In this series, we’ll look deeper into some of the projects on Behance.net that were especially admired in our community. Pau Alekumsalaam and Dani Llugany are the cofounders of Domestic Data Streamers, a Barcelona based creative lab. Their other projects include various forms of data visualization, art installations, sculptures, and even handmade cards. We spoke with them about their project “Voting System Behance Reviews,” a voting system that allowed attendees at their Behance Review to visualize the popularity of projects they voted for.
1) What was your inspiration for this project?
Following Domestic’s “modus operandi” and working as a creative laboratory, we try to focus on new visualization methods. There was a significant evolution between the first project -where we worked two-dimensionally- and the last one. It was conceptually designed to take place in one of the rooms in the Moritz factory, an old beer factory remodeled under the instructions of Jean Nouvel. You can imagine what a challenge it was for us!
We were interested in translating votes into a piece of work that had a relevant presence in the. Our intention was to generate a dynamic data stream that was reordered and created a tridimensional graphic—which was a literal bar chart.
How long have you been in design?
I’ve been designing since High School and started freelancing around that time but didn’t really take it serious as my career until about 5 years ago. Total years designing has been 10 years.
Do your personal projects differ from your professional work? If yes, how so?
They do tend to be different. I currently work full-time for Disney where my current role requires me to design and illustrate training materials. My freelance/personal work is very stylistically different and tends to be the work I am most passionate about. All my work outside of Disney tends to nod back to the earlier design era where illustration was king and it all had a handcrafted look.
What do you think are the most important elements to focus on, when creating a personal website?
The most important thing to me is that who you are and the type of work you want to be doing is proudly displayed. In the past I would literally post anything and everything I was working on….even if it sucked. I was so caught up on making it look like I had a lot of work that I started getting the wrong kind of inquires. It wasn’t until I stripped down my site and dropped all the garbage that I began to get the kind of work I could see myself doing for the rest of my life. Your site needs to give someone a snapshot of your passion for art and your skills within seconds or you will lose them.
Here in New York, the Behance team is just getting back from Thanksgiving. We had a ton to be thankful for this year and it’s always great to hear success stories from our members.
Michael Robertson is the Director of Toon53 Productions in Johannesburg, South Africa where he collaborates with illustrators Kenneth Doust and Dean Ira. In August, one of the team’s projects, ‘The Weird World of Nox and Harper’ was featured on Motion Graphics served. For Toon53, it was a big moment to say the least.
“I joined Behance in 2009 – at the time I was joining as many sites as possible for exposure – uploaded a few old works and didn’t really do much for a good few years. Fast forward around 3 and a half years to a few weeks ago when I decided to update my portfolio start applying to different jobs around the world on Behance and WOW is all I can say. We’re based in sunny South Africa and are currently working for a company in Moscow, another in the US, one in Dubai and a handful here locally all thanks to Behance!!
The long-awaited Creative Portfolio for Android app has arrived!
Showcase your Behance Portfolio anywhere, even without an internet connection.
Here’s what else you can expect:
- Download all of your existing Behance projects
- Display your work, even without an internet connection
- Customize your portfolio – decide what work to show and how to show it
Have at it – DOWNLOAD HERE
Appreciations are a way to send genuine kudos to another creative professional on Behance. This is our community’s way of curating the network, so that the best projects gain the most exposure. Here’s a look at two of the most appreciated projects on Behance this month:
We’ve made the difficult decision to sunset ActionMethod Online permanently in the spring of 2014.
Our core products, Behance and 99U are growing exponentially, and we are challenging ourselves to focus our energy on our central mission: to empower and connect the creative world. At the same time, more and more task management solutions are coming to market run by teams that are solely focused on building applications for productivity. Deciding to close AMO has been a difficult decision for us, and we know it is an inconvenience for you.
We hope that delaying the official sunset until June 1st, 2014 leaves you plenty of time to wrap up existing projects on AMO and plan a smooth transition to another service.
As you may have already noticed, you are no longer being charged a recurring fee for AMO. Given your loyalty, we wanted you to be able to continue to use the product, free of charge, until we formally close it.
You’ll be able to continue using Action Method until June 1st, 2014; after that, the service will be taken offline. We encourage you to use this time to export your Action Steps and migrate to a new system.
We’ve outlined below two other task management systems that we recommend, all of which support the methodology.
Wunderlist is more geared towards individuals and small teams, with the necessary features to practice the Action Method. Be sure to go into “Account Settings” and make the “All” view visible in the Sidebar to have a view of all of your tasks, sorted by due date.
Use Asana to create and manage tasks, and you can add tags, due dates, and other ways to easily organize your tasks. Asana is scalable for larger companies and supports delegation of tasks to other members of your team.
We will also continue posting more suggestions on our website.
Thank you, and please feel free to reach out to us with any questions.
-The Behance team
Adding a “Work in Progress” is a great opportunity to show your work in its early stages, and get feedback on it that can guide the direction it will take. Throw a stake in the ground by posting a WIP, and then iterate from there. We love seeing a handful or more of posts on a WIP, watching the piece take shape along the way, like in Mattias Adolfsson’s “The Second in Line,” above.
Projects, by comparison, are for polished, finished work. This is where you’ll upload images of your final product. A tip from our co-founder: “First, contextualize the project with a short paragraph. Add a title that makes sense and gives a hint of what this project is about. A good rule of thumb is to present the whole piece first, followed by more detailed shots to show the precision of your craft.” While some projects do break down the process, we don’t necessarily recommend showing everything thats in your WIP within the project, as the focus should be finished work.
This is why we choose not to have a feature that “turns a WIP into a Project” – these two types of content should be treated differently, and we want to encourage using Projects for finished, polished work, rather than a transfer of the WIP work. However, we have a feature that allows a WIP and Project to be linked (like in this example, see the bottom right column), so you can click “view full project” on a WIP, or, “View Work In Progress” from a project to get more insight into the journey of a project. Add this in settings at publishing or editing.
For more tips on structuring your projects and WIPs, see:
- 6 Steps for Creating a Knockout Online Portfolio
- Blog Series on How We Curate Projects
In this series, we’ll look deeper into some of the projects on Behance.net that were especially admired in our community. Aymon Shaltoni is a freelance Art Director and designer specializing in Web and Graphic design. His other projects include numerous brand designs, several mobile apps, as well as a redesign concept for Google. We spoke with him about his project “Instagram Redesign Concept”
1) What was your inspiration for this project?
Instagram is one of the most distinctive social networks, so my inspiration was initially personally motivated. I felt like there was a lot to improve in the Instagram design: the app needs new concept with some new features.
2) Can you describe your process in creating this project?
Dealing with social networking requires understanding user. I made a new concept redesign of the application with these new features:
New simple design; flat and out of the way.
We were proud to sponsor Design Week Portland this October, a week of more than 80 events, celebrating design with events from “Icon Building” to “Future of DIY & Interaction Design,” to, yup, you guessed it, a Portfolio Review.