The Behance team is nearing a few deadlines on some of our projects. Late nights yield some interesting conversations and insights in the office.
We’re fueled by sugar, caffeine, and the bits of positive energy that we generate for ourselves or find elsewhere. We really appreciated Derek Davis’ post in his journal today about our efforts to practice what we preach…we’re certainly trying to! We also like the motivating links that Michael Sampson posts in his “Daily Report” that we tend to read when we take a break from Behance projects.
Only for those that are interested in some of the coverage Behance had around the blogosphere in late April and early May (and have nothing better or more productive to do right now), here are a few highlights…
HOW design had some nice comments to share on the Dot Grid Book, a product that has come an essential utility for us in our design efforts. We also appreciated shout-outs from Kineda, New Ending, and Uncrate on the Action Product line in Behance’s Outfitter that continues to evolve.
I (Scott) dropped by PSFK headquarters a few weeks ago and had the opportunity to discuss trends on creativity in the workforce with Piers Fawkes. Piers is great at capturing insights and synthesizing them with his other observations and research. He’s passionate about ideas, and I was thrilled to share some of Behance’s thoughts, some of which can be seen here. I wish our team could attend his next conference in London, but we’re swamped with work in NYC. Hopefully next time around…
I (Scott) was psyched to share some of Behance’s tips on running productive meetings as a guest on MSNBC in mid April. Our team has learned a lot from the Action Method. We practice it ourselves, and we have collected feedback from a bunch of creative teams at places like Apple and Miramax. We keep the insights organized (as reference items, of course), and we will share them whenever we get a chance!
Our Tip posting on the concept of “Action Areas,” something we really swear by, got some nice coverage at LifeClever, LifeHack, and on Craig Child’s blog. There were some interesting user comments left on the LifeClever post including one person who described the concept as a good way to “democratize the work place and creating a stronger sense of community amongst the work force.” We’re going to continue generating tips, or “behancers” as we like to call them, that are hopefully helpful to the creative professional community and beyond.
We were thrilled to see a review of Behance on Josh Spear’s site, one of our favorite, well designed sites that provides a great platform for quality creative energy.
We’re also fascinated with what Josh & Team have done with the Spear Collective:
“Spear Collective is our artist management collective, and we’re proud of it. We believe it’s comprised of some of the most promising, progressive, and definitive talent in the art and design world today. Our aim is to curate art and design in a more sustainable and honest way within brands – not just as advertising, but as true reflections of what a brands mean through our artist’s eyes. If you’re interested in chatting with us about potential opportunities for shows, artist-series products, or if you see something that catches your eye and would like to talk about working with any of these talented creatives, please feel free to contact us today!”
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Many thanks to those that have been helping us get out the word (and providing their reviews and feedback). There were a few highlights of Behance press in March. We were thrilled to discover on March 19th that our online magazine at Behance.com was selected as Yahoo’s daily pick. We’re pleased that they appreciated the Action Method as well as the interviews with featured creatives on the site.
Earlier in the month, the classic Action Pad got a great review from the Cool Hunting team. We’ve always loved Cool Hunting for their information design, their simplicity, and their taste. So, it was a great surprise for us. We also appreciated the write-up from LifeDev, a fantastic site covering all things productivity. We’ve since gotten to know Glen, the author, and have offered to serve as a sponsor of his work.
One of the new cool conferences these days is the PSFK conference on trends, ideas, and marketing. The PSFK team picked up a load of our Action Pads and Books for their March conference in NYC, and we received some great feedback along with a shout-out on PSFK.com.
Toward the end of March, the Action product line received a few more reviews from Productivity501, Mark McGuinness’ London-based blog WishfulThinking, PopGadget, 43 Folders, and an inclusion in the widely subscribed Daily Candy Weekend Guide.