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:


The folks at Creative Lab created and shared the visual guidelines they designed for Google. Check out part 1 and part 2 to see all the product icons, logo lockups and illustrations they compiled.

Illustrator Tobia Hall was commissioned by the Holiday Inn to design and paint a custom mural.  He documents his process and the finished piece in this project.

A Closer Look with Bex Glover

We had the pleasure of interviewing Bex Glover, a graphic designer, artist & illustrator living and working in Bristol, UK. 

How long have you been in design/illustration?
10 years

Do your personal projects differ from your professional work? If yes, how so?
Yes to some degree, my personal work is often more hand rendered / painting based -using markers and spray paint, and it tends to have a more abstract aesthetic. I like to emulate the hand rendered feel in my digital illustrative work too, but the style and subject matter will be dictated by the requirements of the brief. Some can be cleaner cut, simple, and digital in style, others more urban and freestyle. It’s great when you get projects where the client wants to do something based on your personal work –that’s often the more fun, creative stuff.

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Remix Challenge

To celebrate the 106th birthday of iconic designer Charles Eames, we’re inviting you to pay homage to the iconic Eames armchair by designing your own remix for a chance to win an Eames molded plastic armchair, a limited-edition Eames Foundation print and more. Show us your Eames armchair remix. how would you paint it? Deocrate it? Build on it? Reinterpret it? Share your remix!

Here’s how to play:

1. Download images of the Eames armchair
2. Create your remix (Here’s what six top designers did with it)
3. Upload it to Behance – either from Behance.net or from Creative Cloud

Option 1: Upload Straight to Behance

Just go to Behance.net, click “Add Work” –> “Work in Progress” and go to town! Make sure to add the tag createnow.

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Kuler for iOS!

Kuler, Adobe’s social color platform, has been a hit with creatives everywhere and now if you’re an iOS user, you can have the power of Kuler in your pocket!  Kuler for iOS allows you to spin the color wheel to find your perfect combination and HEX/RGB values, but it gets really awesome when you flip the app into Camera mode.

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Behind the Project: A Transit App For Seasoned Commuters

In this series, we’ll look deeper into some of the projects on Behance.net that were especially admired in our community. Martin Oberhäuser is a Hamburg, Germany based information and interface designer. After working with various large agencies and freelancing, Oberhäuser founded the oberhaeuser.info design studio in 2011.  Oberhäuser’s passion for data visualization is apparent in projects that range from encyclopedia infographics to an app that monitors and tracks online mentions.  We spoke with him about his recent project, nextr, an iPhone app that helps users navigate German public transit by providing intuitive, essential information and directions.

What was your inspiration for this project?
My inspiration was initially personally motivated. I use public transportation services in Germany pretty frequently and I was never satisfied with the available transportation guidance apps. I felt like there was a lot of room for improvement, especially for heavy transit users like myself. Most people I know that use these apps are familiar with the public transportation systems in their cities. They only need quick access to some important use cases, for example “when does the next train depart from the station closest to my home?” So I focused on this user group and provided this easy access combined with the ability to drill deeper for more information if necessary.

Can you describe your process in creating this project?
I decided to play around with some initial ideas and concepts for a more intuitive app. After a while I came up with a structure based around the current user position on a map and easy access to nearby stations.

I approached my iOS developer Marcus Wermuth with this concept and some initial layouts and asked if he’d be interested in and capable of developing the app. Fortunately, he was excited to work with me on making this concept a reality. Of course, we had other running client projects and had to earn some money, so it took us a while to reach a working prototype, and then a fully functional app.
This project continues to be pretty challenging because we are working with real time data and geolocation. The real challenge, however, was to initially achieve the right amount of simplification—asking “what information is really relevant for the user and what is our main target audience?”

Did anything interesting happen as a result of the success of this project?  (fans contacting you, job opportunities, blogs picking it up, etc).

We used Behance as the main tool to advertise the launch of our app and the reactions have been phenomenal. A few hours after we published the project many blogs were writing about it and it soon became the second best selling app on the German App Store. We are also getting many interview requests from blogs and tech magazines. I can’t say exactly how big the impact of Behance was, but it definitely played a big role.

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Behance Testimonials – Hemali Vadalia

“When I began my career as an animator & illustrator, I had no idea how to reach out to clients and find projects that give me creative freedom. I mostly worked for the clients in Mumbai. Then I happened to know about Behance and I’m glad that I uploaded my portfolio here. My clay illustrations & animation got noticed. Also my work with paper craft was appreciated. And within a month I got a couple of wonderful projects to work on.”

 

“This, followed by a lot of encouraging emails and appreciations. It just made things easier for me to showcase my work and the process behind it. I also got to do workshops. Now I have been working on animations and illustrations for iPad games, websites, books and magazines. Apart from this, there’s a lot to learn from the creative community and get inspired everyday!”

–Hemail Vadalia, Mumbai, India (http://www.behance.net/hemali)

 

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Developer’s Toolkit: Dallas S. Simpson

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?

I’m Dallas S. Simpson and I am the Database Administrator (DBA) here at Behance. I’m responsible for all things MySQL related from making sure our databases are online, consistent and running as fast as possible to designing schemas, writing queries and making sure the code is interacting with the databases in the most efficient manner possible. I love databases! I’ve been working in tech for over 13 years now in various capacities and databases have always been the one thing that never cease to interest me. Originally I’m from Philadelphia, PA but moved to the East Village in New York in November of 2012 to come work here at Behance. When I’m not working I can found taking in live music, enjoying small batch bourbon, hanging out with my dog or underwater SCUBA diving.

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Behind the Project: Branding a Family-Owned Ski Resort for a Modern Era

In this series, we’ll look deeper into some of the projects on Behance.net that were especially admired in our community. This time, we spoke with Bureau Rabensteiner, an Innsbruck, Austria based graphic design studio. Their designs range from thermo sensitive business cards to branding bakeries. We spoke to them about their recent hotel branding project for the Trofana Alpin.

What was your inspiration for this project?
The Trofana Alpin was the very first hotel in the winter sports resort of Ischgl (a small village in Austria). The hotel is family-owned and builds the foundation of the von der Thannen family history and tradition—a fact that turned this project into something personal and very close to our hearts.

Can you describe your process in creating this project?
The client emphasized their family history and how everything started out with a humble Bed & Breakfast. We were also provided with a number of historical items related to the von der Thannen family history, like an old photo archive. After rethinking the project we came up with a branding concept that referred to the origins of their family business. We redesigned the look and feel of the brand with a focus on the von der Thannen family’s exemplary ability to balance tradition with modern convenience and understated luxury.

Did anything interesting happen as a result of the success of this project? (fans contacting you, job opportunities, blogs picking it up, etc).
Yes, many people have contacted us, for very different reasons, because of our projects on Behance. Some have questions concerning type, papers, photography etc., while some very nice ones simply get in touch to tell us how much they like our work. Ultimately though, it turned out that Behance is a really good platform for receiving serious requests.

We were also lucky to get an immediate feature on Design made in Germany an important German design blog. Also Page Online, one of Germany’s graphic design magazines, featured us within an article. We are really thankful that a lot of other bloggers helped us by sharing our work in recent years. That was more than we could have hoped for.

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