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Announcing Shopify as Dribbble’s Official Global Meetup Sponsor

The best partnerships are those that come about by talking to friendly people who happen to work at companies you admire and make products you actually use. Such is the case with Shopify, our friends that make killer software for creating your own online store. We’ve been happily using it to power our own Equipment Shop for years, and it’s made adding physical products to our repertoire dead simple.

Shopify also understands the importance of design in their products as well as the important role the design community plays in creating beautiful storefronts:

  • They sponsored our first ever meetup here at Dribbble HQ back in 2012.
  • Shopify’s Community Development Manager, Arati Sharma, has manged to make Toronto Dribbble’s largest meetup community.
  • Shopify is one of Dribbble’s largest design teams.

Can someone say, synergy? No, please don’t! There has to be a non Ha Ha Business way of describing mutual admiration between two companies. We’re still on the lookout for that term.

So, it was serendipitous when conversations with Shopify’s Chief Platform Officer, Harley Finkelstein led to a partnership we’re thrilled to be announcing today: Shopify will be Dribbble’s Official Global Meetup Sponsor in 2014.

imageWhat does that mean? It means Shopify will be helping us foster and grow the amazing meetup community that has evolved out of our virtual network of designers and creative folks. Dribbble Meetups (hundreds of them worldwide) have become one of the most satisfying aspects of the business for us—helping designers connect with each other in person. We’re fired up to help these meetups get bigger, better and more widespread. If you haven’t already, join a Dribbble Meetup in your area, or host your own.

Thank you, Shopify, for understanding the value in connecting designers around the globe. We appreciate your support of our community, have enjoyed getting to know your team and can’t wait to create some great events with you this year!

Calling all captains

Have you hosted a Dribbble Meetup in the past, or are you interested in starting a Dribbble Meetup in your fair city? We’d love to hear from you. With this year’s push to expand our gatherings for designers, we’re looking to partner up with local “meetup captains” to be our boots on the ground to help us organize more gatherings for creative folks in your area. Contact us for more info.

Need an online shop?

Visit Shopify! And if you’re an agency or a freelancer, we recommend you sign up for Shopify’s partner program.

Dribbble × Shopify Meetup Toronto

Tuesday night, 300 Canadian designers gathered at Strada 241 in Toronto for what was an epic Dribbble × Shopify Meetup. Toronto is one of Dribbble’s largest meetup communities, and they lived up to that title. Custom cupcakes were consumed, 3 design battles were waged, free drinks and food were served, and fun was most definitely had.

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See more photos from the event on Shopify’s Facebook page.

Rich, Dan, and Sam from Team Dribbble were there to kick off an exciting partnership that we’re forming with the folks at Shopify to work together on meetups around the world in 2014. Much more on Shopify’s Global Meetup Sponsorship later!

Thanks to all who came out to the event, and special thanks to Harley Finkelstein, Arati Sharma and the Shopify team for making it all possible. Meeting and connecting with fellow designers and creative web folks is something we absolutely love supporting here at Dribbble, and we’re looking forward to doing much more of that in a city near you.

Dribbble + Dropbox Wrap-Up

Last week, our friends at Dropbox hosted a big Dribbble meetup at their amazing office in San Francisco. Swag and t-shirts were handed out, arcade hoops tournaments were played, 20 feet of Beef Wellington was served, drinks were drunk, card magic was performed by Tim Silva, and around 200 designers from the Bay Area mingled with the Dropbox design team, as well as Dan and Rich from Dribbble.

We can’t thank Dropbox enough for being such wonderful hosts. They are assembling quite a team for an already highly successful product. We’re excited to see what’s next in store.

Major props to Adam Michela, Morgan Knutson, Soleio, Ryan Putnam, and the entire Dropbox team (and their chef!) for making the event an amazing one for all the designers and creative folks that attended.

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Photos by Didi Medina, Meetup logo by Ryan Putnam.

Want to host a meetup at your company? Contact us for a Meetup Kit and details on how to set one up!

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.

Dribbble Team Meetup Recap

Last night, around 50 local Dribbblers came to our headquarters here in Salem, MA for beer, pizza, and chatting with fellow creative folks. It was a great success, and we’d like to thank our sponsor, Shopify, for helping us make the night a great one.

It was the first time we organized an “analog playoff”, where attendees sketched, in paper and pencil, a 4 × 3 drawing based on a theme (in this case “shop”). We hung the entries on the wall and handed out pink heart stickers for everyone to “like” their favorites. It was a heck of a lot of fun, and we’ll definitely be doing that again at future events. Stay tuned!

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