Once a month at the Behance Team’s “State of the Union” meeting, we invite one of our own to teach us a little lesson on an area of expertise. In recent months we’ve been schooled on Helvetica vs. Arial, Twitter visualizations, and select Photoshop features. Last month, Alex Krug taught us all an important life skill- how to tie a bowtie. Although the success rate was not extremely high, the men of Behance are well on their way to learning. We also discovered that, in the absence of a mirror, an iPad works as a great substitute!
Last week on Twitter and Facebook, we asked you what creative fields you were most excited to see progress from in 2010. We loved hearing your thoughts, from the very specific (ex. Brain Synapse Replications) to the pandemic (common sense and education). Here are a selection of responses:
Looking back on 2009, we’re incredibly proud of the progress the Behance Network has made, and excited in anticipation of the major upgrades and developments that are on the way. Have a look at our “2009 And The Year Ahead” email that was sent to our community last week. Highlights below:
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Each day, you’ll notice fresh featured content on the Behance Network and our Served Sites. We’re proud to show you the very best from our talented network of Creative Professionals, to help these greats get the exposure they deserve. Each day, the curators go through every single project that is uploaded; we get a lot of questions from network members asking how we choose the featured content on both the Behance Network and The Served sites.
Well, we’ll tell you (what we can). Innumerable factors go into how featured work is chosen, but the Curatorial Team has put together a list of a few outstanding features that they look for when sorting through the freshly uploaded projects each day. If you won’t rest easy until your work gets on the front page or a Served site, keep these guidelines in mind:
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Chief of design Matias Corea hosted a little Helvetica 101 session with the Behance team last week. For those who haven’t seen the documentary about the classic typeface – which, by the way, is required viewing for new hires at Behance – it is ubiquitous on the web and in design circles. Here he is illuminating the differences between Arial and Helvetica, after which he gave us a quiz. We all passed! Check out this chart to spot the difference yourself, and then take a quiz if you’re feeling inspired.
On Friday, November 20th, our very own Chief of Design, Matias Corea, spoke at one of NYC’s monthly Creative Mornings meetups. The events feature an eclectic gathering of creatives and a keynote speaker discussing a variety of industry topics.
You can see more pics from the event here.
For the second year in a row, the Behance team was pleased to play a special sponsorship role and provide a limited edition 10th Anniversary “Action Book” for attendees at the National Design Awards.
Pictured here, from left to right, are Behance team members Scott Belsky, Matias Corea, Alex Krug, Zach McCullough, and Oscar Ramos Orozco.
As 2010 approaches, our team found ourselves sitting around the table and taking inventory of what has transpired since we started working together in 2006.
What started as a bold experiment to organize the creative world’s work has now become the leading online network for creative professionals. Here are a few updates that we’re thrilled to share:
- The Behance Network now receives over 16 million pageviews per month from over 3.5 million visitors, and an increasing amount of this attention is being directed at the new “Served” sites like TypographyServed and FashionServed.
- While creating their online portfolios of projects, users can publish projects using a variety of Creative Commons licensing options as well as their own preferences. Projects are eligible to be showcased by leading curators on other sites around the web.
- Top agencies, galleries, and creative companies report using Behance to recruit talent – whether by searching the network or posting creative jobs. A number of agencies site Behance as their #1 source for finding talent. Read more →
For one evening, the Behance team ceased all designing, programming, writing, and philosophizing…and turned 100% to cooking.
We were halfway decent.
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CreativeXpert, a podcast focused on design, recently interviewed Scott on all things Behance, including the joys of appreciations, the “creative’s compromise,” and attraction as the secret to productivity.
Check out the interview here.