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:

a van in the sea

While traveling along the coast of Portugal, Photographer Alessandro Puccinelli documents his journey with a series of photos shot before going to sleep each night. Best enjoyed as a set, take a look at the full project here.

webinspeer

The folks from Webinspeer, a new responsive site that serves up daily inspiration, content & news, share the design behind their site on Behance. A great way to announce a launch, check out their first project here.

 

Behind the Project: Experiments with Instagram

In this series, we’ll look deeper into some of the projects on Behance.net that were especially admired in our community. Javier Perez is an Ecuador- based graphic designer and audivisual producer. His other projects include experimental animations, clever stop-motion ads and playful projects using Vine. We spoke with him about his recent projects Instagram Experiments, part I and II. 

What was your inspiration for this project?
The simplicity within common every day items. These objects are beautiful by themselves and my work is to add a visual meaning to them. Every day I discover different meanings.

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Introducing: Fully Responsive, Redesigned Profiles and Portfolio

Today, we’re thrilled to introduce you to a fully redesigned portfolio and profile experience on Behance. Our goal with these improvements is to bring your work front-and-center, and make it even easier for anyone to discover what you do, no matter what device they’re browsing on. We’ve also made powerful improvements to the experience of editing your portfolio and profile, all changes that’ll bring your work more into focus.

Some of what you’ll notice:

  • Fully Responsive Profile: Your work looks great across phone and tablets
  • Simple Editing Tools: The way you edit and organize your work is easier than ever
  • Your Behance Presence, In One Spot: Your Profile now encompasses much more about you – from the collections you curate to the projects you appreciate
  • Focus on your work: The design changes bring your work more into focus. Notice a cleaner, more minimal profile that helps your work stand out
  • Consistency across platforms: Now, your Profile is consistent and professional across devices
  • No More Color Customization: We have simplified the profile view on the web to match what has already been very successful on the Behances iOS apps by replacing color customization with a more neutral set of tones that better showcase the portfolio work itself.

 

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The Made Shop and the #AdobeRemix Project

A few months ago, The Made Shop, a design shop based out of Denver, Colorado, was approached by Adobe to remix their famous red A logo.

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“When Adobe asked us to re-imagine their logo, we were super excited. The Made Shop works primarily in graphic design, but our background comes from architecture and object design, and we enjoy blurring the distinctions between those fields and getting our hands dirty making physical objects for graphic projects whenever we can. Among the many tools we love and rely on in our shop on a daily basis — pencils, Photoshop CC, power tools, Illustrator CC, sketchbooks, After Effects CC, exacto knifes, InDesign CC, erasers — a good many of them have that Adobe logo on them — so we couldn’t wait to get our hands on it.”

Instead of making one logo, they made a simple container and, over the next week, filled it with the materials that make the creative process unique and wonderful. Things like pencil shavings, hot coffee, and smoke bombs called the logo container home. Check out their amazing logo remix here.

 

 

A Closer Look with Gina Kiel

We had a great time interviewing Gina Kiel, a freelance illustrator based in New Zealand. As a versatile illustrator and full time mom, she emphasizes the importance of maintaining creativity in her household. 

Do your personal projects differ from your professional work? If yes, how so?
I like to be versatile so that I can take on a range of good projects which don’t always have to match with my personal work, it keeps things interesting and challenging. It’s good to mix it up so everything doesn’t end up looking the same. I put lots of love into every project I work on so I think there’s naturally an essence that ties all my work together, it’s all coming from the same place. I am pretty selective about projects that I show on my website, it’s the work I most enjoy creating and the directions I’d like to explore further. I believe one of the ultimate achievements is to attract professional commissions based on personal work.

What do you think are the most important elements to focus on, when creating a personal website?
Keeping the design of the website simple and minimal to let the work itself be the main focus is important, I think. To put thought into presenting different projects well visually and making the descriptions short but clear. Choose your best work to display and make sure you keep on top of it, update it, maintain your blog, put new work on and take off any old work that you no longer relate to, keep it current.

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Behind the Project: A Different Family Portrait

In this series, we’ll look deeper into some of the projects on Behance.net that were especially admired in our community. Camilla Cantrambone is a Florence based photographer. Her other projects include the cover of “Piazza Italia” magazine, and playful posters and direction for the Little Veg Book. We spoke with her about her recent project “Portraits of my Family,” creative takes on the traditional portrait using beloved objects.

What was your inspiration for this project?
I’ve always been fascinated by objects, and I think every person is represented by their personal objects; the objects they choose and the way they use them tells you a story. When I started doing this project, I felt that the objects belonged to my relatives. They were still full of energy and capable of reminding me of moments I shared with them. In order to recreate specific memories, I started to reorganize these objects. For example, if I look at an image of my grandpa Mario, I can go back to a time when we sat at his writing table and fully feel the mood of that moment. The objects represented in every picture don’t talk about the entire life of my grandpa, but they deeply describe a moment I shared with him.


“The objects represented in every picture don’t talk about the entire life of my grandpa, but they deeply describe a moment I shared with him.”



 Did you expect it to be as popular as it’s been on The Behance Network?

Not at all! Being a personal project I’d never thought to be so popular, but I’m glad I could communicate and share my feelings to people I don’t even know

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Behance Hackathon! Fall 2013 #BehanceHacks

Behance Hack Day 2013

This Fall, Behance held our second annual in-house Hackathon. The API was used in very creative ways, and the day was filled with some amazing ideas, collaboration and participation from both the Behance team and some special guests.

Here is a list of some great ideas that came to life:

BeSpoke: A suggestion engine tailored to your taste
BeSynth: A synthesizer that maps dominant colors of user projects to audio frequency, modulated by touch.
CAS3G: 3D globe of published Behance projects
Behance Mood Board
Behance Hue Lights: Hue lighting based on the average color of a project cover
Behance Data Mining
BeMix: Creative mosaics powered by Behance
Bettle: A battle game based on your Behance stats
Assisthance: Voice control…for everyone

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Developer’s Toolkit: Chris Fortier

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.

fortier1. Who are you and what do you do at Behance?

Hello, I’m Chris Fortier and I am the Lead Quality Engineer at Behance. My main responsibility is to help guide the Quality Engineering Team so that we can figure out how to test all the various aspects of our websites. I’ve been on the team for a year now (I know, I’ve slacked off on writing this post) and I’ve been involved in quite a few projects. The first major project that I worked on was an automated process to build a replica of our production environments so that we can have a more effective development and testing process. These environments are built on VirtualBox and OpenStack virtual machines. For the past several months I’ve been working very closely with the DevOps team as we adopt Chef and standardize our infrastructure as code. Looking forward to 2014, we are in the process of a complete overhaul of our testing infrastructure and busy trying to figure out how to build a Continuous Deployment process. Stay tuned for details.
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