Category: Events

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!


Behance at Adobe Max 2015

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Adobe MAX, the yearly event where 6,000 creatives from all over the world meet in LA, is in full swing. MAX is where the creative community comes together to share ideas, inspiration and learn from one another. MAX is always a great event to showcase all the inspiring work that Behance members create and upload each day. We snapped a few of the many spots around the convention center that your creative work was highlihted, including on the main stage of the Staples center.

This year, we also got to preview our newest product - Adobe Portfolio - which launched this week in limited preview mode!  Repping from Behance’s NY team, Roxanne Schwartz, Al Rossin and Will Allen led the session “New Adobe Tools to Create a Killer Personal Website,” where they gave a sneak-peak of our all new portfolio building service. Showcasing your work is beautifully simple with Adobe Portfolio. You can now request early access at



Behance at SXSW 2015

Behance had a large presence at Adobe’s Creative Camp during SXSW this year. The two day long series included lessons, insights and conversations about creative tools and the creative process with Adobe & Behance evangelists, product managers & design experts. Both Roxanne Schwartz & Scott Belsky represented Behance in Austin with their talks which included tips and tricks on promoting your work on the web, insights on the rise of the creative economy, as well as a book signing for Behance’s first ever book, Super Modified.

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99u Pop-Up School Day 2 & 3

We’ve just about wrapped up our our first ever 99U Pop-Up School- and its been such an incredible learning experience. Day 2 & 3 have been filled with strong speakers, amazing master classes, and impactful activities in our “playground” time.

Day 2 was all about learning how to launch, grow, and lead a successful start-up business. The lineup included Neil Blumenthal (co-founder & co-CEO of Warby Parker), Kathryn Minshew (founder & CEO, The Muse), Patrick Buckley & Craig Dalton (co-founders of DODOcase) and Alexis Ohanian (Co-Founder, Reddit).

Day 3 was brand & digital strategy intensive, and was focused on how to create a loyal following for your brand in a digital world. We heard from Gary Vaynerchuk (CEO, VaynerMedia), Jonathan Perelman (VP of Agency Strategy, BuzzFeed), Allison Johnson (Founder of West & Former VP Marketing at Apple), and Aaron Dignan (CEO, Undercurrent).

Here are some highlights from the past three days. Take a look back here:
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Live from 99U Pop-Up School

We’re in the midst of the first ever 99U Pop-Up School- a three day event all about super-charging your creative skill set for success in the 21st century. For our inaugural school session, we’ve selected three topics that are essential to making an impact with your ideas — career development, entrepreneurship, andbrand & digital strategy — and built an intensive day-long learning program for each of them.

Day 1 was all about how to build the creative career you want, and had a lineup that included Simon Sinek (author of “Start With Why”), Heidi Grant Halvorson (Associate Director, Columbia University Motivation Science Center), James Victore (Artist & Educator), Ben Barry (Designer & Co-Founder, Facebook Analog Research Lab), and Behance’s own Scott Belsky.

Here are some highlights from the thick of it. Today and tomorrow make sure to:
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Quick Update on Portfolio Review Week Four!

The weather is changing here in New York (finally!) and it’s getting darker sooner (ugh!) but it means November is quickly approaching.

So what’s new? We’ve sent out our first round of Digital Promotion Kits to our first round of hosts–we’re really excited about those as we’ve added some new things like Tips for Hosts. We’ve got almost every continent represented (we’re looking at your Australia and Antarctica) and we cannot wait to hear from the rest of you!

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Behance at Adobe MAX

Our team is really excited about MAX this year. We will be unveiling some exciting projects related to Creative Cloud that we have been working on, as well as some Behance integrations into Adobe tools. In addition, our product design team will be running a few sessions on how to make the most of Behance. It will be our first MAX ever, and we hope to see you there!

MAX, The Creativity Conference
May 4-8, 2013: Los Angeles, CA
Creativity powers the world. But what powers creativity? MAX 2013. It’s four days of ideas, inspiration, and a meeting of the best creative minds in the world. Join us, and renew your vows with creativity. Come to MAX to gain the knowledge you need to stay competitive and the inspiration to create your best work. You’ll get a mix of speakers like Paula Scher, Jessica Walsh, Paul Irish (Google Chrome developer), and Behance’s own Scott Belsky, along with the opportunity to attend sessions and labs taught by industry leaders and Adobe experts.

Learn more & register for MAX

Behance Hackathon Recap

Last week Behance held an in-house Halloween Hackathon (one month later due to Hurricane Sandy). This day was filled with some amazing ideas, collaboration and participation from both the Behance team and some special guests.

Here is a list of some great ideas that came to life:

  • BeSpoke: A gallery of work tailored to your taste 
  • Comments Analysis: Analyzing how positive or negative your comments are on Behance 
  • Advice by Behance: A mentor finder- connecting established and emerging creatives, to share knowledge & collect feedback
  • Bēgin: A simple way to use Behance for a daily dose of inspiration
  • Inspiration Pill: What you take is what you make
  • Behanceroids: Asteroids Game
  • Roundtable: An easy uploader for students to post work in progress, evaluate & critique 

Curators Conference

Curation and Creativity meet modern culture at the upcoming “Curators Conference” in NYC. We spotted this day-long event, featuring presentations of leading curators and creative professionals in fashion, film, design, and tech – and recommend it to anyone looking to dig into curation in their field – from the nitty gritty to the inspirational.

The conference, debuting during NYC Fashion Week, features presentations, ideas and conversations of thought leaders in their fields. Speakers so far include Gia Coppola (Filmmaker), Philippe von Borries (Refinery29), Susie Bubble (Fashion Icon) and many more.

September 5, 2012 
Walter Reade Theater, Lincoln Center
Get tickets here! 

A Special Offer From Our Friends at 3rd Ward

3rd Ward is a multi-disciplinary workspace and education center that offers classes on everything from bike mechanics to bookkeeping. This week New York-based Behancers can take an extra 25% off when they enroll in a class of their choosing! Simply enter the discount code “BEHANCE” at checkout.

Visit for a full list of classes & more.