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Dribbble vs Behance

Both Dribbble and Behance are social platforms for designers to showcase their work. With your time being limited, which one of the two should you spend your time on? Let's discuss the Dribbble vs Behance question!
Dribbble vs Behance

Creating your portfolio as a UX designer can be hard. There are so many designers, recruiters, and companies that all have their view of how your portfolio should look. To make things worse, there’s an even bigger number of social platforms for designers where you can share your work. Dribbble and Behance are two of the largest ones but of course not the only two.

For this post, we’re going to take a look at both Dribbble and Behance individually to make a clear assessment of the situation. We’ll talk about what both platforms can do for you and which one might be the best fit for you.

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Dribbble

Dribbble logo

Dribbble is a social media platform for designers that has been around since 2009. That’s over 12 years already. Dribbble is all about basketball and design. This is about the name obviously but also because of how users are called players. The images players post are called shots.

Dribbble is most famous for its invite-only system. This is also something Dribbble took inspiration from out of the world of basketball. If you create an account, you have to be drafted by someone who already has a Dribbble account.

However, as of April 2021, Dribbble’s invite-only system has changed to be more inclusive. From now on, everybody can apply for a real designer account on the platform. You can still get invited, but are not required to do so. Dribbble’s team will check your application and then let you know the result.

From a designer’s perspective, Dribbble is mainly about showcasing your work in great detail. We’re talking about animations, mockups, and logos. Some UX designers say that the designs you see on Dribbble are mostly for show. You will hardly see any of them in the real world because of bad accessibility and high development costs.

Let’s talk about features. Dribbble has a lot to offer. You can create a company page for multiple designers to join, there are pro account options, a great search engine, and a job board.

The Dribbble Pro package will cost you $5 per month or $60 a year and will get you more portfolio options like the multi-shot upload and a way to sell goods. There’s also a Pro Business version that’s even more expensive. It will let you create a company page with features like a team board and a ‘hire us’ button.

If you put it all together, we believe Dribbble to be one of the best social media platforms for designers today.

Behance

Behance logo

Up next we have Behance. Behance is a social media platform for designers, just like Dribbble is. The platform was founded in 2005 and acquired by Adobe back in 2012. There are over 10 million users active on the platform.

Behance does not have an invite-only system such as Dribbble. You can just register and start right away. This platform has a big variety of design content. You’ll find far more than just visual or graphic design content on this platform. Other content you might see is photography, industrial design, and interior design.

If you zoom in more on the work you will find on Behance, you will see that Behance is more about showing entire design projects in great detail. You can write and show complete case studies. Because of this, it is very easy to build your UX portfolio entirely on the Behance platform.

There’s a design jobs feature on Behance as well. The pricing can be quite extensive with plans going up to $1499 per month for the most advanced package. However, this package will get you a lot of features. If you’re looking for a designer, this might be worth it for you. As a designer, you can let employers know you’re open to job opportunities.

Behance is a great portfolio tool for designers. It lets you create entire case studies which we believe to be great for any designer looking to share his or her work with the world.

Dribbble vs Behance: which one is best for you?

Alright, let’s answer the Dribbble vs Behance question. If you compare the two platforms, you’ll see that both platforms have a different goal even though both are considered to be social media platforms for designers.

Because of the invite-only (or what’s left of it) system of Dribbble, there’s a high social standard to being a Dribbble designer. Designs on Dribbble are generally more detailed-focussed and a real way to show off your design skills. You’ll find more mockups and clean animations on Dribbble.

Behance on the other hand is way more accessible. There’s no real social status or anything exclusive to being a designer on Behance. Compared to Dribbble, Behance is more about creating your entire portfolio. You will find extensive case studies instead of slick animations and gradients.

Don’t get us wrong. Both platforms are great. They just have different goals. Do you want to show your design skills? Try and get accepted into Dribbble. Are you looking to create a portfolio for a job interview? Create one on Behance!

We think the answer to Dribbble vs Behance is quite easy. It is Dribbble and Behance.

Further reading

You can use both Dribbble and Behance to create a social media presence for yourself. Even though Behance is better suited for creating your portfolio, we believe both platforms to have great benefits.

We already wrote about creating your UX portfolio. There’s a lot to it from structure and buildup to finding the content to fill your portfolio. Dribbble and Behance can help you do just that.

Nick Groeneveld

About the author

Nick Groeneveld is a designer from the Netherlands with over 5 years of UX, visual design, and consultancy experience. He has worked in many different industries, including retail, finance, and sports.

Take a look at Nick’s LinkedIn and Medium for more.

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