Nine social networking sites for creatives and designers

These days social networking sites are ten a penny - everyones doing it and every day a new one seems to pop up. Whilst keeping on top of and active in the ever growing list of social networks can be a daunting task, if you focus your efforts in networks related to your niche then it can be massively rewarding and fun to participate.

There is a growing list of social networking sites specifically targeted at creatives and designers. These sites can be a great starting point for learning and developing your own skills, discovering design resources, simply inspiring you and of course connecting and networking with others.

Here are nine of the most popular design and creativity social design networks.

DESIGN 21: Social Design Network

Network for the socially conscious designer. Aiming to “explore ways that design can positively impact our communities – ways that are thoughtful, informed, creative and responsible.”

DESIGN 21: Social Design Network

design:related

Design community site and inspiration tool that brings together creative people from different disciplines of the design world.

design:related

9rules

A social content network where readers can explore interesting content across dozens of communities (not just design) and connect with other like-minded people around the globe.

9rules - We Share All We Know

Graphic Design Links

A Digg-like network where users submit and vote for graphic design related articles and content.

Graphic Design Links

Graphic Design network

Graphic design focussed network built on the Ning social networking platform.

Graphic Design Social Network

designerID

Site to help all designers connect, learn, share and research work.

designerID

Design Snack

A community-based web design showcase where the members can vote, comment and choose which websites are showcased on the front page.

Design Snack - The web design showcase that you control

Coroflot

Community site for creative professionals with a strong emphasis on portfolios and job openings.

Coroflot - Portfolios and jobs for creative work

Computerlove

A unique social platform and source of inspiration for talented creatives.

Computerlove - Connecting creative talents

What social networking sites do you use?

Have you experienced any of the above social networking sites? Are there any sites and online communities that you can add to the list above? Let me know in the comments below.