This week, we want to feature one of our favorite upcoming events in London, Ontario. They’re going all out to make an awesome event, even down to making a beautiful website to direct participants to. Why is this site so important? First, it’s a simple URL (http://supportlondontalent.ca) they can promote on social media (or anywhere, for that matter!). Up front, they explain what they’re doing: “A Night For Professionals To Connect And Get Feedback On Their Creative Work.” As you scroll through, you’ll notice they outline everything about the night, including date, time, location (with a map!), admission (which will be donated to charity!), companies attending, and sponsors! Simply put, it’s everything you need to know in one place AND it looks great. Congrats to the organizers and we hope the event is great!
In this series, we’ll look deeper into some of the projects on Behance.net that were especially admired in our community. Katie Tonkovitch is a San Francisco based designer. Her other projects include branding for San Francisco dive bar, The Makeout Room as well as timeline based packaging for those trekking through the Himalayas. We spoke with her about her recent project, Mend.
What was your inspiration for this project?
Most of my projects have an element of sustainability to them. The final form was both inspired and limited by existing within those parameters. I think the creative challenge of
balancing aesthetics and function, of striving for both beauty and reusability, was a lot of what made this project successful.
The limited materials I chose drove the design to a high degree. One of the first things I did was hunt down the reusable containers and recycled papers, and make the decision that I was only going to use black ink. Discovering what typefaces and design elements played nicely within those parameters was a large part of my inspiration. For instance, the choice to use colored thread to color-code the different kits was born out of the fact that I limited myself to a single color of ink.
Can you describe your process in creating this project?
The design brief was the primary challenge. This was a fairly open-ended student project, so I really wanted to have a fully fleshed-out concept before I even began sketching. I wanted to do something in the world of sustainability, and spent considerable time brainstorming about how buying a new collection of stuff could possibly be a sustainable act. It then occurred to me that if that stuff helped you mend what you already had, it would be preventing you from buying things you didn’t need. The driving concept became: Don’t buy more stuff; mend what you have.
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As you may have noticed, we’ve been busy launching new tools and integration with Adobe Creative Cloud. We think these integrations are an amazing extension of the power of the platform, but with so many new options you may be wondering–what’s the best way to leverage all these new features?
To answer that question, we put together a webinar as part of Adobe’s Ask A Pro series demonstrating how Behance can take your work directly from the cloud and into the creative community on Behance.
Missed it? We recorded the whole thing so you can watch it whenever you want!
In the Ask A Pro session, we cover:
- See how being on Behance increases the discoverability of your work
- Share work on Behance easily using your files from Creative Cloud and in CC apps
- Learn how Behance fits into your Creative Cloud workflow
- Explore the activity and inspiration stream of Behance on Creative Cloud Desktop
- Harness the power of the creative community on Behance
To watch the Ask A Pro session, click here
You’ll be prompted to “register” with your Adobe ID, but then you’ll be taken straight to the video of the presentation.
Five thousand four hundred three participants. Two thousand three hundred twenty Tweets. One thousand four hundred fifty Instagrams. One thousand twenty five Appreciation Coins. Two hundred two events. Seventy countries. One week.
We’re extremely excited to announce that we’ve opened registration for the next round of Portfolio Review Week. We had an incredible turn out last time around and we can’t wait to see how the Behance community will blow us away this time! Mark your calendars for November 4th-11th!
Behance Portfolio Reviews bring members together at events in cities and towns around the world – organized by members, for members. Attend a Portfolio Review to present and get feedback on your work, hear from experienced professionals, and meet your local creative community.
Behance Portfolio Review Week: http://be.net/reviews
Info for Organizers: http://be.net/reviews/info
Kristen Baird is a talented, young jewelry designer based out of Savannah, Georgia and an active Behance and ProSite user. Her artist statement reads:
“As an artist, I design my jewelry to be elegant with a touch of personality and whimsy. I strive to create sculptural pieces that are unique in both form and concept. I enjoy using gold and sterling silver with gemstones and glass for added splashes of color. When worn, I want my jewelry to create an interaction between the wearer and the viewer. Most importantly, my goal is to deliver technically sound, highly crafted jewelry that is beautiful and timeless.”
Recently, we reached out to her about her experience with Behance and how it has impacted her creative career.
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Behance projects just became responsive!
We’re so excited about the newly responsive project displays for a few different reasons, but most of all because it means viewing Behance projects will be easy, intuitive, and look great on a wide variety of devices—tablets, smartphones, and desktops alike.
That’s because a responsive site molds to fit to the context within which it’s being viewed—scaling itself to adapt to each display. In other words, viewing the responsive Behance home page on an iPhone screen does not require resizing, zooming out, or scrolling in order to have an experience that rivals viewing the site on a desktop computer. The page molds itself to fit onto a smaller screen proportionally by registering information from the site.
The move towards responsive design has also been a big learning experience for the Behance team—our very own Jackie Balzer recently wrote a piece for Net Magazine about the nitty gritty behind the dev and design decisions while making the search and discovery tools on the homepage responsive.
In other words, viewing the responsive Behance home page on an iPhone screen does not require resizing, zooming out, or scrolling in order to have an experience that rivals viewing the site on a desktop computer.
As she explains, transitioning to a responsive design required the Dev and Design teams to reconsider everything from the organization of their code, to the way basic navigation tools would be displayed. The big changes included hiding the navigation toolbar (in a “basement”—accessibly only when pulled up) and removing the ability for users to zoom in (hopefully, there’s no need to), but the project also required countless smaller detail tweaks. The next step after the code and design building blocks were in place? Testing, testing, and more testing… on a variety of different (real!) devices and operating systems.
Jackie’s article has lots more information about just how much we were able to learn during this process. If you’re curious about coding specifics or the other design decisions, you can find it here.
Kuler, Adobe’s social color platform, has been a hit with creatives everywhere and now if you’re an iOS user, you can have the power of Kuler in your pocket! Kuler for iOS allows you to spin the color wheel to find your perfect combination and HEX/RGB values, but it gets really awesome when you flip the app into Camera mode.
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This past week, we updated our Behance mobile app for iPhone with one big addition: PINS! Now, as long as you have the Pinterest app installed, you can Pin a project you love.
When you tap the “Share” button when viewing a project, you’ll now have the option to share with Pinterest. When you tap Pinterest, their app will launch and you’ll be able to edit your pin. You’ll then be redirected back to Behance’s app.
Download/update the app today!
Who are you and what do you do at Behance?
Konichiwa! I am Nami Berglund, Associate Curator at Behance.
I moved from Tokyo to New York in late 2010 with my husband. My daughter is in college studying Theater. I have been very fortunate to be part of this culturally-diverse team of talented people at Behance. Oscar Ramos Orozco and I look through all the projects that Behance members upload, spot new talents and curate for the Network and Served Sites. It is a challenging job because it is very organic. Before joining Behance, in Tokyo I worked as a Game Producer, Visual Effects Producer and a Strategic Planner.
What are the three desktop tools you can’t live without?
1. Behance Admin tools – We have a custom curation tools for featuring projects on Behance and all to of the Serve Sites.
2. Google Chrome – The only browser that can withstand the abuse of opening multiple tabs at the same time.
3. YouTube and Soundcloud- Endless choice of music – DJ set from Matthew Dear, Michael Mayer and Old School House Music – Contemporary Music from Steve Reich and Phillip Glass. When I need extra push and focus, I listen to various Speed and Heavy Metal my favorites are Powermad and Ronnie James Dio.
What have you worked on recently that you are extra proud of?
The team has recently been awarded with a Webby for Self-Promotion/Portfolio in both Official and People’s Choice category. I am very proud to be a part of the team!
Can you name a few of your favorite blogs and sites?
Racked – the perfect website for keeping track of what is going on in the city. I love fashion and good restaurants.
Streeteasy, Apartment Therapy and Curbed – Living space is challenging in New York. I want to stay informed and inspired to utilize space.
Follow Nami on Behance.
Over the past few months, we’ve reached out to our users for their success stories and we’ve gotten some great responses thus far. Over the next few months, we’re going to be featuring these stories with the world!
“I opened my Behance account way back 2009 while still in college but was not fully active. I thought some of my works weren’t strong enough to be published, as I wanted to have a solid style before putting it out there.
But after my graduation last year, I posted my 1st self-initiated project “Brands In Full Bloom” (http://bit.ly/LGYttU), which was just an experimentation of a new style I’m working on. To my surprise it was featured on the front page of the site few days after it was published. That project spread like crazy to various fashion blog sites. It led me to my 1st design gig for Line Skis USA and a feature page on Computer Arts magazine.
What’s more astonishing, a few months after that I received an email from luxury advertising agency AR New York, told me that my work was spotted on a random blog site and they wanted to board me on a very big project. They commissioned me to create the illustrations for LVHM DFS Galleria’s Spring/Summer 2013 “Passage To Paradise” (http://bit.ly/10sobEp). The next thing I know, renowned fashion photographer Craig McDean photographed it for the final campaign and can now be seen in 14 countries around the world.
Putting your work out there really could jumpstart any career, because you’ll never know who gets to see them – could be an art director from your local design community or even creative directors from international ad agencies.
Hardwork, courage and the exposure I got from Béhance definitely made my dream design career happen.
-Daryl Feril, Philippined-based designer/illustrator
Thanks to Daryl for sharing his story. Want to be featured here or on our Testimonials page? Visit our testimonials page and share your story!