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:

Schusev State Museum of Architecture

As part of a Press & OOH campaign, the brand team at Schusev State Museum of Architecture in Moscow created some beautiful and extremely detailed advertisements. Full series here:

Barcodes are on all products these days, so why not make them fun? Steve Simpson shows originality and creativity with these illustrated barcodes. More here:

New Feature: Link a Project to a Work In Progress

One of our newest features allows you to easily link a new or existing project to a Work-In-Progress (WIP).  In case you haven’t used it, the Work-in-Progress feature allows you to get instant feedback by uploading a snapshot of your work in progress. You can continue to add future revisions in the same WIP. Now, you can link a finished project to a Work-In-Progress to help you show off the process behind a project.

In your Portfolio page, hover over a Project and click Edit Project.  At the top right of the Edit page, click Settings.  From there, look on the bottom right and click Link to WIP.  Select the appropriate WIP and Save Changes.  After saving, view your project to see a new module marked ”View Work In Progress” on the right hand column with a link to the appropriate WIP. Also, if a user is viewing a WIP that has a Project linked to it, there will be a View Full Project link at the bottom of the WIP.

Meet the Team: Eric

Who are you and what do you do at Behance?
I’m Eric, a member of the product team and the Head of Mobile and Apps here at Behance. My background is in design and my goal is to help visitors access Behance on their phones, tablets and other connected devices, and have a great experience doing so. Day-to-day my job is a mix of design, project management, and the occasional prototyping of new ideas using the Behance API.

What are three desktop tools you can’t live without?
Other than the usual design tools (Photoshop and Illustrator) a few things that keep me organized and productive:
1. Evernote: Notes, ideas, photos for inspiration, screenshots of websites and sketches. Evernote is a backup of my brain.
2. Skitch: An app (desktop/phones/tablets) for marking up screenshots of websites. An easy way to communicate design issues visually and is an incredible timesaver.
3. Xscope: Broadcast your designs from Photoshop to a mobile device. Also includes application independent color pickers, pixel level zoom, rulers and guides.

What have you worked on recently that you’re extra proud of?
A few weeks ago we launched the new 99U website and I’m incredibly happy with how it turned out. It was the first fully responsive site created by Behance and hosts some of the best editorial content on the web. It’s also great to see what we learned rebuilding this site applied to some exciting updates for Behance. Stay tuned!

What do you listen to while working?
I’ve been listening to a lot of Podcasts lately. Radiolab, 99% Invisible and Design Matters are favorites of mine with comedy podcasts from Doug Benson, Aisha Tyler and Kevin Smith mixed in. When I’m deep into a design I often go back to indie rock music from the late 90′s like Braid, Burning Airlines or the Poster Children.

What are some startups that you’re a fan of?
I’m a huge fan of startups that are making things simple that were complex a few years (or even months) ago. Tumblr, Simple, Square, Aereo, Zite, Uber. Companies that have a mobile focus and give their users exactly what they want, when they want it.

Follow Eric on Twitter @ericsnowden and check out his Behance here.  

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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