Deployment with Scarlett ( Hubot + HipChat + Nodejs + CoffeScript + Phing )

Clase Premier / Scarlett Johansson by César Moreno on Behance

Clase Premier / Scarlett Johansson by César Moreno on Behance

Here at Behance, we deploy a lot of code, very VERY frequently. We are constantly adding new features to our applications, hotfixing bugs, and changing things to give everyone a better user experience.

The Problem:

Currently, we have 3 operations engineers who have the credentials to build our applications to our pre-production and production environments ( Myself, Ko Uchiyama, and Chris Henry ). If none of us are available for whatever reason, changes don’t get pushed. At the same time, if we ARE available, on a really bad deployment day we can receive anywhere from 12-30 requests to push changes which can REALLY interrupt our work flow or weekend ( Especially mine since I’ve become the “main build engineer guy” lately). How can we make this workflow better?

The Solution:

Build a robot to do it for you! Duh.

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Great opportunities this week: Working with non-profits

Behance JobList hosts the best opportunities in the creative job market from top companies across the globe. Here’s a roundup of fresh postings on the JobList this week.

For daily updates on the latest opportunities, follow @BehanceJobs on Twitter

UI Designer at charity:water (New York, NY)
Graphic Designer at charity:water (New York, NY)
Help solve the water crisis and provide clean water for people in developing countries through your design work.

Sr. UX Designer at The Climate Corporation (San Francisco, CA)
Join in the Climate Corporation’s mission is to help all the world’s people and businesses manage and adapt to climate change. (Plus perks like an always-stocked kegerator.)

Design Assistant (freelance) at CharityBuzz (New York, NY)
Join a team dedicated to raising millions for nonprofits by auctioning incredible experiences with the world’s biggest celebrities and brands.

Quick Update: Behance & Adobe (& Some Creative Cloud News)

Scott Belsky, Co-Founder & Head of Behance, VP – Product-Community, Adobe

We became part of the Adobe family a few months ago. While we have a lot of new acronyms and systems to learn, we’ve been pleasantly surprised by the warm welcome and bounty of ideas from across the company. There is also a strong desire to better understand the creative community’s needs, take a more design-centric approach to product, and support the creative process in new ways. Adobe reaches millions of creative people around the world every day, and our team at Behance has the opportunity to help connect the creative world throughout the creative process. We feel at home, and now we’ve got a lot of work to do!

In the year ahead, here’s what you can expect from our team at Behance:

  1. The Behance platform is going to get a lot better, faster, and offer even more exposure for your work. We have a full roadmap of improvements and features that help you connect with your peers and with career opportunity. We’re excited.
  2. We will start integrating some of Behance’s best community features into Adobe tools. Want feedback? Adding new work to your portfolio? We want to make this more efficient and more integrated into your everyday workflow. Stay tuned for updates in May!
  3. We have grand plans for ProSite – and other “Pro” features – that will make Behance a more powerful utility for creative careers. We’ve got a long list of enhancements and features that will bring online portfolios to a whole new level.

We are also working closely with our new colleagues at Adobe to make the “Creative Cloud” offering more integrated into our everyday workflow. For those of you that don’t know, Creative Cloud is a subscription service for all of Adobe’s creative applications (Photoshop, Illustrator, and the list goes on…) for a low monthly fee. Creative Cloud also keeps your applications up-to-date with frequent updates and new features as they are ready (no more waiting 16+ months for the latest and greatest). But the vision for Creative Cloud is about much more than the apps themselves. Ultimately, the service should make the entire creative process more seamless and collaborative. The roadmap ahead is amazing, and we hope to share updates in a few months.

Over time, we also want to offer some of the best benefits of Behance as part of Adobe’s Creative Cloud service. Starting today, ProSite (normally $99/year) will be available at no additional cost for Creative Cloud paid members. For those of you that don’t know, ProSite transforms your public Behance portfolio into a fully customized personal portfolio site with your own URL. You can design an incredible portfolio site that stays in sync with your projects on Behance, increasing your efficiency and helping your work get more exposure from Behance’s 18+ Million visitors every month.

If you’re ready to get started building and customizing your Behance ProSite, just a few quick steps:

  1. Login and go to the Apps page on creative.adobe.com
  2. Find the ProSite icon under “Other Services” and click on the “Get Started” link
  3. You’ll be brought to the ProSite welcome page on Behance, where you can either log in or sign up for Behance to build your portfolio and launch your ProSite when you’re ready

We will be offering additional “Pro” features over the coming year, and these will also be made available to all Creative Cloud paid members. If you want to learn more about the Creative Cloud offering, visit http://creative.adobe.com.

Needless to say, this is just the beginning… Our team at Behance is working on some of the most exciting projects of our professional lives right now. We can’t wait to show you.

Scott & Behance Team

A Closer Look with James Morton-Haworth

We are excited to have interview James Morton-Haworth, a versatile film maker who’s ProSite shows some cinematic greatness!

How long have you been in film?
In January 2013 it’ll be ten years since I graduated and started out. I’ll have to put together a reel or something to celebrate. The first ten years have been all about learning and honing the craft side of things – both filmmaking and working with the web. I’m really lucky to have had the opportunity to work and learn from so many brilliant people and to have started a company four years ago that’s growing well and producing great work. I hope that continues.

Do your personal projects differ from your professional work? If yes, how so?
Starting Gramafilm has devoured most of my life and consumed everything that I currently do. That said having my own website is a nice place to curate some of my favourite projects I’ve worked on. It’s an important little space for me – and it does bring Gramafilm.com a bit of traffic – so it’s win win.

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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:


Designer/Illustrator Eiko Ojala brings this vertical landscape to life with paper cut outs and layered illustrations. Check out the work in more detail here.


In his project “Black Hole” Fabian Oefner captures paint in motion, creating a series of colorful, abstract sculptures. See the full series, and learn how he does it, here.  

The Results from the ‘Behance Talent Search: Student Edition’

All-nighters, limited funds, and not nearly enough hours in a day –being a student is tough! We recently ran a competition to celebrate the hard work and innovation of creative students, awarding prizes for the top work. Submissions were judged based on presentation, creativity, originality, thought-process and execution. Of the 2,000+ submissions, check out the lucky few who’ll be taking home a series of creative prizes:


Kachi-Katah, a transformative chair inspired by a Japanese flower, by product designer Masamune Kaji


A collection of oil paintings by artist Matthew Adelberg


Illustrations for an interactive e-book by illustrator Rafael Alvarez


A conceptual project with 3D modeling for a new Volvo model by automotive designer Alexandar Alexiev


A self promotional branding project by graphic designer Yerevan Dilanchian
 

The Alva Fellowships 2013, Empowering the Next Generation of Inventors

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Are you incubating a remarkable invention? Applications are now open for our second annual Alva Fellowship program, which will provide seed grants to empower the next generation of inventors to take action on their ideas.

Presented with our friends at GE, the Alva Fellowships will select three winners under 30 years of age who have demonstrated remarkable potential to create useful and innovative new products or services that will help the world work better.The Alva Fellows will be identified through an application process in which young creators share their qualifications as idea executors and outline a specific proposal for a new product or service that they want to bring to market.

All Alva Fellowship winners will receive a $13,500 cash grant to be used in the creation of the proposed product, as well as 1 complimentary ticket to the 2013 99U Conference, a $1,500 travel stipend, and access to GE’s  many experts and educational resources around the world.

More info on official rules & applying here. 

 

Great opportunities this week: Entry-level Design jobs

Behance JobList hosts the best opportunities in the creative job market from top companies across the globe. Here’s a roundup of fresh postings on the JobList this week.

For daily updates on the latest opportunities, follow @BehanceJobs on Twitter

Junior and Senior Designer, UI / UX & Graphic Design at Metrik (San Francisco, CA)
Metrik is a full-service, multidisciplinary design studio looking for a motivated designer who is eager to work on all phases of the design process.

Junior Web Designer at Walrus (New York, NY)
An opportunity to support a larger staff but also to own your own projects. It’s a big job, and you’ll gain a ton of experience quickly and there’s lots of room to grow.

Junior Graphic Designer at OutSystems (Lisbon, Portugal)
For highly creative and energetic candidates that value broadening their knowledge not only in the Design field but also in Marketing and Business.

Junior- Senior Designers at Spring Studios (New York, NY)
Spring Studios is currently hiring all levels of designers to communicate client messages across a variety of mediums and platforms.

Junior Graphic Designer (Print and Interactive) at Bortz Group (Chicago, IL)
Faced-paced marketing firm representing an array of clients in the Chicagoland area is in need of a Junior Graphic Designer looking to kick off their career and contribute to a small team of busy creatives.

Junior layout designer/graphic designer/retoucher at Lime Crime (Los Angeles)
LOVE makeup? Obsessed with fonts, textures, and text-based design? Then you want to join this young, creative team.

Junior Graphic Designer: Packaging and Print at Snakebite, Inc (North Chelmsford, MA)
Develop and implement designs according to brand standards for projects including food packaging and marketing collateral for ten established brands in the retail industry.