An Update on AMO

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

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:


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.

Behind the Project: Repair Rather Than Replace

In this series, we’ll look deeper into some of the projects on Behance.net that were especially admired in our community. Katie Tonkovitch is a San Francisco based designer. Her other projects include branding for San Francisco dive bar, The Makeout Room as well as timeline based packaging for those trekking through the Himalayas. We spoke with her about her recent project, Mend.

What was your inspiration for this project?
Most of my projects have an element of sustainability to them. The final form was both inspired and limited by existing within those parameters. I think the creative challenge of
balancing aesthetics and function, of striving for both beauty and reusability, was a lot of what made this project successful.

The limited materials I chose drove the design to a high degree. One of the first things I did was hunt down the reusable containers and recycled papers, and make the decision that I was only going to use black ink. Discovering what typefaces and design elements played nicely within those parameters was a large part of my inspiration. For instance, the choice to use colored thread to color-code the different kits was born out of the fact that I limited myself to a single color of ink.

Can you describe your process in creating this project?
The design brief was the primary challenge. This was a fairly open-ended student project, so I really wanted to have a fully fleshed-out concept before I even began sketching. I wanted to do something in the world of sustainability, and spent considerable time brainstorming about how buying a new collection of stuff could possibly be a sustainable act. It then occurred to me that if that stuff helped you mend what you already had, it would be preventing you from buying things you didn’t need. The driving concept became: Don’t buy more stuff; mend what you have.

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Design The Global Dance (RED) Save Lives Album Cover: A Student Competition by Adobe and (RED)

Students with Digital Art, Graphic Design and Illustration experience can submit past work for a chance to design the digital DANCE (RED) SAVE LIVES 2013 album cover with legendary artist, Futura.

Futura is a new York based, abstract art pioneer, equally acclaimed for this vibrant painting and iconic hand styles, as he is for his commercial work with the likes of The Clash, Nike, Agnes B, A Bathing Ape, Supreme, Henessey, Burton, Uniqlo, The North Face and Levis. Adobe Creative Cloud invites you to collaborate with him to design the next digital album cover for DANCE RED, SAVE LIVES global initiative that engaged dance music fans in the fight against AIDS.

This year, Adobe is supporting (RED) and the fight against AIDS to make DANCE (RED), SAVE LIVES even bigger and better. Submit any past project for a chance to collaborate with Futura to create the final design for the DANCE (RED), SAVE LIVES digital album cover. 

To learn more about the competition and submit, click here.

World Humanitarian Day: Jose Ferreira

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.

Jose Ferreira is a photographer based in Portugal, known for fashion and documentary photography. We spoke to him about “Trash Land,” a photojournalism project he completed during a 2011 trip to the only solid waste collection facility in Maputo, the capital of Mozambque. 

 

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?
Union, less corruption, and peace.

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Watch our webinar: Take your work from the Creative Cloud to the community

As you may have noticed, we’ve been busy launching new tools and integration with Adobe Creative Cloud. We think these integrations are an amazing extension of the power of the platform, but with so many new options you may be wondering–what’s the best way to leverage all these new features?

To answer that question, we put together a webinar as part of Adobe’s Ask A Pro series demonstrating how Behance can take your work directly from the cloud and into the creative community on Behance.

Missed it? We recorded the whole thing so you can watch it whenever you want!

In the Ask A Pro session, we cover:

  • See how being on Behance increases the discoverability of your work
  • Share work on Behance easily using your files from Creative Cloud and in CC apps
  • Learn how Behance fits into your Creative Cloud workflow
  • Explore the activity and inspiration stream of Behance on Creative Cloud Desktop
  • Harness the power of the creative community on Behance

To watch the Ask A Pro session, click here

You’ll be prompted to “register” with your Adobe ID, but then you’ll be taken straight to the video of the presentation.

World Humanitarian Day: Ashok Sinha & The Cartwheel Initiative

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.

We spoke with Ashok Sinha, a New York based photographer and founder of The Cartwheel Initiative, a nonprofit organization that uses creative media to empower children in the aftermath of crisis. Sinha began The Cartwheel Initiative after a 2010 visit to Sri Lanka, noticing the stark difference between the pristine tourist beaches and the obvious trauma visible in northern Jaffna. The organization aims to provide workshops to help youth affected by the war harness art therapeutically, while also sharing their experiences with the world. The program conducted four workshops in Northern Sri Lanka in 2011. The Cartwheel Initiative held another round of workshops this year; films produced by participants will be screened at the Children’s Museum of the Arts in New York. We spoke about his project Children of Post-War Sri Lanka.


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?
Cross-Cultural Understanding

Why is it important that The Cartwheel Initiative reaches out to kids using art?
Art is a non-political tool that can be used to spark conversations and help young people build bridges within their communities and across ethnic and social divisions.



“Art is a non-political tool that can be used to spark conversations and help young people build bridges within their communities and across ethnic and social divisions.”


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Portfolio Review Week Four

Five thousand four hundred three participants. Two thousand three hundred twenty Tweets.  One thousand four hundred fifty Instagrams.  One thousand  twenty five Appreciation Coins.  Two hundred two events.  Seventy countries.  One week.

We’re extremely excited to announce that we’ve opened registration for the next round of Portfolio Review Week.  We had an incredible turn out last time around and we can’t wait to see how the Behance community will blow us away this time!  Mark your calendars for November 4th-11th!

Behance Portfolio Reviews bring members together at events in cities and towns around the world – organized by members, for members.  Attend a Portfolio Review to present and get feedback on your work, hear from experienced professionals, and meet your local creative community.

More Info:

Behance Portfolio Review Week: http://be.net/reviews
Info for Organizers: http://be.net/reviews/info

 

Behance Testimonials- Kristen Baird

Kristen Baird is a talented, young jewelry designer based out of Savannah, Georgia and an active Behance and ProSite user. Her artist statement reads:

“As an artist, I design my jewelry to be elegant with a touch of personality and whimsy. I strive to create sculptural pieces that are unique in both form and concept. I enjoy using gold and sterling silver with gemstones and glass for added splashes of color. When worn, I want my jewelry to create an interaction between the wearer and the viewer. Most importantly, my goal is to deliver technically sound, highly crafted jewelry that is beautiful and timeless.” 
 
 
 

Recently, we reached out to her about her experience with Behance and how it has impacted her creative career.

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