Agile Designers by Webalys is a platform for web designers, currently in beta. Up to now already around 1,900 designers have registered and put up 740 resources. This is massive, considering that the service just launched on the 7th of November of last year. Reason enough to take a closer look at what’s in store.
Agile Designers – Curation and Recommendation
Agile Designers seems nothing exceptional, when you first look at it. Web services that focus on the curation of projects and products are a dime a dozen. Agile Designers does not focus on any special aspects of the job, nor does it concentrate on e.g. free tools.
What you find on the platform is a colorful mixture of well-known as well as lesser known tools and services. The portfolio grows continuously through the contribution of its registrated users. Resources are submitted via a simple web form. Tools and services to be accepted need to be reachable via an URL. Agile Designers does not host any files on their site. Contributors need to register, the account can be connected with Twitter or Facebook. One of the two is mandatory.
Agile Designers is well structured and does not only care for the closest topics around design, such as software, coding, graphic tools. They do cover these of course, but moreover they care for project management, collaboration, marketing and other business related aspects. A separate category contains resources that help you keep up to date with knowledge. Learning is often neglected under the pressure of dead lines. Agile Designers wants to encourage you to change that.
All categories are built according to the same pattern. The contents can be sorted using different criteria. Registered users can click on “I use it”, thus integrating the clicked resource into their own portfolio. That way other users see which tools and services you use. The creators plan to extend the possibilities of interaction. In the near future it will be possible to recommend tools as opposed to only telling others that you use it. Correspondingly you can search the database od registered designers.
Looking into the future, Agile Designers is bound to become a useful community for anything design. With almost 1,900 users it already has a noticeable size. Let’s grow it little, shall we?
Dieter Petereit is a veteran of the web with over 25 years of experience in the world of IT. As soon as Netscape became available he started to do what already at that time was called web design and has carried on ever since. Two decades ago he started writing for several online publications, some well, some lesser known. You can meet him over on Google+.