We’ve just about wrapped up our our first ever 99U Pop-Up School- and its been such an incredible learning experience. Day 2 & 3 have been filled with strong speakers, amazing master classes, and impactful activities in our “playground” time.
Day 2 was all about learning how to launch, grow, and lead a successful start-up business. The lineup included Neil Blumenthal (co-founder & co-CEO of Warby Parker), Kathryn Minshew (founder & CEO, The Muse), Patrick Buckley & Craig Dalton (co-founders of DODOcase) and Alexis Ohanian (Co-Founder, Reddit).
Day 3 was brand & digital strategy intensive, and was focused on how to create a loyal following for your brand in a digital world. We heard from Gary Vaynerchuk (CEO, VaynerMedia), Jonathan Perelman (VP of Agency Strategy, BuzzFeed), Allison Johnson (Founder of West & Former VP Marketing at Apple), and Aaron Dignan (CEO, Undercurrent).
Here are some highlights from the past three days. Take a look back here:
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We’re in the midst of the first ever 99U Pop-Up School- a three day event all about super-charging your creative skill set for success in the 21st century. For our inaugural school session, we’ve selected three topics that are essential to making an impact with your ideas — career development, entrepreneurship, andbrand & digital strategy — and built an intensive day-long learning program for each of them.
Day 1 was all about how to build the creative career you want, and had a lineup that included Simon Sinek (author of “Start With Why”), Heidi Grant Halvorson (Associate Director, Columbia University Motivation Science Center), James Victore (Artist & Educator), Ben Barry (Designer & Co-Founder, Facebook Analog Research Lab), and Behance’s own Scott Belsky.
Here are some highlights from the thick of it. Today and tomorrow make sure to:
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In honor of World Humanitarian Day, Behance is supporting the United Nation’s campaign by profiling users who have created projects with a particularly humanitarian focus. This year’s World Humanitarian Day theme asks the question “The World Needs More _________”; brands, organizations, and individuals can then sponsor the words to raise money and awareness.
Human Pictures is a film-specialized design group based in New York. Their projects reflect their commitment to progressive media creation, and include advertisements for the United Nations, get-out-the-vote initiatives, a campaign for SOME Designs, as well as several other documentary short projects.
The theme for World Humanitarian Day is: The World Needs More _______. In three words or less, what do you think the world needs more of?
The World Needs More Will to Change
What led you to pursue these projects?
Human Pictures was born as a means to push toward a more just world through the use of media as a tool for social transformation. From the get go, Human Pictures has been committed to working exclusively on projects that in some way or another contributed in the struggle for justice and social change. These projects are sometimes based on a direct message of transformation, offer options to consumers that contributed to a more just exchange economy, or challenge and question social paradigms around race, gender and sexuality. The UN Women piece clearly spurred a message against racism within Colombian society, while our work on SOME provided more socially responsible alternatives to consumers. Read more →
A number of big announcements from our colleagues at Adobe just went out – there are two things in particular you Behancers should get excited about!
Project Mighty and Project Napoleon – Tools for the New Creatives
Today, Adobe announced that our cloud pen, Project Mighty, and our digital ruler, Project Napoleon, will move from a technology exploration to a planned product! If you saw our exploration demo at MAX, you already know how kickass this project is. Mighty and Napolean are designed to feel part of your mobile creative tool kit. Click through to get a closer look at how it all will work, and find an update from product lead Michael Gough here.
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The weather is changing here in New York (finally!) and it’s getting darker sooner (ugh!) but it means November is quickly approaching.
So what’s new? We’ve sent out our first round of Digital Promotion Kits to our first round of hosts–we’re really excited about those as we’ve added some new things like Tips for Hosts. We’ve got almost every continent represented (we’re looking at your Australia and Antarctica) and we cannot wait to hear from the rest of you!
For more info: http://www.behance.net/reviews
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.
1. Who are you and what do you do at Behance?
Hello everybody, I’m Manny Toledo a Devops Engineer here at Behance. My main goal is making sure that Behance always offers the best experience possible to everyone in the community. Beyond that I help implement and build tools to make our lives easier on the development and infrastructure side of Behance. My new shiny toy to accomplish that is Chef. It is a configuration management tool that lets us use code to describe what our infrastructure should look like and push those rules out to each server. This also allows us to commit our configuration to git and keep versions of infrastructure changes. Overall some really awesome stuff for managing a servers in bulk.
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In this series, we’ll look deeper into some of the projects on Behance.net that were especially admired in our community. Michael Pharaoh is a New Zealand based graphic Designer. His other projects include a rebranding of Cadbury’s chocolate using 3-D modeling and a brand identity for a hypothetical bicycle club. We spoke with him about his recent project Michael’s Guide to Life, a guidebook based on personal experience and advice, modeled after family health books.
What was your inspiration for this project?
I personally just wanted a way to collect what I thought were important pieces of advice or skills I’ve picked up that have helped me through my life. I’ve always liked the design aesthetic of those big family health guidebooks, so I drew inspiration from that and wanted to create one for life.
We wanted to update you on the status of Action Method, our ongoing exploration of task-management for Creatives. From the very beginning, our team has developed tools that help us work with a bias-towards-action. What started as a set of paper products became a business in itself, a methodology that we’ve shared in books and online, and in 2009, an online task-management service.
We’ve been happy to share this design, tool, and philosophy with others, using your feedback to guide a redesign last year, and sharing what we’ve learned on 99u.com.
Our ActionMethod.com service continues to be something we use ourselves, but we’ve decided to stop accepting new signups and planning future upgrades. Our core product, Behance, is growing exponentially, and we are challenging ourselves to focus our energy on our central mission: to empower and connect the creative world.
We will continue to maintain the service. All our current members will still have access to ActionMethod.com and will be able manage their Action Steps across devices, but we won’t be accepting new members. We remain committed to helping current members with questions or account issues, so feel free to get in touch with our support team if you have questions about your Premium account.
Still love the methodology? You don’t need AMO to use the Action Method. We have a full selection of products designed for the Action Methodology at CreativesOutfitter.com, including free downloadable sheets of our paper products. These products were designed to help you capture Action Steps, Backburners, Focus Items, and Notes in your meetings or planning sessions. We also encourage you to visit 99u.com for plenty of tips on using the Action Methodology, and for new articles every day on productivity insights and career development to help you Make Ideas Happen.
-The Behance team
Each month, our curators select one ProSite to feature as “ProSite of the Month”. The August pick goes to Nikopicto, a Hong Kong based company specializing in 3D animation, illustration & design.
Click here for Nikopicto’s full ProSite.
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:
Russian creative agency People Too creates a memorable campaign for Amnesty International UK. Check out the full project, and their process work, here.
California-based designer Cody Small revamped the website and brand identity for a catering company offering high-end quality dining. Check out the full project here.