Behance Success Story: Amr El Kouedy

We recently got an email from Amr El Kouedy, a user since 2009 who has not only found his dream job, but also an amazing creative community he didn’t even know existed around him.

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“I am a twenty seven year old Egyptian, living my dream in Dubai as successful digital designer at dubizzle.com, one of the biggest classifieds website in the region. As cheesy as it sounds, it is all because of Behance.

I joined Behance in 2009 and uploaded my first project as a junior designer. Using the amazing platform for five years, I grew more and more, learned from the best, and inspired the younger desingners. Yet, I never realized how this platform can impact my life.

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A Closer Look with Jessica Henderson

How long have you been in design?
I worked as a full-time designer immediately after I graduated college about 7 years ago. I worked in-house in a University marketing and communications department while going to grad school and switched gears to become an assistant professor after graduating with my MFA about 3 years ago.

Do your personal projects differ from your professional work? If yes, how so?
For sure. I very much have one foot in the “fine art” studio and one in my office. The work I do for clients is strategic, objective-based and bottom-line driven while my studio work is entirely self-directed. I love the freedom to wander here–to not have an explicit strategy or game plan. There’s room for ambiguity, surprise and tension that is typically less desirable in the client-work I do.

A Closer Look with Jessica Henderson

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Most Appreciated Projects: Monthly Roundup

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:

 Most Appreciated

Maxim Shkret of Krasnador, Russia, re-imagines predators (specifically a bear, fox, and lion) in 3D Vector Graphics. See the full set here (bonus: they’re for sale)!

Most Appreciated

26 letters, 26 materials. FOREAL’s goal was to create a fully sculpted alphabet, using materials ranging from stone and wood to the unexpected (icing, skin, moon, and more)! View The Sculpted Alphabet.

 

 

Vote us to the top of the class!

Behance & 99u have been nominated for Webby Awards in the Community, Blog & Design categories. We are so honored by our nominations and appreciate your support. Voting details below!

Nominee – Vote For Us!
Web Category – Best Navigation Structure
http://pv.webbyawards.com/2014/web/website-features-and-design/best-navigationstructure

Web Category – Community
http://pv.webbyawards.com/2014/web/general-website/community

Web Category –  Business Blog (99U)
http://pv.webbyawards.com/2014/web/general-website/blog-business

Honoree – Thanks!
Mobile & Apps Category – Best Visual Design (Aesthetic Honoree)
http://pv.webbyawards.com/2014/mobile-apps/all-devices/best-visual-design-aesthetic/honorees

Mobile & Apps Category – Social Honoree
http://pv.webbyawards.com/2014/mobile-apps/all-devices/social/honorees

Behind the Project: Stamps, Post Denmark

In this series, we’ll look deeper into some of the projects on Behance.net that were especially admired in our community. Peter Dam is a Odense, Denmark- based illustrator and designer. “Stamps, Post Denmark” is his first project on Behance.

What was your inspiration for this project?
I was working on another project making a visual portrait of Denmark. When surfing the web for pictures of Denmark, I suddenly spotted—between two pictures of Hans Christian Andersen—a funny picture of a plate with two pieces of danish. I remember thinking “that’s so typical of Danish culture!”

Later that day, I was waiting in line at the post office and saw a new stamp series with a motif of Danish allotments in the sun. That was also so typical of Danish culture!
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Gearing up for Portfolio Review Week!

Over the past few months, it’s been exciting to watch so many communities come together to plan their events for Portfolio Week #5! Every community we’ve seen has dedicated weeks of planning and care in order to create an event that’s truly memorable.

As PRW # 5 grows closer (May 12- 15, worldwide!) we’re taking a time out to reflect on the best moments of Reviews past. Take a look at some of our previous hosts reflect about their favorite parts of their events:

What was your favorite Portfolio Review moment? from Behance on Vimeo.

You can find out more about Portfolio Review Week, as well as sign up to host or attend, at behance.com/reviews !

Adobe & Sketchfab: A Match Made in 3D Heaven

For the past 24 years, Adobe Photoshop has helped push the creative world forward.  We’ve been able to take what used to be a completely analog act like drawing and digitized it.  Only in our wildest dreams could we imagine having a flat image, analog or digital, come to life.  Now with the advancement and accessibility of 3D printers, almost anyone can go from sketch-to-prototype in minutes.  Now, Photoshop has made this transition even easier with built-in tools that export to services like Sketchfab that allow viewers to completely interact with a 3D model.  Now with a few clicks, you can go from a Photoshop file to a prototype and a Behance project.

 

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For more info on how Sketchfab is helping move the 3D needle forward, be sure to check out their blog update here.

Already up and going with Sketchfab and Behance?  Get posting!

For full info on Adobe Photoshop’s foray into the 3D world, check out this.

Just Launched: Powerful New Inbox & Messaging on Behance

At Behance, we’re all about helping you get connected with great opportunities. We hope this is easier than ever with our powerful new inbox. Here’s what’s new:

1. Threaded Messages
For the first time, send group messages in a thread of up to 10 people. Collaborating on a project? Starting a discussion with a group of key members? Threaded messages it is.

2. Message-on-the-go
For the first time, the Behance inbox is responsive and will work great on all devices. This has been a big user request, so we’re psyched to make it simple for you to keep up with your message, no matter where you are.

3. New notifications in navigation
Find your inbox notifications in a handy new location, front and center next to your bell notifications.

As a reminder, you can message straight from the inbox, or click the “message” button when viewing any member’s profile.

Happy messaging!

New Behance Inbox

 

New Behance Blog

The Dare to Share Remix Project

The upcoming Behance Portfolio Review Week is a pretty important one.  This May, we celebrate the fifth installment of PRW and we’re daring our community to share.  Showing and discussing your personal creative work can feel scary, but we feel it’s the key to building an amazing creative community.

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To get the creative juices flowing, we’re daring our community to share their interpretation of our “Dare To Share” sticker.  We’ve been posting these all around, but we want to see what you’ve got.

Using the medium of your choice, incorporate Dare to Share into a Behance project.  Use your imagination and go crazy!  When you’re ready to share, tweet at @behanceteam and add #PRWdaretoshare.  We’ll be searching for those tweets and in the weeks leading up to May 12th, we’ll feature tweets, Facebook posts, and Instagrams of our favorites!

Keep on sharing!

- The Behance Community Team