What are the top 5 graphic design communities?
Picking out the best five design communities is like picking out your favorite actor or your favorite city. Is it Johnny Depp today or Nicholas Cage? San Francisco or New York City? Art and taste are always subjective; what appeals to one person does not necessarily appeal to another.
In graphic design on the web, there is also easy access and accessibility as well as the possibility of an outstanding and helpful community. These areas are definite pluses or minuses when it comes to what is good, as compared to what is great, in any web community.
There is also the aspect of what you, as an individual, might bring to that community. If you are easy-going and receptive, your experience may be much different than if you come across as a hard-nose, or even worse, a troll.
The final web element that one must consider is that each community will have its own personality and way of functioning. When you join any web community, this is an important component that one needs to take into consideration.
So, with all that in mind, let’s talk about what are possibly among the top design communities on the web. (Listed in alphabetical order.)
All Graphics Design
All Graphic Design forums have been around for years; the members are very active and there are different forums for pertinent design topics as well as categories specifically for advice and feedback.
This a very popular community, but is really more for hobnobbing with others in the same field, than for any feedback or instruction in design itself.
Another of the oldest graphic design forums on the Internet is GDF; not only has it been around for a long time, it is a big forum with active members numbering upwards of 20,000. The community topics are wide and varied.
This site is a great place for showcasing and receiving feedback on design. If this is what you desire from a community, then HOWDesign is a good choice.
Your Design Forums
Your Design Forums is the official YDF (You the Designer) forum. This site is one of the newer forums around but has gained fast popularity and has grown a very active user-base. Members are quick to give feedback and advice. If you like a faster pace, this may be a good resource.
Other Design Communities
Of course, in much of the social network world, there are also thriving design communities. Facebook, alone, has many such communities that a designer can get involved in. There are Facebook sites for designer groups such as Abdueezo or DesignSeeds that have thousands of active fans; these can be another good source for networking.
Flickr is famous for its design and photography support communities and can be a real asset in helping a designer interface as well as get any desired feedback on projects.
So now, your job is to start surfing and find the design communities that fit your personality and style.