10 Niche Social Networks to Get Your Design Creativity On

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‘Course Twitter is great for socializing with your design oriented friends (see the bonus below) but sometimes you need more than some random link, bits & pieces. And for that you should check these carefully selected 10 niche social networks for the design community.



Today the Aniboom community includes over 7,000 animators from 72 countries around the world. These independent animators have the same talent, the same passion and the same skill sets as those working in Hollywood



Design Industry News & Discussion



Creattica is a gallery of great design and inspirational imagery. Anyone can submit their work for consideration and voting on items is open to one and all

Colour Lovers


COLOURlovers gives the people who use color – whether for ad campaigns, product design, or in architectural specification – a place to check out a world of color, compare color palettes, submit news and comments, and read color related articles and interviews.

Behance Network


A free platform for the world’s leading creative professionals



Computerlove is a unique social platform and source of inspiration for talented creatives. Find inspiration and get fresh, hot design news. Share you work with talented and awarded creative



Brandstack was founded in 2008 as a way to help entrepreneurs get a professional brand for their company without breaking the bank

Illustration Mundo


A place where ILLUSTRATION gets all the Love, show case all the great Illustrators in the world today and make it easier for Designer, Art directors and others to find them.

Design Taxi


Everything the global creative industry needs and wants to know. We call this information the “Design Essentials”

Design Democracy


Design Democracy is a social network for designers by designers to share, collaborate and learn the value, ethics and inspiration of design.

Deviant Art


The classic :]


Catalin is the founder of Mostash - a social marketing boutique - and he's always happy to share his passion for graphic design & social media.
  • Dylan

    You might want to take a look at http://community.wacom.com – it was built for designers, artists, photographers and more to share work with one another. It has been quietly growing each day with more work and more members. Enjoy.

  • Nice list of inspiration resources… thanks.

    You may want to check out http://www.pixelelement.com

    It has work from the most talented artists around the world.

  • I know it is well known and probably on everybody’s list, I still use http://www.AIGA.org to stay up on trends, ideas and culture.

  • Alex

    Another site that came out just this week and only for Shanghai (China) yet is http://www.CreativeHunt.com

  • Thanks so much for including Design Democracy (DD) in this list! Very honored and humbled to be mentioned alongside very well-established communities. I was wondering why we were getting spikes in traffic. :)

    I respect and enjoy being a part of *any* creative community so I don’t view DD as a competitor to these sites (although they may not feel the same way). It’s just another venue on the Web for interacting with like-minded people who love design. And best of all, we’re FREE!

    Again, many thanks for the inclusion! Follow @inspiredmag at http://twitter.com/inspiredmag and @StandUP4Design at http://twitter.com/standup4design. We like our avatars :)

  • Where’s the platform for fashion and textile nuts?!

  • How could you miss Design Observer?!? http://www.designobserver.com/

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