Marie Bergeron I am in awe. The details, craftsmanship, and her unique style of portraying some of the most iconic figures is remarkable. (Marie’s Daft Punk 2x Gauntlet Gallery above.)

Find Frank at Dribbble and at frnkdnny.com.

Weekly Replay

August 25, 2014

Since Last Week

  1. TinyLove Mobile App
  2. Nationwide
  3. Summah Sale

We took a Timeout with London-based UI/UX guru Balraj Chana (TinyLove Mobile app, above left) and welcomed our seventh employee, developer Ian Ehlert. As soon as he settles in California, our virtual office will stretch from sea to shining sea (Nationwide by Tristan, above center).

Our summer sale ends Friday. Use “SUMMAH” at the Equipment Shop for a 15% discount.

Good Work

Gaming

  • image Crests by Petros Afshar for Eminence, the world’s first MMORPG trading-card game
  • image Level sketches by Dan Nolan for a balls and ramps iPad app for preschool classrooms, coming from WGBH Digital
  • image Dino’s hut, part of an icon set created by Valentin for an online game

Paging Home

User Friendly

Icons

  • image Pieoneers Icons 2 by Irene Zablotska for Keepa

We Like Sea Creatures.

Badass Lady Creatives

Coaches’ Picks

Teams

  • image Kingly's Creator app is up at the App Store; posted by Jana de Klerk. “Whether you’re a designer, wood worker or rocket scientist - take a photo of your creation and tell the story behind it.”
  • imagePons Creative reminds us that UX isn’t just about pretty pixels; posted by Michael Pons.

Meetup Wrap-up

Atlanta, Georgia, Thursday, August 21

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Thanks to Aynn Collins and MailChimp for organizing a great meetup at Trader Vic’s. The Twitter reports wow. A sampling:

  • Liz Lara: Who knows how to party? @MailChimp knows how to party. Awesome @dribbble meetup last night. Maitais, chicken on skewers, designers. A+
  • Bryan Lewis: What an awesome night of great conversation with the amazing design community here in Atlanta. Thank you so much @MailChimp and @dribbble
  • Dustin Tanner: HUGE thanks to @MailChimp and @dribbble for an awesome meetup last night!

Atlanta, another Meetup on the calendar for September 12 at Campus Bubble. See details below.

Meetups

Thanks to our global Meetup co-sponsor Shopify.

  • Lansing, Michigan
    Capital Area Inaugural Dribbble Meetup, Wednesday, August 27, 7:30 p.m., 435 East Grand River Ave., East Lansing. RSVP.
  • Dublin, Ireland
    Thursday, August 28, 7 p.m., Against the Grain, 11 Wexford Street. RSVP.
  • Ukrainian Dribbble MeetupOdessa, Ukraine
    Saturday, August 30, 10 a.m., 30 Августа10:00Одесса, ул. Приморский бульвар, 11, г-ца Лондонская. Sponsored by Provectus. RSVP.
  • Amman, Jordan
    Monday, September 1, 7 p.m., Fann Wa Chai. Let’s all hang out and drink some tea and coffee together while we enjoy the nice weather and talk design things!RSVP.
  • image Charleston, South Carolina
    Wednesday, September 3, 6 p.m., eHouse Studio, 2 Race Street. RSVP and follow Charleston Dribbble/dribbbleCHS on Twitter.
  • Washington, DC
    Thursday, September 4, 6:30 p.m., canvas co/work, 1203 19th Street, NW. Presentation by TJ Cichecki and Abe Garcia of Workhorse. Sponsored by canvas, Dribbble and Shopify. RSVP.
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Friday, September 5, 7 p.m., Frankford Hall, 1210 Frankford Avenue. RSVP.
  • Nashville Dribbble Meetup - September 6thNashville, Tennessee
    Middle Earth Dribbble Meetup. All designers welcome, not just Dribbblers. Saturday, September 6, 4 p.m.-6:30 p.m., Private Pool Room, Flying Saucer Draught Emporium, 111 10th Avenue South. RSVP.
  • National-poster-retrospecticus-logo-blink Pawtucket, Rhode Island
    Dribbble @ The NPR, Saturday, September 6, 6 p.m., Machines with Magnets, 400 Main Street. RSVP.
  • De Pere, Wisconsin
    Tuesday, September 9, 7 p.m., Genius Labs, 421 George Street. Drinks, Laughter, Dribbble Swag & Design Contests. RSVP.
  • Atlanta, Georgia
    Friday, September 12, 6:30 p.m., Campus Bubble, 323 Edgewood Avenue, Suite A. Beer, Ping-pong and shoptalk on a rooftop. RSVP.
  • New Orleans, Louisiana
    Saturday, September 13, 6 p.m., location TBD. RSVP.
  • London, England
    London Skillshare’s Dribbble Championships, Monday, September 15, 6:30 p.m., upstairs at The Railway Tavern, 15 Liverpool Street. Analog Playoff plus Photoshop challenge. RSVP.
  • Boston, Massachusetts
    Refresh Boston, Thursday, September 18, 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Fresh Tilled Soil, The Riverworks, Suite A310, 480 Pleasant Street, Watertown. Not a Meetup, but we’re buying the pizza and hope Boston heads over to Watertown to hear Mat Marquis talk about responsive images. Sponsored by us, Fresh Tilled Soil and Future Insights. RSVP.
  • Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    DribbbleTO, Thursday, September 18, 7 p.m., BNotions, 106 Front Street E, 2nd Floor. RSVP.
  • London, England
    Generate London Dribbble Meetup, Thursday, September 25, 6:30 p.m., location TBD. Sponsored by Badoo, Dribbble and Shopify. Interested in attending the conference? Use the code Dribbble20 when registering for a discount. RSVP.

Have a shot you’d like considered for Replay? Send the link to susanna@dribbble.com.

Timeout with Balraj Chana

Timeouts are lightning-quick interviews, five questions to help you get to know the players holding court at Dribbble. Thanks to Balraj for being this week’s interviewee.

Who are you? Let us know where you hail from and what you do.

MeHey! My name is Balraj Chana and I’m a product designer and developer from London, UK. I have been freelancing for over a year and a half now and I specialise in UI/UX design for mobile and web. I also dabble in web development when needed.

Typically my client base hails from the Bay Area so I help startup founders bring their vision to life from mere sketches on a napkin to the app store.

What are you working on?

Currently I’m taking a break from client work to focus on my own personal projects whilst also travelling. To grow as a designer I need new experiences, which help me learn about different cultures and gain inspiration.

In terms of projects, as I’ve been in the design industry for a while I’ve seen problems that haven’t been solved yet so I’m attempting to solve them myself. One of these projects is called Hixle. It will be a tool specifically aimed at designers and developers looking to improve their productivity. More details to be unveiled in the near future :)

Choose a favorite shot of yours. Tell us why it’s a favorite.

TinyLove Mobile App

Whoa, this one is tricky! If I had to choose one, I guess I would have to say that the TinyLove project is my favourite. This was actually my first app design for a wonderful client and it received high ratings from the app store on iOS and Android.

To me, it’s not just about the way it was designed but the concept behind it. The app allowed anyone to report incidents locally to help bring a community together. To be a part of that is why I became a designer in the first place. Even if the app only helps one person, it can create a ripple effect and that is why I want to help change the world through design.

Tell us about your setup. What tools did you use to create the shot (e.g. hardware, software, pens, paper, blowtorch)?

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My typical setup consists of a maxed-out Macbook Pro 15” Retina placed on a GhostStand with a Thunderbolt Display. I also have a wireless keyboard when I am stationary and a Logitech Performance MX mouse for pin-point pixel precision.

For software, I transition between various Adobe products including Photoshop for UI/web design, Illustrator for branding, After Effects for animations and LightRoom for photography. I also use 3ds Max for 3D rendering and Sublime Text for coding. For sketching concepts, a pencil and a Dot Grid notebook typically suffice.

Choose a favorite player. Tell us why you dig them.

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Whoa, this one is even trickier! There are so many awesome shots on Dribbble so I’ll nail it down to the shot that has affected me in some way or another. I’m usually attracted to designs which stand out as being different so this shot (Some Analytics) by Cosmin Capitanu does it for me. It has the perfect balance of futurism along with a strong color palette, well ahead of its time.

Find Balraj at Dribbble, on Twitter, and at CircularChaos.

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