99u Pop-Up School Day 2 & 3

We’ve just about wrapped up our our first ever 99U Pop-Up School- and its been such an incredible learning experience. Day 2 & 3 have been filled with strong speakers, amazing master classes, and impactful activities in our “playground” time.

Day 2 was all about learning how to launch, grow, and lead a successful start-up business. The lineup included Neil Blumenthal (co-founder & co-CEO of Warby Parker), Kathryn Minshew (founder & CEO, The Muse), Patrick Buckley & Craig Dalton (co-founders of DODOcase) and Alexis Ohanian (Co-Founder, Reddit).

Day 3 was brand & digital strategy intensive, and was focused on how to create a loyal following for your brand in a digital world. We heard from Gary Vaynerchuk (CEO, VaynerMedia), Jonathan Perelman (VP of Agency Strategy, BuzzFeed), Allison Johnson (Founder of West & Former VP Marketing at Apple), and Aaron Dignan (CEO, Undercurrent).

Here are some highlights from the past three days. Take a look back here:
Follow the conference hashtag: #99school
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Live from 99U Pop-Up School

We’re in the midst of the first ever 99U Pop-Up School- a three day event all about super-charging your creative skill set for success in the 21st century. For our inaugural school session, we’ve selected three topics that are essential to making an impact with your ideas — career development, entrepreneurship, andbrand & digital strategy — and built an intensive day-long learning program for each of them.

Day 1 was all about how to build the creative career you want, and had a lineup that included Simon Sinek (author of “Start With Why”), Heidi Grant Halvorson (Associate Director, Columbia University Motivation Science Center), James Victore (Artist & Educator), Ben Barry (Designer & Co-Founder, Facebook Analog Research Lab), and Behance’s own Scott Belsky.

Here are some highlights from the thick of it. Today and tomorrow make sure to:
Follow the conference hashtag: #99school
Follow us on Instagram: 99U 

 

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World Humanitarian Day: Human Pictures

In honor of World Humanitarian Day, Behance is supporting the United Nation’s campaign by profiling users who have created projects with a particularly humanitarian focus. This year’s World Humanitarian Day theme asks the question “The World Needs More _________”; brands, organizations, and individuals can then sponsor the words to raise money and awareness.

Human Pictures is a film-specialized design group based in New York. Their projects reflect their commitment to progressive media creation, and  include advertisements for the United Nations, get-out-the-vote initiatives, a campaign for SOME Designs, as well as several other documentary short projects.

The theme for World Humanitarian Day is: The World Needs More _______. In three words or less, what do you think the world needs more of?
The World Needs More Will to Change

What led you to pursue these projects?
Human Pictures was born as a means to push toward a more just world through the use of media as a tool for social transformation. From the get go, Human Pictures has been committed to working exclusively on projects that in some way or another contributed in the struggle for justice and social change. These projects are sometimes based on a direct message of transformation, offer options to consumers that contributed to a more just exchange economy, or challenge and question social paradigms around race, gender and sexuality. The UN Women piece clearly spurred a message against racism within Colombian society, while our work on SOME provided more socially responsible alternatives to consumers. Read more →

The New Creative (and their tools) – an update!

A number of big announcements from our colleagues at Adobe just went out – there are two things in particular you Behancers should get excited about!

Project Mighty and Project Napoleon – Tools for the New Creatives
Today, Adobe announced that our cloud pen, Project Mighty, and our digital ruler, Project Napoleon, will move from a technology exploration to a planned product! If you saw our exploration demo at MAX, you already know how kickass this project is. Mighty and Napolean are designed to feel part of your mobile creative tool kit. Click through to get a closer look at how it all will work, and find an update from product lead Michael Gough here.

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Quick Update on Portfolio Review Week Four!

The weather is changing here in New York (finally!) and it’s getting darker sooner (ugh!) but it means November is quickly approaching.

So what’s new? We’ve sent out our first round of Digital Promotion Kits to our first round of hosts–we’re really excited about those as we’ve added some new things like Tips for Hosts. We’ve got almost every continent represented (we’re looking at your Australia and Antarctica) and we cannot wait to hear from the rest of you!

For more info: http://www.behance.net/reviews

Developer’s Tookit: Manny Toledo

This post is part of a series where Behance developers talk about the various tools they use to get things done and make ideas happen.

1. Who are you and what do you do at Behance?

Hello everybody, I’m Manny Toledo a Devops Engineer here at Behance. My main goal is making sure that Behance always offers the best experience possible to everyone in the community. Beyond that I help implement and build tools to make our lives easier on the development and infrastructure side of Behance. My new shiny toy to accomplish that is Chef.  It is a configuration management tool that lets us use code to describe what our infrastructure should look like and push those rules out to each server.  This also allows us to commit our configuration to git and keep versions of infrastructure changes.  Overall some really awesome stuff for managing a servers in bulk.

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Behind the Project: Subjective Guide to Life

In this series, we’ll look deeper into some of the projects on Behance.net that were especially admired in our community. Michael Pharaoh is a New Zealand based graphic Designer. His other projects include a rebranding of Cadbury’s chocolate using 3-D modeling and a brand identity for a hypothetical bicycle club. We spoke with him about his recent project Michael’s Guide to Life, a guidebook based on personal experience and advice, modeled after family health books.

What was your inspiration for this project?
I personally just wanted a way to collect what I thought were important pieces of advice or skills I’ve picked up that have helped me through my life. I’ve always liked the design aesthetic of those big family health guidebooks, so I drew inspiration from that and wanted to create one for life.

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:


Russian creative agency People Too creates a memorable campaign for Amnesty International UK. Check out the full project, and their process work, here.


California-based designer Cody Small revamped the website and brand identity for a catering company offering high-end quality dining. Check out the full project here.

Behind the Project: Repair Rather Than Replace

In this series, we’ll look deeper into some of the projects on Behance.net that were especially admired in our community. Katie Tonkovitch is a San Francisco based designer. Her other projects include branding for San Francisco dive bar, The Makeout Room as well as timeline based packaging for those trekking through the Himalayas. We spoke with her about her recent project, Mend.

What was your inspiration for this project?
Most of my projects have an element of sustainability to them. The final form was both inspired and limited by existing within those parameters. I think the creative challenge of
balancing aesthetics and function, of striving for both beauty and reusability, was a lot of what made this project successful.

The limited materials I chose drove the design to a high degree. One of the first things I did was hunt down the reusable containers and recycled papers, and make the decision that I was only going to use black ink. Discovering what typefaces and design elements played nicely within those parameters was a large part of my inspiration. For instance, the choice to use colored thread to color-code the different kits was born out of the fact that I limited myself to a single color of ink.

Can you describe your process in creating this project?
The design brief was the primary challenge. This was a fairly open-ended student project, so I really wanted to have a fully fleshed-out concept before I even began sketching. I wanted to do something in the world of sustainability, and spent considerable time brainstorming about how buying a new collection of stuff could possibly be a sustainable act. It then occurred to me that if that stuff helped you mend what you already had, it would be preventing you from buying things you didn’t need. The driving concept became: Don’t buy more stuff; mend what you have.

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