by Patrick Ellasos . January 2nd, 2015
You can meet other designers, ask questions, talk about the latest design news, ask for critiques of your work and much more. Being active in a design community is also another great way to promote your own work and get your name out there. If you are an active member and you contribute quality posts, many forums will let you add a signature after your posts linking to your portfolio.
Don’t spam forums with links to your site or most forum moderators will ban you right away. If you are going to join a forums, join with the intention of becoming part of a new community.
Most forums tend to have their own unique environment, depending on the users, the layout and the forum categories, so be sure to explore each forum to see which fits you best!
GDF is one of the oldest and biggest graphic design forums around with over 20k members. The community is very active, very large and consists of a variety of general categories.
The HOWDesign forums are great for showcasing your work and getting constructive feedback from other designers. They also have a very active business and freelance section where you can ask questions and find a lot of useful tips.
Estetica is very popular, but tends to lean more towards chatting for enjoyment rather than for knowledge. Their off topics section is perfect for chatting with other designers about anything, but design. So if you are looking to chat with people who share common interests, than this is the graphic design forum for you.
The All Graphic Design forums are very old and have an extremely active general design section where members chat about all kinds of design news and articles. They also have a great pre press section for designers looking for advice on printing and setting up files.
Design Forum is a popular design forum which is heavily focused on UK audiences, though it does have numerous members around the world. With over 7,000 members as of 2013 and still growing. A friendly community with vast amount of informative post to choose from.
Feel free to recommend (but not spam) other communities in the comments below!
Manila-based multimedia designer specializing in graphic design, illustration and photo manipulations. Fascinated with vector illustrations, minimalist designs, and clever advertising ideas. Always on the lookout for creative stuff serving as his daily dose of inspiration.