Category: Behance Network

Behance Curates: Our Philosophy

What brings people to Behance? For most people, it starts with a creative project that blew them away and left an impression they won’t soon forget. An incredible photoset (a father’s photochronicle of his daughter’s life) or a novel approach to branding (like this stripped-down approach): it’s stunning work like this that brings millions of people to Behance every month.

While the number of “appreciations” is the default for people who search Behance, the “Featured Gallery” is the first page visitors see. It’s full of carefully selected work from across all industries that “challenges conventions and pushes the creative world forward.”

It’s no surprise that we get a lot of questions from members about how these “featured” projects are chosen. Here are a few facts:

  • Every project published is eligible to be featured on Behance and/or any of our 12+ Curated Galleries.
  • Of the many thousands of projects published every day on Behance, less than 1% are selected to be featured by our Curators.
  • Behance’s Curators are trying to expose especially innovative and well-crafted work. They consider all sorts of factors when reviewing a project, including quality and originality of work, presentation of the project, and the traction it is getting in the community (appreciations, comments, etc…).

For tips on how to get featured, see this blog post from the curatorial team.

This post is the first in a series written in collaboration with our Curation Team, the experts at Behance who review the thousands of new projects uploaded to Behance every day – across dozens of creative fields.

So, why are we writing this series?
1) To give more explanation of how (and using what criteria) these projects are chosen.
2) To give helpful tips on how to make your projects more “featureable.”

So, how can you give your next project the best chance to be featured in the gallery? We’ll be sitting down with the curation team for a series of blog posts about how to create a great project, and the best practices of our most successful members.

Stay tuned for regular tips from our curation team!

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:

Richardo Martinez created a series of illustrations for the Spanish newspaper “El Mundo” using scratchboard,  a technique where the artist uses sharp knives to etch into a thin layer of white clay that is coated with black India ink. Each illustration combines satire and a different animal, comprising one of our Most Appreciated Projects of the week. See the full series here.

Rex, a font family with three different weights, was designed to create unique titles with ease. The creators, Fontfabric, have generously made this font free for download so you can check it out and grab it too, right here.

Behance Uses Rackspace and RightScale to Scale a Thriving Creative Community

With an abundance of visual work uploaded to the Behance Network each day, we need a lot of processing power and a hosting solution that can store a large amount of data while processing it rapidly. With that in mind, our CTO Chris Henry, determined that Rackspace and RightScale were the best match for all of Behance’s hosting needs. In a recent case study, Rackspace sites Behance as an example of a company that can rapidly scale, stores lots of user-generated content, saves time and money and allows developers to focus on building a better product instead of constant site upkeep.

Check out the full case study here.

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:

Akos Major describes himself as an amateur photographer, but the 36, 0344 (and counting) project views he’s received suggest otherwise. His recent collection, appropriately titled “Still,” captures the precious moments and details of scenic cities in France, Austria and Hungary. Check out the complete photo story here.

What’s not to love about a collection of handmade fonts? That’s right, nothing. This collection is the most recent by Handmade Font, an Estonia-based design studio with over 45 different typography projects on the network. Visit their full portfolio here.

Notre Dame Senior Transforms Graduation Cap into an Online Portfolio Portal

Since Amanda Jonovski started her job search, she’s been constantly on the lookout for the best creative career opportunities, not even pausing during her own graduation.

At her Notre Dame commencement ceremony, Amanda transformed her graduation cap into a portal to her online portfolio on Behance by adding a QR code and “Hire Me” to the mortarboard.

We got in touch with Amanda to learn more about the inspiration behind her exposure-boosting attire:

“Initially, I wanted to decorate my graduation cap so my parents could find me in the crowd of nearly 2,000 seniors. Simultaneously, I knew I still needed a job. Familiar with Notre Dame’s vast network, I knew there had to be at least one person in the crowd that either wanted to hire or knew someone hiring a Graphic Designer. I couldn’t pass up the potential for that kind of exposure. Exposure and getting your name out there is key in the art and design world, which is why I use Behance. I know that my portfolio will be seen by other designers and potential employers.

Plus, let’s be honest…those commencement ceremonies can be kind of long. If someone wants to pass the time by viewing my Behance portfolio…I’m in full support of that, and if one of those people happens to want to hire a graphic designer…I’m in even more support of it.

I received a LOT of great feedback in person on the day of graduation from both fellow students and many parents. I also saw a spike in the number of portfolio views that day.”

Amanda is still looking for the right opportunity in Graphic Design in Boston or Chicago. To see her work and get in touch, visit her Behance portfolio at

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 and here’s a look at two of the most appreciated projects on Behance this week:

StayClean, a branding and web design studio based in Las Palma, Spain, created this online tool to help marketing managers and digital strategists calculate the ROI of their social media outreach. We must have a lot of analytics fans on the network because this tool was one of our most appreciated projects this week. See the complete work here.

Matthieu Belin uses photography to share his narrative, fashion-focused vision of the city of Chongqing in China. The soft color palet, often out-of-focus model and industrial landscapes paints a complete image and a different story with each scene. Check out the full series here.

Highlights from our Curated Galleries

We created Curated Galleries to bring you a steady supply of top creative work, with each site streaming fresh projects in specific categories like architecture, packaging design and fashion. Our curation team combs through each and every project published on Behance to serve up the best of what they find. Click here to view the full selection of curated sites or visit the Galleries tab –> Curated Sites on Here are a few highlights from the galleries:

“Private House” by Simonas Slucka is a digital rendering of sleek home with floor-to-ceiling windows and clean lines, surrounded by tons of greenery. Recently featured in our Architecture Gallery, you can see the full project here.

San Francisco’s Ferry Building, a culinary mecca for local farmers, chefs and artisans inspired this private label brand of gourmet Italian food. The innovative designs include smart details like a box for dried herbs and spices that also functions as a dispenser. A recent feature on the Packaging Design gallery, check out the full project here.

As part of an editorial accessory shoot for Vogue magazine, the above photo is one in a series of four that reflect the zodiac signs Aries, Leo, Gemini and Virgo. Spotted on our Fashion Served Site, see the full shoot here.

This Week’s Most Appreciated Projects

Appreciations are a way to send genuine kudos to another creative professional on Behance. This is our community’s way of curating the network. Here’s a look at two of the most appreciated projects on Behance this week…

In simple gold on black, Tim Boelaars‘ collection of icons takes categories like weapons, transportation, and camping back to the basics with a dozen icons dedicated to each. View the entire project here.

A robust collection of data-filled infographics is the backbone of this beautifully visual, and very appreciated, encyclopedia from Martin Oberhäuser. See more of these colorful inforgraphics here.

This Week’s Most Appreciated Projects

Appreciations are a way to send genuine kudos to another creative professional on Behance. This is our community’s way of curating the network. Here’s a look at two of the most appreciated projects on Behance this week…

These Star Wars identities were created to advertise Lucasfilms and X3 Productions by a full team including an illustrator, copywriter, creative lead and more. Collaboration at its finest, check out the full campaign (and one of the Most Appreciate Projects on the Network) here.

The XKX Jaguar is a “new generation electric roadster” that was designed with both performance and power in mind. While the finished product is an undeniably sexy sports car, we like to think that part of the reason this project was so popular on the network was its narrative quality. The creators shared everything from their inspiration (1971 Jaguar models) to their sketches and plans, clay models, studio renders, detail shots and, of course, the finished campaign. See the full journey here.

New Collaboration With Pinterest // Better Attribution

Today we’re pleased to announce a collaboration with Pinterest, the fast growing social media website that now drives more referral traffic than Twitter and most other websites. Any Behance project added to Pinterest will include proper attribution, along with a direct link to the source project and the user’s portfolio. Today, Pinterest has launched this integration with Behance, Flickr, YouTube, and Vimeo.

The Problem We’re Trying To Solve

While the internet offers creatives the opportunity to get mass exposure for their work, it often falls short. The greatest design work, illustration, photography – and any other creation – has the tendency to be shared on other websites, often times without a link back or even a proper credit. As a result, creative careers often fail to benefit from the exposure that their work receives.
Needless to say, the future of creative careers is all about sourcing opportunity on the web. You publish your work – and then it circulates. If people love it, they’ll want to come follow you and/or contact you. Exposure for your work is pointless unless it is directly attributed and linked to your portfolio.

The Solution Is A System For Attribution

At Behance, we want the web to foster direct and proper attribution for every piece of creative work – wherever it may be displayed. You need to get credit for you work wherever it shows up online, with a direct link back to your portfolio where people can contact you or follow you for future updates. And, as more people visit your portfolio on Behance and opt to follow your work, you will get more opportunity via Behance’s search and explore tools.

On Behance, as more and more people visit your portfolio and follow your work, you become more visible in our many galleries and search/sorting tools. Over the years, our team has become very focused on promoting the direct attribution and credit for creative work across the web. Sites like Tumblr, Fffound, and others routinely feature images from the portfolios of creative professionals and fail to either link back or carry any level of consistent attribution. In response, we are pushing more top websites to properly credit the creatives behind the work. Behance has also started to power creative portfolio display for sites like LinkedIn, AdWeek, RISD, SVA, and many others in an effort to streamline attribution and portfolio management across the web.

Our Collaboration With Pinterest

Pinterest has become a dominant tool for “discovery” of all sorts of content. Increasingly, Pinterest is being used by creatives of all kinds – as well as journalists and recruiters – to discover and collect great creative work. Now, through a special collaboration with Pinterest, every image pinned from a Behance project will include a direct link to the source project as well as the user’s full portfolio. This attribution and featured set of links will be included both on the small and open version of the “pin” on Pinterest. We are also actively working with other sites on the web that wish to properly attribute work to the rightful owner.

Looking Forward

With tools for proper attribution, creative careers are enhanced by unparalleled levels of exposure and opportunity via the social web. We just need to find better ways to showcase and credit creative work so that it ultimately serves the creative behind the work. The future of creative careers is about much more than sites to upload images. We need an ecosystem where you can publish in one place, showcase everywhere you want, and get discovered anywhere your work is displayed.

Our team is pretty psyched about the prospect of organizing the creative world’s work. As always, if you have ideas and suggestions, please reach out to us! @Behance