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Let’s meet at Dropbox in San Francisco

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Attention, Dribbblers: An Official Dribbble Meetup hosted by Dropbox is happening in San Francisco! We’ve teamed up with the amazing Dropbox design team to gather designers from the Bay Area. RSVP here for Tuesday July 30th, 2013. Dan and Rich from Dribbble will be flying across the country to be there, escaping the apocalyptic East Coast heat for wonderful, frigid fog (we hope).

Come for the t-shirts, swag and hanging out with like-minded creative folks. It’s going to be a blast and we hope to see you there!

Nifty meetup logo by Ryan Putnam at Dropbox.

Threadless + Dribbble Playoff

We’ve been big fans of Threadless for a very long time, and are psyched to announce the first official Threadless Playoff here on Dribbble!

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The challenge is simple: design a logo for a company that doesn’t exist. Perhaps you’ve always dreamt of owning your own record store, or an exotic fish emporium. This is your chance. Want to design the branding for the first mini-golf course on Mars? Make it so. Let your imagination run wild!

Learn more about the challenge in this video from Dan and Jake Nickell, founder of Threadless:

You have until Monday, July 29 at 11:59pm (EDT) to post your rebound. Once the buzzer sounds, we’ll huddle with Threadless to pick a grand prize winner, who gets an incredible prize pack:

  • Your design printed by Threadless!
  • $2,000 cash
  • A $500 Threadless Gift Certificate 
  • One of everything in the Dribbble Equipment Shop 
  • One year of Dribbble Pro 
  • An iPad mini (Black, Wi-Fi, 16GB)

The top-5 rebounds with the most Likes will also each win:

  • One year of Dribbble Pro
  • One shirt from the Dribbble Equipment Shop
  • A $50 Threadless Gift Certificate

Check out Threadless’ shot to get started. Good luck!

(As always, we hate spec work. All designers participating in this Playoff retain full ownership of their work, and no shots will be used for any purpose without the permission of their creator.)

Going Green: Conor O’Driscoll

Seizing St. Patrick’s Day as a green-and-gold opportunity, we’ll be profiling a few Irish Dribbblers over the next week. First up: Conor O’Driscoll.

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P-A-D-D-Y. 

Designer Conor O’Driscoll will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day 2013 by typing those letters again and again and again, while drinking any beer but Guinness.

"I will be spending my entire day on Twitter correcting people who refer to it as St. Patty’s Day. It is literally the bane of every Irish person’s life," O’Driscoll told Dribbble. "Come the 17th, we just go nuts, viciously whacking the keys on our keyboard, typing ‘IT’S PADDY’S DAY NOT PATTY’S DAY.’" 

As for the beer, “if you’re in Ireland and you see somebody drinking Guinness, they are almost certainly just trying to show off to the tourists.”

O’Driscoll spends the other 364 days a year designing, interviewing for The Industry, and curating One Minute With. In his quick-interview series, recently nominated for a .net Award for Side Project of the Year, O’Driscoll pins downs developers and designers, placing them under a microscope for as long as it takes to answer a few great questions.

Tables turned, we set our sights on O’Driscoll. He squirmed. Just a little.

In the end he rose brilliantly to the challenge, supplying this interviewer with clever, funny and well-thought-out answers we can only assume are a reflection of a similarly engaging personality and an insider’s appreciation for the squirmy task of interviewing.

O’Driscoll originally hails from Skibbereen, the most southerly town in Ireland, but now lives a few hours outside Cork City, “in what can only be described as the middle of nowhere.” O’Driscoll’s survey of the local scenery charms: “lush, green, rolling hills and a view out over a lovely little bay filled with beautiful, sandy-beached islands.” He finds Cork City friendly, and even has his own little green spot hidden behind a high wall in a shopping district. “I can happily relax there listening to whatever busker is furiously strumming outside and just people-watching.”

The lovely and the friendly aside, O’Driscoll bemoans Cork’s lack of a design scene. Thankfully, he said, there’s Dribbble.

O’Driscoll’s put the site to full use, not only sharing his own work but also digging around in piles of pixels and pulling out approximately 100 Dribbblers to profile on One Minute With. When asked to pick a favorite, O’Driscoll names a designer he admires not only for her work, but also for elevating the game.

Claire Coullon really is the Goddess of Dribbble,” he said. She “has really taken the ‘What are you working on?’ question on the Dribbble homepage to heart, and continues to show us what she is working on, and not simply what she has worked on.

"She is also the very best at commenting on Dribbble. Every single comment … is chock-full of useful, nicely-worded constructive criticism. … Every now and then, you hear people criticizing Dribbble’s community for how many of the comments … are just ‘Amazing!’ or ‘MAN THAT RETRO VINTAGE SKEUOMORPHIC MINIMAL MODERN FLAT DESIGN IS SO NEAT. … You only need to look at Claire’s comments to discover that there’s hope for all of us yet."

As for his own Dribbble portfolio, O’Driscoll chose to highlight a shot that supports the one Irish stereotype he finds true. “We’re not all leprechauns, we don’t all have red hair, and we’re not all farmers,” he said. But, “the Irish, for better or for worse, love to drink.”

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The image was initially part of a pub-quiz poster but for Dribbble, O’Driscoll animated the bubbles using Photoshop. Oops.

"Turns out Photoshop isn’t ideal for animating things, and I could’ve done it a whole lot faster in Flash, but hey, Dribbble’s for learning, and that was a somewhat valuable lesson to learn."

Interested in reading more about Paddy vs. Patty? O’Driscoll suggests a visit to paddynotpatty.com. You can find O’Driscoll at conordriscoll.com,  oneminutewith.com, and on Twitter @ConorDesign.

Timeout with Anna Paschenko

Timeouts are lightning-quick interviews. Five questions to help you get to know the players holding court at Dribbble. Many thanks to Anna for being today’s interviewee.

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

avatarHi! My name is Anna Paschenko. I was born in Krasnodar (South of Russia) where most of the year the sun shines and nowadays I guess that it’s inside me wherever I’m :) About 10 years ago I moved to Saint-Petersburg where studied at University of Culture and Arts. And currently I still stay here and work as a designer in software company.

What are you working on?

Apart from my daily job I’m always working on small personal projects like icons and illustrations. Every time I’m looking for something new, improving my skills and knowledge. Really love feeling that I move forward and seeing the difference between my old and current projects make me happy!

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

Actually I love all my works and it’s quite difficult to distinguish them into favorite-categories :) But ok, let’s say that Clothespin is my favorite. I still enjoy this idea. Also it was an important experience working together with my friend and of course, the result exceeded all my expectations.

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

I need minimum environment to do my work: iMac and Wacom that’s my creative factory :) The software I prefer are Photoshop and recent time i use Cinema4d, sometimes Illustrator but mostly as supplier program.

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

It’s yummy Sooshi! And of course it doesn’t mean if i’m russian and like caviar, I enjoy every shot with it :) That’s really amazing work. I’m excited about getsooshi project of Konstantin Datz and Moritz v.V. and hope in some time I’ll be able to make 3d works with the same fantastic quality.

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ATX Dribbble Meetup at SXSW

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Heading to Austin this weekend? Join Dan Cederholm and the ATX gang for a Texas-sized party during South by Southwest! Saturday March 9th at 8pm at Scholz Garten on San Jacinto in Austin. FREE limited-edition t-shirt designed by Paravel’s Reagan Ray for the first 100 guests. Presented by Dribbble, Paravel, Creative Market, Squarespace, and Happy Cog.

And a very special thanks to Austinites, Greg Storey and Dave Rupert for co-organizing this event with us. It’s going to be a blast!

Timeout with Ingvard the Terrible

Timeouts are lightning-quick interviews. Five questions to help you get to know the players holding court at Dribbble. Many thanks to Ingvard for being today’s interviewee.

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

avatarMange hilsner! Many greetings! I am known among vikings, cowering villagers and art directors alike as “Ingvard the Terrible.” Also acceptable are “Lord Ingvard”, “Ingvard the Handsome” and, in some Latin American countries, “Los Pantelones Fuerte” (long story, don’t ask).

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From whence do I hail, you ask? Pretty much any village I feel like. As long as there’s gold to be plundered and beautiful womenfolk to expropriate! And a Chili’s.

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I was born the last of five mighty sons to a Danish mother and Swedish father. In addition to a youth spent honing my skills as a fearsome warrior and explorer of unknown lands, I also liked to draw a lot.

At first, my artistic endeavors consisted mostly of carving various and sundry runes and dragon motifs into the bones of my fallen enemies. Eventually, I grew interested in children’s literature, so naturally I toned down the blood and gore a bit.

Though I command a large and loyal crew of bloodthirsty warriors, I also render assistance from a small, but loyal band of thralls (slaves, basically; just Google it). Chief among them is a thirty-something, balding and vaguely useful man by the name of Mr. Ashby, who handles much of the trifling business details. And while Mr. Ashby has spent a number of years in the graphic design and illustration field, his talents pale miserably in comparison to his master’s, so it’s hardly worth mentioning. Enough about him….

Among my many influences are Thor, Cnut the Great, Sweyn Forkbeard, and Oprah. Yes, Oprah. Look, if you want lessons on conquering large swaths of other people’s domains and ruling over it with an iron fist, she’s your girl.

Artistically? Oh, uh, Berke Breathed, Bill Waterson, Gary Kelly, Derek Yaniger, Michael Slack, Ben Caldwell, Jon Flaming, Bill Brown, Looney Toons. Pixar inspires me not just visually, but in terms of developing great characters and compelling story lines. They also have a knack for dominating the box office, and ruthless domination, as you may have surmised, is a particular favorite pastime of mine.

My experience is vast and accolades many. I enjoy drawing, sailing the great northern seas, pillaging/plundering, pickled herring on crackers, and tall, frosty mugs of root beer.

What are you working on?

I am currently engaged in a number of different tasks: illustrating a handful of children’s eBooks; designing and illustrating invitation materials for one of my favorite clients; and developing a new line of high-end bear skin cloaks tough enough to withstand the most brutal northern winters, yet luxurious enough to say you’re a warrior who enjoys the finer things in life.

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

A shot of mine and why it’s my favorite? Other than the fact that it’s mine? Ah. Well. I suppose I’d have to pick the one with Pippi Longstocking. Not necessarily for the shot itself, but because to this day the whole project is one of my absolute favorites. I never attached the full image to the shot for some reason (I assume copious amounts of aquavit were involved), so I’m including it here.

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

The process of creating one of my illustrations is an intense and grueling one, certainly not for the faint of heart. Or the French. Once I receive an assignment, I immediately begin the ritual purification process: the day is spent alternating between sitting in the intense heat of a wooden sauna hut, and sprinting across the snow-covered hill and diving into a frozen lake. (During which I may or may not be accompanied by a handful of buxom, blonde Swedish ski instructors. While not crucial to such a ritual, it most certainly does not hurt.)

Once my mind and heart are clear, I summon the glorious, inspirational power of Odin, the Great Father of the Gods Himself to fall upon me. I also summon a pickled herring sandwich and a tall mug of root beer. Concepting makes me hungry.

Then, it’s time to sketch. No, before that, research. Lots of lots of research. I study the clothing styles, architecture, culture and so on relevant to the project at hand. Much time is spent at the foot of the alter of the Magnificent, All-Knowing Oracle known as “the Google.”

Okay, then I sketch. A lot. When I discover the look I want, I refine it, and once approved by the client, the real magic commences.

I searched for many years to find the right medium in which to work, experimenting with everything from acrylics to watercolor, colored pencils to pastels, pen and ink to the blood of my enemies… It wasn’t until I was browsing my local art supply store when I happened upon some scratchboard materials. Figuring it was one medium I had yet to try, I thought, what the Helheim. I instantly fell in love with it (strictly plutonic, however).

Originally I would create the base artwork on scratchboard, then scan it and add color and texture in Photoshop. Eventually, I created some custom brushes that recreate the same look, so now I do everything digital (except for sketching; some things are still best done by hand). The tools of my trade include a Wacom Intuos 4 tablet, an iMac, Adobe Photoshop and an assortment of fine cheeses.

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

This is a very difficult decision. Dribbble is oozing with incredible talent, so choosing a favorite is like only eating one item at a cheap Chinese buffet. Uh, perhaps this one:

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Level 02 02 by Nihad Nasupovic

I love the lighting, the strong sense of depth, the mood. No—wait, maybe this one:

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Nashville by Mary Kate McDevitt

I love the whimsical use of typography and color. Odin’s beard, I could go on and on. So much good stuff. Oh, and this one. Because it makes me giggle.

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OSX Smelly Cat by Ugur Akdemir

Timeout with Iris Atalay

Timeouts are lightning-quick interviews. Five questions to help you get to know the players holding court at Dribbble. Many thanks to Iris for being today’s interviewee.

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

avatarI am Iris Eda Atalay, 26 year old visual designer. I was born in the lovely city of Istanbul, Turkey and travelled all over Europe. I lived in Porto, Portugal for years. I actually studied fashion design in college, and used to work for companies like DIESEL, ZARA, and Desigual as an illustrator, but I ended up as a visual designer! 

I must say, joining Dribbble changed my life (in a good way). I get feedback from awesome and amazingly talented people all over the world, and I get to give feedback in return. It’s really great.

What are you working on?

Right now I am contracting with a startup called Colingo and being awesome! I am redesigning their product. It’s a lot of fun to be a part of a great team.

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

My favorite one is Creamp3. Before that project, I hadn’t had the chance to design an iPhone app, but after I posted that shot, I got a lot of good feedback, work requests, and contacts for new projects!

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

This is my current set up! I always have my Moleskine & some Sharpies in front of me for sketching and doodling. I have a 15-inch MacBook Pro hooked up to a generic HP monitor.

My Moleskine and mice (Magic Mouse for work, Razer Mouse for gaming, I do play SC and WOW [no life] ) are tools I can’t live without.

I mostly use Photoshop but lately I am trying to use Sketch app.

Oh, also I got one of those Dot Grid Book for wireframing! Love it! I use it for random sketching too.

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I also wanted to add my favorite helper’s photo! This is Becker. He is 2 years old and always sits next to me :)

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

Oh I have a ton of favorite shots! I love this one a lot by Kerem SuerIt is creative, unique, simple and beautiful. Whenever I see his work I get inspired. He is one of the best!

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Evolving Our Community Guidelines

We’ve just updated our Terms of Service and Player’s Handbook with new rules and guidelines as to what constitutes appropriate content at Dribbble.

Historically, Dribbble has been a relatively open publishing platform. It’s self-organizing in the sense that members can create their own community by following (and blocking) other members as they see fit. For the most part, we’ve tried to stay out of the business of deciding what content is and is not appropriate by crowdsourcing this responsibility. This model appears to works well for services like Twitter and Facebook; combined with our small population and invitation system, we believed it was working well for us.

That self-organizing nature is likely here to stay, but recent events shifted our thinking about community and our role in managing it. We better understand that:

  1. There is much stronger sentiment of Dribbble as a single community versus separate, sub-communities (a la Twitter, Facebook), and thus we have more responsibility to provide guidelines for Dribbble as a whole.
  2. Some people have expressed that they do not feel welcome or comfortable at Dribbble due to the nature of some of our content and comments. And we hate this.

Today, we’ve made changes to our Handbook to clarify what types of content are inappropriate to post on Dribbble, in order to make it a more welcoming and inclusive community for designers and fans of all ages. Specifically, we’re going to be more aggressive in removing content that doesn’t meet these new guidelines. We can’t guarantee we’ll catch every inappropriate shot or comment that’s posted, but we think expectations are now much clearer and more conducive to fostering community.

It’s important to point out that inappropriate content has been a small fraction of what’s posted. The vast majority of work shared is inspiring and the reason for Dribbble’s success.

Adding manual and automated mechanisms to better enforce our guidelines will be an ongoing process. It won’t happen overnight, so we ask for your patience as we continue our efforts to grow gracefully.

Thank you yet again, Dribbblers, for creating such a special place. We’re trying hard to keep it that way.

Timeout with Brian Hurst

Timeouts are lightning-quick interviews. Five questions to help you get to know the players holding court at Dribbble. Many thanks to Brian for being today’s interviewee.

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

avatarI’m Brian, a 29 year old designer and illustrator. Born and raised in Orange County, CA and currently living in Irvine with my wife of 1.4 years. I spend my days designing for Mariners Church, and my nights doing freelance and self-initiated projects under the moniker The Quiet Society.

What are you working on?

Lots of stuff, but the project I’m currently most excited about is a self-initiated children’s picture book I’m writing that will involve a lot fun illustrations of cities and stuff. Look for some dribbble shots early 2013.

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

This started life as a little scratch paper sketch. Probably during a meeting or something. I liked it enough to keep sketching it over and over and turn it into this.

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

At home my set up includes a Macbook Pro that’s probably running on borrowed time. I spend most of my time in Adobe Illustrator. Other tools include Rhodia notebooks, scratch paper, G2 Gel Pens (.38mm), Ticonderoga pencils, india ink and nibs, the occasional paint brush (for textures) and Canon scanner. Vintage desk lamp found in mother-in-law’s garage.

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

I really like just about every shot I’ve seen from Levi McGranahan. The building shapes on this are delightfully odd. Plus the texture, colors and misregistered print look is spot on.

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Timeout with Jack Hughes

Timeouts are lightning-quick interviews. Five questions to help you get to know the players holding court at Dribbble. Many thanks to Jack for being today’s interviewee.

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

avatarHello! My name is Jack Hughes and I’m a (more or less) recent graduate from Kingston University London. I live in South London and was born here! I’m an illustrator, full time and freelancing. Thankfully I have not one but two agencies representing me, YCN in the UK and Agent Pekka Europe, which is nice.

What are you working on?

I’m the illustrator for Mr Hyde, the daily email service from ShortList, London’s largest circulated men’s lifestyle magazine. Mr Hyde aims to bring exactly that to an email, with features on where to eat meat in and around London, films to watch, gadgets to buy, galleries to visit, clothes to try etc. My illustrations have been a large part of the overall branding and each email features at least three. It’s been a nice on-going project that will see me working on into 2013 and perhaps beyond!

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

Although it’s a relatively old shot it definitely evokes a happy time. The Gentleman’s Guide to Cocktails was a career changing experience; a giant learning curve that I am forever grateful of. It was an awfully long project (around 4 months) but for the most part was largely enjoyable; I even got to work with an ex-tutor and good friend who was commissioned as the designer and art director.

Receiving it in the post with all my illustrations bundled up and packaged within a tidy, well designed book was so incredibly invigorating. Naturally I threw a cocktail party to celebrate, it wouldn’t be a total success unless I got disgustingly drunk, which I totally, totally did.

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

Tools aren’t very varied; all I need is a sketchbook, a pencil, reference material and Photoshop. The type of illustration will govern how I start; if it’s a fashion illustration I’ll start in Photoshop, if it’s something more conceptual I’ll start in my sketchbook. Suppose I’m quite fortunate that I require so little space, as a result though I’m currently crammed into the prison cell-esque spare bedroom whilst my real bedroom is undergoing a makeover; depressingly it’s only half finished.

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

Choosing just one turned out to be a lot more difficult than I thought it would, had to make a little shortlist, but managed to whittle it down to one. Wedding Cocktails by Jacob Etter, I’m an absolute sucker for simplicity, clever conceptual design, great colours and cocktails too!

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