Timeout with Paco

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

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

Paco007I’m Paco. My hometown is a scenic city named Ezhou, in the Hubei Province of China. Now my wife and I are living in Beijing. 

What are you working on?

I am working at Smartisan as the UI Design Director. In high school I began the training to be a professional graphic designer. Sketching is my strong point. Because of my great passion for design, after college I started my own career in UI.

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

Smartisan OS

Recently I completed a project named Smartisan OS which was custom designed for the Andriod system.

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

My workplace demands are simple, all I need are an iMac and Razer Mamba. I have a good command of Photoshop. My daily working time is 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. from Monday to Friday.

The inspiration for new projects mostly starts with massive online research and open discussion with my team, then we choose some creative idea to start our design job.

Accept challenges. Sitting in your comfort zone won’t bring you anywhere. Learn new stuff and be proud of your small steps.

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

  1. Yosemite Finder
  2. Wireframe
  3. Instadamme

I like Daryl Ginn. His work always rstronginds me of something beautiful. Left to right: Yosemite Finder, Wireframe, Instadamme.

Find Paco at Dribbble and at www.weibo.com/pacoxiao.

Weekly Replay

July 28, 2014

Since Last Week

  1. National-poster-retrospecticus-logo-blink
  2. 5th Birthday Party at Dribbble HQ
  3. The Email Design Conference 2014

The Dribbble Gallery hosted its first online show, featuring posters by Dribbblers that are part of the National Poster Retrospecticus. Go check it out. If you’re in Boston, Cleveland, or Providence/Pawtucket, you can see the show in person - see Meetups below for details.

Boston and Salem-area Dribbblers, we still have a few spots open for our birthday party, the first time that the entire Dribbble Team will be together for a Meetup! Plus pizza, beer, birthday cake and T-shirts for all. Come join us on July 30. A few weeks later, on August 18, we’re joining forces with Campaign Monitor, Litmus, and Shopify for The Email Design Conference Dribbble Meetup. Need not attend conference to attend Dribbble Meetup. Hope to see you there!

Shopify + Dribbble Playoff

  • Design is… (Official Shopify + Dribbble Playoff) More than 50 of you have jumped in to the Shopify Playoff with the theme of “Design is … .” (Opening salvo by Paul Pritchard). Go play! Please note that, due to Canadian competition legislation, only residents of Canada (except Quebec), the US, the UK and Australia are eligible to win prizes. We’d still love to see ALL of your work!!!

Screen Printed

  • imageKiller In The Rain split fountain screen print by James Heimer, a practice run for a workshop he’s teaching

Badgers

Reworked

I Want Candy

WIPs

We Like Playing Games

Coaches’ Picks

  • imageBizonBegi, a first sketch for a food truck grill bar by ETLettering Studio
  • imageOne of four T-shirt graphics Allan Peters designed for The HAMB Jalopy Journal

Teams

  • imageThe Flat & Filthy Crüe is working on a number of Wordpress themes, including MAZIKA; posted by Zeki.
  • imageHumanist shared their logo exloration process. “Option 2 was selected for the firm. The hand lettered logo, while retro, has greater personality and a warmer feeling, with a stronger emotional connection for the viewer. The logo also connotes work that is hand crafted.” Posted by Michael Calleia.
  • imageNQ-UEC shared a book browser; posted by GianniDesign.

Meetup Wrap-up

Palo Alto, California, July 16

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Dribbblers enjoyed everything from sliders to swag at Palantir's beautifully branded Dribbble Meetup. Thanks to Therese Lee, Antoine Llorca, Nick Slater and the rest of the Palantir crew for organizing. San Francisco and Silicon Valley, look out for another area Dribbble Meetup at Dropbox in a few weeks!

Montevideo, Uruguay, July 17

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Thanks to organizer Seba Mantel for pulling together a Montevideo Meetup at Barbacana Kustom Pub & Speedshop.

Dublin, Ireland, July 24

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Dublin Dribbble gathered again at Against the Grain for another good time. Thanks as always to organizer Donovan Hutchinson and to Gene Murphy for the photo.

Meetups

Thanks to our global Meetup co-sponsor Shopify.

  • 5th Birthday Party at Dribbble HQSalem, Massachusetts
    5th Birthday Party for Dribbble, Wednesday, July 30, Dribbble HQ, 16 Front Street, Suite 202. RSVP.
  • Lansing, Michigan
    Capital Area Inaugural Dribbble Meetup, Loudpixel, 435 East Great River Ave., Suite 210. RSVP.
  • Dribbble Meetup #19: 7/31 @ The GingermanAustin, Texas
    19th Austin Dribbble Meetup, Thursday, July 31, 5:30 p.m., The Ginger Man, 301 Lavaca Street. RSVP.
  • Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico
    Thursday, July 31, 8 p.m., location TBD. RSVP.
  • National-poster-retrospecticus-logo-blink Boston, Massachusetts Dribbble at the National Poster Retrospecticus, Friday, August 1, 6 p.m., BU Art Gallery, 855 Commonwealth Avenue. Note: This is not a traditional Meetup; rather, we encourage Dribbblers to meetup at the NPR show. RSVP.
  • De Pere, Wisconsin
    Tuesday, August 5, 7 p.m., location TBD. RSVP.
  • Yekaterinburg, Russia
    Friday, August 8, 9 p.m., location TBD. RSVP.
  • National-poster-retrospecticus-logo-blinkCleveland, Ohio
    Dribbble at the National Poster Retrospecticus, Friday, August 9, 6 p.m., Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, 1100 East 9th St. Note: This is not a traditional Meetup; rather, we encourage Dribbblers to meetup at the NPR show. Please note: attendees must pay museum admission. RSVP.
  • Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    Saturday, August 9, 7 p.m., location TBD. RSVP.
  • Dribbble Hangout - Istanbul Istanbul, Turkey
    Sunday, August 10, 3 p.m., Limonata Etiler, Etiler Mahallesi, Nispetiye Caddesi, No 96, Beşiktaş, İstanbul. RSVP.
  • Dallas, Texas
    Chicken Foundry Eat-up, Wednesday, August 13, 7 p.m., Chicken Scratch/The Foundry, 2303 Pittman Street. RSVP.
  • National-poster-retrospecticus-logo-blinkCleveland, Ohio
    Dribbble @ the NPR @ Weapons of Mass Creation Fest, Friday - Sunday, August 15-17, noon - 8 p.m., Cleveland Public Theatre, 6415 Detroit Avenue. RSVP.
  • Boston, Massachusetts
    The Email Design Conference Dribbble Meetup, Monday, August 18, 6 p.m., District Hall, 75 Northern Avenue, Fort Point. Sponsored by Litmus, Campaign Monitor, Shopify, and Dribbble. RSVP.
  • Porto Alegre, Brazil
    CREATIVE BOOST Dribbble e Woodoo/LABS, Saturday, August 23, 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., UTC-03, Casa Liberdade, Rue Liberdade, 553. RSVP.
  • National-poster-retrospecticus-logo-blinkBrooklyn, New York
    Dribbble @ the NPR, Saturday, August 23, 6 p.m., Cotton Candy Machine, 235 South First Street. RSVP.

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

Dribbble Gallery: National Poster Retrospecticus

Dribbble is teaming up with the National Poster Retrospecticus for a new kind of Meetup: You attend an NPR show, you enjoy the art, and you meet Dribbblers and other cool poster fans. The first event takes place in Boston next Friday. To kick off the partnership, we’re presenting our first-ever gallery show, featuring work by Dribbble designers who have contributed to the NPR. Grab yourself a plastic glass of wine and enjoy. And thanks, as always, to our global Meetup co-sponsor Shopify.

National Poster Retrospecticus Returns to Boston

A massive collection of hand-printed gig-posters is coming home to Boston! The National Poster Retrospecticus is a traveling show of more than 300 hand-printed event posters from over 100 of the most prominent poster designers in the USA — many of whom are frequent contributors to Dribbble!

After months of meticulous planning and curation this national summer tour kicks off on August 1 in Boston and will visit three other cities (see below), including a stop at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland!

“We’ve loaded up the van with a backstock of thousands of posters. We’re making overnight drives to each city and setting up the shows for one night only.” says John Boilard, producer of the tour. “We’re stoked to follow up the success of our recent spring tour. We hope to make this another season of adventure, hard work and fun. It’s rad that we get to team up with Boston University at home in Boston!

"We’re also excited to team up with Dribbble this summer. We’re both motivated by helping facilitate a dialogue in the design world—both online and offline. It feels like a perfect fit! Bostonians should also anticipate special guests The Danger Booth and Keytar Bear at this one-night-only event!” he concludes.

About The NPR

The National Poster Retrospecticus is a traveling show of more than 300 hand-printed event posters from over 100 of the most prominent poster designers in the USA. While some form of The NPR goes back as far as 2006, the current format took shape in the spring of 2012. Our mission is to celebrate posters and the made-by-hand aesthetic, and spread that enthusiasm around the world. We wanna travel everywhere! The NPR is produced by JP Boneyard, a poster designer and enthusiast who has been setting up art and music events since 1998.

Upcoming Shows: Summer 2014

  1. August 1st — BU Art Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts
  2. August 9th — The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland, Ohio
  3. August 15th-17th — Weapons of Mass Creation Fest, Cleveland, Ohio
  4. August 23rd — Cotton Candy Machine, Brooklyn, New York
  5. 6th — Machines with Magnets, Pawtucket, Rhode Island

Keep up with The NPR: At nationalposterretrospecticus.com, on Twitter, and on Facebook.

THE SHOW

The Email Design Conference Dribbble Meetup

Dribbble is teaming up with Campaign Monitor, Litmus and Shopify for the Email Design Conference Dribbble Meetup in Boston on August 18. Details from the Litmus crew below.

Litmus%20logoJoin us for a night of uniting designers across the spectrum: email, UI, and the like (and those that do it all)! After day one of The Email Design Conference, Litmus will be joining forces with Campaign Monitor, Dribbble, and Shopify for a night of food, drinks, and fun. Don’t worry — you don’t need to attend the conference to join us at the meetup!

There will be chances to show off your amazing design talents, lots of swag to be won, and plenty of opportunities to meet and network with fellow design lovers! Space is limited to the first 150 registrants. The first 125 attendees will receive a drink ticket; cash bar to follow.

THE DETAILS

Where?
District Hall
75 Northern Avenue
Boston, MA

When?
Monday, August 18, 2014
6:00pm to 8:00pm

Sponsored by Litmus + Campaign Monitor + Dribbble + Shopify.

RSVP today! Space is limited.

Weekly Replay

July 22, 2014

  1. Slide Deck
  2. 5th Birthday Party at Dribbble HQ
  3. Dribbble Turns 5

Since Last Week

We finished up our birthday Timeouts with Patrick (Slide Deck, above left), Susanna, and Elizabeth and released our birthday T-shirts (above center), available for a limited time in the Equipment Shop. All that’s left to do is celebrate. If you’re in the greater Salem area, come join us on July 30. That last shot, the one on the right, is old news, but still good news (also attractive thumb-grid filler): Tom McQuaid's Birthday Playoff-winning shot!

Shopify + Dribbble Playoff

  • Design is… (Official Shopify + Dribbble Playoff) We’re teaming with our global Meetup co-sponsor Shopify on a Playoff with the theme of “Design is … .” Shopify held an internal contest to choose the opening shot. Paul Pritchard won. Now it’s your turn - go play!
  • National-poster-retrospecticus-logo-blink You are cordially invited to our first Dribbble Gallery show, launching this Thursday, July 24, right here at the blog. We are teaming up with the National Poster Retrospecticus for a new kind of Meetup: You attend the NPR show, you enjoy the NPR show, you meet Dribbblers and other cool NPR show-goers. To kick off, we’re hosting an online show of Dribbbling NPR participants. Don’t forget to stop by. BYO wine and cheese.

Good Work

  • image Water is Life provides clean water, sanitation and hygiene programs to schools and villages in desperate need. Responsive website design by Jennifer Armstrong.
  • image Ashley Jankowski, founder and creative director of Braizen, created these icons for Living Free animal sanctuary, which rescues dogs and cats who would otherwise be euthanized.

Branded

Do You Love Dribbble?

In Progress

  • image Artist/designer Rik Catlow is noodling with a mark for his site. We like the mark. We like the word “noodle,” especially when used as a verb.
  • image Daniela Meyer is updating the Gutensite dashboard.
  • image Something new in progress from Wilson Miner

Launched

  • image The Posterized app from Kenny Chen. “See what your favorite designers are working on, the most popular shots, debuts and more.”
  • image Music video for Tweedy’s Summer Noon, directed and designed by Allison House. Tweedy = Spencer Tweedy and his dad Jeff.

Freelance, Baby!

  • image Illustrator and surface designer Alyssa Nassner is taking the plunge.

Process

  • image Product designer Edwin Delgado uses his whiteboard desk to wireframe. “You can draw some thoughts while working, and then see it come to fruition.”

Happy Birthday to You, Too!

  • image The Sacramento Kings are 30; logos by Brandon Meier.
  • image Birmingham, UK digital agency SMILE is 5, just like us.

Illustrated

Wanna Be Kickstartin’ Something

We Like Mixtapes.

  • image Illustrator Kate Bingaman-Burt's friend “Zachary Schomburg is a poet. He is currently traveling to 38 different cities to read his new book of poems The Book of Joshua. He is traveling in a 1995 Chevy conversion van and only has a tape player. He is asking people to bring him mixtapes to his readings and I am drawing them.”
  • image Flower Power, a mixtape of rare French psychedelic and freak beat from the ’60s, cover by Jean Mosambi, graphic designer and silk screen printer
  • image Mixtapes by designer Indhira Rojas

Coaches’ Picks

Teams

  • image With help from Design Studio, Airbnb released a new logo, Bélo, part of a larger brand overhaul. In case you hadn’t heard.
  • image Code School held its first-ever Super Smash Bros. tournament; posted by Justin Mezzell.
  • image Creative Market released Bangarang, a 4-font family by head of design Gerren Lamson.
  • image SoftFacade is now SFCD, “a global agency that creates beautiful software.”

Meetup Wrap-up

Roseville/Sacramento, California, June 7

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Creative Dash hosted a crew at its Roseville, California, HQ for beer, pizza and a Ping-pong tournament. A few members of the Dash team shared tips and tricks.

Brisbane, Australia, July 22

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Thanks to UI/UX designer and front-end developer Warwick Kay for bringing Brisbane Dribbblers together for a good time at the Super Whatnot.

London, England, July 18

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Badoo hosted another over-the-top London Meetup. Thanks to organizer Danielle Prothero, who reports, “It was a good night, lively … with lots of chatting and laughter. So positive.” Photo credits: iDJ Photography.

Next up in London, London Skillshare is hosting the London Dribbble Championships on September 15 and Dan is coming to town for the Generate London Meetup (and to speak at Generate London) on September 25.

Singapore, July 22

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The Singapore crew gathered at Neo Singapore for beer, pizza and a presentation by UX designer Justin Roberts. Thanks to host Neo Singapore, food and beverage sponsor buUuk, and organizer Michael Chen, interaction designer and CEO/co-founder of Minitheory. Shot (turned into stickers) by Kee Yen Yeo.

Meetups

Thanks to our global Meetup co-sponsor Shopify.

  • Bekasi, Indonesia TOMORROW! Wednesday, July 23, 6 p.m., Starbucks, Grand Galaxy Park. RSVP.
  • Dublin, Ireland
    Thursday, July 24, 7 p.m.., Against the Grain, Wexford Street. RSVP.
  • 5th Birthday Party at Dribbble HQSalem, Massachusetts
    5th Birthday Party for Dribbble, Wednesday, July 30, Dribbble HQ, 16 Front Street, Suite 202. RSVP.
  • Lansing, Michigan
    Capital Area Inaugural Dribbble Meetup, Loudpixel, 435 East Great River Ave., Suite 210. RSVP.
  • Dribbble Meetup #19: 7/31 @ The GingermanAustin, Texas
    19th Austin Dribbble Meetup, Thursday, July 31, 5:30 p.m., The Ginger Man, 301 Lavaca Street. RSVP.
  • Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico
    Thursday, July 31, 8 p.m., location TBD. RSVP.
  • National-poster-retrospecticus-logo-blink Boston, Massachusetts
    Dribbble at the National Poster Retrospecticus, Friday, August 1, 6 p.m., BU Art Gallery, 855 Commonwealth Avenue. Note: This is not a traditional Meetup; rather, we encourage Dribbblers to meetup at the NPR show. RSVP.
  • De Pere, Wisconsin
    Tuesday, August 5, 7 p.m., location TBD. RSVP.
  • Yekaterinburg, Russia
    Friday, August 8, 9 p.m., location TBD. RSVP.
  • National-poster-retrospecticus-logo-blinkCleveland, Ohio
    Dribbble at the National Poster Retrospecticus, Friday, August 9, 6 p.m., Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, 1100 East 9th St. Note: This is not a traditional Meetup; rather, we encourage Dribbblers to meetup at the NPR show. Please note: attendees must pay museum admission. RSVP.
  • Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    Saturday, August 9, 6 p.m., location TBD. RSVP.
  • Dribbble Hangout - Istanbul Istanbul, Turkey
    Sunday, August 10, 3 p.m., Limonata Etiler, Etiler Mahallesi, Nispetiye Caddesi, No 96, Beşiktaş, İstanbul. RSVP.
  • Dallas, Texas
    Chicken Foundry Eat-up*, Wednesday, August 13, 7 p.m., Chicken Scratch/The Foundry, 2303 Pittman Street. RSVP.
  • National-poster-retrospecticus-logo-blinkCleveland, Ohio
    Dribbble @ the NPR @ Weapons of Mass Creation Fest, Friday - Sunday, August 15-17, noon - 8 p.m., Cleveland Public Theatre, 6415 Detroit Avenue. RSVP.
  • Boston, Massachusetts
    The Email Design Conference Dribbble Meetup, Monday, August 18, 6 p.m., District Hall, 75 Northern Avenue, Fort Point. Sponsored by Litmus, Campaign Monitor, Shopify, and Dribbble. RSVP.

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

Shopify + Dribbble Playoff: Design is …

Dribbble and Shopify are launching a Playoff on the theme of “Design is … .” Full information below from our global Meetup sponsor Shopify. Good luck! - the Dribbble Team

Design is… (Official Shopify + Dribbble Playoff)

Design is at the heart of everything we do at Shopify. That’s why we’ve teamed up with Dribbble to host an official rebound Playoff!

The Contest

Celebrate great design with us and show the world what it means to you. Simply post a rebound to this original piece by our very own Paul Pritchard depicting your definition of design and try your hand at winning some great prizes.

Get creative with type, icons, illustrations, patterns, finger paint, or anything else you can dream up. A great rebound should include and complete the phrase, “Design is … .”

Our grand prize winner and two runners-up will be chosen by a panel of judges from the Dribbble Team and Shopify Design Team. Additionally, 10 honourable mentions will also be chosen. Judging criteria will include creativity and originality, execution and demonstration of technical skill, and the result of popular vote.

Here’s what we’re giving away:

Grand Prize (1):

  • $5K Apple gift card
  • 3-day An Event Apart 2014 conference pass
  • Shopify swag
  • 1 year of Dribbble Pro

Runner-ups (2):

  • $500 Apple gift card
  • Shopify swag
  • 1 year of Dribbble Pro

10 honourable mentions (10):

  • $100 Apple gift card
  • Shopify swag
  • 1 year of Dribbble Pro

You have until Tuesday, August 5 at 11:59:59 PM PT to compete. Click here for the official rules.

Good luck!

Non-nondescript

Back in the early days of Dribbble, we made a decision that the text accompanying an uploaded shot would not be rendered as a description of the work, but rather serve as its first comment to help discussion follow.

We’ve found ourselves regretting that decision lately. We want a stronger tie between the owner’s opening salvo and the shot itself, both on our website and in the API. We also want to allow the possibility of re-ordering comments (showing the latest first) while keeping introductory content sticky in doing so.

Today we did some data migrating such that those introductory posts are now formal shot descriptions, grouped with the shot instead of appearing in the comment thread. We hope this helps owners present their work a bit more forcefully while giving us, and API clients, more flexibility for displaying comments going forward.

API Impact: This change doesn’t break any existing API calls, but note that text submitted when posting a shot is no longer returned as the first of a shot’s comments. Instead, shots now have a description attribute that contains the introductory text. Use this if you wish to display shot descriptions in your application.

Timeout with Elizabeth Barr

Timeouts are lightning-quick interviews, questions to help you get to know the players holding court at Dribbble. To celebrate our fifth, we at Dribbble are sitting in the Timeout seat. Today: Elizabeth.

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

RedblueebI’m Elizabeth Barr — newbie front end developer, Dribbble support coach and mom. I’m originally from Buffalo, where I was a newspaper editor, and now live in beautiful Greenville, SC, a great little city that shows up on all sorts of lists of best places to live and play in the United States. And it has a cool tech scene that has come of age thanks to transplants attracted by Greenville’s great quality of life. I live here with my very tired restaurant-owning husband and an awesome 9-year-old. Once a month I volunteer at my daughter’s school, a fact that always makes me giggle and think, “Ten years ago, did you ever think you’d live in the South and serve BBQ to kids who call you ma’am?”

How’d you land at Dribbble?

Right after finishing a punishing, life-changing front-end developer course at The Iron Yard, an academy and accelerator here in Greenville (and campuses all over the South), I had the great pleasure to meet Rich. Rich is the husband of the greatest colleague I’ve ever worked with but never met, Susanna Baird. Susanna and I worked for AOL News from our respective kitchen tables (her in Salem, me in Greenville) before AOL bought The Huffington Post and we held our breath for two months as we waited to find out if we’d get to keep our jobs. (We didn’t! I can laugh about it now. Sort of. It wasn’t funny at the time, though, given that our husbands were each getting businesses off the ground. In a recession! Good times that I hope to never repeat.)

So this April, Rich and Susanna and their super cute kids swung through Greenville on their spring break. Not only did I get to finally meet Susanna in person, but I got to prattle on to a real-life tech company founder and use hard-won vocab words like “Grunt,” “Node” and “merge conflict.” I don’t think Rich was eager to talk shop on his vacation, but my enthusiasm must have made an impression, because shortly after he asked if I’d consider the support coach role while I continued working on freelance projects.

What are you working on?

At Dribbble, I respond to emails from people with questions, problems and suggestions; monitor Twitter for feedback of all sorts; write help documentation; and generally monitor the Dribbble community and assist where I can. I even opened a GitHub issue this week. (Though the public won’t see that new feature come to life as it’s in our admin.)

It’s an amazing opportunity to work for a company that has become ubiquitous in such a short time. On every resume, on every portfolio, of anyone in the digital realm are links to not only their LinkedIn and GitHub profiles but also Dribbble. In only five years Rich and Dan have done this.

When I’m not on the clock with Dribbble or ferrying my daughter to one sport or another, I create websites and apps for clients. Right now I’m working on a content-rich site for an area realtor that integrates four APIs. I can’t wait to see it live.

Tell us about your setup.

I work on 15-inch MacBook Pro, mostly at home but occasionally at a co-work space. I still don’t use an external monitor, probably because I haven’t settled in fully here or there. (I’ll probably co-work more when school starts back.) I’m seriously thinking of converting to a standing desk before sitting kills us all.

I try to take notes with pen and paper whenever possible since that’s the best way to learn and retain new material. But when I took my class earlier this year, I was confronted with just how bad my writing has become and how “out of shape” my handwriting muscles have become. Texting FTW, amirite LOL?

The tools I use most with Dribbble are Snappy, Basecamp and good old Twitter. In my superhero coding life, I use GitHub and Sublime Text 2 (and Atom) most often. I’m no longer scared of the terminal.

I’m Chrome only and get slightly indignant when I have to refactor code to accommodate other browsers. I have way too many tabs open, all the time.

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

Dribbble

So, so hard. I admire every designer, animator and illustrator who shares work because these are skills that don’t come easy to me. When I look at shots on Dribbble, I’m always eager for any info from the designer because I want to know how it was created. I want to know the tricks, the inspiration, why that color.

But when it comes down to it, I’m a sucker for gifs. They’re an amazing modern medium for communication. (Their ubiquity is matched only by Dribbble’s!) I can’t get through the day without sending at least a half-dozen. John Mayer would say they say what I mean to say. YKWIM?

Since gifs and pop culture are inextricably linked, this [All The Single Ladies by Fraser Davidson] is a shot that just tickles me. I love the way “Beyonce” backs it up.

Find Elizabeth at Dribbble and on Twitter.

Come Celebrate with Dribbble!

5th Birthday Party at Dribbble HQ

We are not above buying your friendship. See this T-shirt? It’s yours if you come celebrate our birthday with us at Dribbble HQ.

In addition to the niftees, we can offer food, soda, beer and high-quality conversation. Also, Patrick and Tristan, who are traveling to Salem for the week. (So they can get T-shirts.)

Details at meetup.com/teamdribbble.

If you’re local, go RSVP yes, please. Thank you!

Timeout with Susanna Baird

Timeouts are lightning-quick interviews, questions to help you get to know the players holding court at Dribbble. To celebrate our fifth, we at Dribbble are sitting in the Timeout seat. Today: Susanna Baird.

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

avatar I’m Susanna Baird from Salem, Massachusetts. I work half-time at Dribbble, writing and helping all of you amazing Meetup organizers. When not at Dribbble I write a lot, read a lot, mother a lot, and toil as a reluctant and barely acceptable housewife.

How’d you land at Dribbble?

When Rich and I moved to Salem in 2004, he informed me a celebrity named Dan Cederholm lived and worked in Salem. I said, “Yeah, a celebrity in your universe, maybe.” (Sorry Dan. I’ve now seen the way people throng around you at Meetups. Rich was right.) We met through our kids in 2006 and have been friends ever since.

Before kids, I wrote for magazines and newspapers. After kids, I picked up freelance gigs, including a yearlong stint with AOL News. In 2013 Dan and Rich asked if I’d like to do a little writing for them. I kicked off with a series about Irish designers, then launched the Weekly Replay, and the job grew from there.

What are you working on?

We recently launched a series called Moonlighting, about designers who spend a significant amount of time on non-design pursuits. I have several Spaced pieces in the works. (Teaser: Hoodlums and a hip music venue in Spokane). A new “Design For ______” series will kick off this fall, exploring design considerations and approaches for particular industries (e.g. education, nonprofit, professional sports, wine, comic books).

I’m a writer, through-and-through. When I go to an art museum, I head straight for the little blurb next to the picture, then step back and take a look. Instead of trying to write for Dribbble as the design expert I’m not, I approach Dribbble as a community full of interesting people who design. With the blog, I want to create a regional lifestyle magazine, wherein Dribbble is the region and the many, many varieties of design being practiced are the lifestyle. That last sentence only partially makes sense, but hopefully you get what I’m saying.

On the Meetup side, with the help of our sponsor Shopify, we (you!) hosted 50 Meetups in 12 countries the first half of this year and I got to attend my first (thank you, Raizlabs!). We just launched a partnership with the National Poster Retrospecticus, whereby we view their shows as atypical Meetups, a chance for you to gather in a new way while supporting a great effort and taking in some exceptional poster art.

We’re always looking for creative ways to bring Dribbblers togethers, so if you have ideas, please send me a note.

Tell us about your setup.

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I use a MacBook Air, two Gameplan Notebooks, and a blue Bic pen, medium point. I have yet to pimp my desk, so will share a photo of my favorite office feature: our gable-end fanlight. (I didn’t know it was called a gable-end fanlight until I wrote the first Spaced.)

The fanlight looks out over Derby Square, home of the Salem Farmers’ Market and to a recent political rally, which Dan and Rich and I watched from three stories up while standing on the arms and back of the couch under the fanlight.

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

Every time I ask a Timeout subject to answer this question, they moan and groan. “Don’t make us pick just one!” they whine. Now I get it. Whine.

I’m going to pick three.

Grandpa

Looking at Lea Vervoort’s Grandpa makes me remember what it felt like to be young and at the same time, anticipate what it feels like to be old. I’m 43 and I often want to fly away. In 40 years, I’m hoping for wings.

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Axel Hermann’s Project on the Moon WIP is an education. Not only is he showing me how he’s working, he’s made an effort to explain in his comments. I love when you all do this.

Self-Slides from my talk

When I started working for Dribbble, I never expected to feel part of the community, but I do. I’m lucky because my two jobs, writing about you and helping you coordinate Meetups, allow me to interact with you in a positive way. You all are really nice to me, and a lot of you crack me up. (Making me laugh is the fastest way to my heart.)

Most recently, I had a great time working with Keith Frankel, Richie Stewart, and Kirk Wallace on Creative Mornings Boston. Kirk’s recent participation in a Meetup Playoff, during which he printed out his Dribbble avatar and taped it to the Analog Playoff form, made me laugh. Here is Kirk, as imagined by Kirk, for a talk by Kirk, with slides by Kirk.

(Commercial Break: Richie is speaking at the next Creative Mornings Boston, coming up next Friday. Go, Boston, Go!)

Find Susanna at Dribbble, on Twitter, and at susannabaird.com.

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