In case you didn’t know, we have a kickass street-team of agents around the world representing Behance by planning events for the creative community, and acting as a local resource and lifeline to Behance in some of the biggest cities in the world. Recently, we added three new Ambassadors. And here they are:
Los Angeles, USA: Michelle LeClerc
Michelle LeClerc drew all over a perfectly good chair with a BIC pen when she was 5. Though critics agreed the improvement was unnecessary, they applauded her creativity & enrolled her in art classes. Michelle now occupies herself as a freelance Art Director + Designer in Los Angeles, where she’s managed to leave her furniture alone. She works with a wide range of clients from entertainment to retail, specializing in fashion, music & culture.
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Amsterdam, Netherlands: Karisa Jansen
Karisa Jansen is finishing up her studies in Advertising, Marketing, & Communications. She works part-time for Creative Agency edsonwilliams, who represents talented photographers and illustrations in hubs all over Europe. On the side, she organizes “Wednesday Dinners” in Amsterdam, a project bringing local people together in a comfortable, casual setting, allowing busy creatives to meet new people (locals or city newbies).
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Istanbul, Turkey: Gökhun Güneyhan
Visual arts and interactive media are what makes Go khun tick. He was just 12 when he started to teach himself web-developing. After years of self-teaching, he now designs for OgilvyOne (though his formal studies were in Political Science). Gokhun’s hunger to discover the unknown and learn something new each day drive him to travel as much as possible, where he finds himself inspired by different custom, ideas and behaviors.
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Moscow Meetup – February 2011
Our Moscow Ambassador hosted a meetup at digital agency PICHESKY, where creatives were treated to a few presentations, including one on “Why you need a personal portfolio,” as well as Pichesky’s art director, who spoke on the role of design in Russia. And, if you speak Russian, there’s some great video footage of these talks to check out. According to Dmitry Traytel, a developer here at Behance, the speaker discusses building a quality portfolio, the convergence of different forms of design due to the new accessibility of this fields, and self-promotion using new technologies. He says:
“Behance has become an effective platform for people to find quality work and quality contacts. For example when I see an incredible Spanish studio, or an amazing Brazilian studio, I understand that I can work on a projects with them. In Russia there is enough creative capacity to work with the rest of the world.”
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Thanks to Muid Latif, Behance’s Ambassador in Malaysia, creative activity and opportunities are springing up all over the city of Kuala Lumpur. Latif, a renowned digital artist, organizes critiques and work sessions, Cafe meetups and more for local Behancers and other creatives who’d like to attend. CUTOUT Magazine, a popular Graphic Design magazine in Malaysia, covered the very first event back in September.
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Our Behance Ambassadors host monthly Meetups in cities around the world. If there’s one in your city, show up!
Brooklyn, New York – February 24 (tonight!) at The Knitting Factory
Istanbul, Turkey – March 5 at Mono Music Cafe & Bar
Guadajara, Mexico – March 8 at MINI BAR
Los Angeles – March 10 at Edendale Grill
Barcelona, Spain - March 25-26 at “Selected Graphic Design” Event
(2 Behancers have won passes to this conference put on by Index Book, but other Behancers attending will receive discounted tickets! Join the Behance Spain Group to get in on this)
London, England - March 30 (Location TBD)
The Behance Network is thrilled to host the work of thousands of creative professionals worldwide. And in 2010, we launched a program to spark more real-world contact between members in cities across the globe. Our team of 20 Ambassadors, in cities from Lisbon to Sao Paulo, Moscow to Los Angeles, have been busily hosting events, meetups, critiques and talks, to help make the Creative Community in their city as vibrant and exciting as possible.
Now, we’re looking to add a few more Ambassadors in New York City.
TO APPLY: Please fill out this survey
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We have 20 Behance Ambassadors stationed around the world, bringing creatives together for some real on-the-ground engagement. To kick off this new guest post series, we’ll hear from the Ambassador Team in LA, Jimmy Moss and Michelle LeClerc.
I started out by sitting at a table and ordering a drink-the name of it I can’t recall, so let’s call it an Early Bird. Folks started trickling in, and by nine o’clock we had taken over the back patio of the Beechwood in Venice. People having dinner were confused, and possibly a little jealous that they didn’t get a nametag. We explained that this was our very first Behance / AIGA LA meetup, and if they wanted they could join us. Some actually did!
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We have 20 Behance Ambassadors stationed around the world, bringing creatives together for some real on-the-ground engagement. To kick off this new guest post series, we’ll hear from the Ambassador in Argentina, Paola Dalman.
Everywhere you go in Argentina, you see colors, inventions, designs, art work all exposed on the streets, buildings, and parks. Either walking in “La Boca” or visiting Salta, would serve for enough inspiration to anyone who thinks has seen all possible uses of color combinations.
I felt a mix of sensations when I was notified that I was selected as Argentina’s Behance Ambassador. How would I gather so many different stories, experiences, styles, and make them all want to share it for a general benefit? I believed it would be a difficult task, but as months went by, every creative that is part of my official group: Behance Argentina has made my job inspiring!
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The first round of Behance Meetups have been happening all month, all over the world. Here’s a photo report of what the Ambassadors have been planning…
Show up at the 2nd Meetup in your area: RSVP HERE
Multimedia City, August 31
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Arista Cafe, September 26
Capri 7 (former TBWA/Creative Office), September 17
Los Angeles, USA
Beechwood Restaurant, September 9
St. Petersburg, Russia
KOMPOT Cafe, September 10
Meet your Behance Ambassadors. These 18 folks have been hand-picked to make up the street-team that is representing Behance on the ground, planning events, spreading news, and reporting from creative communities around the world.
Be sure to check up on Meetup.com/Behance to RSVP for any upcoming Ambassador events in your area. We encourage you to get in touch with your local Ambassador to connect and collaborate – click their names to visit their Behance profiles. Enjoy the bios below.
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At Behance, we’re big fans of Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh. From his book, Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purposes, to his use of social media and commitment to transparency, we respect this thought-leader.
This Friday, we’ll be tuning into HP Input | Output for a live interview with Hsieh. He’ll be talking about “Marketing to the New Customer” and leveraging technology and people for the good of the customer and positioning your brand for success.
He’ll be taking user submitted questions LIVE during the interview, so if you have any questions at all for Tony, go ahead and submit them via Twitter using the hashtag #hpio.
See you this Friday, September 24 @ 2-3PM PST/ 5-6 PM EST
Spread the word: http://bit.ly/aPhyLS