Behance Tips: Journey from WIP to Finished Project

A WIP (Work in Progress) shows the progression of your work, whereas the project (below) shows the finished piece.

Adding a “Work in Progress” is a great opportunity to show your work in its early stages, and get feedback on it that can guide the direction it will take. Throw a stake in the ground by posting a WIP, and then iterate from there. We love seeing a handful or more of posts on a WIP, watching the piece take shape along the way, like in Mattias Adolfsson’s “The Second in Line,” above.

Projects, by comparison, are for polished, finished work. This is where you’ll upload images of your final product. A tip from our co-founder: “First, contextualize the project with a short paragraph. Add a title that makes sense and gives a hint of what this project is about. A good rule of thumb is to present the whole piece first, followed by more detailed shots to show the precision of your craft.” While some projects do break down the process, we don’t necessarily recommend showing everything thats in your WIP within the project, as the focus should be finished work.

This is why we choose not to have a feature that “turns a WIP into a Project” – these two types of content should be treated differently, and we want to encourage using Projects for finished, polished work, rather than a transfer of the WIP work. However, we have a feature that allows a WIP and Project to be linked (like in this example, see the bottom right column), so you can click “view full project” on a WIP, or, “View Work In Progress” from a project to get more insight into the journey of a project. Add this in settings at publishing or editing.

For more tips on structuring your projects and WIPs, see:
- 6 Steps for Creating a Knockout Online Portfolio
Blog Series on How We Curate Projects