Category: Community

Hurricane Sandy Relief: TOKEN

Hurricane Sandy had devastating effects on those near and dear to us, including our friends at TOKEN, a design studio based in Red Hook, Brooklyn. This talented team is extremely active in the Behance community, and they were kind enough to share their story.

When was the studio first opened? How did it get started?
TOKEN opened in 2007 after Emrys and Will took over a small furniture/lighting studio and furniture/lighting design office that they had been running for a fashion brand.

What type of work does your studio primarily focus on?
TOKEN is a Red Hook, Brooklyn-based design and manufacturing studio that develops contemporary handcrafted furniture and lighting objects embodying the evolving intentions of American modernism.

What creative project you’ve worked on are you most proud of?
If you’ve been to Lincoln Center recently, you might have even seen some of our work featured within the Promenade of the David H. Koch Theater. We were one of three local NYC design studios selected by the New York City Ballet to showcase our work there for visitors to enjoy.

Could you describe the effect Hurricane Sandy had on the studio?
When Sandy came ashore, she brought with her about six feet of brackish storm surge and delivered it right into our Red Hook studio. She trashed our space, submerged our machinery, ruined raw material, and destroyed our offices and showroom.

What has helped your team stay motivated and positive throughout this tragedy?
Knowing and believing in the fact that change, whether its forced by massive flooding or not, can be pushed in very positive directions.

How can people help and get involved?
By following the growth of our brand and by passing the word along that we are rebuilding and going to come back stronger than before.

Help TOKEN recover from Hurricane Sandy- Donate here

Be sure to check their incredible work 

Behind the Project: Human Sculptures

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 with Julien Palast, a photographer in Paris. His “SKINDEEP” offered a unique, eye-catching rendition of humans as sculptures. Take a deeper look into his process below.

What was your inspiration for this project?
I wanted to create instant bas-relief (a type of sculpture) with live bodies, like ephemeral sculptures of the human form. i got inspired by the scenes you can find in the front of churches or antique monuments.

Can you describe your process in creating this project?
I wanted to retain the sculptural form of the body without the personal identity of a model. I tried with body painting in the past, but it is a very long process that always needs a lot of on-stage and post-production retouching. So I was searching for a technique that would avoid all this. I started by experimenting with different materials and techniques. I did several trials before coming up with the right technique. it got improved during the photoshoots, and is still improving!

Did you expect it to be as popular as it’s been on The Behance Network?
No, i wasn’t expecting it to be so popular, I was happy with the outcome but I was very happy to see that so many people appreciated it.

Did you go through many versions and iterations before coming up with these final pieces?
I did a first version of the SkinDeep project in 2010, but the material was not the same and the outcome was more abstract, less accurate, which was nice too but I wanted to explore a different side for this second version. In between these two series, I tried out with several different materials and techniques before finding the one that I found more suitable.

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Photo Report: Thousands Gather at Behance Portfolio Review Week!

Portfolio Review Week is still going on around the world – here’s another photo report from a few more locations! Check out our Pinterest page for updates as well: Portfolio Review Week Collection

Dublin, Ireland (hosted by Lukasz Kulakowski)

Timisoara, Romania (hosted by Sorin Bechira)

 

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (hosted by Ramy S Maki)

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Behance Team Holding Strong Amidst Hurricane Sandy

A quick note from Scott Belsky, Behance’s Co-Founder, on Behance’s status this week.

It has been a wild week for all of us, but everyone on the Behance team is safe and sound. At this point, our thoughts are with those people and families that have lost lives, their homes or were otherwise impacted by the storm.

All of Soho lost power – and many of our homes are still without electricity or internet, but the team stayed coordinated to take care of each other, keep Behance up and running, and continue to serve our members.

As I look back over the years we have worked together as a team, it’s clear that adversity always makes us stronger. Server mishaps, broken elevators, missed planes, minor earthquakes, and yes – even hurricanes – bring us together. We become better communicators, more tolerant, and we learn how to prepare for next time. It’s easy when it’s all smooth sailing. But when something goes wrong, the greatest teams rise to the occasion…and really stand out.

I want to express gratitude to team Behance for their patience and commitment this week. Makes me especially proud to be on this journey with all of you.

Behance members: Our community management team is accessible and doing their best to respond to your questions. If you are having trouble getting ahold of us, please email energy -at- behance -dot- com.

Thanks and be well!
scott

Portfolio Review Week Begins! Events around the globe…

This week, Portfolio Review Week kicked off around the world! With almost 200 events scheduled wordwide, we’re seeing news from this inspiring gatherings to share work & get feedback buzzing all over the internet. Despite Hurricane Sandy, which has caused postponement of East Coast events, the communities in the rest of the world are thriving. Here’s some early news from these events:

Budapest, Hungary:

 

Rome, Italy:

Kyiv, Ukraine:

Hamburg, Germany

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A Closer Look with Jani Leino

We were excited to get the opportunity to interview Jani Leino, a designer from Finland who specializes in interior & furniture design and has some great insight on innovation and collaboration. 

Do your personal projects differ from your professional work? If yes, how so?
A lot. At least it used to be true. I have worked in furniture design, children’s playground equipment design and in concept design doing various projects in different fields. That has really helped me experience a lot of things from different points of view. But for a while I felt too tied down. That has prevented me from doing some things that have been really close to my heart or prevented me from learning and developing my skills in new areas. I have really enjoyed working in all my jobs, but I wanted more. I wanted to combine all my skills and search for my true passion. When photography and sculpting came along in my life I started to see more clearly what I really wanted to do for living. I wanted to bring those things that I found important in my personal projects to my work projects. Little by little everything clicked together and I ended up founding a company with a couple of my friends that I met during my Design Management studies. When you combine such fields as av-production, design and education, Jam Jam Creatives ltd started to look really interesting. So I am really excited about my future and the road that lies ahead.

What do you think are the most important elements to focus on, when creating a personal website?
When I’m creating a website I try to make use of the visual elements as best as I can. Basically I think that a picture is worth a thousand words. So when you keep it simple and focus on visual aspects, you can allow the viewer to breathe and think more about the content. Keep it simple, fresh, readable & visually high. And that reminds me that I have to update my prosite with some new projects soon.

What is your daily routine?
I don’t think that I have a certain routine in my daily life. The projects that I work on vary so much that you never know what the day brings. One day you can be working on the typography of a new TV-show and tomorrow you are doing preliminary plans for a new education course and the day after that you are creating marketing materials for a newly founded company while designing them a new office. What I find is the most important part of the day are the long, creative conversations with your workmates. Sharing your problems and challenges helps you notice solutions that you couldn’t even think about. Usually we start the day and new project with a free discussion session where we freely pitch different ideas to each other. Those sessions usually create the most bizarre ideas and sometimes we just can’t stop laughing. Then we collect the best ideas together and start to create rough concept sketches about them. We try different solutions and if possible, we always try to approach the problem from a fresh point of view. When we have enough sketches about the ideas we take a break and discuss again about the solutions. We want to create new solutions to problems instead of taking the short cut with the foregone conclusion. We select the best one or combine the best ideas to one solution which we start to push forward. Sometimes all the pieces click together in a day, sometimes it takes a lot longer.

What inspires you and keeps you motivated?
I have been truly blessed by having so many creative and innovative people around me so I have to answer that I’m motivated and inspired by the people around me, never ending curiosity towards new things and people who push their limits to the max.

What creative project you’ve worked on are you most proud of?
I really can’t point one project out, there have been so many of them. But if I’m forced to pick one, I guess I would choose the ones that have helped me to break free from my limitations and the ones that have taught me new things that I wasn’t aware of. Those things help me to feel proud of myself and my work and they also motivate me to push my skills everyday. One particular project like that would be the concept design for Café Oma, while designing the building with help of the blueprints made in ca. 1920. It really improved my blueprint reading skills!

What are some projects you hope to work on in the future?
Oh my gosh, I would like to do so many things. But I think the most interesting thing would be a work assignment to a client who isn’t afraid to try something new. The assignment could be something like interior designs for a company with own unique products or new office design for Google or Red Bull. They have truly amazing offices. When going through the internet you bump into really creative people, it’s so amazing how creative people can be. You find great examples from websites like Behance, Thisaintnodisco.com or White Spaces. If I could have a chance to do something like that I would be so thrilled!

To see more of Jani’s work or to get in touch, click here

Behind the Project: Water Wigs!

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 with Tim Tadder, a photographer and visual communicator in Los Angeles. His epic Water Wigs project got a staggering 740,000 views, was featured on Reddit, and practically became a meme in the 2 months since it’s been posted. We must admit, we’ve been dying to know how these were accomplished – Tadder divulges his inspiration and process below. 

What was your inspiration for this project?
I had seen the show Time Warp (a slow-motion piece showing a water balloon hitting face) – and thought we could do a similar thing with photography. I wanted to do it with portraits – as you will see from Time Warp, they’re throwing water at a face, which was something I really didn’t want to do.  Also, I had seen a project on Behance where someone had thrown a balloon at a person’s face, and it didn’t have the jump I was looking for.

I wanted to create a still face amidst this explosion of energy. We then began exploring the idea with a mannequin in our studio, and found that when we threw the balloons straight down, it created a hair-like effect. We then figured bald men would make the perfect subjects to really show the effect of the water and the wig/hat like shapes really created an arresting comical image.

Can you describe your process in creating this project?
This is pretty intense, and I do not recommend it to people that are not experienced working with water and electricity! We had to use lots of power to freeze the water, and there was quite a bit of mess. I’d rather skip the details and just say I learned about how to do it online from people shooting exploding balloons, I then modified it to shoot people. It just expanded the scale and the size of the mess.

Did you expect it to be as popular as it’s been on Behance?
Not at all. We have been doing lots of personal projects this year to expand our offering and break out of a style we are know for. We did the future sports project, the Fish Heads, a boxing project, (some others that were epic fails) and then this project. Each one seemed to be better than the previous execution. I think with this one its really something totally different.

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