7 Best deviantART Alternatives for Web Designers to Showcase their Skills

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There can be many reasons to stick to deviantART (dA) — the biggest art community and a basic step for a design newcomer. At the same time none of these reasons should prevent you from participating in other professional networks and showcasing your skills.

Founded twelve years ago, today deviantART has the widest art-loving audience. However, lately there is an opinion that deviantART is overcrowded with work which can only be called “art” by a long stretch of imagination. So many men, so many censures! Anyway, like it or not, dA is a wonderful art community, but at the same time, it helps to be part of other art networks as well.

Today, we will take a look at seven major art communities and deviantART alternatives for aspiring designers and creative artists. 

7 deviantART Alternatives:

1. Behance

Unlike deviantART, Behance is built for those who work with art professionally, doing it for a living or as a very serious hobby. Due to the strict rules and high standards, Behance tends to be an upper-level professional network.

The website looks intuitive and well-organized: works are divided into groups, categories, and even countries. You can circle your friends or teammates according to the interests, professional level or the project you are working on together. If you are looking for a standout feature here, take a look at the job board and interaction system. On Behance, artists get a consistent portfolio system to show the workflow and project progress in steps. Although a large number of famous names may scare the beginners, Behance is probably the only place where you can share your experience and knowledge with artists and designers and get professional feedback.

  • Categories: Web and interface design, typography, typeface, graphics, industrial and interaction design, etc.
  • Job board: Yes, very active.
  • Pro account: Not exactly. Behance ProSite for publishing portfolio websites starts from $11/month.

2. Dribbble

First things first. Dribbble is a “by invitation only” website and stays one of those private networks that every designer is proud to be a part of. Users get 24 free shots each month to showcase their skills and get spotted. Frankly, Dribbble is all about “shots” and “rebounds”. Shots are small (400×300 pixels JPEG, GIF or PNG) sneak peaks of your work or even a piece of it. Rebounding is a good way to reply with a shot or post a series of your sneak peaks tied with a certain idea.

The invite system has also ensured that the quality of works remains intact. Drafting a newcomer is sort of a responsibility, after all.

  • Categories: UI Design, Web Design, Script, Typography, iOS apps design, 3D Designs, etc.
  • Job board: Yes.
  • Pro account: Yes, $20 per year. Better search for scouts, PRO badge for members, additional projects, attachments and stats.

3. Forrst

Private communities always cause a lot of rumors, but I should admit: Forrst beats them all. It is an invite-only community but if you are a member of GitHub, you have a right to login without asking for an invitation. On the whole, Forrst is all about sharing four categories: questions, snaps, code and links. It may look a bit similar to Dribbble, but it focuses on web developers too.

The editorial team has launched an amazing podcast covering design-centric topics and tutorials, which can be downloaded on iTunes. Being a closed network, Forrst makes its members keep up with the high level of work and invites only those who meet the requirements. Another strict measure is flagging offensive posts, so the community content is always clean and relevant.

  • Categories: Icons, software, web interface, user interface.
  • Job board: Yes.
  • Pro accounts: Yes, called “supported accounts” and cost $5 per month. Provides stats and custom domains, unlimited attachment and more.

4. Designmoo

Designmoo.com is an open designers’ network aimed to provide its members with objective feedback and the opportunity to get their projects done. With its rich base of free stuff (fonts, brushes, illustrations, icons and other items) and active interaction system, Designmoo is a fast-developing network with one of the largest worldwide communities.

Each work can deserve a “like”, comment and feedback with suggestions. There is also a marketplace for pro members interested in selling their items via Designmoo or a third-party website. The community is vividly using all possible ways to promote free and quality stuff. A very popular one is so-called “Sponsored Freebies” featuring sources of peak traffic on a page branded with a company’s logo.

  • Categories: UI elements, email newsletter layouts, fonts, graphics, etc.
  • Job board: No, but there’s a marketplace for buying/selling quality design-centric products.
  • Pro account: Starts from $9/month, gives you Dropbox synchronization, externally-hosted resources sharing and widescreen preview images uploading.

5. Designshack

Designshack is a user-friendly all-in-one solution for designers to submit their work, get feedback and make use of regular design-centric news and articles. The website is extremely easy to use; there are three main categories in the gallery: web design, branding, logos and interface design.

Being a part of DesignShack will get you an exclusive WordPress theme “Marketed” for free, while its usual price is $30. Your work can also get featured in a promotional article prepared by the editorial team for $49 only. Thus each member gets an opportunity to get spotted and receive objective critique for his pieces of art.

  • Categories: Web design, interface design, branding and logos.
  • Job board: No.
  • Pro account: No, but promotional opportunities for $49.

6. Patterntap

Let’s move to more focused communities. Patterntap was created four years ago as a “living classroom, where designers learn what is working well on the Web and why”; its members are mostly interested in UI design and patterns. There is a quick Twitter sign up and as a network participant, you can leave your comments below each item. If you are looking for inspiration or improving your design literacy, Patterntap is the right place to go!

  • Categories: Typography, texture, subtitle, colorscheme, slidebars, subnavigation and many others.
  • Job board: No.
  • Pro account: No.

7. Typophile

Typophile is another focused community — this time for typography enthusiasts. If you are fond of typographic art, want to get experience, meet like-minded people and are ready for standing some criticism, you’ll find everything here. The network itself is a huge forum tree, where fonts and typefaces, associated software, tips and tricks are discussed. Holding tons of pieces of creativity, this website has never had paid accounts and is supported by Punchcut.com — a design consulting company from San Francisco.

  • Categories: Bitmap Display / Script, Typography / Composition, etc.
  • Job board: No.
  • Pro accounts: No.

Is that all?

Of course not! You can also make use of the following websites:

Now that you’ve seen the most popular alternatives to dA, which one do you find the most attractive? Let us know whether you’re going to stay with dA community or explore something else. Share your thoughts or help us to expand the list!

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12 Comments Best Comments First
  • mupdated

    Saturday, October 27th, 2012 21:57

    1

    Thanks for these alternatives was looking for these.

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    • Nina

      Sunday, October 28th, 2012 05:18

      2

      Mupdated, you’re welcome)
      Glad if you’ve found what you were looking for.

      0
  • Enquilo

    Monday, October 29th, 2012 07:38

    5

    Thank You for showing these alternative since I didn’t know about the others except dribble and behance. Keep up the good work, 1stwebdesigner!

    0
    • Nina

      Monday, October 29th, 2012 09:40

      7

      I’m glad, you enjoyed it!)
      Thank you for the comment.

      0
  • Jeffrey Bennett

    Sunday, October 28th, 2012 12:36

    3

    Great list! I’m proud to say I’ve been a member of all but Typophile. Inspiration is always a good thing!

    0
    • Nina

      Sunday, October 28th, 2012 15:11

      4

      Sure, Jeffrey!) You never know where you get most inspired, so why not use all the possible ways)

      0
  • Enquilo

    Monday, October 29th, 2012 07:39

    6

    I really appreciate the list that you have provided here! Thank You very much :)

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    • Nina

      Friday, November 16th, 2012 12:31

      10

      Glad it was useful!

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  • John Locke

    Monday, December 24th, 2012 18:57

    12

    Great article, Nina. I found this by searching for an alternative to Dribbble. I’ve heard of most of these but somehow only a few of these are in the public eye. Keep posting quality stuff.

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  • WPStuffs

    Wednesday, November 28th, 2012 00:33

    11

    Thats a amazing list…I have tried some of those but still I use Dribble as a Devianart alternative.

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  • Tom

    Friday, November 2nd, 2012 12:02

    8

    Hi,

    great list. I think at the moment Behance might be the most professional among all. DeviantArt is great but in the past years it became more casual with the range of art displayed there from amateur to professional.

    Again, thanks.
    Tom

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  • gouthami.b

    Tuesday, November 13th, 2012 21:01

    9

    Nice list.I knew only few of them.

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  • John Locke

    Monday, December 24th, 2012 18:57

    12

    Great article, Nina. I found this by searching for an alternative to Dribbble. I’ve heard of most of these but somehow only a few of these are in the public eye. Keep posting quality stuff.

    0
  • WPStuffs

    Wednesday, November 28th, 2012 00:33

    11

    Thats a amazing list…I have tried some of those but still I use Dribble as a Devianart alternative.

    0
  • gouthami.b

    Tuesday, November 13th, 2012 21:01

    9

    Nice list.I knew only few of them.

    0
  • Tom

    Friday, November 2nd, 2012 12:02

    8

    Hi,

    great list. I think at the moment Behance might be the most professional among all. DeviantArt is great but in the past years it became more casual with the range of art displayed there from amateur to professional.

    Again, thanks.
    Tom

    0
  • Enquilo

    Monday, October 29th, 2012 07:39

    6

    I really appreciate the list that you have provided here! Thank You very much :)

    0
    • Nina

      Friday, November 16th, 2012 12:31

      10

      Glad it was useful!

      0
  • Enquilo

    Monday, October 29th, 2012 07:38

    5

    Thank You for showing these alternative since I didn’t know about the others except dribble and behance. Keep up the good work, 1stwebdesigner!

    0
    • Nina

      Monday, October 29th, 2012 09:40

      7

      I’m glad, you enjoyed it!)
      Thank you for the comment.

      0
  • Jeffrey Bennett

    Sunday, October 28th, 2012 12:36

    3

    Great list! I’m proud to say I’ve been a member of all but Typophile. Inspiration is always a good thing!

    0
    • Nina

      Sunday, October 28th, 2012 15:11

      4

      Sure, Jeffrey!) You never know where you get most inspired, so why not use all the possible ways)

      0
  • mupdated

    Saturday, October 27th, 2012 21:57

    1

    Thanks for these alternatives was looking for these.

    0
    • Nina

      Sunday, October 28th, 2012 05:18

      2

      Mupdated, you’re welcome)
      Glad if you’ve found what you were looking for.

      0

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