Timeout with Patrick Byrne

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: Patrick.

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

0559e12022c5dea3a2ad3d0e3ec6e2cfHowdy, I’m Patrick Byrne! I’m a developer living in Roseville, Minnesota, nestled between Minneapolis and St Paul. When I’m not working on Dribbble (mostly the servers and backend code), I’m working on open source projects or getting ready for our first child due in October.

What are you working on?

Day to day, I work mostly behind-the-scenes, ensuring the servers run smoothly, keeping the platform fast and secure, and enhancing the admin tools. The new HTML emails we started rolling out have been well received by our members, so we want to keep that going across the remaining notifications.

Outside of work, my wife and I are getting as ready as we can be for our first baby in October. My current programming project is building a companion to cronchecker.net focusing on the chmod command.

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

Slide Deck

Slide Deck. Being a developer rather than a designer, my design work is rather … utilitarian. While I appreciate good design, I find that I’m not able to produce much of it myself. If I had to pick a favorite, it’d probably be my debut shot, which featured slides for a talk I was preparing for a couple of local developer meetups.

This presentation was the first that I’d given in public, which was a major milestone for me. It went well enough that I presented at a few more Meetups last month.

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

I make my shots (so far) in the most boring way possible: the screen capture functionality built into Mac OS X. Since that’s a boring answer, I’m going to answer a slightly different question: What tools do I use to make Dribbble? Hopefully that’s a bit less boring.

I do all my development on a 13-inch MacBook Air. It’s the best computer I’ve ever used. Small enough to slip into a bag; long enough battery to not worry about charging when I’m out and about; and on top of that, more powerful than anything I’ve used before. I spend most of my day in Vim with all sorts of customizations, working on the Dribbble code or Chef cookbooks to manage our servers. While I’m working, I make heavy use of Dash to look up documentation, using its Alfred integration.

When I’m brainstorming or taking notes, I prefer to work in pen and paper. I’ve kept the dozen or so Moleskines (black, hardcover, ruled) I’ve used over the past decade, even though I rarely reference back to them. Recently, I’ve started using our brand-new Dribbble-branded Gameplan Sketchbooks for this purpose and I’m smitten. You should stop reading and go buy a bunch of them. My current pen of choice is a Uni-Ball Signo 207.

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

Bullet Charts Take 2

There’s so much good work out there, it’s hard to pick a favorite. Our players are showing off amazing logos, icons, interfaces, sketches, and products. Some of my favorite shots, though, are in-progress work, since they give some insight into someone’s process that you otherwise wouldn’t see. If I had to pick just one (and, apparently, I do), I’d go with Bullet Charts Take 2 by Kyle Neath of GitHub.

That shot exhibits so much of what I love: in-progress design, lack of polish in the shot itself, it’s a rebound of an earlier iteration on the chart, the original shot has a good description of what he’s trying to accomplish.

How did you get to Dribbble?

That story goes different ways depending on how far back you look. The short, boring version is that I saw Garret Dimon retweet that Dribbble was looking for a developer. Dribbble was on a short list of companies that I’d drop just about anything to be a part of, so I applied. My wife thought I was nuts, since I was working with a talented team at Sport Ngin doing a job that I loved, so why would I give that up? I assured her that nothing would come of it, since Dribbble was looking for remote employees, which meant I was competing against the whole world.

Well, I’m here now so that’s not exactly how it worked out. The interview process was thorough, including several hours on the phone and spending a couple of days out in Salem, meeting the team and doing a bit of work

Rewind a few years earlier. I’m a Dribbble member, keeping an eye on some tags, like https://dribbble.com/tags/form, staying current with trends for my job as a UX Designer at a search engine company. I’ve always had an interest and appreciation for good design, even if my talents tend toward the utilitarian, so when I returned to my true calling of development, rather than design, I still checked in to see what cool stuff people were making.

I can’t remember when I first heard about Dribbble, but I have to assume it was from Dan’s blog post announcing it. Simplebits was a blog that was always in my RSS reader. I probably shouldn’t gush too much, in deference to propriety, but I’d been a fan for a long time by this point.

Rewind further still to the early 2000’s, I’m trying to teach myself how to make websites so as to develop some kind of marketable skill and get out of my dead-end tech support job. I started learning at a convenient time, as the web standards movement was swinging into full gear, overturning the old, outmoded ways of thinking. Among other resources, I discover a series of blog posts titled SimpleQuiz. Each one is simple (get it?), outlining a small markup problem and asking readers how it should be marked up and (most importantly) why. This was such a great exercise for someone like me who was just learning HTML. The comments were lively and illuminating; I learned so much.

Then I see that this blogger, this Dan Cederholm, has written a book, Web Standards Solutions, which outlined in even greater detail his thought process for marking up websites. I read it, learning even more. I figured this guy’s pretty smart; I should probably keep an eye on him.

Find Patrick at Dribbble, on Twitter, and at patrickbyrne.net.

Weekly Replay

Since Last Week

  1. Electric
  2. D2
  3. Something you might like.

Thanks to everyone who joined the birthday Playoff! We’ve highlighted the winner, his charity, and the 10 most-liked shots below.

As part of our continuating birthday celebrations, Timeout featured Dan (Electric Service Co., above left), Rich (Mo’ Better Views, above center) and Tristan (Something you might like., above right) last week. This week: Patrick, Susanna and Elizabeth.

Finally, we’re having a birthday party! Really, a Dribbble Meetup at Salem HQ. Come!

Birthday Playoff Winner: Tom McQuaid

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  2. Dribbble Turns 5
  3. Everyman

Left to right: Selfie, Dribbble Turns 5, and Everyman

Tom is a designer and illustrator originally from Baltimore, now living in Philadelphia. Tom won a whole slew of treats* plus a $1,000 donation to Americans for the Arts, a nonprofit advancing the arts and art education. Tom told Dribbble why he chose the organization:

“I appreciate every effort made to improve access to the arts and arts education. I’m currently working on painting murals in a South Philly elementary school, and I’ve seen firsthand how cuts in funding have really decimated their art and music departments. Taking art classes in school and in my community growing up has a lot to do with why I pursued a creative career, so I feel that a donation to Americans for the Arts is a way to give back to the art community and ensure that more people are offered the freedom to reach their creative potential. I’d also like to extend a big THANK YOU to the organization for all that they do.”

*Thank you to our prize donors Dropbox, Fonts.com (part of Monotype), Scout Books, Threadless and Wacom.

Creators of the 10 (+1) Most-Liked Playoff Shots

1. Fede Cook

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Fede Cook is a freelance motion graphic designer based in Uruguay. Left to right: Hider 2 for Mac OS Title, Dribbble is 5, Running cycle

2. David Kovalev

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  2. Dribbble 5
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David Kovalev is the head of KovaStudio in Sarasota, Florida. Left to right: CL Home, Dribbble 5, Coca-Pepsi

3. Eddie Lobanovskiy

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  2. Happy B-day @Dribbble
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Also based in Sarasota, Florida, Eddie Lobanovskiy “does fun things” at unfold. Left to right: Hive, Happy B-day @Dribbble, BoostMail Identity

4. Román Jusdado

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  2. Happy 5th Anniversary Dribbble
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Román Jusdado is an illustrator, graphic designer and web designer based in the UK. Left to right: Game GUI, Happy 5th Anniversary Dribbble, Buildings Art Concept

5. Alex Pronsky

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  2. 3D Birthday cake for Dribbble 5 Years
  3. FM Radio UI - IOS 7 App design rebound

Alex Pronsky is a UI/UX designer, 3D artist, and icon maker from Kharkov, Ukraine. Left to right: Graph Widget UI Freebie PSD, 3D Birthday cake for Dribbble 5 Years, FM Radio UI - iOS7 App design rebound

6. Kai Mallie

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Kai Mallie is a UI/UX designer, web developer and app developer based in Amsterdam. Left to right: Space Shuttle, Dribbble 5, NY List View

7. Olly Sorsby

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  3. P&Co Clothing Website

Olly Sorsby is the creative director at Adaptable in Birmingham, UK. Left to right: Whiskey Ginger, Dribbble 5, P&Co Clothing Website

8. Jacob Cass

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  2. Dribbble Turns 5
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Graphic designer Jacob Cass founded JUST Creative in Sydney, Australia, and is now based in New York City. Left to right: BMC Motoring Club Website, Dribbble Turns 5, CCC Responsive Email

9. Arno Kathollnig

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  2. Dribbble Anniversary Issue ...
  3. U.S. Trade Emblem No.7 ...

Working in Villach, Austria, Arno Kathollnig is obsessed with type and typography. Left to right: "Tuscan" Wood Type, Dribbble Anniversary Issue, U.S. Trade Emblem No.7

10. Sam Mearns

  1. Taking work home.
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  3. Oculeaf business cards

Sam Mearns specializes in visual identities, UX and graphic design. He lives in Hull, England. Left to right: Taking work home, 5 years in the making, Oculeaf business cards

11. Luke Flowers

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Colorado Springs-based illustrator Luke Flowers has been “sailing the endlessly inspiring seas of the imagination since ‘79.” Left to right: lil’ report cards, HAPPPY BBBIRTHDAY DRIBBBLE!, Pixart poster mash up JUNE (Finding Nemo & Raising Arizona)

Cederholm: I’m Coming Home

We Like Cake, Birthday and Otherwise.

Worlddd Cup: China FTW!

  • imageFrom Indicius: And the winner is… China! Congratulations to the first Dribbble World Cup champion! After beating Croatia in the final, China became the first champion of this creative and exciting game. We’ll soon have a final report from the Indicius team with some facts and information about WorldddCup. We are all looking forward to Russia 2018!

Coaches’ Picks

Teams

  • image The crew at Funsize has been working on the website; posted by Phi Hoang.
  • image This Old Machine and Matchstic are perfecting the letter “R,” part of a larger piece.
  • image Vend introduced Miniville, “an illustrated series of the everyday brick and mortar storefronts that decorate our little big city”; posted by Jade Tan SP.

Meetup Wrap-up

Washington, DC, June 12

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Laura McGuigan (grafxnerd), VP and design maven at TrackMaven, presented “What You Should Know about Joining a Startup” to a group of DC Dribbblers. Thanks to host Fluencia and organizer Caroline Woods.

Meetups

Thanks to our global Meetup co-sponsor Shopify.

  • Dribbble Meetup Tee Palo Alto, California, USA
    Wednesday, July 16, Palantir HQ, 542 High Street, 7 p.m. RSVP at dribbble.palantir.com.
  • Montevideo, Uruguay
    Dribbble Meetup Uruguay, Thursday, July 17, 7:30 p.m., Barbacana Kustom Pub & Speedshop, Joaquin Requena 1118 esquina Maldonado. RSVP.
  • Dribbbleshot_sequel9London, England
    Friday, July 18, 6:30 p.m., Badoo, Medius House, 2 Sheraton Street, London, W1F 8BH. RSVP.
  • Singapore
    Tuesday, July 22, 7 p.m., Neo Singapore, 53 Craig Road. Sponsored by Neo Singapore and buUuk. RSVP.
  • Bekasi, Indonesia
    Wednesday, July 23, 6 p.m., Starbucks, Grand Galaxy Park. RSVP.
  • 5th Birthday Party at Dribbble HQSalem, Massachusetts
    5th Birthday Party for Dribbble, Wednesday, July 30, Dribbble HQ, 16 Front Street, Suite 202. Details and RSVP information to follow.
  • Lansing, Michigan, USA
    Capital Area Inaugural Dribbble Meetup, Wednesday, July 16, 7:30 p.m., 435 East Grand River Ave. RSVP.
  • Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico
    Thursday, July 31, 8 p.m., location TBD. RSVP.
  • 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, USA
    Wednesday, July 16, 7 p.m., location TBD. RVSP.
  • Yekaterinburg, Russia
    Friday, August 8, 9 p.m., location TBD. RSVP.
  • Cleveland, 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.
  • Dribbble Hangout - Istanbul Istanbul, Turkey Sunday, August 10, 3 p.m., Limonata Etiler, Etiler Mahallesi, Nispetiye Caddesi, No 96, Beşiktaş, İstanbul. RSVP.

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

Timeout with Tristan Dunn

Timeouts are lightning-quick interviews, questions to help you get to know the players holding court at Dribbble. This week and next, to celebrate our fifth, we will sit in the Timeout seat. Today: Tristan.

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

97aa3443055653040f834435d41fe80cI was born and raised in Louisiana. As a child I basically lived outside, in what most people would consider the country. Catching snapping turtles, climbing trees, taunting bulls, etc. With the amount of time I spend indoors now people don’t typically believe that. And while we do have alligators, they’re not a daily issue as some people, mostly Dan and Rich, assume.

I’m a developer at Dribbble and I’ve been a developer of some form for over half my life now. All because I wanted to create my own skateboarding website on Geocities. I quickly realized the best way for me to learn was the trusted view source method. I’d find other sites I liked, examine their code, and then do my best to recreate it without looking at the source code again. And for some reason I enjoyed it and haven’t stopped enjoying it yet. And now thinking about it I wonder if I would have been a designer instead had I wanted to create my own skateboard.

What are you working on?

Most of my time lately has been dedicated to the API. I can’t wait to see what people build with it, especially with the ability to comment, like, and upload shots and attachments.

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

Something you might like.

Something you might like. I’ve literally wanted to work on the API since I learned about Dribbble.

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

The documentation site is based on the GitHub Developer site. The API itself uses Doorkeeper for OAuth, which saved a lot of time, and ActiveModel::Serializer for the JSON rendering. The rest is mostly a typical Rails setup.

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

Heisenberg

Heisenberg by David L. Wehmeyer. I could probably pick anything from David’s One Year of Design project, but you can’t go wrong with a Heisenberg pick.

How did you get to Dribbble?

I was living in Boston when Dribbble was first released, so I learned about it pretty quickly. I had some contact with Rich then, trying to work on the API for free and requesting a database dump of comments for analysis. Rich rightfully refused to let me work for free and for some reason I never released my comment analysis.

In early 2013 Rich e-mailed me asking if I was interested in working as a freelancer for them. Which worked out considering I had planned to freelance full-time for the year and Dribbble would be quite an impressive first client. Unfortunately they offered me a full-time position a few weeks later, quickly ruining my dream of freelancing full-time. But on the bright side I was finally in the perfect position to work on the API.

Find Tristan at Dribbble, on Twitter, and at tristandunn.com.

5th Birthday Playoff Results

As part of our 5th birthday celebration, we ran a special Playoff with a theme of the number 5. Over 200 members rebounded for a chance to win a donation to their proposed charity and a boatload of prizes.

The buzzer sounded on the 5th anniversary of the first shot uploaded to Dribbble, and now it’s time to share the winners!

Grand Prize Winner

Team Dribbble has chosen the Grand Prize Winner from the entire pool of entries. This was an incredibly difficult decision, but in the end we felt that Dribbble Turns 5 by Tom McQuaid embodied the diverse spirit of the Dribbble community and the number 5.

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Congrats to Tom! He’ll receive…

Top 10 Most-Liked Shots

These amazing entries, chosen by the community, will each receive a $25 Gift Card to the Dribbble Equipment Shop:

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Luke Flowers missed the buzzer by a few minutes, but we’re giving him an honorable mention and making him the 11th winner of an Equipment Gift Card. We’ll also forgive him for misspelling Susanna’s name.

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Thank You

A giant thank you to all who entered and/or voted as well as our prize partners. And most importantly, thanks to the entire community for an incredible 5 years of creativity sharing, making connections, learning, and growing.

Timeout with Rich Thornett

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

Rich-front-streetI’m Rich Thornett, co-founder of Dribbble. I do a little of everything at Dribbble these days - product design, code reviews, coding (when I’m lucky), hiring, support, and trash removal to name a few. For better or for worse (don’t ask my team which), I have a hand in almost everything that goes on over here. It can be exhausting, but product ownership is my thing and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I live in Salem, Massachusetts with my wonderful, witty wife, where we spend most of our time corralling our children who are lost-in-bonkers. In my my spare time, I like to run and pun and spend far too much time playing and reading about basketball.

What are you working on?

It feels like I’m working on 14 different things at the moment. (And all moments.) Most recently, I’ve invested a lot of time improving our support, hiring, and working toward a new version of the Dribbble API. There are also bigger efforts for Teams and something we call Playbook that are just getting underway.

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

D2

I’m not sure I have a favorite shot, but I’ll go with Mo’ Better Views. (Internally we called this D2, short for Dribbble 2. My git branch name was rt-d2 and, yes, I’m proud of that. PUN INTENDED!)

It’s a preview of filters that we added to some of our primary pages to enable more fine-grained shot browsing. It was one of those big, visible changes to the site that always scare the hell out of me. On release, you hope you don’t break anything and wait with bated breath to see how folks react on Twitter about the redesign. It involved a lot of thought, refactoring and fine-tuning of queries, as we were touching hallowed pages that had been around for some time. But primarily, I picked it because it was big first step toward a more flexible browsing experience that we’re after. I love big features that pave ground and stake territory toward a better future Dribbble.

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

My setup is very simple - I use a 15” MacBook Pro. I never use an external monitor. It prevents me from moving around easily (I go from desk to sofa and back regularly, as well as often wandering over to show Dan what I’m working on.

The tools I rely on are GitHub, Sublime Text 2, Chrome, nvALT and Snappy. We use lots of open source to build Dribbble, but Ruby, Rails, and PostgreSQL are the core of our operation.

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

Since I’ve been on the Dribbble scene for a while, I tend to look at shots in the context of Dribbble history as well as their own merits. (There are just too many good shots to pick from if I don’t.)

In 2010, we ran a Veer Rebound Playoff. That was our first sponsored Playoff and it showed us that we could do advertising on the site in a way that was genuinely fun and interesting for members. We didn’t have any paid offerings at the time, so the revenue from that event was oxygen for us as bootstrappers. (We’re so grateful for folks like Veer, Media Temple, Campaign Monitor, MailChimp and others who kept us afloat in the early days by advertising with us. Thank you!)

The absurdly talented Dave Mottram was selected by Veer as the winner for And the bbband played on… (below). (Dave is amazing and, yes, I’m trying to get an extra shot in here. :)

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For my favorite shot, I’m choosing Ticket Stub by Ryan Putnam.

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Ryan’s entry received the most likes from the community and became the most-liked shot in Dribbble history at the time. Personally, I love the orange and blue, the vintage look of the ticket, and the way he worked the ‘bbb’ theme of the contest and Dribbble’s basketball motif into the shot.

Ryan would go on to win the Squarespace Rebound Playoff in 2012 and has been prolific in sharing his amazing work on Dribbble, which he now does as a member of the Dropbox design team. I feel honored that the history of his incredible work is linked in some small way to that of our company.

How did you get to Dribbble?

The better question is probably how Dribbble got to me. Dan and I both live in Salem and happened to meet and become friends when we both had kids around the same time. He let me share his office on days that I worked from home and our shop talk eventually turned to doing a side project together. He wanted to call the site we were building Dribbble (as in, leaking your work) and make it purple. One of those things actually happened.

To our surprise, our little side project drew more interest that we ever dreamed. As time went by, we scrambled each month to get some banner advertisers and eventually had just enough revenue for me to take a chance and quit my job to become Dribbble’s first full-time employee. As I write this, I realize I’ve now been self-employed for over 4 years. This was always a dream of mine and it actually happened. Thanks, Dribbble! #sniff

Find Rich at Dribbble, on Twitter, and at Thornett.com.

Timeout with Dan Cederholm

Timeouts are lightning-quick interviews, questions to help you get to know the players holding court at Dribbble. This week and next, to celebrate our fifth, we will sit in the Timeout seat. First up: Dan.

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

DcHowdy, I’m Dan Cederholm, co-founder of Dribbble, designer, cautious adventure seeker, clawhammer banjo afficionado and lover of Muppets. I drive a Subaru and I’m a dad in real life. I’m likely eating a burrito right now. I hail from Salem, Massachusetts.

What are you working on?

Aside from HR duties and the general ebb and flow of running a small business, I’m also working on something we’re calling Playbook. It’ll be a simple, customizeable grid of your best work, powered by your Dribbble profile. I’m quite excited about it, and it’s been fun designing and coding something from the ground up, having less legacy than we’re usually dealing with on the main app. One of my favorite aspects of Dribbble is giving talented folks a platform for more visibility to connect with others, get hired, be a part of a great, supportive community, make friends, etc. And Playbook will be a nice extension of that ongoing goal of ours.

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

Electric

I’ll go with Electric Service Co. from two years ago. It reminds me of a time when I actually had time to make fun, seemingly useless things. And that it’s OK to create things just for the sake of creating something. Inspired from my walk from home to the office and the manhole covers stepped over along the way. I’d still love to print a variation of it on a T-shirt. Then again, I’d love to print most anything on a T-shirt. I dig the shot because it embodies a lot of what I love about designing things: real-life inspiration, a great typeface, warm colors, and simple forms. Plus, you can’t go wrong with a lightning bolt.

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

I suppose it started with the iPhone camera, taking a photo of the manhole cover. I do all my vector work in Photoshop. I’m sure it’d be more efficient to use Illustrator, but for whatever reason I never learned it and have come to enjoy PS’s smaller toolset. Constraints and all that. For texture I probably used one of Liam McKay's excellent packs.

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Photo by Daniel Byrne for net magazine

For the past several years, I’ve been working exclusively on a 15” MacBook Pro. No external monitor, mouse or keyboard. It means working from comfy couches wherever and whenever, which is key when you’re raising two young kids. We have desks here at Dribbble HQ, but they’re rarely used.

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

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Bull by Curtis Jinkins. Like many of you, I’m a big fan of Curtis’s work, and bought this print immediately after he posted the shot three years ago. It’s been happily hanging in my living room ever since. Curtis is a master of texture and simple shapes and custom lettering and other feats, and it’s been a joy following his work on Dribbble.

Find Dan at Dribbble, on Twitter, and at simplebits.com.

Weekly Replay

July 7, 2014

Since Last Week

  1. Dribbble is 5!
  2. It's not rocket science..
  3. Lifepak

It’s our birthday on Wednesday! Thanks for all the Rebounds (172!!!) - keep ‘em coming! And don’t forget to include your charity in the comments. We’ll announce the winners on Thursday.

Thanks to Meg Robichaud for stopping by to share some scoop in last week’s Timeout. (Meg’s It’s not rocket science and Lifepak above center and left.) This week and next we’ll be Timeouting with us! Starts tomorrow. Don’t miss us.

Deckstarter Kickstarter

On Sale Now!

I’ll Flyer Away

Worlddd Cupdate

  • imageFrom Indicius: Semi-finals are here! The two matches left are China vs Sweden and Portugal vs Croatia. Who will win and pass throught to the Finals? Go to Worlddd Cup HQ to join the action.

User Friendly

Branded

  • image Alla tiders hemtjanst (company offering elderly care) by Rita Konik

Process

I’m the Map!

We Like Firecrackers.

Coaches’ Picks

Meetup Wrap-up

Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, June 18

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From organizers Blake Stevenson and Brian Potstra: “On June 18, we (Boltmade) were proud to host Kitchener-Waterloo’s first Dribbble meetup. Widely seen as an engineering-dominate region, it was great to see so many designers and other creative-types show up for a night of mingling and casual shop talk.

"Kitchener’s own Andrew Kolb was kind enough to donate a few of his gorgeous prints which were given away in a draw at the end of the night. Kik Messenger of Waterloo generously provided drinks for the event, as well as a mountain of Kik swag. Thanks!”

More Kitchener/Boltmade/Dribbble Meetups to follow!

Atlanta, Georgia, June 27

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Organizers Giovanni Hobbins (co-founder and designer at Campus Bubble) and Liz Lara (UX designer and illustrator) hosted Dribbblers in Atlanta for Ping-pong, beer, pizza, and great conversation. Campus Bubble helps universities with student engagement, and they were happy to provide the space for local designers to engage. Stay tuned to Replay and on Twitter (@campusbubble) for details on the next Campus Bubble Dribbble (say that 10 times fast) Meetup. Historical note: This is our first Meetup Wrap-up GIF!

Meetups

Thanks to our global Meetup co-sponsor Shopify.

  • Portland, Oregon, USA
    TONIGHT! PDX Lettering Collective Potluck*, Monday, July 7, 6:30 p.m., Irving Park, NE Fremont Street. Cool exercises and games to get your drawing letters. Potluck - bring one delicious thing to share. RSVP.
  • Bloomington Dribbble MeetupBloomington, Indiana, USA
    Wednesday, July 9, 6 p.m., Cowork Btown, 406 S. Walnut St. Shot talks, drinks and more. RSVP.
  • Brisbane Aust, Dribbble MeetupBrisbane, Australia
    Friday, July 11, 5:45 p.m., location TBD. RSVP.
  • Dhaka, Bangladesh
    Friday, July 11, 6:30 p.m., location TBD. RVSP.
  • Seoul, South Korea
    Friday, July 11, 7 p.m., location TBD. RSVP.
  • Palantir Dribbble MeetupPalo Alto, California, USA
    Wednesday, July 16, Palantir HQ, 542 High Street, 7 p.m. RSVP at dribbble.palantir.com.
  • De Pere, Wisconsin, USA
    Wednesday, July 16, 7 p.m., location TBD. RVSP.
  • Lansing, Michigan, USA
    Wednesday, July 16, 7:30 p.m., location TBD. RSVP.
  • Dribbble Meetup Montevideo, Uruguay
    Thursday, July 17, 7:30 p.m., Barbacana Kustom Pub & Speedshop, Joaquin Requena 1118 esquina Maldonado. RSVP.
  • Singapore
    Tuesday, July 22, 7 p.m., Neo Singapore, 53 Craig Road. Sponsored by Neo Singapore and buUuk. RSVP.
  • Bekasi, Indonesia
    Wednesday, July 23, 6 p.m., Starbucks, Grand Galaxy Park. RSVP.
  • Dribbble is 5!Salem, Massachusetts
    5th Birthday Party for Dribbble, Wednesday, July 30, Dribbble HQ, 16 Front Street, Suite 202. Details and RSVP information to follow.

    Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico
    Thursday, July 31, 8 p.m., location TBD. RSVP.

  • 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.
  • Cleveland, 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.
  • Dribbble Hangout - Istanbul Istanbul, Turkey
    Sunday, August 10, 3 p.m., Limonata Etiler, Etiler Mahallesi, Nispetiye Caddesi, No 96, Beşiktaş, İstanbul. RSVP.

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

Timeout with Meg Robichaud

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

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

Meg4Ha. Well. I’m Meghan Robichaud, hailing from a small town (Hampton) on the east coast of Canada. I moved to Vancouver about 5 years ago, haven’t looked back. I’m a freelance illustrator/designer — lately leaning to the illustrator side — so “draw” does a pretty good job of summarizing what I do.

What are you working on?

Well, I’m just wrapping up a collaboration project for Aveeno that I’m really excited about. It’s the first time I have worked so closely with animators. I am utterly fascinated by the process, and loving being at the bottom of the learning curve for a while. Barring that, I’ve got a few quick projects—coupla’ mascots, logos & the like. And of course, I’ve always got a Quick Sprout guide on the go.

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

  1. It's not rocket science..
  2. Lifepak
  3. We're on our way, Ellie.

I think I would have to say any of the Quick Sprout illustrations (you’ll know them from the mint background) that are particularly intricate: It’s not rocket science (above left), Lifepak (above center), We’re on our way Ellie (above right), Spacestuff, 80085 … to name a few. I love those ones just because they really capture when I get carried away. I know my client doesn’t care about the tiny details; I know it appears fairly small in the project; I know I have about 20184012 other things to get done today. I literally couldn’t stop. It’s too much fun.

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

My desk looks a lot fancier than what I actually use. I’ve got an old MBP hooked up to a cinema display & my new MBPr hooked up to a Wacom tablet. You would think with all that screen space I’d have the spaces all rigged, every Adobe program with its own designated spot on the screens …

Nope. I pretty much exclusively use the big screen for music. It’s just the trusty MBPr, Wacom Intuos5 and Adobe Illustrator.

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

  1. Vancouver_map_color_option__2
  2. Meteor
  3. Board de Dash

Oof. What a question. Can I just pick all of Scotty Reifsnyder’s shots? [Vancouver Map Color Option 2 above left.]

I think I’m going to go with Meteor by Nina Geometrieva (above center). I mean the colours and the shapes are stunning, and of course, it’s space: awesome. The reason it’s my favourite shot is because I spot people with it as their phone or desktop wallpaper all the time, and it’s like this awesome little badge: “Yeah I know you got that on Dribbble. Wanna stop whatever we’re doing and talk about Dribbble?”

Honorary mention: Board de Dash by Justin Mezzel (above right). The colours, and the lighting and the shapes … Goddamn. But I can’t pick it because we’re friends and that’s biased.

Find Meg at Dribbble, on Twitter, and at meg-draws.com.

Weekly Replay

June 30, 2014

Since Last Week

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  2. Dribbble is 5!
  3. Jazz Funeral

Happy Birthday to Us! July 9 marks the first-ever shot, Dan's Working on the new shop (above left). To celebrate, we’re hosting a Playoff on the theme of 5. (Playoff shot above center.) Go play to win great prizes plus $1,000 for the charity of your choice. Winners chosen by the Dribbble Team. The 10 most popular Rebounds will win a $25 coupon code for the Equipment Shop.

*Those of you who have already Rebounded - make sure you included your charity in the comments section.

We ran our first Moonlighting article last week. The occasional series will feature designers who spend a significant amount of time on other professional pursuits. Specifically, we’ll be looking at how that other job informs design work. First up: Designer/Funeral Director/Mayor/Firefighter/Father Mel Pennington (shot Jazz Funeral above right). Think you fit the bill? Email susanna@dribbble.com.

National Poster Retrospecticus Meetupticus

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A while back, a group of you in Sacramento piggybacked on an art museum gathering. The event wasn’t aimed at Dribbblers, but the art museum offered Dribbblers an event discount and provided a different backdrop for the usual design conversation. We liked that idea and so are teaming up with the National Poster Retrospecticus to present a series of non-Meetup Meetups. The NPR is a traveling show of more than 300 hand-printed event posters from over 100 of the most prominent poster designers in the USA, including a number of Dribbblers. While there won’t be an official Meetup (nopizzanobeer), we encourage you to attend the shows and seek each other out. We’ll send swag and Dribbble name tags to help you identify each other, and the show organizer, John Boilard (AKA JP Boneyard), will be offering a 10 percent discount on NPR merchandise (e.g. T-shirts, branded tour posters) to all Dribbblers in attendance. (Most events are free.) Keep an eye on our Meetups section in Replay for upcoming shows, and keep an eye on the NPR’s Twitter feed and Facebook page for more specifics.

User Friendly

  • image Brightalyze by James McDonald; Brightalyze is a platform for web app development.
  • image Eventim.de ticketing site, redesigned last year (posted to Dribbble last week) by Dann Petty

Worlddd Cup 2014

  • imageFrom Indicius: Round 16 is no laughing matter. You’re either in or you’re out and there are no second chances! The first four winners were Sweden, Colombia, Croatia & Uruguay. They will be facing each other in the Quarter Finals. China & Iran are currently winning today, but you have time to score goals! Next: Argentina vs Honduras & Russia vs Portugal — who will move on to the Quarter Finals? Go to worldddcup.com and have a say in who wins!

I Want to Ride My Bicycle.

Variations on the Theme of Turtle

Yosemite

  • image Part of a for-client project revolving around US National Parks by Hardly Code’s Rick Murphy

Best Resume Ever.

  • image Resum-Ale by Brennan Gleason. Each box contains his resume. Each bottle features a piece designed by Brennan. Each bottle contains blonde ale brewed by Brennan.

Launched

  • image Royal tumblr theme (free!), posted by Pawel Kadysz and released by Pixel Drive in celebration of their new website and blog.
  • image The Ernest Hemingway Collection website, posted by Jeremy Mansfield, creative director and UX design lead at Brand Aid Design Co. The Hemingway Collection offers “Hemingway inspired lifestyle products & services.”

Happy 25 Tim Burton’s Batman

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We Like to Take Pictures.

  • image Shuttertalk v2 by Artission
  • image Vintage Polaroid icons (free!) by Patricia Martinez, art director and creative conceptor
  • image User photo and video page by Vivek Ravin for “an ongoing project”

Coaches’ Picks

  • image Unused logo for Euphoria Salon by Luke Bott
  • image S is for Sunflower Seeds by Tommy Perez and his two-year-old daughter
  • image Play! illustration “about the Football (soccer) World Cup” by Antonio Rodrigues Jr., “part of a series of illustrations commissioned by a widely renowned sports company (particularly known for their shoes)”

Teams

Meetup Wrap-up

Dublin, Ireland, June 23

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Dribbblin Dublin hung out at longtime fave Meetup spot Against the Grain. Thanks to organizers Donovan Hutchinson and Shane Moloney.

Creative Mornings Boston, June 27

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Not a Meetup proper; rather, Dribbble teamed with Creative Mornings Boston for its June event, hosted by WeWork Fort Point and General Assembly Boston. Per Rich: “great talk, lots of good mingling time, beautiful space.”

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Kirk Wallace spoke to the theme of “minimal.” Keith Frankel organizes the monthly event and Richie Stewart creates series promotions.

Meetups

Thanks to our global Meetup co-sponsor Shopify.

  • Madrid, Spain
    Friday, July 4, 5 p.m., Bar Cock, 16 Calle Reina. RSVP.
  • Portland, Oregon, USA
    PDX Lettering Collective Potluck, Monday, July 7, 6:30 p.m., Irving Park, NE Fremont Street. Cool exercises and games to get you drawing letters. Bring one delicious edible thing to share. RSVP.
  • Karachi, Pakistan
    Monday, July 7, 7 p.m., Regent Plaza. RSVP.
  • Bloomington Dribbble MeetupBloomington, Indiana, USA
    Wednesday, July 9, 6 p.m., Cowork Btown, 406 S. Walnut St. Shot talks, drinks and more. RSVP.
  • Montevideo, Uruguay
    Thursday, July 10, 7 p.m., location TBD. RVSP.
  • Brisbane Aust, Dribbble MeetupBrisbane, Australia
    Friday, July 11, 5:45 p.m., location TBD. RSVP.
  • Dhaka, Bangladesh
    Friday, July 11, 6:30 p.m., location TBD. RVSP.
  • Seoul, South Korea
    Friday, July 11, 7 p.m., location TBD. RSVP.
  • Palantir Dribbble MeetupPalo Alto, California, USA
    Wednesday, July 16, Palantir HQ, 542 High Street, 7 p.m. RSVP at dribbble.palantir.com.
  • De Pere, Wisconsin, USA
    Wednesday, July 16, 7 p.m., location TBD. RVSP.
  • Lansing, Michigan, USA
    Wednesday, July 16, 7:30 p.m., location TBD. RSVP.
  • Bekasi, Indonesia
    Wednesday, July 23, 6 p.m., Starbucks, Grand Galaxy Park. RSVP.
  • Salem, Massachusetts
    5th Birthday Party for Dribbble, Wednesday, July 30, Dribbble HQ, 16 Front Street, Suite 202. Details and RSVP information to follow.
  • Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico
    Thursday, July 31, 8 p.m., location TBD. RSVP.
  • Boston, Massachusetts
    National Poster Retrospecticus. Not a Meetup but a chance to meet up with other Dribbblers at the National Poster Retrospecticus’s Boston show. Dribbble swag too! Friday, August 1, 6 p.m., BU Art Gallery at the Stone Gallery, 855 Commonwealth Ave. RSVP.

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

Dribbble is 5!

Happy Birthday to Us!
We’re Making a Fuss.
If You Win Our Playoff
We’ll Give You a Bus.

A giant pink bus with the Dribbble logo plastered across the side! That’s so not true. But it is our birthday, and there will be prizes.

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The historic First Shot Ever: Working on the new shop by Dan Cederholm

On July 9, 2009, Dan posted the inaugural shot to Dribbble, sharing with our new community what he was working on. Since then, you’ve shared over 1 million shots of what you’re working on, from in-progress side-projects to rejected logos, from newly launched apps to lettering process shots.

We love to see what you’re working on. Beyond that, we love you. Cheesy? For sure. Also, true.

Over five years, Dribbble has expanded to represent a breadth of skills and depth of talent we couldn’t imagine in the early days. But more importantly to us, as Dribbble grew from its original small village of designers, many of whom knew each other off screen, into a virtual design city with varied neighborhoods, you all continued to support each other’s work and our work. As diversity and numbers have increased, so too have opportunities for finding niches, whether they be professional (letterers, UI folk, comic book cover illustrators, app launchers) or geographic. (From San Francisco to Singapore, more than 3,000 Dribbblers have attended Meetups already this year.)

To be sappy, this is what community is about. This is what Rich and Dan set out to create five years ago. When we look around at all of you today, this is what we celebrate.

For those of you wiping a tear from your eye, we feel you. For those of you thinking “yada yada yada get to the prizes,” here you go!

The “5” Playoff

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Today we’re kicking off a Playoff challenge with the theme of “5.” Rebound our shot for a chance to win money for charity and a plethora of superb prizes for yourself.

Grand Prize

Top 10 Most-Liked Shots

Nitty Gritty

  • The Grand Prize winner will be chosen by Team Dribbble, not by popular vote.
  • Please note your proposed charity in the comments section of your shot.
  • Contest begins NOW!
  • Contest ends at 12 p.m. EST on July 9. Winners will be announced shortly thereafter.

In addition to this Playoff, we’ll be celebrating with a series of Timeouts from each of our six employees and with a Meetup birthday party at Dribbble HQ in Salem, Mass. Details to follow.

Thank You

… to our prize donors Dropbox, Fonts.com and Monotype, Scout Books, Threadless, and Wacom,

… to our Global Meetup Sponsor, Shopify,

… to our organizers around the world for helping us bring so many Dribbblers together in person this year,

… and to you for supporting Dribbble.

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