Adobe Comp CC, The Best Thing To Happen to Layout Ideation Since The Cocktail Napkin

The latest addition to Adobe’s family of mobile apps is here! Adobe Comp CC, a free app for the iPad that enables the rapid creation of layout concepts for mobile, web, and print has made its debut. As energetic as sketching with pencil and paper, Comp CC amps up the ideation phase of the design process. Then it enables designers to add polish to the quick-gesture comps with custom type and personal creative assets.

Behance co-founded Scott Belsky sums up its power: “Comp CC takes advantage of the iPad’s advanced touch screen with an intuitive interface and makes the beginning of the design process integral to the finished result. Doing creative work on a mobile device is only useful if the results can be opened on the desktop, where the project can be perfected in a precise, professional-grade tool like InDesign or Photoshop.”

Early in the road to product launch, we knew we wanted to change the way people worked.  We knew that enabling people to work (really work) away from their desks, capturing thoughts and ideas and concepts as they flew through their minds, that we could enhance the creative process.

Built on the Adobe Creative SDK, Comp CC couples intuitive iPad gestures, fonts from Typekit, and the personal assets stored in Creative Cloud Libraries to provide designers with the perfect mobile brainstorming and layout work surface. Then, with a single click, comps can be sent to Adobe InDesign CC, Adobe Illustrator CC, or Adobe Photoshop CC (where CC Libraries assets and fonts from Typekit are also synced) to fine-tune and finish the work. It’s this powerful connection back to the desktop, where designers do so much of their work, that makes Comp CC, and all of our mobile apps, so valuable.

The app made its first appearance at Adobe MAX in October 2014 when Khoi Vinh, former design director of theNew York Times, revealed it, and his collaboration with Adobe, during the Project LayUp Sneak. He said of that collaboration, “The company’s deep expertise in creative software plus the comprehensive power of their Creative Cloud platform were essential to this product—only Adobe could have brought Comp CC to life.”

Give Comp CC a try! 

 

 

#BehanceBook Contest – What’s your Favorite Creative Trend?

To celebrate the launch of “Super-Modified: The Behance Book of Creative Work,” we asked you to share what your favorite creative trend of today is. From flat design to double exposures to cartoon work, you answered! Browse some of our favorite responses below, and congrats to our winners – @artninja, @JClilWu, and @vinedT, who will get a free copy of the book.
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Giveaway! Get your hands on Behance’s first-ever book.

Behance’s first-ever art & design book, featuring content exclusively from the Behance Community, is now out! We’re thrilled to present 288 pages of work that demonstrates how classic approaches to art and design are being subverted, blurred, and reinvented by you, today’s creatives.

We dive in 18 themes, each showcasing work that riff on the idea of “super-modified” creative work. From unexpected uses of humble materials like felt, to how branding is moving far beyond the unchanging logo, to how handmade lettering is making a comeback – it’s clear that exciting things are happening in today’s creative landscape.

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We’re gifting copies of Super-Modified: The Behance Book of Creative Work to some of you, our creative community – without you, this book would quite literally not exist.

Want to enter for a chance to win? Tell us what you think today’s most exciting creative trend is.

Tweet:
[Insert Your favorite creative trend]-on.be.net/behancebook #BehanceBook

 

 

 

SuperModified Debuts: Coffee Table Book Takes Pulse of Creativity Around the World

Today, I’m thrilled to announce the launch of the first-ever art & design coffee table book from Behance & Adobe, Super-Modified: The Behance Book of Creative Work. This gorgeous, 288-page book — curated by our Behance team and published by the renowned Gestalten imprint — surveys the landscape of global creativity and offers keen insight into what’s coming next — and how this vibrant community is pushing us not only to re-imagine classical approaches to design but to broaden the creative canvas into new digital mediums.

Since the early days of Behance, the team has been on a mission to empower creatives to make their ideas happen, and to help their work get noticed by providing them a platform for showcase it. Today, as part of the Adobe family (since 2012), millions of creative professionals use Behance to showcase and discover each other’s work, and, thousands of companies and individuals use the platform to find and hire creative talent.

This activity generates a constant stream of cutting-edge creative work that feeds into Behance as members all over the world upload new projects daily. Together, we believe that if we bring artists and designers from all over the world together to share their portfolios, we can increase the chances of getting great work noticed and connect creatives with opportunity at every level.

For this brand-new book, we asked the curatorial team at Behance to share their take on new directions in art and design work, based on years of reviewing those incoming projects from creatives worldwide. As our curators survey this incredible influx daily, they’re sifting through real-time data about new developments in creativity across fields ranging from fine art and illustration to fashion, photography, Web design and digital art. They are, quite literally, taking the pulse of the creative world every day.

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To create a comprehensive narrative for such a broad range of work, we’ve organized their findings into 18 themed chapters that riff on the idea of “super-modified” creative work. Super-Modified looks at how a humble material, like felt, is being remixed in office spaces, character designs and furniture; how recycled design is making everything from discarded aluminum cans to shipping containers fair game for reinvention; and how the grand, cinematic visions of traditional architecture are finding their way into interior spaces.

With the lightning-fast evolution of the creative tools we use to manipulate photos, videos and more, while “reality” was once what you see right in front of you, it’s becoming just one ingredient among many in the end product of innovative creators. There used to be a line where reality ended and the great unknown began — now that line is beyond blurred and new frontiers in what looks and feels “real” are opening up.

From innovative approaches to traditional crafts to unexpected uses of new technology, it’s clear that classical approaches to art and design are being subverted and reinvented by today’s creatives. Their ingenuity and imaginativeness — and their willingness to share it has inspired us, and we hope it does the same for you.

Learn more about the book > book.behance.net

 

Signups are open! Portfolio Review Week #7, May 11-18, 2015

We’re so excited to announce that host signups for Portfolio Review Week #7, May 11-18, 2015, are officially open! Last November, we had nearly 300 reviews across the globe and the events blew us away! (check them out on our Flickr page)

Interested in hosting? Create an event page for RSVP’s on the platform of your choice, then add the event to our brand new Portfolio Reviews Event Page on Behance

Read through the entire hosting process at behance.net/reviews/info.

Just want to attend? Find an event near you!

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“File Not Found” solo exhibition by Chad Wys

From March 12th to March 28th, long time Behance member and superb visual artist, Chad Wys, will be exhibiting his show “File Not Found” at the Joseph Gross Gallery in New York City. Chad’s work combines various forms of classic art forms like painting and sculpture but with a digital era twist.  Chad writes:

“I often think about how we receive the visual information around us, how casually data is exchanged, and how little we tend to pay attention to what we see. The notion of a ‘file’ not being found, or not being accessible, stops us in our tracks and suddenly we desire to see what we’re not able to see. In other words, we’d probably ignore the information if it was presented to us normally, but since it’s not being presented to us, or since it’s not deliverable, our curiosity is stimulated and we suddenly wish to see it, if only to ignore it once again thereafter. I think this applies to the world at large, and certainly to my work, where I often remove data from the audience’s view. We desire and want data until we receive it. We only consider more deeply data that we don’t understand, and we take for granted the data we think we already know,”

 

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Most Appreciated Projects: Monthly Roundup

Appreciations are a way to send genuine kudos to another creative professional on Behance. This is our community’s way of curating the network, so that the best projects gain the most exposure. Here’s a look at two of the most appreciated projects on Behance this month:

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It’s not hard to find currency more beautiful than what I’ve got in my wallet (US Dollars), but these fictional Hungarian bills take things to a new level. For her MA project, Barbara Bernat imagined the “Hungarian Euro” banknote, featuring european animals and plants. See the full set and an interesting look into the design process in the full project.

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As if we needed something to make chocolate truffles even more appetizing, amirite? This branding project, done by Robot Food of the UK, showcases a beautiful marble pattern contrasted with a clean, condiment wordmark. Check it out, along with some great process shots of how the marble pattern was created.

This week, Photoshop celebrated a huge milestone with it’s 25th Anniversary.  We’re super proud to be part of the Adobe family and play a part in the incredible legacy Photoshop has already created.  Below are some of our favorite Behance Projects, videos, and articles about the big day.

First, a great video with tons of work created with Photoshop:

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February ProSite of the Month

Each month, our curators select one ProSite to feature as “ProSite of the Month”. Our February selection goes to Lorena. G, an art director, designer, and illustrator from Barcolona, Spain. Her philosophy: use digital tools to create “eye candy” graphics with a handmade feel.

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Navid Baraty’s work featured in dedicated exhibition in NYC Subways

Navid Baraty’s work – stunning, sometimes dizzying aerial photography shot from incredible vantage points – may look familiar to you, and for good reason. In the past few years, his work has been featured in National Geographic, Apple, CCN, The Huffington Post, and much more. We asked him about some of his biggest moments this year and how Behance played a role:

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The past year has definitely been really great. Perhaps the biggest thing that’s happened in the past year was when the MTA approached me to have seven of my Intersection photos on display in a Lightbox installation in Bowling Green station for 2014, which was up for a good portion of the year.

NBC New York had me on the air to talk about the exhibition.

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The Apple store on Fifth Avenue invited me to come talk about my photography one evening. I also gave a talk about my photography at the NYPL back in July.

I’ve licensed an image to Nike and one of my photos and an interview appears in this just released book by Popular Photography.

You know, I always ask how people come across my photos when they contact me. A lot of the time, they can’t remember where they saw my work, just that they saw it somewhere online. So, I’m positive Behance has definitely played a role in it since a lot of my work is posted there. :)