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Any success finding UI/UX resources with something like Dribbble?

I am finding it very difficult to locate a good UI developer that I can even tap on a part-time basis. It seems like they all cost a fortune and are triple-booked. I poked around on Dribbble, but it seems more like a forum of UI designers FOR UI designers and isn't really targeted to the person looking for that skillset. How have others found their UI resources?

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Kasra Nejatian
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Kasra Nejatian Entrepreneur
CEO @ Kash - We're hiring!
We interviewed maybe 20-25 people. I found them all using sites like Dribble. Whenever we liked someone but they were not available or wanted to charge more than we could afford, we'd ask for a recommendation. It worked out fairly well for us. (I am happy to recommend the person we ended up using.) Just e-mail me if you want the connection.
Barak Kassar
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Barak Kassar Entrepreneur
Founder / Creative Director Rassak Experience, San Francisco
What kind of prices are you getting quoted. One solution might be to tap two people : a senior person to advise at a high $ rate for a very limited # of hours ... and a junior person to do implement drawings and code if needed etc. ... it can work out a lot less that way *Barak Kassar** Founding Partner**, Rassak Experience* Tel: 415 621 4300 x 1 www.rassak.com Recent Rassak Blog Post YouTube Tuesday Plus: Asia Pacific Advertising Festival Recent Rassak Work Web Design Team at Rassak Redesigns Marketing and Branding Layer for SpiroFIT.com
Michael Markarian
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Michael Markarian Entrepreneur
Founder at Mount Dream
Eric, I've noticed the same thing ... I'm in the market for one too, if I find someone (or multiple) people good, I'll send them over to you ... and vice versa please! What's your biz? Best, Mike
Alper Cakir
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Alper Cakir Entrepreneur • Advisor
CEO at Xtensio, Creative Director at Fake Crow
Hey Eric, I manage an onshore/offshore team. Let me know if you'd like to discuss further.
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Lynn Wetherell
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Lynn Wetherell Entrepreneur
Data Visualization Engineer at Market Track
Hi Eric,

I'm a Sr. Front-End Developer with a background in UX. I would say it depends on the complexity of your requirements as to where you might look. Dribble, IMHO, is more for Designers, as you stated. Although there are probably some developers you could find there as well. I get contacted frequently via LinkedIn. I've also been contacted via www.carbonmade.com.

Have you tried advertising for PT work on StackOverflow (http://careers.stackoverflow.com/) or AuthenticJobs.com? There's usually a ton of UI/UX dev jobs on those boards.

I'm curious to hear the dollar amount that some are asking. I can tell you it is a very hot field right now. I get daily inquiries so I can understand if people are triple-booked.

Best,
Lynn
Merci Victoria Grace
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Merci Victoria Grace Entrepreneur
Growth at Slack
I've used Dribbble to find UI and UX designers with a ton of success. It's time consuming to message people but there are some ways to speed it up. These are my pro-tips:

1. Always email them rather using the messaging service provided by Dribbble. Works much, much better.

2. Always look at their personal website and/or Twitter account to see if they're *really* available for hire. The "hire me" button on profiles is often misleading.

3. Don't be afraid to hire people outside of the United States or the SF Bay Area. It's cheaper outside of SV and it's just as easy to trade emails with someone in North Carolina as it is with someone in San Jose.

4. Be thorough in your asks. The better your wireframes are, the quicker a designer will be able to work, and the more you'll know exactly what you're asking for. This will make your relationship smoother and the final bill, cheaper.

5. Pay them to test out their skill sets. Have them complete a project for pay that represents the first 5-10% of the work you need done. If you don't like what they do, you can cut them loose for a fraction of the cost. I do this with multiple designers at the start of of a project.
Joshua Butner
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Joshua Butner Entrepreneur
Founder / Partner at Vulk
Eric, There are a variety of ways to locate someone to work with you on your project. You can search Dribbble for someone who displays competency in areas you are needing help. Yes, dribbble is for designers, but that doesn't mean you can't make it work for you. I'm a UI guy and I find that a majority of my work comes from going to events for designers, participating on sites like Dribbble or Forrst or Behance, or just doing a good job so that I get word of mouth referrals. Start attending designer-y meet ups, lurk on design communities, ask colleagues if they can make recommendations. Hopefully, this is of some help. Feel free to ping me directly for more details. Good luck! //josh
Keenan Wyrobek
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Keenan Wyrobek Entrepreneur
CEO at Open Reading
I suggest. 99designs. For my project I started with a guy from Dribbble. He was very expensive and after about 5K worth of work I kicked off a 99designs contest. For $500 I got a much better design and now have relationships with some really good designers that only charge about $10/hr for follow on work.
Ken Woodruff
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Ken Woodruff Entrepreneur • Advisor
Software Architect
I'm continually dismayed by the expectation that high-quality design *labor* shouldn't "cost a fortune". In my experience great designers are as rare or rarer than great software engineers--through what logic should they be any cheaper? The good news is that high-quality design *work* can be had very inexpensively via sites like Creative Market https://creativemarket.com/ I'm using a template fri their for my company's new website that I believe cost $15. --Ken
Eric Lange
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Eric Lange Entrepreneur
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Thanks all for the responses. And for those who PMed me offline, I will follow up with you shortly. So it sounds like Dribbble can work well, but you have to put in your homework. That's fair.

I am not just looking for someone to design a webpage, but to help me map out the user experience, hence the need for UX. Design skills are most important. I can write the code, I am just not a great visual person. So I am not sure that offshoring will work. I need someone to sit next to me for a bit while we bang out the particulars.

@Ken: thanks for the tip and that might work well for my webpage (which also needs to be done), but I really need to map out the full experience for my app, thus the need for active human interaction.

I am continually dismayed by the ability for people to find offense where none was intended. I am fully aware that the fact that designers "cost a fortune" and are "triple booked" is not a coincidence. A chateau in the Alps also costs a fortune, but is well worth it. I never said otherwise. But for those of us who need a chateau in advance of making a fortune, we've earned the right to lament.
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