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Favwork: Designer Showcase Community

Forget about invite-only showcase sites or pay-to-play design directories. Favwork is a free, welcoming community for all designers to upload and showcase their best work.

Creating an account is as simple as signing in via Twitter. Once you upload your work, share it across Twitter. Other users can stop by and like your work, and the most liked uploads are featured weekly on the homepage.

The site’s layout is very similar to Dribbble, but Dribbble controls quality by requiring a referral in order to register. As a result, similar sites often lock out solo freelancers and unintentionally places greater emphasis on exclusivity. Favwork successfully shifted the focus from building enthusiasm for an exclusive community to building enthusiasm for great work. And since the community is powered by a social site like Twitter, the barrier is low enough for anyone to join. Kudos, Favwork.

Feedback Roulette: Personal Site Reviews

Web developers solicit feedback for their sites through plenty of sources. Forums for webmasters are one, friends are another. Feedback Roulette shares your website with other web owners, developers and designers. Think of it as a peer critique, which could come with brutal honesty but also offer the most significant guidance for improvement. Feedback Roulette is an absolute must for web entrepreneurs, and it’s completely free to use.

Getting started is simple. Create an account, and you’re given a random website to review. Once you complete and submit your critique, your own website is entered into the candidate pool for selection. As you review more websites, you accrue points, which gives more people the opportunity to review your website.

Feedback Roulette’s service relies on its community. Reviews are anonymous, so it’s difficult to determine the quality of the userbase. But the service is valuable. A lot of web owners may develop and launch a website in their own silo, and Feedback Roulette gives them the outlet to exchange critiques from people qualified to give them.