Our friends at Adonit, makers of Jot fine-point iPad styluses (including our very own Adobe Ink & Slide stylus and digital ruler) are letting the Behance Community get in early on their latest product. They recently announced the development of their first software for creative professionals. The beta version is just about to drop, and they’re opening it up to Behance users!
As a Beta tester, you’ll receive: First Access to the software product, invites to share, opportunity to have your work featured in the software at launch, and of course, a way to share feedback that will help make this software truly useful for creatives.
Interested in getting early-access to the beta? Here’s how:
1) Visit adonit.net/beta between November 14 and November 17
2) When prompted, enter the password: firstdibs
3) After signing up, keep an eye out for an email from Adonit with next steps on getting set up
Please note that the beta requires that you have an iPad 3 or newer running iOS 8.1 or later.
*Sign-ups after November 17 are both permitted and encouraged! Just keep in mind that after November 17, our premiere access window closes and there are limited beta seats available.
Our sixth Portfolio Review Week ended yesterday, finishing off nearly 300 incredible creative events across 77 countries! Over the last week we’ve seen thousands of photos, tweets, and videos with more rolling in everyday. We’ve seen events with live calligraphy, custom posters, creative voting, and so much more. A heartfelt thank you to everyone who participated last week. Here are some highlights:
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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!
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 →
Portfolio Review Week continues! Follow #behancereviews for photos, tweets, and videos from around the world as creative meetups continue all weekend!
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It’s day four of Portfolio Review week #6 and we have seen some incredible pictures posted from these global events. Here are a few of our favorites:
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Portfolio Review Week just started yesterday, but hosts around the world have been promoting their events for weeks in creative and beautiful ways. We’ve rounded up some of the amazing, eye catching posters for Portfolio Reviews worldwide.
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Portfolio Review Week is here! Starting today, nearly 300 events are bringing together creatives to meet, mingle, get feedback, and share advice.
Follow #BehanceReviews all week for a steady stream of event updates all week long!
Belgrade host team photo!
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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:
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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 →