Who are you and what do you do at Behance?
I’m Eric, a member of the product team and the Head of Mobile and Apps here at Behance. My background is in design and my goal is to help visitors access Behance on their phones, tablets and other connected devices, and have a great experience doing so. Day-to-day my job is a mix of design, project management, and the occasional prototyping of new ideas using the Behance API.
What are three desktop tools you can’t live without?
Other than the usual design tools (Photoshop and Illustrator) a few things that keep me organized and productive:
1. Evernote: Notes, ideas, photos for inspiration, screenshots of websites and sketches. Evernote is a backup of my brain.
2. Skitch: An app (desktop/phones/tablets) for marking up screenshots of websites. An easy way to communicate design issues visually and is an incredible timesaver.
3. Xscope: Broadcast your designs from Photoshop to a mobile device. Also includes application independent color pickers, pixel level zoom, rulers and guides.
What have you worked on recently that you’re extra proud of?
A few weeks ago we launched the new 99U website and I’m incredibly happy with how it turned out. It was the first fully responsive site created by Behance and hosts some of the best editorial content on the web. It’s also great to see what we learned rebuilding this site applied to some exciting updates for Behance. Stay tuned!
What do you listen to while working?
I’ve been listening to a lot of Podcasts lately. Radiolab, 99% Invisible and Design Matters are favorites of mine with comedy podcasts from Doug Benson, Aisha Tyler and Kevin Smith mixed in. When I’m deep into a design I often go back to indie rock music from the late 90′s like Braid, Burning Airlines or the Poster Children.
What are some startups that you’re a fan of?
I’m a huge fan of startups that are making things simple that were complex a few years (or even months) ago. Tumblr, Simple, Square, Aereo, Zite, Uber. Companies that have a mobile focus and give their users exactly what they want, when they want it.