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

Behance’s 99U Conference: It’s Not About Ideas. It’s About Making Ideas Happen

When inspiration strikes, ideas flow freely. But seeing those ideas through to completion is another thing entirely. That’s why 99U focuses on the hard part — idea execution. This May, we’ll bring 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.

Learn more about the 2013 99U Conference 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:



Pavel Emelyanov created a brand identity for a vintage store called Crow’s Nest, pulling inspiration from raw materials and natural textures. Check out the full identity here.


As part of a campaign for Interstate Batteries, Mike Campau created a series of narrative images. According to Campau, “each image was a combination of stock, CGI and some Photoshop wizardry.” Take a look at the full series here.