Behance at Salt Lake Design Week

Nestled in the Traverse Mountains about a thirty minute drive south from Salt Lake City is Lehi, Utah, home to one of Adobe’s offices in the US. Calling it simply an office is doing the campus a disservice; opened in 2013, the cutting-edge space is home to over nine hundred employees, complete with a full cafeteria, large meeting spaces, and even a basketball court. Buzzing around this modern office maze is Drew Milton, an interactive art director with Adobe and AIGA Salt Lake City Director of Relationships. An advocate for Behance, he invited me to conduct a workshop for Salt Lake Design Week focusing on how to create and promote your online portfolio. It borders on incredulity to hear how many creatives, especially young graduates, fail to build or maintain their online creative portfolios, so I love to take any opportunity to show how important it is.


For anyone unfamiliar with Utah, the first thing you think about is definitely not the design community, and that’s the reason events like Salt Lake Design Week and organizations like AIGA are so important. When visiting, the first thing that hits you is how wide open everything feels. Coming from New York where buildings crowd out everything but sneaking rays of sun, the Salt Lake Region, including Lehi, felt Martian in comparison. Crisp air surrounded fast moving highways that hugged red-brown mountains dotted with housing complexes and shopping centers. Looking out into the distance, the grey mountains met a brilliantly blue sky. Standing in front of the massive Adobe Campus, all I could think about was what kind of creative work was coming out of place like this?

As I kicked off the presentation, it was great to see flurry of hands go up when I asked who was familiar with Behance. Besides the presentation, my attendees got to hear from David Habben, a long-time Behance member who was able to share some of his best practices and field questions from the group. He has a great wrap up here.


The best part of the evening, by far, was being able to speak one-on-one with a few members who are excited to get their careers started and share amazing work they find on Behance. Looking at some of their profiles, it’s clear that the physical environment of Salt Lake City definitely leaves it’s mark on the creative work coming out of it. A major concern many had was being able to find reliable work in Salt Lake since there’s certainly a pull toward the coasts for many creatives. What Salt Lake Design Week showed me is that there’s definitely a vibrant creative community with a style all its own that is worth being a part of.  Whether or not Salt Lake will become a viable place for creative careers will have to be seen, but as technology continues to make businesses and careers less dependent on physical location, the odds are looking better than ever for Salt Lake City.

I want to thank Drew Milton and AIGA Salt Lake City for inviting and hosting me as well as The Mandate Press of Salt Lake City who whipped up about five hundred Behance themed coasters for us!


Behind the Project: Breitling for Bentley (Director’s Cut)

In this series we will look deeper into a work that was especially admired in our community: Breitling for Bentley (Director’s Cut), created by Crys Ju. The Korean motion graphics designer, inspired by modern car commercials and the film scores of the composer Selma Mutal, created this striking commercial video for her VDAS (Visual Design & Art School) senior project. Check out what the artist had to say about her inspiration and her creative process, then watch the video on Behance.

What was your inspiration for this project?

The concept for ‘Breitling for Bentley’ is combining the best of the two brands, Breitling and Bentley. Even though this project is for the branding of Breitling, which is a watch company, I was inspired by car commercials that I watched on Vimeo. I learned a lot about editing and directing for film from watching these surprisingly dramatic car commercials.


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Behance at Adobe Max 2015

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Adobe MAX, the yearly event where 6,000 creatives from all over the world meet in LA, is in full swing. MAX is where the creative community comes together to share ideas, inspiration and learn from one another. MAX is always a great event to showcase all the inspiring work that Behance members create and upload each day. We snapped a few of the many spots around the convention center that your creative work was highlihted, including on the main stage of the Staples center.

This year, we also got to preview our newest product - Adobe Portfolio - which launched this week in limited preview mode!  Repping from Behance’s NY team, Roxanne Schwartz, Al Rossin and Will Allen led the session “New Adobe Tools to Create a Killer Personal Website,” where they gave a sneak-peak of our all new portfolio building service. Showcasing your work is beautifully simple with Adobe Portfolio. You can now request early access at



Behind the Project: Critters

In this series we will look deeper into a work that was especially admired in our community: Critters, created by Teodoru Badiu. The Austrian 3D artist’s fantastic, colorful, yet slightly twisted 3D character designs have gained Badiu an impressive following on Behance. Critters is a perfect encapsulation of Badiu’s unique style, so we asked the artist a few questions about the creative process behind his latest work.

What was your inspiration for this project?
I needed some small characters for a story that I developed based on my “Forest Folk” and “Pets and Monsters” characters. I thought that it would be a good idea to use worms, snakes and bugs as inspirations for the characters.


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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:

The way that Emi Haze has transformed her – what started as a watercolor painting – to a incredibly realistic digital art photograph is truly outstanding. The colors are exceptionally rich and gives the overall effect of a palpable texture. As other have already noted on this project – we “look forward to seeing a lot more of your work!”

It never hurts to stand out from the crowd – especially if you’re looking for a job! Fernando Báez gives a fresh new look to the traditional resume layout. This clean cut rendition of the resume that incorporates graphics really gives personality to person it is representing. We love how he compartmentalizes each section and helps to draw attention to every detail that can easily be overlooked.

Behind the Project: Nike X Kobe

In this series we will look deeper into a work that was especially admired in our community: Nike X Kobe, created by Shane Griffin. The Irish born designer teamed up with Nike to create brand imagery for the 5x NBA champion’s latest shoe release. Shane was kind enough to answer our questions about his creative process and about the reception his work has received on Behance. 

What was your inspiration for this project?
Creating self illuminating glass isn’t as easy as you’d think. I needed to make the objects feel like they were illuminating the sneakers, while keeping the transparency intact. So I referenced some of my older work with glass objects, and tried to push it to a new level.

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Portfolio Review Week #8 – Hosts Signups are still open!

Host signups for Portfolio Review Week #8, October 26 - November 2, are still open!

Last May, we had more than 200 events hosted in 70 countries! Check these events out on our Flickr page here!

Interested in hosting? Create an event page for RSVP’s on the platform of your choice, then add the event to our  Portfolio Reviews Event Page on Behance

Read through the entire hosting process at

Just want to attend? Find an event near you!

Behance Testimonial: Patrick Seymour

Patrick Seymour, a Behance user since 2011, had his Portfolio noticed by Usher’s team! He was asked to create illustrations for the artist’s next world tour #URXTOUR and had the chance to see his work being displayed all around the globe.


“To see my illustrations on a giant screen surrounded by a crowd of 25,000 people with Usher – in addition to that dance – and knowing that it’s going happen again worldwide is an amazing feeling. I want everyone to experience this.”

Patrick created the Behance project The UR Experience • Yeah! - which contains his creations for the tour as well as moments directly taken from Usher’s performance!

Behind the Project: Quotes, Lines & Lyrics

In this series we will look deeper into a work that was especially admired in our community: Quotes, Lines & Lyrics, created by Van Orton Design. Van Orton Design is comprised of twin brothers from Italy. The brothers have wowed the Behance community with their neon-hued, futuristic re-imaginings of pop-culture icons. The Van Orton Design duo graciously answered our questions about one of their most popular projects, in which two cult classics of American film have their posters redone in the unique Van Orton Design style.

What was your inspiration for this project?
The project was inspired by two cult movies of different years. They were inspired by the imagery that they created and by the incredible dialogue. The idea, however, was to place these two films in a different context, more contemporary with our times. There are strong references to the pop style mixed with sci-fi; lots of lights and bright lines.



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