8 Helpful Sites For Creatives to Showcase and Find Work

Connect with others, showcase work, and find new career opportunities

Finding work in creative careers can be a challenge. That’s why websites have been created specifically to help designers and creatives network and market themselves.

Are you an illustrator? Photographer? Artist? Then chances are, you’ll want to have a space to showcase and sell your work. Where better than the Internet?

Below are eight sites for creatives and designers to take advantage of.

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Dribbble

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Dribbble is a networking community for artists, illustrators, designers, typographers, and other creatives. They describe themselves as “a show and tell community for designers.”

The platform allows users to share screenshots of projects that they are working on and share opinions about other designers’ work. Moreover, it acts as a marketplace, allowing those looking to hire a designer to browse users’ work.

However, clients must upgrade to a PRO account to really take advantage of searching for specific kinds of designers (instead of looking through randomized lists). But it’s worth it, since Dribbble Pro is only $20 a year. More

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Coroflot

On this job marketplace, designers can create a portfolio on the site and companies can browse portfolios to choose designers.

They also have a job board, so a person can look for various design jobs. This board also includes job listings in fields like urban planning, set design, public relations and others.

Many people have trouble nailing down how much their work is worth. To help them out, Coroflot offers an awesome salary guide which shares average rates across the country (and some international cities) for various job titles.

Joining Coroflot as a designer is free. Posting job ads is not. More

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Behance

As the site reads, Behance is a place to “Showcase & Discover Creative Work”. It’s part of Adobe, so you’ll need an Adobe ID to join.

They also have a job board for members, though unlike Coroflot, this is not their main focus.

Designers have their own page -- with their own URL -- where they can add their work history and a portfolio of samples. It sort of reminds me of LinkedIn more than any of these thus far…but a designer-specific version of LinkedIn. More

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DeviantArt

DeviantArt is more like a portfolio builder.

Free members can build a portfolio and host it on a yourname.daportfolio.com domain name.

DeviantArt also allows you to engage in e-commerce, selling prints and digital downloads of your work, and participate in their community of artists and designers -- of which there are over 35 million. More

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Envato

Envato has been around since 2006. It’s a self-described “ecosystem” of websites, with a digital marketplace, a freelance network, and an educational platform -- so you can learn new skills and find work that uses them.

According to the site, their core mission is “to help our community earn a living online doing work they are passionate about.”

This site actually takes its networking offline sometimes, as they occasionally have in-person meetups around the world! More

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Core77

Made specifically for designers, Core77 welcomes anyone in the field, from students just starting out and hobbyists to seasoned experts and professionals.

They host live events, including lectures, parties, and design competitions (with awards), making it an interactive and fun place to have a membership. Online, they run discussion forums and publish articles.

Like some of the previous options, Core77 hosts portfolios and job listings (again, design jobs only). They’ve also developed a database of design firms so members can stay informed about companies in their field. More

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Twibfy

According to the site, Twibfy is a place to “collect and organize your inspirations”. It’s a version of the cloud, specifically hosting digital visual content like art and photography.

Twibfy is something of an ecommerce platform, because it allows you to instantly sell your work / monetize your site directly through the program.

If you’re ever feeling short on inspiration, Twibfy also allows you to browse other creatives’ content to stay on top of what other artists are doing. More

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Cargo

Cargo is minimalist compared to the rest on the list. It’s a “personal publishing platform” where members display work and get featured.

Not anyone can sign up; one has to apply for an account and be approved. This helps keep it more elite, so the site can fulfill its mission to “enhance the exposure of talented individuals on the Internet.”

It’s similar to a portfolio builder with built-in templates to use. And although the site is primarily used by artists, Cargo has templates for developers to showcase their work, too. More

Conclusion

If you're tired of hearing all the jokes about "starving artists" do something about it! Take your future into your own hands. Put yourself out there and get noticed -- and use these websites to do it.

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