What happens when you bring together over 50 designers, free tacos and margaritas, wigs, and a photo booth? Lots of creativity and fun.
This SXSW, Mutual Mobile’s design team hosted a Dribbble meetup at our downtown office. The event was a great way to meet fellow designers and discuss the exciting intricacies of designing for mobile apps. Dribbble is an invite-only online community where designers can display their work and receive feedback from fellow members. Many of Mutual Mobile’s designers are also Dribbble members.
During the event, the “Rebounding Station” was without a doubt the hit of the night. Two designers started with the same image, and went head-to head during a ten-minute period while the audience watched their progress through connected monitors.
Attendees were encouraged to relax and chat with fellow designers at blank-canvas picnic tables. To get the creative juices flowing, all of the picnic tables were left bare except for Sharpies, crayons, markers, and pencils. By the end of the night, the tables and benches were covered in amazing drawings and sketches, which our company game room now proudly display.
One of the event organizers had the idea to build an app specially for the meetup. Our iOS engineers worked with members of the design team to create an app which showcased the finished designs from the Rebounding Station, attending Dribbble members’ past work, plus any tweets with the hashtag #MMDribbble. An iPad running the app was connected to a flat screen TV for everyone’s viewing pleasure. This was a great opportunity for our designers and engineers to collaborate and create something special, and everyone was excited to work on an app that would help make the event a success. The app is open source and will be available for fellow Dribbblers to use during future meet ups. Download the app here.