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Available inEnglish
OwnerDribbble Holdings Ltd. (direct owner: Tiny)
Created byFounders: Dan Cederholm and Rich Thornett CEO: Zack Onisko
Current statusActive

Dribbble is a self-promotion and social networking platform for digital designers and creatives.[1] It serves as a design portfolio platform,[2] jobs and recruiting site[3] and is one of the largest platforms for designers to share their work online.[4] The company is fully remote with no headquarters.[5]


In 2009, Dan Cederholm and Rich Thornett beta-launched Dribbble as an invite-only site where designers shared what they were working on: “The name Dribbble came about from the dual metaphors of bouncing ideas and leaking your work.”[6] The first "Shot" (a small screenshot of a designer's work in progress) was posted by Cederholm on July 9, 2009. In March 2010, it was made publicly available with new members requiring invitations.

Over the years, features such as API integration, Attachments, Player Stats, and Pro (an elevated, paid profile).[6] It launched a designer job board,[7] then team accounts, a design podcast "Overtime",and a customizable portfolio product, "Playbook". It expanded its global reach for in-person designer meetings (“Meetups”), resulting in 142 Dribbble Meetups worldwide . By the end of 2016, its community grew to 486,771 members.[8]

In January 2017, Dribbble was acquired by Tiny,[9] a family of internet startup companies and Zack Onisko[10] was appointed CEO.[2] 2017 saw its first in-person designer conference: Hang Time,[2] since hosted in Boston (2017), Seattle (2018), Los Angeles (2018), and New York.

In 2018, the site added a Video feature.[11] The site also continued to expand its global reach with 144 meet-ups in 43 countries, with more than 8,000 designers in attendance.[4] As of 2019, the firm's fully remote team is composed of 40 or more employees.[12] The site is now used in 195 countries worldwide[4] and sees 4+ million visitors each month.[13]



  1. ^ May 28, Renee Fleck in Updates |; 2019. "Fresh from Dribbble". Dribbble. Retrieved 2019-08-08.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  2. ^ a b c "2017 Year In Review | Dribbble". dribbble.com. Retrieved 2019-08-08.
  3. ^ "Design Jobs | Dribbble". dribbble.com. Retrieved 2020-02-22.
  4. ^ a b c "Dribbble 2018 Year in Review". Dribbble. Retrieved 2019-08-08.
  5. ^ "Working at Dribbble | Dribbble". dribbble.com. Retrieved 2019-08-08.
  6. ^ a b Summers, Nick (2013-08-03). "How Dribbble Became Such an Influential Platform for Designers". The Next Web. Retrieved 2019-08-08.
  7. ^ Panzarino, Matthew (2011-09-15). "Dribbble launches Job listings as a part of its Backboard - TNW Design & Dev". The Next Web. Retrieved 2019-08-08.
  8. ^ Jan 23, Alison Harshbarger in Updates |; 2017. "2016 Year in Review". Dribbble. Retrieved 2019-08-08.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  9. ^ "Tiny". www.tinycapital.com. Retrieved 2019-08-08.
  10. ^ Salomon, Maxime (2017-10-09). "Zack Onisko Story — From Designer to Head of Growth to CEO". Medium. Retrieved 2019-08-08.
  11. ^ Nov 14, Sarah Kuehnle in Updates |; 2018, Start the Shot Clock! Video Shots have come to Dribbble, retrieved 2019-08-08CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  12. ^ "The Community for Designers | About Dribbble". dribbble.com. Retrieved 2019-08-08.
  13. ^ "Zack Onisko On Getting Dribbble 1M Visitors/Month with Zero Marketing". Business & Personal Growth Tips. 2017-06-12. Retrieved 2019-08-08.
  14. ^ "Inc. 5000 Badge". Dribbble. Retrieved 2019-08-08.
  15. ^ a b "Dribbble". Inc.com. Retrieved 2019-08-08.
  16. ^ "Dribbble -- The Webby Awards". Retrieved 2019-08-08.
  17. ^ Awards, CSS Design. "Dribbble's 2018 Year In Review designed by Dribbble". www.cssdesignawards.com. Retrieved 2019-08-08.

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