I’ve never posted anything to Dribbble. Ever. (I’m sure this is not how you expected this article to start off.) Wait, I just did it! I posted my first shot to Dribbble!
You see, “shots” are screenshots in Dribbble-speak (AKA in-progress project previews) and your first shot is always featured on the site, automatically, to an audience of amazing designers from around the globe. This not-so-tiny detail pressured me to sit on the sidelines and wait for a worthy first shot to post.
While this post isn’t about me, I must say: I freakin’ love Dribbble. I visit the site multiple times a week to gather inspiration, surface talented, up-and-coming freelancers and generally experience design FOMO. Also, Dribbble’s founder, Dan, was kind enough to include an AND CO offer in their premium plans.
As it has been so valuable to me, I wanted to share 50 of the best, most badass, most inspirational people I follow on Dribbble. Some are kinda famous, and some will sure be in the future. (Full disclosure: This list definitely skews towards UI designers, as that’s more in my wheel-house.)
Here we go (in alphabetical order):
The shot shared below is from Alex. It only takes one example from him to show what he can accomplish with typeface alone.
Axel, not Alex this time. This designer is off the charts when it comes to mobile UI. Check out the work he did with Breather, for example.
As a Frenchman, small wonder than Barthelemy’s color palletes go together like pommes and frites. #dayofperfectcomparisons
Been following Ben a couple of years now. His UI work is crazy-thoughtful and you can definitely see the influence of national parks in his work.
This might sound super-specific, but I really like Ben’s use of gradients.
I am a big fan of Breanna’s clean use of type.
I’ll drink to Brent’s latest case study, which represents work done on behalf of Bourbon brand.
I’m not entirely sure what North Parallel is, but the work under that umbrella is quite nice.
Chloe stands out for her elegant, hand-drawn wireframes. No wonder she’s now kicking it at Facebook.
Cole’s haptic app icons are impressive, though his last post was in 2015, so let’s hope he’s dropping some new stuff soon! #nopressurecole
Corey, I only follow you because you have a lion in one of your mocks. We need more lions.
The look of Criss’ UI work is incredible: fresh and modern. I also love his custom cover art.
Note David’s use of perspectives and depth. He’s also got some surprising moves in his UI animation work.
Dawid’s UI work nearly as thoughtful as himself in his profile picture.
Great illus for lefty, Deivi!
UI designer from Nepal!
Dominik is a designer at Shopify and he does some nice, hand-drawn type.
Mein Erik? Dein Erik? Unser Erik!
Really nice, modern editorial-UI design.
George wants to date furniture.
I worked with Glenn on an app for Rdio (RIP!) in the past. Serious talent.
Ivan’s portfolio has some really nice vector illustrations.
Javi is 1% mystery.
Peep work from Jeremy, who is a brand designer at Uber NYC.
Kerem has worked for a ton of Bay Area startups, and is pretty much Dribbble-famous by now.
Kyle Anthony Miller
He has done some nice work for Loom.
Head to this page for super nice, simple UI animations.
Mag’s a talented NY-based designer and part of the design collective, Ghostly Ferns. Check her pillow pattern below:
Mary, you’re not TBD, you’re right here. Featured in a list.
The work for her Curve app is pretty slick.
Hailing from Italy, Matteo makes this roundup for his super clean UI work.
Someone’s bragging about hanging with the Dann Petty.
Super cool, somewhat mysterious work going on here. What’s up, Nick?
Nice use of illustrations in UI.
Olia has designed of a ton of great UI themes.
Not entirely sure if this is a person or a shop, but the work is stellar, especially the little animations like this one:
Ramil’s a UI designer from the Philippines.
I dig Rich for his clean work. Check out some of the themes he’s selling.
Risha is a designer at Evernote who does some great illustrations.
Robert is a creative director at Square, where he’s been for 8+ years. Great f-ing ride. I am a huge fan of Square’s design work.
Following her Dribbble is more like reading her blog. Really cool to read a bit more insight into how things came to be.
British interaction designer currently kicking it in Mexico. #nomadlife
Tim Van Damme
Dribbble-famous. Surely, you follow him already.
Wouter de Bres
You like clean work from the Netherlands? Go here.
Let’s make Yizhou famous. I especially love the cover image of this post. Go follow and like the work.
Zhenya & Artem
Really clean UI design from NYC or Ukraine. Perhaps both.
Big thanks to AND CO’s own designer, Mag, who helped curate this list of talented designers. Who else would you add to the list? Let us know in the comments, even if it’s yourself. 🙂