An Important Action Method Update

We’ve made the difficult decision to sunset ActionMethod Online permanently in the spring of 2014.

Our core products, Behance and 99U are growing exponentially, and we are challenging ourselves to focus our energy on our central mission: to empower and connect the creative world. At the same time, more and more task management solutions are coming to market run by teams that are solely focused on building applications for productivity. Deciding to close AMO has been a difficult decision for us, and we know it is an inconvenience for you.

We hope that delaying the official sunset until June 1st, 2014 leaves you plenty of time to wrap up existing projects on AMO and plan a smooth transition to another service.

As you may have already noticed, you are no longer being charged a recurring fee for AMO. Given your loyalty, we wanted you to be able to continue to use the product, free of charge, until we formally close it.

You’ll be able to continue using Action Method until June 1st, 2014; after that, the service will be taken offline. We encourage you to use this time to export your Action Steps and migrate to a new system.

We’ve outlined below two other task management systems that we recommend, all of which support the methodology.

Wunderlist
Wunderlist is more geared towards individuals and small teams, with the necessary features to practice the Action Method. Be sure to go into “Account Settings” and make the “All” view visible in the Sidebar to have a view of all of your tasks, sorted by due date.

Asana
Use Asana to create and manage tasks, and you can add tags, due dates, and other ways to easily organize your tasks. Asana is scalable for larger companies and supports delegation of tasks to other members of your team.

We will also continue posting more suggestions on our website.

Thank you, and please feel free to reach out to us with any questions.

-The Behance team

Behance Tips: Journey from WIP to Finished Project


A WIP (Work in Progress) shows the progression of your work, whereas the project (below) shows the finished piece.

Adding a “Work in Progress” is a great opportunity to show your work in its early stages, and get feedback on it that can guide the direction it will take. Throw a stake in the ground by posting a WIP, and then iterate from there. We love seeing a handful or more of posts on a WIP, watching the piece take shape along the way, like in Mattias Adolfsson’s “The Second in Line,” above.

Projects, by comparison, are for polished, finished work. This is where you’ll upload images of your final product. A tip from our co-founder: “First, contextualize the project with a short paragraph. Add a title that makes sense and gives a hint of what this project is about. A good rule of thumb is to present the whole piece first, followed by more detailed shots to show the precision of your craft.” While some projects do break down the process, we don’t necessarily recommend showing everything thats in your WIP within the project, as the focus should be finished work.

This is why we choose not to have a feature that “turns a WIP into a Project” – these two types of content should be treated differently, and we want to encourage using Projects for finished, polished work, rather than a transfer of the WIP work. However, we have a feature that allows a WIP and Project to be linked (like in this example, see the bottom right column), so you can click “view full project” on a WIP, or, “View Work In Progress” from a project to get more insight into the journey of a project. Add this in settings at publishing or editing.

For more tips on structuring your projects and WIPs, see:
- 6 Steps for Creating a Knockout Online Portfolio
-
Blog Series on How We Curate Projects

 

 

Behind the Project: Instagram Redesign Concept

In this series, we’ll look deeper into some of the projects on Behance.net that were especially admired in our community. Aymon Shaltoni is a freelance Art Director and designer specializing in Web and Graphic design. His other projects include numerous brand designs, several mobile apps,  as well as a redesign concept for Google. We spoke with him about his project “Instagram Redesign Concept”

1) What was your inspiration for this project?
Instagram is one of the most distinctive social networks, so my inspiration was initially personally motivated.  I felt like there was a lot to improve in the Instagram design: the app needs new concept with some new features.

2) Can you describe your process in creating this project?
Dealing with social networking requires understanding user. I made a new concept redesign of the application with these new features:

Login interface
New simple design; flat and out of the way.

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Behance + Design Week Portland

We were proud to sponsor Design Week Portland this October, a week of more than 80 events, celebrating design with events from “Icon Building” to “Future of DIY & Interaction Design,” to, yup, you guessed it, a Portfolio Review.

Here’s some photos from the week, including the Behance Portfolio Review Event, hosted by our talented friends Zach & Ryan at Hovercraft Studio. 

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A Closer Look with Gabriel Lira

We had the pleasure of interviewing Gabriel Lira, a Brasil based designer who has an incredible eye for branding and a strong entrepreneurial spirit. 

How long have you been in design?
I’ve worked as a designer since 2007, but design has been an important part of my life since I was a kid. I knew from the start that I would use the creative part of my brain to guide me through life. I always liked to draw and when I was a teenager I started drawing rock band’s logos, with inspiration from songs from bands like AC/DC, Black Sabbath and Metallica.

Do your personal projects differ from your professional work? If yes, how so?
Mostly, it doesn’t. The client’s personality is a definitive variable to how the work is going to flow. If the client wants to take risks of developing a cool project, the design process works fine and the result is amazing. The major difference between my personal and professional jobs is the freedom that I have on a project.

What do you think are the most important elements to focus on, when creating a personal website?
There are certain points that have to be taken in consideration, they are: level of experience and the objective of the website. The first one is important to know the level of information in each project and define what content is going to be put in the webpage. On another hand, a experienced professional focused in UX, for example, will have bigger projects in the area and won’t be necessarily showing projects in other areas.

Describe your process when creating this website
The process is very simple and I have been using Design Thinking on all the projects i’ve worked on. Design Thinking can be applied in any area of knowledge. I divide in four steps: Insights, ideas, prototype and realization. Inside each of these steps are applied determined tools that helps me conclude them in a fast and efficient way, however, is not a perfect formula.

What is your daily routine?
Nowadays my routine is simple, I wake up and go to work where I stay during commercial hours. Then I go to the gym and then work on my start up, called Muv Shoes, where I stay until midnight then go back home to rest.

What inspires you and keeps you motivated?
One of the things that helps me keeping motivated is a course on Branding that I have been taking and am now concluding. Behance is another source, I see wonderful works everyday that help me evolve.

What creative project you’ve worked on are you most proud of?
There are two cases that I created that makes me proud, one of them is the brand Janaína Jório and ins a small part of it available in the link: bit.ly/qcBSjp and the other is the one the I work everyday, my start up and cam be followed at www.muvshoes.com.br and soon I will put the whole project in Behance, and everyone will be able to be seen in many curated Galleries.

What are some projects you hope to work on in the future
I hope to work on some projects of big impact in society, relevant projects that have meaning to the rest of the world.

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Portfolio Review Week: Roundup + Thank You!

As Portfolio Review Week #4 comes to a close, we can’t help but be amazed by the events hosted by Behancers around the world. Portfolio Review Week couldn’t happen without all of you, and we want to take a moment to thank you for all your hard work and creativity organizing, preparing, and executing your Reviews!

We love seeing pictures of all the events you host and attend because they’re proof of the dynamic, creative, and empowered community we work with. You can find pictures of other events by searching the tag #BehanceReviews, as well as on our Flickr and Pinterest pages. Here are a few from this week…

(RED) + Adobe Promote Creative Students & AIDS Awareness

In September Adobe and (RED) joined forces to celebrate emerging creatives with a global talent audition for students. Ramona Ring, an illustration student from Hamburg, Germany was selected as the winner based on her innovative illustration project, and went on to collaborate with legendary graffiti artist Futura on the below album cover for Dance (RED) Save Lives:

Check out the video documenting competition winner Ramona Ring & Futura’s collaboration.

The Dance (RED) Save Lives2 Album is now available on iTunes for pre-order.

(RED) is on a mission – to deliver an AIDS FREE GENERATION. In 30 years, AIDS has taken the lives of 35 million people. There is no cure yet, but there has been incredible progress, and we are at a critical time in the fight. Today, 900 babies are born each day with HIV- that number can be near zero. Every generation is known for something. Let’s be the one to deliver an AIDS FREE GENERATION.