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.

Cupid for creatives: Behance’s Scott Belsky pairs talent with employers


On the walls of its Soho offices in Manhattan, Behance showcases artwork from its network of designers, photographers, typographers and illustrators. IdeaPaint-covered walls allow its 30 staff to write with whiteboard pens almost anywhere: one wall charts a freelancer payment system, another, a green gyre of code.

Scott Belsky, the company’s 32-year-old CEO, wants to pair talent with employers: his marketing and career services department for creatives has showcased more than two million projects from a million members in 172 countries.

Keep reading here

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:


Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is hard work, but this app makes monitoring your BMI, calorie intake and heart rate easy. This informative app with a beautifully designed interface comes from web designer Gabor Jutasi and graphic designer Daniel Koveshazi. See more “medical apps” here.

Digital artist Timothy Reynolds created a series of low-poly animal sculptures – the result of a self-initiated animal study. Check out the full series of 3D digital renderings (including an elephant, wooly mammoth and a reindeer) here.

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:


David Schwen’s humorously turns Pantone chips into edible pairings with combos like salt and pepper, ham and cheese and spaghetti and meatballs. Check out this community favorite here.


Ian Collins raises the bar for wedding invitations with a complete kit including a pop-up  save-the-date card, field map and illustrations by his wife. Take a closer look here.

 

Behind the Project: Facebook Redesign

In this series, we’ll look deeper into some of the projects on Behance.net that were especially admired in our community. Fred Nerby designed a Facebook redesign concept that has absolutely exploded on the web – over 300,000 views, 15,000 appreciations and counting! He streamlined the experience, adding responsive panels, splitting the News Feed into two columns, for example. Take a deeper look into how this was created below!

What was your inspiration for this project?
As funny as it may sound, the project was not actually inspired by visuals or UI work created by other platforms, but more so a deeper understanding and a personal interest in user behavior. For a while I’ve been researching Systematic Design and what it actually represents and how it’s best applied in the digital space because it’s changed the making of media in the modern world and also how digital agencies are now working.

Understanding behavior and the psychological success behind a platform such as Facebook is crucial before you get in to the creation or execution of design. People around the world are already connected on a personal level with the platform (or the brand that is Facebook) for many different reasons; main factor is that it’s fulfilling a need in people that wasn’t there a few years ago. If you understand the power of systematic thinking then there are ways of drawing that emotional connection out of people with clever design that will make the experience even more powerful and engaging for the user; and that is where it all started.

Can you describe your process in creating this project?
First off, when dealing with a platform such as Facebook, which is heavily focused on a suite of behaviors you need to get an understanding of how to actually design for that. The process of thinking is very different from how people have worked in the past at more traditional agencies. It’s important to understand that most traditional agencies are coming from a pure narrative space where the idea is to interrupt you to think of a brand you haven’t thought about and connect you through a story. Their greatest challenge in the modern world of media right now is to recognize that you can be creative within “Systematic Design”.

For example, the world is embracing the products and media invented in places such as the Silicon Valley (Apple) and the innovation that has been driving such places forward is NOT the innovation of narrative, it’s the innovation and more importantly the understanding of systems and behavior. And today; that has become a creative discipline! Companies like Apple and Facebook are focusing on creating platforms and it’s a new world where you “invent media to frame behavior”, which in itself means that the production is now creative and your relationship with the “making” is very different. If you want your UI to be successful you need to have a solid understanding of all this before you move on to architecture and design when taking on a platform.

All in all, the setup was thought through before I got into the making of design so the overall process of creating the artwork went fairly smooth with a few minor hick-­‐ ups on the way. Again, you can’t jump straight in to a design of such a project without understanding the user behavior and then try to figure things out as you go along. That will never work!

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The next Portfolio Review Week is here!

It’s that time again – the next Behance Portfolio Review Week is coming up from May 13-20th. Last October, there were over 175 events in 56 countries – over 4,000 creatives attended an event to get feedback on their creative work. This is your chance to get personalized feedback on your creative work from the Behance community! We’re looking for event organizers to step forward and plan a Portfolio Review in your area.

More info here:
Behance Portfolio Review Week: http://be.net/reviews
Info for Organizers: http://be.net/reviews/info

If you’re interested, please fill out this short form and then get started by following these steps.
(https://behance.wufoo.com/forms/organize-a-behance-portfolio-review)

P.S. Check out the results from the first Portfolio Review Week, back in May 2012, here: Infographic