Archive for 2012

Announcing the National Design Awards Gallery

Behance powers custom networks for creative organizations like Adweek, Vice/Intel and more. We’re thrilled to announce our newest custom network for the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Awards.

The National Design Awards celebrate design as a vital humanistic tool in shaping the world, and seek to increase awareness of design by educating the public and promoting excellence, innovation, and lasting achievement in American design. Now you can explore the incredible work of the winners, finalists, and jurors of the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Awards in the gallery.

 

 

Most Appreciated Projects on Behance

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 week:

San Diego-based brand agency, BASIC, recently shared the rebrand and enterprise launch they crafted for Flud. Flud is a socially-driven tech startup that allows professionals to share news easily. Their identity needed to be clear, professional and attractive, take a look!

“A visual virus of 50.000 fluorescent stickers infected the street, pavement, windows and buildings during De Wereld van Witte de With art festival.” Check out this incredible public installation here.

Meet the team: Sarah Rapp

Who are you and what do you do at Behance?
Hello! I’m Sarah Rapp – sometimes referred to as “Social Sarah” here at Behance (why yes, I do handle social Media here). As the Director of Community & Engagement, I (along with our 2 other Community Managers) think of myself as “the eyes and ears of Behance,” so everything I do relates to making sure our members are happy, and that we’re offering up the best, most engaging experience to them we possibly can.

Most days, this involves a lot of listening (through social channels, emailing with members, and analyzing behavior on our site) and making improvements based on what I hear. The other half is talking back to our community, in ways like: maintaining our social accounts (especially the mega-account @Behance), planning offline events and programs for them, blogging at the Team Blog, Newsletters, and much more!

I also squeeze in things like test-driving the latest social platforms and technologies & keeping tabs on our metrics. And always, collecting stories and anecdotes from our members to share with the world!

What are three desktop tools you can’t live without?
1) Sprout Social – this is what we use to Tweet from @Behance and the 6 or 7 other Twitter accounts we maintain. A few months back we did a big audit of all the best social media management tools out there, and Sprout is our pick – well-designed, with lots of visualized data about your fan base at your fingertips.

2) Mac’s “Hot Corners” tool – Not exactly an app, but this is my favorite Mac feature. I often have about
10 programs open at once, so each of my corners is programmed to do something different to help me
stay organized. With one move of the mouse, I can clear away all the open programs to find something
on my desktop, or go to another corner to get the birds-eye view of everything I have open. It annoys
the hell out of anyone who tries to use my computer, but it’s worth it!

3) Gmail Multiple Inboxes – I swear by this Google Labs tool that lets you reorganize your inbox to
create several inboxes on one screen. My top inbox is for new/”to deal with” emails, the one below that
is starred emails that need more attention, and below that I have emails all related to one project. It’s a
lifesaver.

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Behance’s Project Uploader – Brand New!

This week we unveiled something big – a redesigned, streamlined way to upload your projects to Behance. We’ve been collecting your feedback for months to help us create the best experience for you, and we’re excited to help you make projects as quickly & simply as possible.

A few of the updates:

  • A quick way to add all your files at once
  • A simplified, improved Text Editor
  • Ability to control spacing & dividers between all media with one click
  • Streamlined settings
  • Improved privacy options

We hope you enjoy! Check out the demo below to see some of the new and improved features.

Can’t wait to get started? UPLOAD A PROJECT

 

How To Upload Work on Behance from Behance on Vimeo.

Attend a Portfolio Review: US Event Roundup

Behance Portfolio Review Week is approaching, and hundreds of events around the world are already being organized and discussed! It’s not too late to host an event in your area or RSVP to attend. To learn more about Behance Portfolio Reviews please visit be.net/reviews.

Check out some US-based events:

New York

When: Monday, November 5, 2012, 7:00 PM
Where: Big Spaceshhip, Brooklyn, NY

RSVP here

Chicago

When: Tuesday, October 30, 2012, 6:00 PM
Where: Next Door 659 W Diversey Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60614

RSVP here

Portland

When: Wednesday, October 10, 2012, 6:00 PM
Where: Hovercraft Studio 822 SE 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97214

RSVP here

Washington, DC

When: Monday, October 29, 2012, 5:00 PM
Where: 303 Interculteral Center, Washington, DC 20057

RSVP here

 

San Diego

When: Friday, November 2, 2012, 7:00 PM
Where: EFM Agency 624 Broadway #502 San Diego, CA

RSVP here

Seattle

When: Monday, October 29, 2012, 5:00 PM
Where: Creature, 1517 12th Avenue #101 Seattle, WA

RSVP here

Many more cities are hosting in the US and around the world! Look for an event near you at Meetup.com/BehanceReviews

A Closer Look With Paul Robson

We recently had the pleasure of interviewing New Castle based graphic designer, illustrator & typographer Paul Robson (aka Muro) about his creative process and the importance of a personal website. 

How long have you been designing?
Not sure if you’re allowed to call yourself a Graphic Designer until you start actually making money from it, but taking away five years of study it will be about thirteen years.

Do your personal projects differ from your professional work? If yes, how so? 
Currently my personal work differs massively from my professional work, this is good for me because it keeps what I do as a designer nicely balanced and never mundane. I used to be 100% graphic design within big design/ad agencies but I found these environments too mechanical with no true passion and only concern about what the client wants that day and not what a talented designer could actually produce to help the client beyond expectation. My personal work is simply a style that has developed from a passion for type, simplicity and very little time to produce it. Luckily for me this is the style of graphic design I like. I always say just keep it simple.

What do you think are the most important elements to focus on, when creating a personal website?
The simple answer would be show what you’re best at but I suppose it depends why you have the website online in the first place. My own started out as a way of getting work so I started by presenting a good mix of design work which showed what I was capable of as a designer in order to get the right kind of job. I guess the two most important aspects of design that you should demonstrate are firstly a good idea and secondly the execution of that idea. Now that I have found work, my site is just a bit of fun, it doubles up as a very handy archive of my work where I place the odd bit of work that I am proud of. Generally it’s worth spending time ironing out little glitches/typos and don’t overload your site, my current Prosite is the best of my work from my main Behance site as too much work has built up on there over the years to be looked at in one go, so it works out quite well having the two.



What inspires you and keeps you motivated?
Talent, respect, a good idea and good coffee.

 What creative project you’ve worked on are you most proud of?
I guess I’m proud of all the work I produce, but I soon get sick of looking at it, so I will have to go with a very recent project where I got to combine my personal work with professional. I don’t always get the opportunity to do this so I was really happy with the end product. The project was called Look Into My Eyes, which was an exploratory interactive design project that explored daily decision making during diagnosis with Multiple Sclerosis.

 

To see more of Paul’s work or to get in touch, please visit his ProSite 

Most Appreciated Projects on Behance

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 week:


In a campaign for LifeBuoy hand wash,  Nemesis Pictures created a advertorial series that brings their slogan “you eat what you touch” to life. Check out the humorously compelling series here.


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his digital animation, a trailer for Gaian.me, takes an abstract look at nature and its relationship to digital art and motion design. Check out the inspiration behind the project, initial sketches and watch the trailer here.

LinkedIn Has Left A Gaping Hole That Startups Are Scrambling To Fill

Yes, LinkedIn is a massive company. But it’s most useful for professionals who use traditional resumes and want office jobs. It recently launched a feature that lets its users upload a few samples of work, but there’s no way to make a resume truly show off someone’s talent. Now there are a slew of startups scrambling to fill LinkedIn’s gaping hole. They’re trying to become a professional solution for people who don’t have desk jobs, from athletes to artists.

A few promising solutions:

  • Behance. If you’re a designer, photographer, advertising creative, or film maker, the most important things you can show potential employers are samples of your work. Scott Belsky and his team at Behance have built up a big business giving these professionals a more creative solution than LinkedIn

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