Category: Community

Behind the Project: Boathouses

In this series we will look deeper into a work that was especially admired in our community: Boathouses, created by Rutger Paulusse. This piece captures the nautical spirit of the Dutch artist’s hometown of Amsterdam in a colorful, visually striking way. You can sense the joy Paulusse gets from the entire creative process in his responses to each question. Enjoy!

What was your inspiration for this project?

I live in Amsterdam which is packed with boathouses. I really love them and I really want to own one, one day. It has something romantic to it of course, but it’s mostly about freedom. Theoretically, you could move your house anywhere in the world, so it gives a sense of freedom. Also you don’t have any direct neighbors so that is really special in a crazy crowded city such as Amsterdam. I also really love the canals in Amsterdam. There’s something about water and floating which intrigues me. Maybe it’s just because us humans consist of 60%-70% water, I don’t know! After seeing a lot of boathouses and visiting some friends who own them I really wanted to use that as inspiration for an illustration series.


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Behance at Salt Lake Design Week

Nestled in the Traverse Mountains about a thirty minute drive south from Salt Lake City is Lehi, Utah, home to one of Adobe’s offices in the US. Calling it simply an office is doing the campus a disservice; opened in 2013, the cutting-edge space is home to over nine hundred employees, complete with a full cafeteria, large meeting spaces, and even a basketball court. Buzzing around this modern office maze is Drew Milton, an interactive art director with Adobe and AIGA Salt Lake City Director of Relationships. An advocate for Behance, he invited me to conduct a workshop for Salt Lake Design Week focusing on how to create and promote your online portfolio. It borders on incredulity to hear how many creatives, especially young graduates, fail to build or maintain their online creative portfolios, so I love to take any opportunity to show how important it is.


For anyone unfamiliar with Utah, the first thing you think about is definitely not the design community, and that’s the reason events like Salt Lake Design Week and organizations like AIGA are so important. When visiting, the first thing that hits you is how wide open everything feels. Coming from New York where buildings crowd out everything but sneaking rays of sun, the Salt Lake Region, including Lehi, felt Martian in comparison. Crisp air surrounded fast moving highways that hugged red-brown mountains dotted with housing complexes and shopping centers. Looking out into the distance, the grey mountains met a brilliantly blue sky. Standing in front of the massive Adobe Campus, all I could think about was what kind of creative work was coming out of place like this?

As I kicked off the presentation, it was great to see flurry of hands go up when I asked who was familiar with Behance. Besides the presentation, my attendees got to hear from David Habben, a long-time Behance member who was able to share some of his best practices and field questions from the group. He has a great wrap up here.


The best part of the evening, by far, was being able to speak one-on-one with a few members who are excited to get their careers started and share amazing work they find on Behance. Looking at some of their profiles, it’s clear that the physical environment of Salt Lake City definitely leaves it’s mark on the creative work coming out of it. A major concern many had was being able to find reliable work in Salt Lake since there’s certainly a pull toward the coasts for many creatives. What Salt Lake Design Week showed me is that there’s definitely a vibrant creative community with a style all its own that is worth being a part of.  Whether or not Salt Lake will become a viable place for creative careers will have to be seen, but as technology continues to make businesses and careers less dependent on physical location, the odds are looking better than ever for Salt Lake City.

I want to thank Drew Milton and AIGA Salt Lake City for inviting and hosting me as well as The Mandate Press of Salt Lake City who whipped up about five hundred Behance themed coasters for us!


Behind the Project: Breitling for Bentley (Director’s Cut)

In this series we will look deeper into a work that was especially admired in our community: Breitling for Bentley (Director’s Cut), created by Crys Ju. The Korean motion graphics designer, inspired by modern car commercials and the film scores of the composer Selma Mutal, created this striking commercial video for her VDAS (Visual Design & Art School) senior project. Check out what the artist had to say about her inspiration and her creative process, then watch the video on Behance.

What was your inspiration for this project?

The concept for ‘Breitling for Bentley’ is combining the best of the two brands, Breitling and Bentley. Even though this project is for the branding of Breitling, which is a watch company, I was inspired by car commercials that I watched on Vimeo. I learned a lot about editing and directing for film from watching these surprisingly dramatic car commercials.


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Behind the Project: Critters

In this series we will look deeper into a work that was especially admired in our community: Critters, created by Teodoru Badiu. The Austrian 3D artist’s fantastic, colorful, yet slightly twisted 3D character designs have gained Badiu an impressive following on Behance. Critters is a perfect encapsulation of Badiu’s unique style, so we asked the artist a few questions about the creative process behind his latest work.

What was your inspiration for this project?
I needed some small characters for a story that I developed based on my “Forest Folk” and “Pets and Monsters” characters. I thought that it would be a good idea to use worms, snakes and bugs as inspirations for the characters.


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Behind the Project: Nike X Kobe

In this series we will look deeper into a work that was especially admired in our community: Nike X Kobe, created by Shane Griffin. The Irish born designer teamed up with Nike to create brand imagery for the 5x NBA champion’s latest shoe release. Shane was kind enough to answer our questions about his creative process and about the reception his work has received on Behance. 

What was your inspiration for this project?
Creating self illuminating glass isn’t as easy as you’d think. I needed to make the objects feel like they were illuminating the sneakers, while keeping the transparency intact. So I referenced some of my older work with glass objects, and tried to push it to a new level.

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Behind the Project: Quotes, Lines & Lyrics

In this series we will look deeper into a work that was especially admired in our community: Quotes, Lines & Lyrics, created by Van Orton Design. Van Orton Design is comprised of twin brothers from Italy. The brothers have wowed the Behance community with their neon-hued, futuristic re-imaginings of pop-culture icons. The Van Orton Design duo graciously answered our questions about one of their most popular projects, in which two cult classics of American film have their posters redone in the unique Van Orton Design style.

What was your inspiration for this project?
The project was inspired by two cult movies of different years. They were inspired by the imagery that they created and by the incredible dialogue. The idea, however, was to place these two films in a different context, more contemporary with our times. There are strong references to the pop style mixed with sci-fi; lots of lights and bright lines.



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Behind the Project: Distractions & Procrastinations

In this series we will look deeper into a work that was especially admired in our community: “Distractions & Procrastinations”, created by Luke Choice. The Australian artist (who is now based in New York City) specializes in creating eye-catching 3D illustrations. His projects have been featured several times on Behance, and his designs have been used by companies like Nike and American Express“Distractions & Procrastinations”, today’s featured project, comes from a place of experimentation; It is a showcase of Choice’s unique style, and a visual display of the fun that Choice has with his work. Mr. Choice was kind enough to answer a few questions about the project and about his creative process.

What was your inspiration for this project?

This project was a culmination of many late nights, where I have either been waiting for projects to render, or where i have hit creative block and needed a shot of inspiration. I love to explore different tools, textures and techniques in small increments, then find ways to incorporate them into larger ideas.



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A Closer Look with Luis Palencia

We had the pleasure of interviewing Luis Palencia, a Venezuelan designer based in Miami who is addicted to typography and has been creating incredible work for over 8 years. 

How long have you been in your creative field?
I started to working as a graphic designer in 2007 at a small studio in my hometown, Maracaibo, Venezuela, so it has been almost 8 amazing years.

Luis Palencia

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Behind the Project: Bizarre Beauty for Refinery29

In this series we will look deeper into a work that was especially admired in our community: Bizarre Beauty for Refinery29, created by Leta Sobierajski. The five photo Instagram series is a colorful exploration of the relationship between a person’s sense of beauty and inanimate objects. Sobierajski‘s multidisciplinary design work has captured the attention of the Behance community (as well as clients like Google and IBM) with its brightly bizarre compositions. The Brooklyn-based designer and art director took time to share some of her insights into the creative process with the Behance team. 

What was your inspiration for this project?

Bizarre Beauty was inspired by daily beauty routines and surface-level obsessions. The series contained objects representative of independent, odd, and beautiful situations which highlight what makes a person feel beautiful through the use of inanimate objects. The notion of surrealism plays a part in this project too, and creates situations that trigger imaginative situations with personification. I’m also heavily influenced by Josef Albers’s Theories on Color Studies; creating experiences through the sensory relationships of color is what helped me tie everything together in this project with a reoccurring palette of saccharine colors.



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