A testimonial from Bram Vanhaeren, a 20 yr old Cross Media Design student in Belgium
I joined the Behance Network in 2007 when some friends introduced me to this network. It was the first time I was surrounded by such a positive crowd of talented, creative people! Being young and always in search for the newest techniques and inspiration, I immediately loved Behance.
I’m currently a student – but two years ago, I dropped out of Art School and decided to work as a freelance digital artist. I quickly found out that it’s not easy to get hired when you’re an 18 year old without a degree. People tend to look at your degree before they look at your true ability. Since I am self-taught, I needed a place where I could share my work and show what I love to do, in the hope someone would like to work with me. Thanks to the Behance, I was able to share my work with an amazing network of creative minded people and find the right people to work with.
Vanhaeren‘s work, featured in ESPN Magazine. [Visit]
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When browsing the Behance Network recently, you may have seen some mentions of “Safe Browsing” or “Mature content” settings.
We added a “Mature” setting for projects in order to give people who view the Behance Network the option of “Safe Browsing.” Many locations disallow websites that don’t offer “safe browsing,” so by implementing “safe browsing,” the Behance Network is now visible in more places–like the offices of recruiters and more international locations.
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Twenty-six year old Russian illustrator Fil Dunsky joined the Behance Network in December 2008 – in two and a half years, his project views have grown to 140,000, with 11,000 appreciations on his projects. His bright, colorful style is quite distinctive, he’s described his work as being“like marmalade: sweet, childish, positive, cheerful… It is like a 5-years old child sitting on the ground and playing with colors and forms.” The exposure he’s gotten from his featured projects has led to an impressive assortment of freelance gigs for creative employers around the world.
What kinds of opportunities have you gotten since since joining Behance?
Ever since I was featured at Behance, I’ve gotten loads of new work from all over the world – there’s something new every day! For example, in recent years I’ve done work for: Wrigley China, Danon, Cosmopolitan, Lowe Adventa, DDB Guangzhou, DDB Istanbul, Ogilvy Dubai, Danette, BBDO, Kotetkat and others.
Wrigley – Calendar comisisoned in 2011. See individual months here: [Project Link]
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Today, we participated in Walkabout NYC, a behind-the-scenes look at the workspaces of NYC startups in the spirit of “celebrating technology and entrepreneurial culture in NYC.” Along with startups like Blip.tv, Meetup, Thrillist, Vimeo, we opened our doors to anyone who wanted to come in and check out Behance. Visitors got to leave with an Action Product and some other Walkabout goodies.
We really enjoyed meeting some of the Behance Community in person! A big thanks to Harvest for putting this event on as a part of Internet Week.
Design blog Smashing Share published an article this week on “How Behance can showcase and Improve your designs.” The blog gave a great intro to what we’re all about, and some of the key things you can get out of Behance once you dig into the experience. If you’re new to Behance, or need a refresher, be sure to check out the article.
Here’s some main points they made:
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Behance founder and CEO Scott Belsky shares his thoughts:
It makes me very sad to see some reputable design sites succumb to “community challenges” that are overt spec-contests for brands.
I’ve been pretty vocal about the problems with this sort of crowdsourcing. Namely, it (1) incentivizes careless engagement and poor output, (2) harms the creative’s reputation via attribution to the subpar work they submit, (3) causes problems for the client when work is re-used and creatives don’t care enough to consult, (4) strips the relationship out of any creative engagement.
Oh, and it marginalizes the value of creation itself and wastes a ton of valuable time.
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We were thrilled contribute to the “Atrepreneur Kits” given to RISD grads to help launch their creative careers. As you see, there were quite a few goodies in these kits.
In the kit from Behance was an Action Journal, for keeping track of notes and ideas, and a free trial of ProSite, for creating a fully customizable online portfolio.
What else was in the bag? Square (for accepting CC payments on your phone), YouSendIt discount, an Etsy Fellowship award, and more.
Good luck to all the grads entering the creative world! Read more about the Atrenprenuer KIts at RISD’s website: Empowering Enterprise
In our effort to provide you the best tools possible to make your customized online portfolio, we added the following features this week:
Animated gifs in project covers
Want to add some movement to your Gallery? You can now upload animated .gifs as your project cover.
Password protection on specific pages
Though you’ve always been able to password protect your entire ProSite – you
can now protect entire pages. Maybe you have one gallery to show clients exclusively,
or in-progress work to other creatives? Go crazy with it.
Now, you can seamlessly integrate your Tumblr or WordPress blog into your ProSite.
This blog post will explain the ins-and-outs or adding this. Have fun!
Upgrade between monthly and annual
Regardless of what plan you signed up for, you can now change your plan from
monthly to annual, or vice versa.
[An example of Tumblr blog integration on ProSite]
Seamlessly integrate your WordPress or Tumblr content into your ProSite using the new blog integration tool!
To import your blog, just go to Pages and select “Blog” from the drop down. You’ll be able to name this page whatever you’d like.
Next, choose WordPress or Tumblr.
After the jump, step-by-step instructions on adding your Tumblr or WordPress.
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We’ve been rapidly adding more features to ProSite to make this platform the best tool possible to make your customized online portfolio. Here’s what we’ve been up to:
Cover Loading Effects
We’ve added the following loading effects: Fade, Fly, Wipe, Slide
Detailed info in this blog post: Cover Loading Effects
Upload Text OR Image to Website Description
More customization is available int he Two-Column Layout, as you can choose to upload text or image in the Website Description box.
Web Clips for iPhone/iPad/Android
Make your ProSite into an app with a custom image, accessible from your mobile device
Detailed info in this blog post: Web Clips
Choose Project Placement from Behance
When publishing a new project on Behance, you can skip a step, and choose where the project should go in ProSite, without ever reordering it manually.
Linking Header Image to a Project
Before, you could link your header image to an outside URL, but now, you can choose to link it to any of your projects on ProSite.
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