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Hunie Versus Dribbble – Which Is The Best Platform?

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As some (or most) of you may know, a new critique site, Hunie, has recently launched in the design world. Hunie is a site that allows designers to improve their design work through critiques from peers. More so, the community is invite only and quite private allowing only other members of the site the ability to view your work.

As a big fan of dribbble and the design community in general, I was looking forward to seeing what Hunie had to offer in comparison and once receiving my invite (Special thank you to Damian Madray), I had my chance. Once I started to make my way around the site, I tried to see if there were any neat features, took in the User Interface and saw what the differences were between the two.

Although I was expecting more in purpose, a major difference in the user interface and features, there are quite a few differences to the site – despite its several similarities. I did a pretty in-depth comparison of both design critique websites and hope that whether you’re new to the community or a veteran, the post will help you decide what site suits your needs and appeals best to you. I must tell you though, Hunie is still growing and adding features, so I can almost guarantee that they will continue to improve and grow as a company.

Hunie vs Dribbble – Purpose

It seems as though both sites share the same purpose – designers uploading work to receive constructive feedback and interact with one another to improve their skills. Once I logged into Hunie and made my way to the FAQ, it states that Dribbble is the twitter for design and Hunie is aimed at helping creatives learn through collaboration. However, after reviewing some of the comments and critiques that users leave on designs, there really seems to be no difference in the approach that members are taking.

Hunie vs Dribbble – User Interface 

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Main Page for Critiquing and Viewing Critiques

When first logging into Hunie, the similarities between the content on the main page versus Dribbble were pretty high. However, there are a number of differences between the two. Hunie’s navigation is quite similar to Dribbble’s but lacks the ability to find other users or search for designs based on said design’s tags. Hunie displays member design uploads on the main page, allowing you to choose from “Following”, “Trending”, or “Everyone”.

You choose whether or not you want to be the critic or you want to view critiques by other members. Unfortunately, all that comes to mind when viewing the main page is Clutter. I felt a bit overwhelmed at how many designs and user information seems to be squashed onto one page.  Aside from the break in the page that displays their “Fearless Experts” there is little to no white space and way too much content.

Hunie did a great job at the type of information they displayed on each design though, sticking to the information designers enjoy seeing. Included are the amount of views, comments and “points” that users obtained from the post; a different approach to the usual “Likes” we see so often.

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Users Uploaded Design Page

Hunie did a great job of taking a simple approach to this page.  Recommending that users not upload Dribbbles’ “400×300” size shot, you see nothing but very large images -making the main area of your screen display nothing but a visually appealing design. Unfortunately, some of the elements on the left panel seem misaligned or simply misplaced. I’m unsure whether or not this was intentional, but I’m not quite sure many designers will agree with any reason they have. If compared to Dribbble, you’ll notice that the amount of information on a “shot” display page provides you with many options, all which are aligned and fill the space quite nicely. In terms of simple, balance and content – Dribbble definitely has the ball in their court with this one.

Hunie vs Dribbble – Features

Hunie added a couple of great features to their site that I knew I would be excited to share. For one, they’ve implemented the Karma and Upvote system for their users. Karma is essentially the display of your reputation on the site. Members can obtain karma by critiquing, upvoting critiques, commenting and uploading their own personal designs. By doing so you earn points and in turn, points earn you Karma. The more frequently you do this, the greater the chance you have at receiving it. It’s a great feature to have because users have to give in order to gain making the playing field even for amateurs and veterans alike – everyone has to put in the work.

As an added bonus and incentive, users with a high amount of Karma can be ranked as an expert and according to Hunie, will receive advanced privilege in the future. What that privilege is, remains unknown but I’m sure users putting in their work are excited to find out.

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Hunie also went a step further to change the way users critique others. Although, much like Dribbble, the content of the critiques that are being given from user to user remains the same. The way users go about doing so is what is totally different and unique. Hunie implemented a feature that allows you to click the specific area on the design that you want to comment on. After doing so, a round avatar pops up on the area that you critiqued. One of the main reasons I’m a huge fan of this, is because it allows for more specificity when explaining an area you’re referring to on a design when critiquing – much different than Dribbbles’ comments section. Too often our critiques are left unused because they are not explained properly.

Some may argue though, and I am one of them, that several avatars on the design make it quite difficult to view the full design and give a proper critique once enough comments are added. Still, that fact aside, the feature is one of Hunies’ best and one I hope they keep and improve upon.

Hunie vs Dribbble – Job Board

From what I can gather, the Hunie job board is not currently integrated with the critique site. However, if and when they do integrate the two, it seems as though Hunie will be the Queen Bee in this category – far beyond what dribbble currently has with their Job Board. Dribbble has a large amount of jobs constantly being added from companies worldwide that designers would love to work for. Much similar to each other is the ability for companies to reach out to designers. Despite similarities though, Hunie is already off to a great start in that regard.

Conclusion

All in all, I have to say that Hunie is an awesome site for its potential and purpose. There are a lot of features that Hunie will be adding and I’m sure the site’s popularity will grow even more when they do. When compared to Dribbble and a lot of other sites sprouting as of late, I feel there are a lot of changes that can be made to look and feel of the site. In regards to features, I really do enjoy what they have included and look forward to seeing where Hunie goes in the future.

It is important that we as users provide that feedback and detail for the sites we love, what we’re looking to gain and see from the site. If you are currently a member of the site, agree with my post or have other ideas for Hunie, be sure to give them a shout and I’m sure they would love to hear your critiques for them.

If you had the chance to join the site, what are your thoughts? What would you like to see changed or added?

Cat Smith

Cat Smith is a Web, UI designer and blogger from New Jersey. When she's not creating new designs, you can usually find her talking about anything related to the field on Twitter. You can also check out her portfolio to see what else she is currently - imcatsmith.com

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