We receive feedback from the Behance community daily, and one of the most frequent requests we’ve had is to create easier, quicker ways to build connections on the Network. We’re excited to announce that we’ve made connecting easier than ever so you can dive right into exploring work from your peers.
We’ve added four new ways to quickly find creatives you know on Behance, as well as to connect with new ones, in Find Creatives to Follow.
Now with Follow Your Contacts you can link your Behance account with Twitter, Gmail, or Yahoo Mail to search for people you already know who have Behance accounts.
We also have Follow New Creatives, suggested creatives to follow in 19 different categories, with new suggestions added daily.
To explore these new features, go to the Connections tab and click Find Creatives to Follow.
Men’s Health, looking for the perfect notebook for paper-lovers, seems to have found it in reviewing the Action Cahier.
“The Action Cahier is a task based notebook. Items “to-do” go into boxes, and there’s checkboxes to note completion. And this notebook is part of a whole line of different notebooks and pads, all based upon a lofty action methodology — which you can love or hate independent of loving the notebooks themselves. And we decided to love the notebooks.”
Read the full review here:
Behance Action Cahier pocket notebook
At Behance, we’re all about making it easy for you to spread your work – once you upload to the Behance Network, you can instantly push your work to LinkedIn, Twitter, and many other webs properties so that you can get the best exposure. Now, you can add your work to your About.me page as well.
About.me lets you quickly build simple and visually elegant splash pages that point visitors to your content from around the web. Having an About.me makes it easy to organize the various online profiles you have scattered around the web, pulling all this information into a single online identity. If you’re not signed up for About.me yet, sign up now and be entered to win 50 free business cards.
Add Behance to About.me with your other properties
Your Behance work will open in a lightbox on your About.me homepage
On About.me but not Behance.net? Signup here
Here’s a look at the most appreciated project and Creative Professional of the week on Behance.net…
IMDB Filmpage Concept by Vladimiar Kudinov
This Russian designer isn’t a huge fan of the current IMDB design – he thinks it’s overloaded, with too much unstructured information. So he did what any proactive designer would do – made his own redesign, making a clean and sleek design, even incorporating Amazon and Netflix steaming. This project was a big hit all week across Behance and Social Media! Read more →
Print magazine and their blog, Imprint, profiles the new online I.D. Magazine, powered by Behance.
Check out the article for some examples from the new I.D., as well as insights from Gary Lynch, the publisher and community leader for the design group at F+W Media, I.D.’s parent company (also owners of Print and HOW magazines).
I.D. Magazine Re-launches as Online Design Showcase
We’ve had some requests from members who want to link to downloadable files on their Behance projects. There are many places you can set up the files for download, but we recommend Dropbox for members doing this for the first time. For more detailed instructions with screenshots, visit Dropbox’s help site.
1. Set up your Dropbox account
2. To make the file accessible to anyone, move the file you want to share to the Public folder in your Dropbox.
3. In the Dropbox website, go to the Public folder and move your mouse over the file so that it’s highlighted. Click on the triangle on the right that appears when the file is highlighted and choose Copy public link.
4. Now that you have the link, go to your Behance project and insert the link using the usual Link button in the text editor. When people click this link in your project, a download window for the file will immediately pop up.
It’s free to use Dropbox for up to 2GB of storage, so it can be a great solution if you’re just using it for the occasional file.
The NY Egotist – a blog featuring content at the intersection of tech & creativity – interviewed Behance’s Community Manager Sarah Rapp, who acts as “the eyes and ears of Behance.”
Check out the article for insight on how the CM Team at Behance gets the community pumped up, turns feedback into real improvements, and how Community Management is about much more than Social Media.
“The Eyes and Ears” of Behance: Interview with Community Manager, Sarah Rapp
Leap Year is a new entrepreneurial comedy web series; we’re thrilled to see entrepreneurship and comedy coming together – seems like a good match if you’ve ever worked at a startup!
The site also speaks to entrepreneurs about their “startup stories” and experiences launching a business – including our own Scott Belsky and Behance. If you want some insight into Scott’s own story, how Behance came to be, and some of the trials and tribulations we’ve had over the years, this is the place to see it.
“A lot of folks who we talked to when we got started told us we were crazy. If everyone thinks you’re crazy, you’re either crazy, or you’re really onto something. And we started to gain confidence from the doubt….”
On Day One: “I was coming home from my full time job, Matias [Chief of Design] was coming home from his full-time jobs, and we were getting together at 9 PM over Chinese food to talk about the brand…”
Earlier this month, Mashable posted video highlights from their annual conference, Mashable Connect, which took place this May in Florida. Behance CEO Scott Belsky was a speaker – check out the video of him talking about organizing and empowering the creative industry, along with an introduction to ProSite (which we happened to launch that weekend).
Watch the video here: Scott Belsky at Mashable Connect
Here’s a look at a few of this week’s most appreciated projects and creatives…
Video Games vs. Real Life by Aled Lewis
For anyone who spent their childhood helping 8-bit Mario rescue the Princess, you’ll love (and relate to) this mash-up of videos games and real life. “As a kid I would become completely immersed in these crude pixel environments and they would seem very real. I thought it would be fun to try to express how gamers see these worlds.” [Project Link] Read more →