We always love hearing about what our talented creative community is up to. Occasionally we’re lucky enough to have a member write to us about how Behance has helped their creative career. Want to share your own Behance story? Let us know in the comments and we’d love to include it in our Success Stories series.
My name is Paul Henderson, founder of RISE Design Studio, and I joined the Behance community a little less than 2 years ago. Before Behance, I had a been working as a freelance graphic designer in Southern California for roughly 4 years. I had a decent portfolio, a nice set of local clients, and I enjoyed moderate success working on projects I liked but didn’t necessarily love.
[humanNATURE featured on Digital Art Served]
I initially joined Behance and several other online creative communities to get my work out there and attract new clients, but it took me a little bit of time to understand the true value of a top notch creative network versus just a nice portfolio site.
What it didn’t take me long to recognize was the level of work on Behance. There are a ton of great sites out there with a lot of high level work, but Behance sets itself apart as THE place for the world’s leading creative professionals.
Once I learned that this was a place where the world’s best really galvanized, I decided to stop wasting my time with so many different design outlets and just focus on the RIGHT one. I started digging into Behance a lot more, getting the know the nuts and bolts of it, building relationships with other designers, and to this day I am extremely happy I did.
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As a photographer and director, I discovered Behance while editing a film project in NYC. My editor introduced me to the Network, and I started by posting by video series “Portraits” of NYC artists, as well as some of my photography.
The platform of Behance helped spread awareness of my work; an art gallery in San Francisco owned by veteran curator Mark Busacca started to sell selected photographic artworks of mine, and soon the photo journalism site LIFE force Magazine (called by BBC2 “The revival place of the photo essays…”) found my work on Behance and published my Ramona Gardens photo essay. It was also just featured on La lettre de la photographie.
[Ramona Gardens; featured on LIFE force Magazine]
I have found great contacts and inspiration through Behance, and I’ve also formed great collaborations with other artists on the other side of the planet. Through my Behance connections, my partner found a great graphic designer who designed the logo for the upcoming film production app she created. We also now use ProSite for our company; repertoriumfilms.prosite.com.
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Two years ago, I discovered Behance through an MTV Playground ad on TV. I was still in high school, and looking for a place to showcase my work, so I quickly jotted down the address.
My first time on Behance Network I found a lot of great artwork and designers. I decided to publish some of my own personal artwork to my Behance portfolio, but didn’t feel my work was interesting enough yet. While looking for ways to improve my work, I discovered the article “Want your work to be featured? Tips from the Curatorial Team,” and I realized I needed to work on my presentation.
[Time Goes By project on the Behance Network]
After a few months, I became more engaged in the community on Behance. This was a place where I could communicate and discuss my work with people who were interested in the same things. The Behance Network allowed me to find and meet so many young creative people living in this world.
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A testimonial from Behance member Trevor Cleveland.
I joined Behance in early 2010 by the recommendation of a few friends. I lined up a couple job interviews in a very short period of time and had a really outdated portfolio. Behance made it really easy to update my portfolio without having to worry about coding a whole new site before my interviews. What’s really attractive about the site is how easy it makes it to keep an up-to-date portfolio for others to see.
Site Redesign for Stussy.com [Project Link]
After I landed that job I continued to publish new projects on Behance to keep my work fresh in the eyes of others. After a while I began inactively searching for a new job; always keeping my portfolio current and linked to my other networks. When LinkedIn added the ability to sync your Behance portfolio, I immediately set this up (and would recommend any creative on Behance to do it if you haven’t yet). Right away, I started to get contacted by companies for openings. One day I was contacted by Netflix – they had found my Behance portfolio on LinkedIn and told me they were very interested. After an extensive interview process, I was offered a position! Now, I work at Netflix as a Visual Designer and love my job. Read more →
A testimonial from Bram Vanhaeren, a 20 yr old Cross Media Design student in Belgium
I joined the Behance Network in 2007 when some friends introduced me to this network. It was the first time I was surrounded by such a positive crowd of talented, creative people! Being young and always in search for the newest techniques and inspiration, I immediately loved Behance.
I’m currently a student – but two years ago, I dropped out of Art School and decided to work as a freelance digital artist. I quickly found out that it’s not easy to get hired when you’re an 18 year old without a degree. People tend to look at your degree before they look at your true ability. Since I am self-taught, I needed a place where I could share my work and show what I love to do, in the hope someone would like to work with me. Thanks to the Behance, I was able to share my work with an amazing network of creative minded people and find the right people to work with.
Vanhaeren‘s work, featured in ESPN Magazine. [Visit]
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Twenty-six year old Russian illustrator Fil Dunsky joined the Behance Network in December 2008 – in two and a half years, his project views have grown to 140,000, with 11,000 appreciations on his projects. His bright, colorful style is quite distinctive, he’s described his work as being“like marmalade: sweet, childish, positive, cheerful… It is like a 5-years old child sitting on the ground and playing with colors and forms.” The exposure he’s gotten from his featured projects has led to an impressive assortment of freelance gigs for creative employers around the world.
What kinds of opportunities have you gotten since since joining Behance?
Ever since I was featured at Behance, I’ve gotten loads of new work from all over the world – there’s something new every day! For example, in recent years I’ve done work for: Wrigley China, Danon, Cosmopolitan, Lowe Adventa, DDB Guangzhou, DDB Istanbul, Ogilvy Dubai, Danette, BBDO, Kotetkat and others.
Wrigley – Calendar comisisoned in 2011. See individual months here: [Project Link]
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After joining Behance in early 2009, I posted a personal project: a series of superhero poster designs. Little did I know that my presence on the site would snowball into a wave of exposure, including a post on a major industry blog, Comics Alliance. I now sell the designs as prints, and attribute most of my success to Behance. In fact, a third of my website’s traffic comes from my Behance profile alone!
[Collage of Superhero/Villain Posters project on Behance Network, available for purchase on markgrambau.com/]
In November of 2010, I was contacted by the Creative Director of CloudKid, a small but successful studio with a focus on children’s media. He had found me through my Behance profile, emailed me, and we got a conversation going. I began freelancing for them shortly thereafter, and now work in-house. The work I do is dynamic and fun and the people are enormously talented.
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I’ve been working for Maple Leaf Sports + Entertainment (MLSE) as the lead designer for the Toronto Maple Leafs for the past 4+ years and knew that I needed a change of environment. I was looking to grow creatively and professionally. I just finished developing and rolling-out the Maple Leafs 2010-11 marketing campaign when I was contacted by the Toronto Blue Jays about a senior designer position that was opening up in the next couple weeks. I was asked to submit my resume, PDF of some work and my website if I had one. I need to act fast if I wanted the position.
[Toronto Maple Leafs 2010-2011 season design]
I use Behance as an inspirational/networking tool and knew that I wanted to showcase my work on it eventually. The position with the Blue Jays was the motivation and tool I needed. I used Behance to develop a quick personal portfolio online. After I applied for the position I was told that the VP of marketing for the Jays loved my work and wanted to meet me in person.
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I joined Behance 3 years ago after hearing about it through a Creative Director I was working with. He found amazing illustrators and designers there, so I figured that Behance attracts good clients with design taste.
As an Art Director, I now use Behance specifically to showcase my illustration work. Yet, I get job offers that involve more than just illustration, such as graphic design, identity design, motion graphics, etc.
[Home Wall, featured on Illustration Served]
I think that success in finding work comes from the way we can categorize our work by creative fields. Being featured in the Behance gallery is also always a big push for me. I get much recognition from that, and the emails start raining in.
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