Category: Behance Network

Remix Challenge

To celebrate the 106th birthday of iconic designer Charles Eames, we’re inviting you to pay homage to the iconic Eames armchair by designing your own remix for a chance to win an Eames molded plastic armchair, a limited-edition Eames Foundation print and more. Show us your Eames armchair remix. how would you paint it? Deocrate it? Build on it? Reinterpret it? Share your remix!

Here’s how to play:

1. Download images of the Eames armchair
2. Create your remix (Here’s what six top designers did with it)
3. Upload it to Behance – either from Behance.net or from Creative Cloud

Option 1: Upload Straight to Behance

Just go to Behance.net, click “Add Work” –> “Work in Progress” and go to town! Make sure to add the tag createnow.

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Behind the Project: A Transit App For Seasoned Commuters

In this series, we’ll look deeper into some of the projects on Behance.net that were especially admired in our community. Martin Oberhäuser is a Hamburg, Germany based information and interface designer. After working with various large agencies and freelancing, Oberhäuser founded the oberhaeuser.info design studio in 2011.  Oberhäuser’s passion for data visualization is apparent in projects that range from encyclopedia infographics to an app that monitors and tracks online mentions.  We spoke with him about his recent project, nextr, an iPhone app that helps users navigate German public transit by providing intuitive, essential information and directions.

What was your inspiration for this project?
My inspiration was initially personally motivated. I use public transportation services in Germany pretty frequently and I was never satisfied with the available transportation guidance apps. I felt like there was a lot of room for improvement, especially for heavy transit users like myself. Most people I know that use these apps are familiar with the public transportation systems in their cities. They only need quick access to some important use cases, for example “when does the next train depart from the station closest to my home?” So I focused on this user group and provided this easy access combined with the ability to drill deeper for more information if necessary.

Can you describe your process in creating this project?
I decided to play around with some initial ideas and concepts for a more intuitive app. After a while I came up with a structure based around the current user position on a map and easy access to nearby stations.

I approached my iOS developer Marcus Wermuth with this concept and some initial layouts and asked if he’d be interested in and capable of developing the app. Fortunately, he was excited to work with me on making this concept a reality. Of course, we had other running client projects and had to earn some money, so it took us a while to reach a working prototype, and then a fully functional app.
This project continues to be pretty challenging because we are working with real time data and geolocation. The real challenge, however, was to initially achieve the right amount of simplification—asking “what information is really relevant for the user and what is our main target audience?”

Did anything interesting happen as a result of the success of this project?  (fans contacting you, job opportunities, blogs picking it up, etc).

We used Behance as the main tool to advertise the launch of our app and the reactions have been phenomenal. A few hours after we published the project many blogs were writing about it and it soon became the second best selling app on the German App Store. We are also getting many interview requests from blogs and tech magazines. I can’t say exactly how big the impact of Behance was, but it definitely played a big role.

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Behing the Project: “What-If” Movie Posters

In this series, we’ll look deeper into some of the projects on Behance.net that were especially admired in our community. Peter Stults creates movie posters reimagined for another time and place - like, what would the “Spring Breakers” poster look like if it starred James Dean? Although when Stults first released his work to his personal networks, the response was “like crickets in an awkward silence,” he became an overnight sensation on Behance, going completely viral. He was even recently commissioned to create a movie poster for an upcoming Paul Schrader (of Taxi Driver) movie. 

What was your inspiration for this project?
Since 1999 I’ve been playing with the idea of “what-if” oriented concepts. It first started with making movie posters for books I was reading. Then I was doing posters based on concepts – like what if you had Brad Pitt and Keanu Reeves in some religious thriller? The next step in evolution was making posters for movies featuring a star who was going to be cast, but didn’t get up getting the role. For example, Jack Nicholson as the father in “A Christmas Story” or Tom Cruise as Iron Man. Friends of mine later forwarded me the work of Sean Hartter who crafted the “different era” concept, which greatly inspired my What-if poster making process.

Can you describe your process in creating this project?
Much of it is brainstorming. I’ll be on the subway or walking around, and I first think of a movie, then think of the setting and genre, then the actors. Once I’ve got the concept, I loosely sketch out the poster’s style, thinking about things like horizontal or vertical orientation (depends on the Era). Once sketched out, I look for photographs and images of the actors. I have a collection of pulp fiction books and old magazines and newspapers that I use to derive texture, aged effects and reviewing color spectrum and type face. Most of my posters will start in Photoshop, but I incorporate Illustrator, scanning things in, and even hand-drawing some parts.

Did you expect it to be as popular as it’s been on The Behance Network?
I was absolutely not at all ready for the popularity. I had first passed some of these posters around on Flickr and Facebook and it was the equivalent of crickets in an awkward silence situation. I remember being super proud of my Avatar, Fifth Element and Inception posters, but barely got any “likes.” So, when creating my Behance profile, I did not think anything of them. I was crossing fingers my illustration-based work would get some traction.

Did anything interesting happen as a result of the success of this project? (fans contacting you, job opportunities, blogs picking it up, etc).
When the posters went viral, a whole wave of things took place. The famous fashion store Colette, based in Paris, France, contacted me about doing a show on the posters. I had never done an art show before, so my first show being an international one at a well-known fashion store was not too bad.

Then, I was contacted to create the promotional poster for the upcoming movie “The Canyons,” which is directed by Paul Schrader (writer of Taxi Driver and Raging Bull), screenplay by Bret Easton Ellis (author of American Psycho and Less Than Zero) and starring Lindsay Lohan and adult entertainment star James Deen. So, my first professional movie poster offering being “The Canyons” was pretty phenomenal.

There has been a wave of freelance work I’ve been a part of that have resulted in some cool projects. I’ve been covered in various blogs and online news sources (Huffington Post, Elle, Slate, Premiere, Fast Company, Business Insider, Yahoo Movies, BuzzFeed, Daily What, Flavorpill, Paste Magazine, Laughing Squid and many more). And the results haven’t slowed. I do a “What If” poster each month for the French movie magazine “So Film.” I’m working on a show in England right now and recently I got contacted by a gallery owner in Brooklyn, all for the “What If” posters.

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Behance Wins a Webby Award for Self-Promotion/Portfolio

The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet, and we’re thrilled to be included among this year’s incredible list of winners! Behance won the ‘Self-Promotion/Portfolio’ award, which means we’re on the right path to help creatives achieve the exposure they deserve. That said, this is just the beginning and our team is hard at work on a number of updates, projects and new features that we can’t wait to share. Stay tuned!

Learn more about the Webbys and check out the other amazing winners and nominees here.

New Feature: Link a Project to a Work In Progress

One of our newest features allows you to easily link a new or existing project to a Work-In-Progress (WIP).  In case you haven’t used it, the Work-in-Progress feature allows you to get instant feedback by uploading a snapshot of your work in progress. You can continue to add future revisions in the same WIP. Now, you can link a finished project to a Work-In-Progress to help you show off the process behind a project.

In your Portfolio page, hover over a Project and click Edit Project.  At the top right of the Edit page, click Settings.  From there, look on the bottom right and click Link to WIP.  Select the appropriate WIP and Save Changes.  After saving, view your project to see a new module marked ”View Work In Progress” on the right hand column with a link to the appropriate WIP. Also, if a user is viewing a WIP that has a Project linked to it, there will be a View Full Project link at the bottom of the WIP.

Great opportunities this week: Working with non-profits

Behance JobList hosts the best opportunities in the creative job market from top companies across the globe. Here’s a roundup of fresh postings on the JobList this week.

For daily updates on the latest opportunities, follow @BehanceJobs on Twitter

UI Designer at charity:water (New York, NY)
Graphic Designer at charity:water (New York, NY)
Help solve the water crisis and provide clean water for people in developing countries through your design work.

Sr. UX Designer at The Climate Corporation (San Francisco, CA)
Join in the Climate Corporation’s mission is to help all the world’s people and businesses manage and adapt to climate change. (Plus perks like an always-stocked kegerator.)

Design Assistant (freelance) at CharityBuzz (New York, NY)
Join a team dedicated to raising millions for nonprofits by auctioning incredible experiences with the world’s biggest celebrities and brands.

Quick Update: Behance & Adobe (& Some Creative Cloud News)

Scott Belsky, Co-Founder & Head of Behance, VP – Product-Community, Adobe

We became part of the Adobe family a few months ago. While we have a lot of new acronyms and systems to learn, we’ve been pleasantly surprised by the warm welcome and bounty of ideas from across the company. There is also a strong desire to better understand the creative community’s needs, take a more design-centric approach to product, and support the creative process in new ways. Adobe reaches millions of creative people around the world every day, and our team at Behance has the opportunity to help connect the creative world throughout the creative process. We feel at home, and now we’ve got a lot of work to do!

In the year ahead, here’s what you can expect from our team at Behance:

  1. The Behance platform is going to get a lot better, faster, and offer even more exposure for your work. We have a full roadmap of improvements and features that help you connect with your peers and with career opportunity. We’re excited.
  2. We will start integrating some of Behance’s best community features into Adobe tools. Want feedback? Adding new work to your portfolio? We want to make this more efficient and more integrated into your everyday workflow. Stay tuned for updates in May!
  3. We have grand plans for ProSite – and other “Pro” features – that will make Behance a more powerful utility for creative careers. We’ve got a long list of enhancements and features that will bring online portfolios to a whole new level.

We are also working closely with our new colleagues at Adobe to make the “Creative Cloud” offering more integrated into our everyday workflow. For those of you that don’t know, Creative Cloud is a subscription service for all of Adobe’s creative applications (Photoshop, Illustrator, and the list goes on…) for a low monthly fee. Creative Cloud also keeps your applications up-to-date with frequent updates and new features as they are ready (no more waiting 16+ months for the latest and greatest). But the vision for Creative Cloud is about much more than the apps themselves. Ultimately, the service should make the entire creative process more seamless and collaborative. The roadmap ahead is amazing, and we hope to share updates in a few months.

Over time, we also want to offer some of the best benefits of Behance as part of Adobe’s Creative Cloud service. Starting today, ProSite (normally $99/year) will be available at no additional cost for Creative Cloud paid members. For those of you that don’t know, ProSite transforms your public Behance portfolio into a fully customized personal portfolio site with your own URL. You can design an incredible portfolio site that stays in sync with your projects on Behance, increasing your efficiency and helping your work get more exposure from Behance’s 18+ Million visitors every month.

If you’re ready to get started building and customizing your Behance ProSite, just a few quick steps:

  1. Login and go to the Apps page on creative.adobe.com
  2. Find the ProSite icon under “Other Services” and click on the “Get Started” link
  3. You’ll be brought to the ProSite welcome page on Behance, where you can either log in or sign up for Behance to build your portfolio and launch your ProSite when you’re ready

We will be offering additional “Pro” features over the coming year, and these will also be made available to all Creative Cloud paid members. If you want to learn more about the Creative Cloud offering, visit http://creative.adobe.com.

Needless to say, this is just the beginning… Our team at Behance is working on some of the most exciting projects of our professional lives right now. We can’t wait to show you.

Scott & Behance Team

Great opportunities this week: Entry-level Design jobs

Behance JobList hosts the best opportunities in the creative job market from top companies across the globe. Here’s a roundup of fresh postings on the JobList this week.

For daily updates on the latest opportunities, follow @BehanceJobs on Twitter

Junior and Senior Designer, UI / UX & Graphic Design at Metrik (San Francisco, CA)
Metrik is a full-service, multidisciplinary design studio looking for a motivated designer who is eager to work on all phases of the design process.

Junior Web Designer at Walrus (New York, NY)
An opportunity to support a larger staff but also to own your own projects. It’s a big job, and you’ll gain a ton of experience quickly and there’s lots of room to grow.

Junior Graphic Designer at OutSystems (Lisbon, Portugal)
For highly creative and energetic candidates that value broadening their knowledge not only in the Design field but also in Marketing and Business.

Junior- Senior Designers at Spring Studios (New York, NY)
Spring Studios is currently hiring all levels of designers to communicate client messages across a variety of mediums and platforms.

Junior Graphic Designer (Print and Interactive) at Bortz Group (Chicago, IL)
Faced-paced marketing firm representing an array of clients in the Chicagoland area is in need of a Junior Graphic Designer looking to kick off their career and contribute to a small team of busy creatives.

Junior layout designer/graphic designer/retoucher at Lime Crime (Los Angeles)
LOVE makeup? Obsessed with fonts, textures, and text-based design? Then you want to join this young, creative team.

Junior Graphic Designer: Packaging and Print at Snakebite, Inc (North Chelmsford, MA)
Develop and implement designs according to brand standards for projects including food packaging and marketing collateral for ten established brands in the retail industry.

All-New Discover Features – Just Launched!

Browsing creative work on Behance just got more addictive. We’re pleased to introduce our brand new “Discover” Experience! You’ll notice the new design immediately whether logged in or out of Behance, but to give you an idea of some of the advantages of the new experience, here’s what to expect:

More Prominent, Well-Organized Filters
Filter by creative field, location, school, tool used, and more. And, your filters follow you as you scroll so you’ll never forget what you’re looking at. 

Infinite Scroll
Why click “page 2″ when you can just keep scrolling to discover more creative work?

Filter projects by color
Don’t miss this brand new feature to sort by hue.

Project Lighbox View
When you come across a project you’d like to view, click it to view it in a lightbox. When you’re finished, you’ll be right back where you left off in search results. 

All-new Responsive Design
Optimized for mobile devices.

More “Work In Progress” Features
It’s now easier to upload and discover ”Work In Progress” from Behance, which helps you get even more feedback on your work, and engage with your connections.

 

 

New Feature: Filter by Color now Available

New in Creative Jobs on Behance:

Behance JobList hosts the best opportunities in the creative job market from top companies across the globe. Here’s a roundup of fresh postings on the JobList this week. For daily updates on the latest opportunities, follow @BehanceJobs on Twitter. 


Leo Burnett offices 

Front-End Developer (Barcelona, Spain)
Trovit is an exciting European startup looking to grow their team with a talented front-end developer/designer. Perks include a game room, team events like ski trips and a competitive salary.

Painters (New Hampshire, US)
Muse Paintbar is interested in buying paintings (bonus points for nature scenes and landscapes) for their library.

Senior UX Designer (Redmond, Washington)
Microsoft is looking for a senior UX designer to help them realize their next generation of online advertising.

Digital Copywriter (Detroit, Michigan)
Ad agency Leo Burnett is seeking a Digital Copywriter to work with a well-known automotive brand. Check out their offices pictured above!

Web Designer (Montreal, Quebec)
Aldo, the popular shoe company, is looking to grow their multi-channel Montreal-based marketing team with a new web designer. Interested? You must be a lover of all things type!