Small or big, serious or silly, there are a lot of amazing success stories in the Behance community. That’s why we’ve started Victory Lap Fridays — a new series where we ask Behancers to celebrate their latest creative victory by sending us a tweet. Here are just a few of the #VictoryLap tweets we spotted last week.
Did you have an awesome week? Take a
#VictoryLap — tweet to let us know about your creative accomplishments!
From studios to cubicles, creative work can come from anywhere. In this series, we’ll be taking a peek at some Behancers’ workspaces. We asked Twitter followers to send us a picture of their workspace last Wednesday. Here’s a roundup of some of our favorite #WorkspaceWednesday images.
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It makes our day when we see a testimonial from a member who gets a job through Behance. These Full Sail recent graduates and student ambassador program alums, Tim Smith and Colin Garven, created a video to tell the story of how Colin’s profile on Behance’s Student Show lead to a job opportunity.
Watch on Vimeo, or click below!
Want to share your own Behance story? Let us know in the comments and we’ve love include it in our Success Stories series.
Have some extra time this summer to expand into your passion or hobby? Here are a few creative events that are worth consideration.
Most photo conferences focus on gear and technique. Luminance is different. This 2 day conference features two dozen top speakers (including our own Scott Belksy!) from a variety of organizations that help to create, consume and definite photography. Each will present a 20 minute TED-style talk. Photographers, technologists, designers & those who care about the direction of photography should attend.
September 12-13 – NYC
App Summer Camp
If you love app development and are a talented young hacker/designer/geek, join your cohorts at this 2 week camp on the water in Hungary. The “campers” will get involved in digital product development projects – plus, it’s all free if you’re selected! A great opportunity in Europe for UX ninjas, bloggers, journalists, mobile or front-end developers.
August & September – Hungary
Startup Weekend is all about providing events that will help you get a jump on launching your startup. Share ideas, form teams, and hear from passionate leaders and entrepreneurs. This is an event series (there have been 587 events around the world!), so check out upcoming events for one in your area.
Around the world, throughout the year
In this series, we’ll look deeper into some of the projects on Behance.net that were especially admired in our community. This time, we spoke to Mikko Lagerstedt, a Finnish photographer who created an intensely evocative series of photos called “Atmosphere.” A Graphic Design who taught himself photography on the side, Lagerstedt put this set together to attempt to capture and convey a specific feeling to their viewer.
What was your inspiration for this project?
This was a non-commercial project. I was looking through my photographs from 2011 and I saw something in common to them all – atmosphere. That’s where I got the idea. Inspiration for my photography comes from everyday life; I love to wander in nature and in the streets and capture what I see and feel. I always try to find a way to bring the atmosphere through my pictures to the viewers of my pictures.
Did you expect it to be as popular as it’s been on The Behance Network?
I didn’t expect anything from this project. I have had lot of comments in my past projects but I was not waiting to get so much appreciation. I’m still quite astounded by the amount of comments on my work. Thank you all!
Did you go through many versions and iterations before coming up with these final pieces?
It was hard to pick the photos for this project. I edited the collection about five times before I thought it was ready. There’s always a certain uncertainty when you think your project is ready and you wait for the feedback. It’s always good to ask for feedback first – my girlfriend is always the person I go to first.
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This May, we asked the Behance Community to come together to organize and attend events designed to help creatives up their game by sharing and getting feedback on creative work at an in-person critique event. The response was overwhelming – we watched our members step up to the plate and organize events in all corners of the globe, everywhere from Pakistan to Italy to Colombia to Canada and beyond (152 separate events, in fact!) We wanted to share some of the results of Behance Portfolio Review Week with you:
Portfolio Review Week Snapshot:
- 476 communities formed in 422 cities
- 153 confirmed events worldwide
- 4,015 event RSVPS
- 2,068 tweets tagged #BehanceReviews
Pinterest Board – Portfolio Review Week Highlights
We compiled a bin board for a visual “best of” look at events around the world
Flickr Photo Sets
A growing collection of 40 PhotoSets from events around the world (1,300+ photos!)
Vimeo Page – Select Videos
From member made promo videos to footage taken at the actually events.
Instagam Photos Taken by Community
Photo reports from attendees around the world. More here & here
We’re on a mission to empower the creative world, so we love nothing more than celebrating successes from the Behance community. From awards to new jobs and exciting collaborations, Behance helps connect talent with opportunity one project at a time.
Active Behance member, and founder of the global design studio MINIMAL, Scott Wilson was recently honored with the prestigious 2012 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for excellence in the category of Product Design.
“Being recognized by such a prestigious design organization and awarded for my body of work is the greatest honor of my career. It makes all the countless hours, obsessing over the details and product experience, even more meaningful,” said Scott Wilson. “I continue to look forward to the new challenges and opportunities for design in the world and hope to live up to the expectations that come along with this honor.”
Learn more about the National Design Awards here and see industrial designs by Scott and MINIMAL here.
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 Be.net/AmandaJonovski
We’re just halfway through Behance Portfolio Review Week, and dozens of new events are happening each day (including Behance HQ’s kickoff event last night). All day today, fresh batches of photos, tweets, instagrams, and emails about events were arriving hour-by-hour. Here’s a look at the latest:
New York City, USA
Hosted by Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch
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Last night, we kicked off Portfolio Review Week with an event at GrindSpaces. One hundred Creative Professionals gathered over appetizers & drinks in the sprawling co-working space to see 5 inspiring presentations, and then break into small groups to get into the nitty-gritty of improving work & presentation. A big thanks to the leaders of our break-out review sessions: Matias Corea (Co-Founder and Chief of Design at Behance), James Bareham (founder of The New Cruelty) and Mark Macaulay (Career Advisor at Parsons School of Design).
Dig into the portfolios of our 5 presenters: Julian Hibbard , Matt Carr, Navid Baraty, James Bareham & Barry Orkin
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