It makes our day when we come across thoughtful industry thinkers, leaders, and bloggers that take the time to explore Behance, often offering a candid view on the strengths and opportunities for growth in our business.
In a blogosphere full of three sentence posts and quick video snippets, our team really appreciates coming across in-depth posts on some of the projects we are working on.
We came across two recent posts on Control Your Robot, a well outlined blog covering the intersection of design, technology and life. The site shares a really observant review of both the Action Method and the Behance Network (along with a few other portfolio sites). We enjoyed reading the postings along with some of the other articles on the site. One in particular, “Make My Logo Bigger…Enough Said,” reminded us of one of the early favorites on the Behance Network, also on the theme of “making the logo bigger!”
We also wanted to thank Ed Cotton over at Influx Insights for taking the time to interview Behance. We especially appreciated the nature of the questions and enjoyed going a little deeper on our mission, the trends and needs we are seeing in the creative community, and some thoughts on where Behance is headed. Influx Insights is a truly influential blog in the advertising/media world, and we were honored to be interviewed.
Our friends over at YouTheDesigner.com are running a fun contest, sponsored along with iStockPhoto and U-Printing. Behance has agreed to help serve as a judge. We’re also told that here will be multiple rounds in which artists will build on previous round wiinners’ works. This community approach should be interesting to watch. Worth checking out!
We’re continuing to get the word out on the Behance Network. After such a long development period, we’re trying to slip into communications mode! If you have any ideas, please let us know…
A few more to check out:
Business of Design Online
Interview on JoshSpear.com
And an insightful write-up on the Action Method:Marketing Profs Daily Fix
The Dot Grid Book is 100% geometric (hopefully). This tattoo, morse code for “the only permission required for happiness is your own,” was designed on a Dot Grid Notebook (see the other photo below). The Behance Team was thrilled to learn about this new utilization of the Dot Grid Books, many thanks to Heather Snodgrass for sharing…
We spend a lot of time thinking about how to encourage a bias-to-action among creative professional teams. Ideas are plentiful, but action is required to make ideas happen.
We came across a few great suggestions from our friends at Pick the Brain, a blog with great (and practical) tips on self improvement. “7 Ways to Grow the Action Habit” helps ground our energy with a healthy sense of discipline. Check it out.
As a small, passionate team trying to launch something new, we recognize the importance of collaboration and clear communication. Lately, we’ve been trying to better communicate Behance, our mission, and some of the research/writing we have done in the creative community. If these bloggers/mavens had appreciation badges next to their posts, then we would have gladly expressed our gratitude!
- The kind words and coverage by advertsing/trends/inspiration portal PSFK of our LifeRemix collaboration.
- The respect (and early shout-out for the Behance Network) from the visionaries over at do.palicio.us.
- A few new blogs (1 – 2- 3) that covered the some Behance concept and product innovations including the Action Book (which is now out of stock…but being replenished very soon!).
- The shout-out from JoshSpear.com, also prompted by our recent LifeRemix collaboration.
- One fan who decided to share his sorrow after losing his Dot Grid Book in an Atlanta restaurant (we found his blog post through the wonder of Technorati and sent him a new one, gratis. Our random act of kindness of the day).
We really appreciated a few shout-outs today from Lost At E Minor and DesignPlus. Lost At E Minor is a content-rich blog covering pop culture discoveries – we’ve come across their blog before and really enjoy it. We also discovered a new blog, DesignPlus, thanks to the power of Technorati. It seems the writer is doing research on “creative spaces,” so we’ll have to keep an eye on the blog…
We came across some insightful (and/or funny) comments on our latest Tip, “Surround Yourself With Action” on LifeHacker; worth checking out. Also, we really appreciated Core77′s coverage of the same tip, which they so cleverly called “basking in your own done-ness.” We like it.
It has been hot in NYC; and we were contemplating whether a sauna environment sparks action or stalls it all together.
Nevertheless, we’ve been trying to stay focused with only a few digressions. We were happy to see the response to our recent Behance.com Tip on surrounding yourself with action-inducing art. While the concept is a little extreme, the point rings true for our team and others we know. Thanks to LifeDev for picking up on it, despite the fact that the tip is a bit contrarian to the typical productivity principle of clearing away anything that is completed.
We were also pleased to see Write Well Me’s take on some of our favorite Tips; great to hear her resonance with some of them…
Just when you thought that we were done highlighting a few sites that we have especially enjoyed during the month of June…but wait, there’s more.
We enjoy the analytical approach of trendmatter, the outgoing energy of we make money not art, and the depth of designboom.
Trendmatter is descibed as “a journey into the strange yet wonderful world of being a design student, with ramblings about experiences and observations as [the author, Mac] starts along the path of design, not really knowing where [he'll] end up.” We look forward to accompanying you on this journey, Mac!
We-Make-Money-Not-Art has stimulating imagery, and they feature edgy innovation that…makes us think. We like it.