We’re only days away from our annual 99U Conference and the Behance office is buzzing with preparations for the big event. Each year, the 99U team brings together a handful of the world’s most productive creative visionaries and researchers to share pragmatic insights on how to push great ideas forward, create incredible art, build businesses, and change the world. Check out this year’s lineup of speakers:
Can’t make it to this year’s conference? Not to worry – we’ll be live tweeting from @99U and recapping the talks on 99U.com, stay tuned!
Behance Portfolio Review Week is approaching, and hundreds of events around the world are already being organized and discussed! It’s not too late to host an event in your area or RSVP to attend. To learn more about Behance Portfolio Reviews please visit be.net/reviews.
Check out some of our favorite twitter highlights so far:
Our team is really excited about MAX this year. We will be unveiling some exciting projects related to Creative Cloud that we have been working on, as well as some Behance integrations into Adobe tools. In addition, our product design team will be running a few sessions on how to make the most of Behance. It will be our first MAX ever, and we hope to see you there!
MAX, The Creativity Conference May 4-8, 2013: Los Angeles, CA Creativity powers the world. But what powers creativity? MAX 2013. It’s four days of ideas, inspiration, and a meeting of the best creative minds in the world. Join us, and renew your vows with creativity. Come to MAX to gain the knowledge you need to stay competitive and the inspiration to create your best work. You’ll get a mix of speakers like Paula Scher, Jessica Walsh, Paul Irish (Google Chrome developer), and Behance’s own Scott Belsky, along with the opportunity to attend sessions and labs taught by industry leaders and Adobe experts.
We always love seeing a project get noticed in the news – like Scott McFadden’s, recently featured in the San Francisco Chronicle. Last month, Scott posted a Project called ‘Guitar Resume’ that got some following. As Alyson Shontell explains, “McFadden was moved to turn the acoustic guitar – which he received for Christmas – into a resume by his design professor. “Think of your resume as if it is a person. What kind of introduction is it making? How would you introduce yourself?” he was told. So he made something personal.”
Scott says, “I believe in the power of design…Design is an obsession with creative excellence. Design inspires, empowers, questions, challenges, and provokes. Design is more than aesthetics. It is the beauty to the brains. It is the melody behind the lyrics. It is the soul behind the song. Design puts the solution in your hands. It invites you to pick it up and play along.”
We’re proud of Scott creating this one-of-a-kind resumé and wish him the best of luck!
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 week:
As part of a Press & OOH campaign, the brand team at Schusev State Museum of Architecture in Moscow created some beautiful and extremely detailed advertisements. Full series here:
Barcodes are on all products these days, so why not make them fun? Steve Simpson shows originality and creativity with these illustrated barcodes. More here:
One of our newest features allows you to easily link a new or existing project to a Work-In-Progress (WIP). In case you haven’t used it, the Work-in-Progress feature allows you to get instant feedback by uploading a snapshot of your work in progress. You can continue to add future revisions in the same WIP. Now, you can link a finished project to a Work-In-Progress to help you show off the process behind a project.
In your Portfolio page, hover over a Project and click Edit Project. At the top right of the Edit page, click Settings. From there, look on the bottom right and click Link to WIP. Select the appropriate WIP and Save Changes. After saving, view your project to see a new module marked ”View Work In Progress” on the right hand column with a link to the appropriate WIP. Also, if a user is viewing a WIP that has a Project linked to it, there will be a View Full Project link at the bottom of the WIP.
Our newest creative gallery belongs to the Florida-based Ringling College of Art + Design, giving Students, Alumni and Faculty an opportunity to showcase their work and gain more exposure. Browse top projects by Major, Student Status, or Creative Field.
Who are you and what do you do at Behance? I’m Eric, a member of the product team and the Head of Mobile and Apps here at Behance. My background is in design and my goal is to help visitors access Behance on their phones, tablets and other connected devices, and have a great experience doing so. Day-to-day my job is a mix of design, project management, and the occasional prototyping of new ideas using the Behance API.
What are three desktop tools you can’t live without? Other than the usual design tools (Photoshop and Illustrator) a few things that keep me organized and productive:
1. Evernote: Notes, ideas, photos for inspiration, screenshots of websites and sketches. Evernote is a backup of my brain.
2. Skitch: An app (desktop/phones/tablets) for marking up screenshots of websites. An easy way to communicate design issues visually and is an incredible timesaver.
3. Xscope: Broadcast your designs from Photoshop to a mobile device. Also includes application independent color pickers, pixel level zoom, rulers and guides.
What have you worked on recently that you’re extra proud of? A few weeks ago we launched the new 99U website and I’m incredibly happy with how it turned out. It was the first fully responsive site created by Behance and hosts some of the best editorial content on the web. It’s also great to see what we learned rebuilding this site applied to some exciting updates for Behance. Stay tuned!
What do you listen to while working? I’ve been listening to a lot of Podcasts lately. Radiolab, 99% Invisible and Design Matters are favorites of mine with comedy podcasts from Doug Benson, Aisha Tyler and Kevin Smith mixed in. When I’m deep into a design I often go back to indie rock music from the late 90′s like Braid, Burning Airlines or the Poster Children.
What are some startups that you’re a fan of? I’m a huge fan of startups that are making things simple that were complex a few years (or even months) ago. Tumblr, Simple, Square, Aereo, Zite, Uber. Companies that have a mobile focus and give their users exactly what they want, when they want it.