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 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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Links roundup from Behance Portfolio Review events around the world

Another amazing Portfolio Review Week has come to an end, but the stories of the events all around the world are still being told on blogs and in the press. We’ve rounded up a few favorites below!

Sketchbook Magazine: Behance Portfolio Reviews at the Al Turki Business Park Tower in Khobar

“Through the hustle and bustle of the event that took place on the 1st floor of the Al Turki Business Park tower, visitors ooh-ed and aah-ed over the spectacular work of the participants. Art in all it’s mediums, including digital art, sketch art, animation, comic book art, and photography, gathered in the same spot.”

Illustrator’s Ireland: Portfolio Review at The Copper House Gallery in Dublin

“The crowd on the night was a brilliant mix of people coming from design, photography and illustration. The opportunity to speak and hear about how people develop their work is always fascinating and it opens communication between those working in different creative fields.”

Design Assembly: Yoobee School of Design in Auckland’s Portfolio Review

“With over 40 attendees there was mingling, networking and drinks, followed by a short welcome, then 60 minutes of portfolio reviews held in a friendly, discussion format with industry professionals.”

dnaIndia: Pune, India Portfolio Review at Lokusdesign

“Our aim is to promote fresh talent, giving them a chance to work on some of the top brands in the industry. With global design firms entering the Indian markets, it is important that the Indian designers are equipped to face the growing competition.”

The Davaoist: 5 Reasons Why You Should Join Behance Portfolio Reviews in Davao

“#4: You and your artworks will finally get the recognition (or exposure) that they deserve.”

This Week’s Most Appreciated Projects

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:

The Great Gatsby has had some major influence not only in theaters, but on Behance. Like Minded Studios collaborated with Baz Luhrman, Catherine Martin & Bazmark Team to create some dazzling Gatsby branding.

Russian designers Hobo and Sailor have created retro style branding for Velocity Cycle Club, producting a very consistent visual identity with animated gifs that keep our head spinning.

Pin it!

This past week, we updated our Behance mobile app for iPhone with one big addition: PINS!  Now, as long as you have the Pinterest app installed, you can Pin a project you love.


When you tap the “Share” button when viewing a project, you’ll now have the option to share with Pinterest.  When you tap Pinterest, their app will launch and you’ll be able to edit your pin.  You’ll then be redirected back to Behance’s app.

Download/update the app today!

Behance Announcements at Adobe Max

Earlier this month at Adobe MAX, Scott Belsky and the Adobe team announced some exciting ways that Behance will now be integrated into the Creative Cloud membership, allowing for a streamlined process for sharing work to our platform.

With Behance now integrated with Creative Cloud, you can seamlessly share your Work-In-Progress right from, and starting on June 17, with the release of the new CC subscription applications, Photoshop CC will allow users share to Behance directly from the application. In addition, ProSite will be available at no additional cost for Creative Cloud paid members. You can use ProSite to design an incredible portfolio site that stays in sync with your projects on Behance, increasing your efficiency and helping your work get more exposure.

Learn more about the announcement made at AdobeMAX:

Tech Crunch - Adobe Updates Creative Cloud with Deep Behance Integration
Creative Boom - A Creative Evolution & the next generation of creativity
Forbes - Adobe’s Behance: The Creative Graph Lets Your Work Do the Networking
Wall Street Journal - Adobe Accelerates Shift to the Cloud
Adobe Blog - Adobe Unveils Major Update to Creative Cloud 


Portfolio Review Week is in Full Swing

We’re right in the middle of Behance Portfolio Review Week, and are seeing an outpouring of buzz all over the internet about these community-planned events that are currently going on around the globe. Join in on the fun by browsing what people are saying, and enjoy some highlights below:

Instagram Feed
Pinterest Highlights
Flickr Photosets
Twitter Feed #BehanceReviews 

Ottawa, Canada


Budapest, Hungary

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Portfolio Review Week has begun!

Portfolio Review Week has officially kicked off around the world! With over 200 events scheduled worldwide, we’re seeing news and pictures popping up from these inspiring gatherings. People are sharing work & getting feedback all over the world, and the internet!

Here’s some early news and pictures from these events:

Brasilia, Brasil

Vladivostok, Russia

Rome, Italy 

Make sure to check out our Flickr & Pinterest page for more event coverage!

Meet the Team: Nami

Who are you and what do you do at Behance?
Konichiwa! I am Nami Berglund, Associate Curator at Behance.
I moved from Tokyo to New York in late 2010 with my husband. My daughter is in college studying Theater. I have been very fortunate to be part of this culturally-diverse team of talented people at Behance. Oscar Ramos Orozco and I look through all the projects that Behance members upload, spot new talents and curate for the Network and Served Sites. It is a challenging job because it is very organic. Before joining Behance, in Tokyo I worked as a Game Producer, Visual Effects Producer and a Strategic Planner.

What are the three desktop tools you can’t live without?
Behance Admin tools – We have a custom curation tools for featuring projects on Behance and all to of the Serve Sites.
2. Google Chrome – The only browser that can withstand the abuse of opening multiple tabs at the same time.
3. YouTube and Soundcloud- Endless choice of music – DJ set from Matthew Dear, Michael Mayer and Old School House Music – Contemporary Music from Steve Reich and Phillip Glass. When I need extra push and focus, I listen to various Speed and Heavy Metal my favorites are Powermad and Ronnie James Dio.

What have you worked on recently that you are extra proud of?
The team has recently been awarded with a Webby for Self-Promotion/Portfolio in both Official and People’s Choice category. I am very proud to be a part of the team!

Can you name a few of your favorite blogs and sites?
Racked – the perfect website for keeping track of what is going on in the city. I love fashion and good restaurants.
Streeteasy, Apartment Therapy and Curbed – Living space is challenging in New York. I want to stay informed and inspired to utilize space.

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