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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The Served Sites have been listed as finalists in the “Art” category of the SWSX Interactive awards. “From traditional photography to untraditional performances, this category focuses on web-based collections of life, society, and culture.” Congratulations to the other finalists!
We’re glad to see that some fascinating blogs are already seeing the value of the Served Sites. Our team keeps getting distracted by them…
Some early coverage came from friends at Computerlove and some great blogs like TheSmallThingsStudio, The Cap’M, Evasion, FriskyGeek, JustMeGaga, and CSS-Tricks. Thanks for the early spotting…
We’re thrilled to be listed on Lateral Action as one of the top 10 social networks for creatives. The website interviewed Parris Whittingham, a member of the Behance Network:
“For me, the value of Behance is that it holds users to a set of unspoken professional standards. I will not post anything on the network unless I am truly confident in the work. I know this to be true for several other artists who use Behance as well. The Behance platform was clearly designed to focus on the artwork. This “less is more approach” makes Behance feel more like a Boutique than a catalog or meat market. For a person that just likes to be inspired by great design, amazing talent and professional presentation, Behance compliments my needs.”
We couldn’t have summed it up better! To see the complete list, please visit Lateral Action.
Our team was thrilled to discover that top featured projects from the Behance Network are now streamed on design supersite DesignYouTrust. We’re thrilled that featured works in the Network are getting more exposure around the world. Sites can apply for a Network project widget by contacting the Behance Team.
The Behance Network partnered with Pop!Tech in search of visual interpretations of this year’s theme – “scarcity and abundance.” See more details at Pop!Tech here or visit the contest circle in the Behance Network.
One of the Behance Network’s most important features is each person’s “inner circle.” Your inner circle is a collection of your colleagues and people you know and/or respect.
Every time you publish a new project or join a new group, your inner circle is notified. This becomes a powerful way to get feedback and disseminate your latest work.
BUT, WE CAN RUN INTO A FEW PROBLEMS WITH INNER CIRCLES:
(1) If you join the inner circle for people you don’t know, then you will get lots of notifications that you don’t care about. Messages from your inner circle will start to look like “spam” unless you curate your inner circle CAREFULLY. Inner circles were designed to be small and important…
(2) If you like someone’s work, just ADD THEM TO YOUR WATCHLIST (in “Tools” within each project). At Behance, we refuse over 90% of inner circle invitations. But we have huge watchlists of members we love to watch…
(3) If you send too many messages to your inner circle, they may leave you! We encourage you to use your inner circle wisely (just like you would use your close network of peers in the real world).
INNER CIRCLE MAINTENANCE
Want to better manage your inner circle? Maybe you should CLEAN IT UP! Here is how you review, remove people, and edityour inner circle:
(1) Go to “Circles” and select “My Circles.” Then select the Top Circle in “My Circles” -
your Inner Circle.
(2) Select “Edit Circle”
(3) Select “Participants.” Click “remove” next to anyone that you wish to remove from your inner circle (don’t worry, they won’t get a message). You can also use this space to add any members that you know well or truly respect.
We came across a little story in Behance Network member Adriana de Barros’ visual journal today. She explains that she has been meeting many new artists in the network and received an invite from painter Simon M. Smith for input on a special project:
“This is something I’ve never done before: seek ideas, input, intervention in one of my paintings. If anyone out there is interested in taking my existing image and interfering with it in some way, and then conveying the results back to me, I’d be very pleased to hear from them. (…) I’m particularly interested in what those of you working outside the realm of painting might make of it.”
What follows is Adriana’s fascinating journey to interpret his work through an entirely different artistic medium and vision. We encourage you to check out her story at “Interpreting the Abstract.”
Also, the original painting work, as well as Adriana’s interpretation, is posted in Simon’s portfolio as a project title “Collaborative Invitation.”
The Behance Network homepage is now “Valid XHTML 1.0 Transitional!”, as the W3C would say. If you are a developer you might want to check out the HTML Validator yourself. Even if you think “Bah, that’s far too technical for me” it can help you spot random HTML typos, as it did for me.