It feels like just yesterday that the Behance team debuted Portfolio Review Week in May 2012, so we can hardly believe that the 5th PRW is coming up this Spring.
Twice annually, Behance presents Portfolio Review Week, an unprecedented series of volunteer-organized events that has spread to hundreds of cities internationally, with a goal of bringing together creative professionals.
Our team has been hard at work preparing behind-the-scenes. Some changes this time around:
- A brand new home for PRW!
- Launch of speakers at all PRW events
- New materials for our hosts in their kits, including Photobooth props, a more comprehensive Handbook, and more
- Branding improvements from our design team
We can’t wait to launch PRW5 later this week! Stay tuned for news….
Sneak peek at the new Behance Reviews site!
Getting inspired by custom posters designed by past hosts Continue reading…
While it’s not recognized as an official sport (…yet), Creatives on Behance have been busy showing off their best work to commemorate the 2014 Winter Games. Below are snippets from our favorite projects that showcase work from all sorts of places–ad work, editorials, apps, and even industrial design. Click on a photo to take you to the full project!
SOCHI 2014 Winter games sport illustration for NYT by Francesca D’Ottavi
Today, we’re thrilled to introduce you to a fully redesigned portfolio and profile experience on Behance. Our goal with these improvements is to bring your work front-and-center, and make it even easier for anyone to discover what you do, no matter what device they’re browsing on. We’ve also made powerful improvements to the experience of editing your portfolio and profile, all changes that’ll bring your work more into focus.
Some of what you’ll notice:
- Fully Responsive Profile: Your work looks great across phone and tablets
- Simple Editing Tools: The way you edit and organize your work is easier than ever
- Your Behance Presence, In One Spot: Your Profile now encompasses much more about you – from the collections you curate to the projects you appreciate
- Focus on your work: The design changes bring your work more into focus. Notice a cleaner, more minimal profile that helps your work stand out
- Consistency across platforms: Now, your Profile is consistent and professional across devices
- No More Color Customization: We have simplified the profile view on the web to match what has already been very successful on the Behances iOS apps by replacing color customization with a more neutral set of tones that better showcase the portfolio work itself.
A few months ago, The Made Shop, a design shop based out of Denver, Colorado, was approached by Adobe to remix their famous red A logo.
“When Adobe asked us to re-imagine their logo, we were super excited. The Made Shop works primarily in graphic design, but our background comes from architecture and object design, and we enjoy blurring the distinctions between those fields and getting our hands dirty making physical objects for graphic projects whenever we can. Among the many tools we love and rely on in our shop on a daily basis — pencils, Photoshop CC, power tools, Illustrator CC, sketchbooks, After Effects CC, exacto knifes, InDesign CC, erasers — a good many of them have that Adobe logo on them — so we couldn’t wait to get our hands on it.”
Instead of making one logo, they made a simple container and, over the next week, filled it with the materials that make the creative process unique and wonderful. Things like pencil shavings, hot coffee, and smoke bombs called the logo container home. Check out their amazing logo remix here.
Just last week our mobile team announced the release of the Behance iOS7 & iPad App and we’ve seen some incredible feedback & numbers. We were so excited to see that our iPad app reached the 15th position in Social Networking Apps and was featured in the App Store under Best New Apps in 149 countries!
We had a great time interviewing Gina Kiel, a freelance illustrator based in New Zealand. As a versatile illustrator and full time mom, she emphasizes the importance of maintaining creativity in her household.
Do your personal projects differ from your professional work? If yes, how so?
I like to be versatile so that I can take on a range of good projects which don’t always have to match with my personal work, it keeps things interesting and challenging. It’s good to mix it up so everything doesn’t end up looking the same. I put lots of love into every project I work on so I think there’s naturally an essence that ties all my work together, it’s all coming from the same place. I am pretty selective about projects that I show on my website, it’s the work I most enjoy creating and the directions I’d like to explore further. I believe one of the ultimate achievements is to attract professional commissions based on personal work.
What do you think are the most important elements to focus on, when creating a personal website?
Keeping the design of the website simple and minimal to let the work itself be the main focus is important, I think. To put thought into presenting different projects well visually and making the descriptions short but clear. Choose your best work to display and make sure you keep on top of it, update it, maintain your blog, put new work on and take off any old work that you no longer relate to, keep it current.
This Fall, Behance held our second annual in-house Hackathon. The API was used in very creative ways, and the day was filled with some amazing ideas, collaboration and participation from both the Behance team and some special guests.
Here is a list of some great ideas that came to life:
BeSpoke: A suggestion engine tailored to your taste
BeSynth: A synthesizer that maps dominant colors of user projects to audio frequency, modulated by touch.
CAS3G: 3D globe of published Behance projects
Behance Mood Board
Behance Hue Lights: Hue lighting based on the average color of a project cover
Behance Data Mining
BeMix: Creative mosaics powered by Behance
Bettle: A battle game based on your Behance stats
Assisthance: Voice control…for everyone
We asked our members to share their Work-In-Progress with us on Instagram using the hashtag #BehanceWIP, and we saw some amazing things happening. Now that we’ve entered the new year, we would love for you to continue to share what you are currently working on.
Here are a couple of our favorites.
It’s been an amazing year here at Behance and we’re so excited for what we have in store for the coming year. We’re constantly in awe of the work that you, the creative world, can turn out. You all help make life more interesting.
For the next few weeks, we’ll be taking a look back at 2013 and featuring some of our staff’s favorite projects from the past year at facebook.com/Behance while we recount our Top Tweets at twitter.com/Behance, so be sure to follow along!
Here’s to making ideas happen!
Behance Portfolio Review Week #4 wrapped up a few weeks ago, and we’d like to celebrate another amazing week planned by our community by looking back on the best moments from the week:
Portfolio Review Week #4: November 4-11
Events Held: 232
“Appreciation Coins” awarded: 1,150
Tweets Posted: 3,020
Instagrams and Flickr photos shared: 7,856