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Dribbble Text Logo Script.svg
Available inEnglish
OwnerDribbble Holdings Ltd. (direct owner)
Created byFounders: Dan Cederholm and Rich Thornett CEO: Zack Onisko
Alexa rankIncrease 823 (April 2017)[1]
Current statusUp

Dribbble is an online community for showcasing user-made artwork. It functions as a self-promotion and networking platform for graphic design, web design, illustration, photography, and other creative areas. It was founded in 2009 by Dan Cederholm and Rich Thornett, becoming publicly available in 2010. It is one of the largest platforms for designers to share their work online[2] competing directly with Adobe-owned Behance — the latter being the largest.[3] The company is fully remote with no central headquarters.[4]

Dribbble became a part of Tiny, a family of internet startup companies, in January 2017.[5][6]

Membership and Controversy[edit]

Dribbble has an invite-only membership system, where a number of invitations are handed out to artists and designers to freely distribute them amongst their peers. There is also a Pro subscription service with added features.[7]

There have been discussions around their invite-only membership system, which has caused some controversy. The system has been used as a way to control the growth of the platform.[8] Upon joining the website the user is first listed as a Prospect, only being able to effectively post work once they get an invitation from another user. This has provoked debate amongst the design community, often describing it as a form of elitism.[9][10][11]


Dribbble adopts terminology largely based around basketball terms.

Players - Players on Dribbble are members who have been invited by another player and can contribute public shots to the community. View a guideline for players here: https://dribbble.com/guidelines. [12]

Prospects - Prospects are members who are yet to be invited or "drafted" by a player. Prospects cannot post public shots but their shots are viewable by players who may potentially "draft" them. [12]

Shots - Pictures uploaded to Dribbble are called "shots", like a shot in basketball. Shots are limited to a 400 x 300 pixel size but you can attach additional files with a pro membership. [12]

Buckets - Users can create a collection of shots into buckets for sharing and organization purposes. [12]

Debuts - A player's first shot will be featured on a debut page on Dribbble. This helps new users build their following and get their work out there. [12]

Rebound - A player can make a continuation, variation or inspired shot from another player. This is called a rebound. [13]

Playoffs - A shot that has enough rebounds can make the playoffs. Playoff work is featured in a playoffs section of Dribbble. [12]


In October 2014, Dribbble announced a feature which allows users sharing work that is also for sale to link to sites for purchase.[14]

On 17 May 2016, Playbook was released. Playbook is an instant portfolio with simple and light customization, powered by Dribbble, at your own domain or on dribbble.com. The Playbook feature is a paid service, that is charged annually.[15]


  1. ^ "dribbble.com Site Overview". Alexa. Alexa Internet. Retrieved 28 November 2017.
  2. ^ "2016 Year in Review". Dribbble. Retrieved 2018-06-28.
  3. ^ Kosner, Anthony Wing. "Adobe's Behance: The Creative Graph Lets Your Work Do The Networking". Forbes. Retrieved 2018-06-28.
  4. ^ "How Dribbble's 23 Remote Employees Keep Half a Million Designers…". Flow. 2018-06-27. Retrieved 2018-06-28.
  5. ^ "Transition Game". Dribbble. Retrieved 2018-06-28.
  6. ^ Wilkinson, Andrew (2017-01-17). "Dribbble 2.0". Retrieved 2018-06-28.
  7. ^ "Dribbble - Show and tell for designers". dribbble.com.
  8. ^ "Interview with Dribbble's co-founder Dan Cederholm". Webdesigner Depot. 2011-05-24. Retrieved 2018-06-28.
  9. ^ "The ultimate guide to everything Dribbble". Webdesigner Depot.
  10. ^ Gamache, Dave (2011-03-29). "Dribbble, one year on: does it live up to the hype?". The Next Web. Retrieved 2018-06-28.
  11. ^ Dominguez, Nicole (2013-08-26). "Design, Dribbble and Greatness". Retrieved 2018-06-28.
  12. ^ a b c d e f Cameron Chapman. "THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO EVERYTHING DRIBBBLE". Dribbble. Retrieved 2019-02-10.
  13. ^ "Introducing Rebounds". Dribbble. Retrieved 2019-02-10.
  14. ^ "Good News". Dribbble. Retrieved 2018-06-28.
  15. ^ "Introducing Playbook". Dribbble. May 17, 2016.

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