Behind the Project: Infographic Feast

In this series, we’ll look deeper into some of the projects on Behance.net that were especially admired in our community. Ryan MacEachern is a Bristol, UK based design student. His works include a project featured in the curated Branding gallery, as well as an innovative take on the bookmark. We spoke with him about his recent project, “food x design”, an infographic tracing his eating habits over two weeks.

1) What was your inspiration for this project?
I’m currently studying Graphic Design and was an assignment to collect a weeks worth of data on a personal habit and then create an infographic poster.  My biggest inspiration while doing this was a project by Peter Ørntoft called “Information Graphics in Context” that I had seen years ago on Behance. I was astounded by the simple concept and striking visuals and knew I wouldn’t be happy creating a vector based solution if I were to create an infographic myself. So, years later and working on this assignment, it immediately struck me to use actual food to chart my food intake. To my surprise, I couldn’t find any projects online that had used this before.

2) Can you describe your process in creating this project?
I knew I wanted to track my food intake and wanted to create a photographic solution. I briefly explored digital, but it was soon apparent the photographic idea stood out and communicated information more effectively.
I had just started a low carbohydrate diet that was very dull and boring in appearance and considered stopping the diet in order to create a more colorful and varied project. Ultimately, I decided to use the food simply as a visual aid and didn’t directly link it to my actual consumed food.
I’m a capable photographer, but felt overwhelmed by the task ahead of me—I did some test shoots using natural light and the photos needed extensive post-production work. Luckily, a friend was able to help me get ahold of some studio lights and I set them up in my living room. I also spent around £60 on food, which about 2 weeks worth of food on a student’s budget, so I made sure it didn’t go to waste. It was very strange cooking a whole chicken at 3 a.m. just to take photos of it.

3) Did you expect it to be as popular as it’s been on The Behance Network?
Loads of blogs have picked it up and I’m getting a steady flow of followers on Behance, but I really didn’t expect it to get such immediate attention. I thought the work was good and nice to look at, but I wasn’t so sure other people would be able to see how much work went into it I’m really glad people like it, Im surprised at how extensive the behance community is I have had people follow me from all over the world which really is a great feeling.

4) Did you go through many versions and iterations before coming up with these final pieces?
This project has two main components: the visual, which in this case is a graph or pie chart, and typography, which communicates all the data and helps the flow. It was challenging to balance them both. Once I chose a font, my next challenge was to adjust lines and labeling to ensure the project wasn’t too crowded with text.

5) Do you feel that this project is “done,” or is there anything you’d like to improve on or change in the future?
The assignment only lasted two weeks, so I’m not sure I worked out all the kinks in the design. I’d like to return to the project soon and make it more extensive, covering other areas, like weight. I’d also like to work more on the coloring.

#WorkspaceWednesday

From studios to cubicles, creative work can come from anywhere. In this series, we’ll be taking a peek at some Behancers’ workspaces. We asked Twitter followers to send us a picture of their workspace one Wednesday. Here’s a roundup of some of our favorite #WorkspaceWednesday images–click the image below to view!

 

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:


UI/UX Designer Sanat Rath experiments with long shadows on iOS7 icons and shares his approach. Check out the full project here.


Snask, a Swedish brand, design and film agency created a colorful exhibition design project for the Yay Festival.  Their branding and attention to detail have the Behance community buzzing. See more here.

Behance Android App – Calling all Beta Testers

You’ve been asking for it, and it’s almost here!

The Behance Creative Portfolio Android App is now open for beta testing.

Get started by:
1. Join the Behance Android App Beta Google Group here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/116826673470662637435
2. Click the link to Alpha 2 of the Creative Portfolio App (in the Google Group)
3. Make sure you click the “Become a Tester” button before attempting to download the app
4. Test the app out, and put your feedback in the Google Group as a comment

If you have trouble downloading, questions, comments, or feedback, please direct this all to the Google Group.

Enjoy, and thanks for the help!

New on Behance: @Reply Messaging, Notifications, Apps & More

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We wanted to share a few exciting updates with you:

  • New Activity & Notifications: We want Behance to be simpler, faster, and more focused on the work. The newly designed Activity Feed will keep you connected to the latest work and appreciations by those you follow. We’re also surfacing work-in-progress (WIP) in the Activity Feed to help you get feedback when you want it.
  • @Reply Messaging: Just this week, we launched support for conversations within project and WIP comments. Mention any other member by name and they will receive a notification for the reference.
  • Behance Worldwide Portfolio Reviews: During the week of November 4-11, thousands of Behance members will come together for Portfolio Reviews in over 200 cities and towns around the world — organized by members and for members. Attend a Portfolio Review to present and get feedback on your work, hear from experienced professionals, and meet your local creative community.
  • Creative Cloud Integration: We continue to integrate community features in Adobe’s Creative Cloud, including the new desktop application that incorporates your Behance feed and the ability to post to Behance directly from Photoshop. Haven’t upgraded yet to the latest? Check it out.

 2 Million Members have published over 5 Million projects. The community continues to grow at an incredible pace. We also now have ~20 schools and organizations connected to Behance, including Pantone, RISD, SCAD, Pratt, and more.

We have more surprises for you, and we’re working hard to help you showcase your work more beautifully and easily – and get more exposure and opportunity.

Our team is constantly humbled (and motivated) by the quality of your work in Behance. We hope you will continue sharing your feedback and stories with us.

Here’s to a creative rest of 2013!

 

Behance Team

Announcing the new Wacom Gallery powered by Behance

Wacom’s vision to bring people and technology closer together through natural interface technologies has made it the world’s leading manufacturer of pen tablets, interactive pen displays and digital interface solutions. We’re thrilled to announce that now Wacom has an interactive gallery for members of the Wacom community to showcase and discover creative work.

Distributed Test Projects in Jenkins

If it’s a feature, your pull request had better have tests.

That’s our mantra here at Behance. We’ve found that this philosophy is probably one of the most reliable ways to enforce a strong and stable growth in our applications. But what happens when this is taken seriously in a team of ten developers? Twenty? More? Every week our team juggles multiple features, improvements and hot fixes, usually between multiple applications, so new tests are constantly making their way into builds. Our team is also constantly growing so the number of tests that make their way into master on a daily basis keeps on increasing. This became a monster of a problem fast, because our test build times started to increase rapidly and our continuous integration (CI) server became overburdened with queued tests that needed to be run.

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Portfolio Review Week Update: London, Ontario Event

This week, we want to feature one of our favorite upcoming events in London, Ontario. They’re going all out to make an awesome event, even down to making a beautiful website to direct participants to.  Why is this site so important?  First, it’s a simple URL (http://supportlondontalent.ca) they can promote on social media (or anywhere, for that matter!).  Up front, they explain what they’re doing: “A Night For Professionals To Connect And Get Feedback On Their Creative Work.”  As you scroll through, you’ll notice they outline everything about the night, including date, time, location (with a map!), admission (which will be donated to charity!), companies attending, and sponsors!  Simply put, it’s everything you need to know in one place AND it looks great.  Congrats to the organizers and we hope the event is great!