Frequently Asked Questions
What are shots?
Shots are small screenshots (400×300* pixels max) posted by members to show what they are working on. Some have called Dribbble “Twitter for designers.” Shots are to Dribbble as tweets are to Twitter.
How does this work? And what are players, scouts and prospects?
To upload shots and comment, an invitation from a member is required. Invited (drafted) members are called players. For more on this, see Why are players drafted?
Anyone can sign up to find, follow or hire designers at Dribbble.
- Sign up as a prospect if you are a designer who would like to be invited to share your work.
- Sign up as a scout if you are focused on finding and following designers.
Why are players drafted?
All players (members who can post shots) are drafted (invited) by members. Having members take responsibility for those they draft sharpens the focus on sharing interesting work. We also limit invitations, which helps our tiny company scale the site and our support of it. This strategy is imperfect—we know there are many fantastic designers still undrafted—so our efforts to grow gracefully are ongoing.
How are players drafted?
We periodically issue invitations to existing players who, in turn, invite new players to post their work as shots on Dribbble.
Anyone can sign up as a prospect and appear on the Prospects list. Members with invitations see a Draft button on prospect profiles. If a member chooses to draft a prospect, an email is sent with a url to accept or decline the invitation.
With so many Prospects on Dribbble, how will I ever get drafted?
Fill out your profile . Help the community get to know you. Upload an avatar and write a short bio so members can get to know you.
Add your skills and location. Potential drafters will be able to find you by your skills and location via Find Designers.
Have a portfolio. Players with invitations will want to see your work, so be sure to add a link on your profile to a website that shows off your work.
How many shots do players get to upload?
When a player is drafted, they receive 24 shots. On the first day of each month, we top off everyone such that each player has 24 shots free. For example, if you have 10 shots free on March 31, you’ll get 14 more on April 1; if you have 0 free, you’ll get a full 24.
There is also a 5 shot per day limit to discourage ball hogging, i.e. a single user flooding the shot streams with many of their shots in a short period of time.
What’s a Pro account?
Anyone can purchase a Pro Account for Pro Search access to Find Designers by skill and location, and have a Pro badge appear on their profile to show support for the community. Pro scouts get the monthly limit for messages to designers for hire lifted, while Pro players and prospects can be found and contacted for work opportunities. Pro Players additionally get: projects, attachments and stats.
What is proper behavior/etiquette for members?
Read the Player's Handbook for tips and rules for being a good team player in the community.
What’s a rebound?
A rebound is a shot in reply to another shot. Rebounds offer a way to follow up and “link” two shots together. For example, a sketch can be rebounded with a finished design, or alternate concepts of a design can be rebounded so there’s a reference trail to follow.
Rebounds can also be purely for fun—what you're working on doesn't have to be for work. :) For example, any player can create games or memes allowing other Dribbble players to riff off an initial shot to get their takes on the same idea.
You can see many examples of rebounds on the Playoffs page.
What’s a project?
A project is collection of a player's shots that have been grouped they share a common theme. Projects are viewable by anyone, but can only be created by members with Pro accounts.
You can see many examples of projects on the Projects page.
What’s a bucket?
A bucket is collection of shots that any Dribbble member can create. While logged in, click the 'Bucket' link on any shot to add it to a bucket.
You can see many examples of buckets on the Buckets page.
What is an @2x shot?
Dribbble allows 800×600 pixel uploads that are displayed at 400×300 reference pixels in HiDPI displays (e.g. Retina). If the device is capable, Dribbble will serve the larger image for twice the clarity of a normal 400×300 shot. In normal resolution displays, we'll deliver a downsized 400×300 image instead. You can follow the @2x link on the shot page to view the 800×600 original.
Confused? You're not alone. Web design is getting all complex and stuff. Check out Towards A Retina Web for more on designing for HiDPI displays.
What does HiDPI stand for?
HiDPI stands for High resolution Dots Per Inch when referring to displays. For example, the Retina displays found on the iPhone, iPad, and MacBook Pro are HiDPI. Dribbble allows @2x 800×600 pixel image uploads that we show at 400×300 reference pixels for twice the resolution on HiDPI displays that support them. HiDPI displays will eventually be the norm, and we're making sure Dribbble presents your work appropriately.
How can I contact members about work opportunities?
Members with Pro accounts can indicate that they are available for work. Doing so displays a 'Hire Me' button on their profiles that signed-in members can use to send messages about work opportunities (read testimonials from hired Dribbblers and talent seekers!).
Dribbble reserves the right to throttle the number of messages a member can send.
My shot disappeared from Popular. Where did it go?!
After a certain time period, shots that appear in the Popular stream expire, making way for fresh shots.
Can I use your logo, icons and/or look & feel in my site or application?
See our Logo Downloads & Brand Guidelines for information about linking to Dribbble and branding your own website or application.
What’s with all the basketball references?
Water Polo didn’t work as well. And we in Salem, Massachusetts are Celtic people.
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