Behance Curation: Philosophy and Approach

With thousands of incredible creative works uploaded daily by our community of millions, we help visitors discover some of the most exciting and innovative work by offering great filtering tools (by tool, location, even color!) as well as offering a hand-picked, curated gallery of work uploaded daily – our featured galleriesboth on the main Behance gallery and within the industry specific Served Sites.

While the default filters on Behance are set to “most appreciated” when logged into Behance, the “Featured Gallery” is the first page visitors see. It’s full of carefully selected work from across all industries that “challenges conventions and pushes the creative world forward.”

It’s no surprise that we get a lot of questions from members about how these “featured” projects are chosen, and how they can get a chance for their work to be included. The good news – just by uploading work, you’re already in the running! Here are a few facts:

  • Every project published is eligible to be featured on Behance and/or any of our Curated Galleries.
  • Of the many thousands of projects published every day on Behance, less than 1% are selected to be featured by our Curators.
  • Behance’s Curators are trying to expose especially innovative and well-crafted work. They consider all sorts of factors when reviewing a project, including quality and originality of work, presentation of the project, context of the project and the traction it is getting in the community (appreciations, comments, etc…).

So, what can you do to up your chances? A few tips on what makes a project “feature-worthy:”
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Behind the Project: Distractions & Procrastinations

In this series we will look deeper into a work that was especially admired in our community: “Distractions & Procrastinations”, created by Luke Choice. The Australian artist (who is now based in New York City) specializes in creating eye-catching 3D illustrations. His projects have been featured several times on Behance, and his designs have been used by companies like Nike and American Express“Distractions & Procrastinations”, today’s featured project, comes from a place of experimentation; It is a showcase of Choice’s unique style, and a visual display of the fun that Choice has with his work. Mr. Choice was kind enough to answer a few questions about the project and about his creative process.

What was your inspiration for this project?

This project was a culmination of many late nights, where I have either been waiting for projects to render, or where i have hit creative block and needed a shot of inspiration. I love to explore different tools, textures and techniques in small increments, then find ways to incorporate them into larger ideas.



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A Closer Look with Luis Palencia

We had the pleasure of interviewing Luis Palencia, a Venezuelan designer based in Miami who is addicted to typography and has been creating incredible work for over 8 years. 

How long have you been in your creative field?
I started to working as a graphic designer in 2007 at a small studio in my hometown, Maracaibo, Venezuela, so it has been almost 8 amazing years.

Luis Palencia

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Behind the Project: Bizarre Beauty for Refinery29

In this series we will look deeper into a work that was especially admired in our community: Bizarre Beauty for Refinery29, created by Leta Sobierajski. The five photo Instagram series is a colorful exploration of the relationship between a person’s sense of beauty and inanimate objects. Sobierajski‘s multidisciplinary design work has captured the attention of the Behance community (as well as clients like Google and IBM) with its brightly bizarre compositions. The Brooklyn-based designer and art director took time to share some of her insights into the creative process with the Behance team. 

What was your inspiration for this project?

Bizarre Beauty was inspired by daily beauty routines and surface-level obsessions. The series contained objects representative of independent, odd, and beautiful situations which highlight what makes a person feel beautiful through the use of inanimate objects. The notion of surrealism plays a part in this project too, and creates situations that trigger imaginative situations with personification. I’m also heavily influenced by Josef Albers’s Theories on Color Studies; creating experiences through the sensory relationships of color is what helped me tie everything together in this project with a reoccurring palette of saccharine colors.



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Behind the Project: Cosmópolis Pt. 3

Aldo Crusher, a Behance member since 2011 from Mexico, has been working with AeroMexico to provide illustrations for their on-flight destination magazine Aire. His third Behance project dedicated to this collaboration, Cosmópolis Pt. 3, has been particularly appreciated among the community and takes us on a world trip from Dubai to Las Vegas !

Can you describe your process in creating this project?
I start by looking and compiling pictures of the city I am illustrating, including culture, architecture, maps, skylines, weather and lifestyle. Once I got everything I need, I start working on the composition based on a real map, simplifying it and making it more symmetric and geometric. Then, I move forward with the color palette; it is a crucial choice as it has to reflect the city lifestyle and culture. Finally, when the main composition and color palette are ready, I start drawing the buildings, houses and all the elements in the illustration.


What was your inspiration for this project?
The project consists of representing cities around the world in a single page illustration. These illustrations are published in Aire Magazine. This magazine is distributed aboard the Aeromexico flights. These maps work as a tourist guide – in which the architectural and cultural elements of each city are highlighted. I’ve been collaborating with them since July 2013; they saw a poster I made in which I illustrated a city and contacted me to make a series of illustrated city maps ! Read more →

Work Experience: Now responsive and simplified

Looking for work? Looking to hire? Our updated Work Experience feature makes creating and viewing resumes simpler and more beautiful than ever before.

Simplified privacy settings

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Choose between having your Work Experience visible to the public, or just to fellow Behance members. Making major edits and want to hide your resume for a little while? Just switch to Private to make it visible to nobody but you.


Responsive editing and viewing

View and edit your Work Experience from anywhere on any device in a new effortlessly responsive experience.

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Try it out: Edit your Work Experience

Member Success Story: Suren Manvelyan

Professional photographer Suren Manvelyan, a Behance member since 2009, has had his work published by National Geographic, Yahoo!, Die Zeit, The Sun, The Daily Mail, The Independent, The Telegraph, La Republica, Liberation, The Guardian, Wired, The Huffington Post, The Shortlist, DT Magazine, MAXIM, and many other publications. He has become well known for his series of close-up photos of human and animal eyes. Manvelyans’ “Animal Eyes” series was viewed and appreciated by of thousands of Behance users, including French director Luc Besson. Besson used the photos in his 2014 science fiction film “Lucy”.



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Behind the Project: AniWall

In this series we will look deeper into a work that was especially admired in our community: AniWall, created by Bram Vanhaeren. Bram, a 24 year-old artist with a strong passion for portraits – and risk – was kind enough to share with us his process and inspiration for this recent project as well as his own strategy to make his creations successful!

Can you describe your process in creating this project?
Most people would be surprised if I told them it only takes me about two hours to complete a portrait! I believe the energy in my work comes from the fact that I don’t – or can’t – overthink about it. It is created within a very short period of time with a lot of energy and emotions. I love to embrace my small errors during this creation! I am all about – “Wow I love this song, this artist moves me! Let’s put this into a portrait”. I then draw for one hour, add colors, animation, music … Breathe and before I am able to judge the project I publish it on the web! I release it and watch the reactions. As you can see I embrace the chance to fail. I love it; I try to bring it as pure and honest as I can.

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Most Appreciated Projects: Monthly Roundup

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 month:

Most Appreciated Behance
Don’t these character designs from Berlin’s Vivien Bertin look about ready to jump right out of the screen and start talking to you? We’re loving all the personality and emotion that comes across in these designs. And +1 on the fact that Bertin gives an inside into her process and the tools she uses to create.

Behance Most APpreciated
This Volkswaagen campaign pokes fun at the common white lies we tell our kids (some funny ones after the cut!), but we’re guessing what made this project a crowd-pleaser this month are the killer accompanying illustrations. With a distinctive color palette and an creative use of negative space, you’ll enjoy this work from Tom Haugomat and Raphael Ghisalberti.