Behind the Project: Anything Made of Paper

In this series, we look deeper into some of the projects on Behance.net that are especially admired in our community. Brandon Ray is a self-taught animator specializing in stylized paper-based animation. Since he launched Paper Brain Productions, the company has won five awards at various international film festivals. In 2013, he was asked to create the music video for Bill Carter‘s song, “Anything Made of Paper.” Read ahead for more information on his process and how he came up with his ideas!

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What was your inspiration for this project? What does the story/song mean to you?
The inspiration for the project comes from the songwriters themselves, Bill Carter and Ruth Ellesworth.  The song was a gift they made for their friend Damien Echols, composed at a time in his life where he was waiting on death row, accused of a crime he didn’t commit.  Damien had sent Bill and Ruth three paper roses as a gift when his wife Lorri Davis was visiting them.  When Bill asked what he could give Damien as a gift in return while he was on death row, the answer was, “Anything made of paper.”  So that’s what inspired Bill and Ruth to write the song.  The hope we must cling to in the face of injustice. Read more →

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:

Big John Slim Jim Font Behance
Ion Lucic of Madrid’s original typeface, Big John / Slim Joe Font (free to download, by the way!), was a community favorite this month. He says “big words deserve big letters,” and you’ll certainly get the visual impact with this fresh, bold design.

Porto Branding Behance
Creating a visual identity for an entire city – in only 18 days – is not for the weak of heart! Atelier Martino & Jana put together this epic branding for Porto, Portugal, with a goal of communicating a “young, energetic, cosmopolitan city.” I’d say they did it with flying colors. Click to learn much more about their approach to this challenge and the thought process behind putting all the pieces together.

 

 

 

 

How to Build a CentOS 7 AMI (Amazon Machine Image) From Scratch

Building an AMI (Amazon Machine Image) from scratch can be a pretty challenging task, especially when you don’t have a base AMI to work from. We’ve been testing CentOS 7 on VirtualBox, Rackspace, and on physical machines, but realized that Amazon did not have published CentOS 7 AMIs at that time. So we proceeded to build our own AMIs from scratch. It has taken many weeks of trial and error, diving into the Linux boot process, digging through documentation, fixing bugs in tools, porting over legacy grub. We’ve documented all of the steps below – hopefully you will find it helpful in creating your own AMIs.

Centos 7 - How to build a Centos 7 AMI From Scratch
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Behind the Project: The Plague

In this series, we’ll look deeper into some of the projects on Behance.net that are especially admired in our community. Cihan Ünalan worked with art director Tolga Ozbakir to create The Plague. Cihan is currently an advertising photographer in Istanbul and Los Angeles. His passion began with bringing his heroes to life through photography, after being unable to find another medium that satisfied his thirst. We were lucky enough to hear about the process and inspiration behind The Plague from Cihan himself.

What was your inspiration for this project?
I think the most important thing with this kind of a project is finding the right team to work with. I was sitting on this concept for at least a year but I was having trouble in turning it into a series. It wasn’t until I met Tolga Özbakır, my partner in this project, that the idea for this shoot was properly shaped. I shared the materials and ideas I had for a possible shoot and we worked from there.

The Plague 1

In the beginning, we only had the Goggles and the Gas Mask in our hands, which I bought from San Diego Comic Con 2013. These materials had a steampunk design, so these little props were actually quite a lead for us to start with. We are both highly influenced from comic books, movies, concept arts and retro-futuristic designs, so we had a lot of common ideas for this project. I think its safe to say that the props led us down the path that we ended up.

Can you tell us about the story behind the project and what it means to you? Are there certain aspects of it that are open to interpretation by the viewer?
It’s funny because everyone interpreted something different when they looked at the project. All of the interpretations were more or less around the idea that there is a sickness going on, or someone was sick; and some others included that the girl leaves the man because he was working too much. Read more →

Developer’s Tookit: Anshu Pande

This post is part of a series where Behance developers talk about the various tools they use to get things done and make ideas happen.

anshu1.) Who are you and what do you do at Behance?
I am Anshu Pande and I am a Security Operations Engineer with Adobe Behance. I work Closely with the Devs/Ops/QE/Asset teams as well as other internal and external Adobe teams keeping track of all the vulnerabilities that the Behance environment has or could be infected with. I am an Amazon AWS Certified Solutions Architect. I follow cloud best-standards to secure our cloud infrastructure. I believe that if we do our basics in a correct way from the start, we will make a very powerful end product that will be easy to use. I have deployed various tools to help detect problems, tools such as Evident IO, Netflix Security Monkey and AWS Trusted Advisor. I also hack/scan internal websites and infrastructure using tools like Qualys/ZAP and I am a certified White Belt and Green Belt security Ninja.

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Behance at Adobe MAX Conference

Behance at Adobe MAX

This week is Adobe MAX, our yearly event where 6,000 creatives from all over the world are joining us in LA (not to mention another half a million tuning in online)!  MAX is where the creative community comes together to share ideas, inspiration and learn from one another. During yesterday’s keynote, we got the chance to announce Behance’s newest service, Creative Talent Search, along with a long list of exciting updates and new products all geared toward giving you the tools and services you need to create.

This event is also a great opportunity to showcase the inspiring work that Behance members post every day. We’re thrilled that we got to embed your work in so much of the conference – whether it’s work featured on the big screen before the keynotes, or looping on monitors all over the theater, or in a more interactive way in pop-up Portfolio Reviews in the Community Tent – your work is all over. Some snapshots below:

Screen Shot 2014-10-07 at 1.43.59 PM Behance at adobe max

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