Originally posted on 29-11-2009 for Designora
The top nine web design communities, inspirational social networks, and sharing sites. For designers coders and creatives not only is the internet our workplace but also our world. Unlike the mainstream social sphere design communities while they may be social voting styled are generally not focused on it. From simple peer ranking to in-depth reviews and critiques the web of design contains them. We have rounded up the best and brightest stars in the creative virtual sky. From inspiration to tips, conversation to reviews this list has the sites for you.
DZone is a free link-sharing community for developers anyone can submit new links to the incoming queue members vote on upcoming links to determine what gets promoted everyone can browse, search and comment on links. Probably the top in the design and development field for networks community and social voting. Dzone contains some of the best code creative ad design information found online.
DesignBump is a place for users to share, save, vote on, and discover the best design related links from around the web. A very simple site and a great way to ‘get your feet wet’ in design based social voting.
Design Float is a social media site dedicated to the design industry. Well know in many creative and design circles for it wide range of interesting new techniques and information on design.
Developers Niche is a social bookmarking site for web developers and designers. It is meant only and only for web development and web-designing related content. A tight focused site and very useful for inspiration and sharing you works.
Top Design News, Videos and Images as voted on by the Digg Community. While the social side of Digg is low the network reaches millions. Beyond the promises of ‘front-page sever crushing’ the topics on Digg contain many top designers and freelancers every day.
Top Design News, Videos and Images as voted on by the Reddit Community. Reddit has a very active design section, not only one but many in both broad and tight topics. From web design to css, development to ajax and most thing between, Reddit has a topic for it.
Open Designs is a community oriented site, where users, members and designers can share their free website designs and templates, discuss web design and promote their services.
Open Source Web Design is a site to download free web design templates and share yours with others. Ranks ratings and comments provide insights from your peers. The hosted templates let you get your name out not only within the design community but the world.
WordPress is much more than just a blogging platform, it is also a vibrant community. Share code, design, hacks, plugins and themes all rated and shared within the community. On-site managed forums and blogs. Combined with plugin and theme hosting, combine into an amazing online social community.
The latest trends or the biggest list, all can be found within these communities. Friends contacts and ideas flow and mix freely in all. Good luck finding your new favorite niche in the social side of design.