In this series, we’ll look deeper into some of the projects on Behance.net that were especially admired in our community. Pau Alekumsalaam and Dani Llugany are the cofounders of Domestic Data Streamers, a Barcelona based creative lab. Their other projects include various forms of data visualization, art installations, sculptures, and even handmade cards. We spoke with them about their project “Voting System Behance Reviews,” a voting system that allowed attendees at their Behance Review to visualize the popularity of projects they voted for.
1) What was your inspiration for this project?
Following Domestic’s “modus operandi” and working as a creative laboratory, we try to focus on new visualization methods. There was a significant evolution between the first project -where we worked two-dimensionally- and the last one. It was conceptually designed to take place in one of the rooms in the Moritz factory, an old beer factory remodeled under the instructions of Jean Nouvel. You can imagine what a challenge it was for us!
We were interested in translating votes into a piece of work that had a relevant presence in the. Our intention was to generate a dynamic data stream that was reordered and created a tridimensional graphic—which was a literal bar chart.
In honor of World Humanitarian Day, Behance is supporting the United Nation’s campaign by profiling users who have created projects with a particularly humanitarian focus. This year’s World Humanitarian Day theme asks the question “The World Needs More _________”; brands, organizations, and individuals can then sponsor the words to raise money and awareness.
We spoke with Ashok Sinha, a New York based photographer and founder of The Cartwheel Initiative, a nonprofit organization that uses creative media to empower children in the aftermath of crisis. Sinha began The Cartwheel Initiative after a 2010 visit to Sri Lanka, noticing the stark difference between the pristine tourist beaches and the obvious trauma visible in northern Jaffna. The organization aims to provide workshops to help youth affected by the war harness art therapeutically, while also sharing their experiences with the world. The program conducted four workshops in Northern Sri Lanka in 2011. The Cartwheel Initiative held another round of workshops this year; films produced by participants will be screened at the Children’s Museum of the Arts in New York. We spoke about his project Children of Post-War Sri Lanka.
The theme for World Humanitarian Day is: The World Needs More _______. In three words or less, what do you think the world needs more of?
Why is it important that The Cartwheel Initiative reaches out to kids using art?
Art is a non-political tool that can be used to spark conversations and help young people build bridges within their communities and across ethnic and social divisions.
“Art is a non-political tool that can be used to spark conversations and help young people build bridges within their communities and across ethnic and social divisions.”
In this series, we’ll look deeper into some of the projects on Behance.net that were especially admired in our community. Coming Soon is a Belgian based design and branding studio. Their other projects include chalk-drawing branding for Jameson Whiskey as well as an exploration of what goes into producing a 3-D Comic. We spoke with them about her recent project, Emotion Series, a collection of expressive portraits for a cultural center.
What was your inspiration for this project?
One of our clients is a cultural center in Belgium and we did a full rebranding for them, from logo to magazine and website. For over 3 years we have been doing the campaign images—the concept is culture with impact . Every year we make a new series of 5 images. This year we wanted to work with pure emotions: emotions people feel when they go to the cultural center during a concert or performance.
“For over 3 years we have been doing the campaign images—the concept is culture with impact . Every year we make a new series of 5 images. This year we wanted to work with pure emotions: emotions people feel when they go to the cultural center during a concert or performance”
Can you describe your process in creating this project?
Since we were working with emotions we had to find nice characters. We did a casting, where we selected 30 people from a group of 200. We shot the photographs over three days. We even picked up people from the street in the end, like they do on street castings.
If you’ve been a Portfolio Review Week host before, you know that one of the best moments is receiving your package of swag, filled with custom branded materials like posters, handbook, nametags, stickers, and the coveted “Appreciation Coin,” all sent to help you host a great event.
Portfolio Review Week #4 is upcoming this November (dates coming soon), and our design team is in the midst of updating all the materials that will be sent out in packages this fall.
Here’s a sneak peek into our prep for PRW #4 and what some of the materials will look like!
Get up to speed on Behance Portfolio Reviews before this next one here: Behance Portfolio Review Week.
A look at the next version of the “Appreciation Coin”…only on paper for now!
Raewyn, Behance’s Communication Designer, hard at work on the new materials
Stephanie Bullock (Behance.net/stephanienicoleb)
“Netflix contacted me about a design position in California. At first, I thought the message was spam, but curiosity got the best of me and I received a message back within hours! Behance has the power to elevate you to a level you didn’t even think you were ready to play on. Thank you, Behance Crew!”
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:
Artful package designs for Chinese tea, mooncake and gifts by Print Designer Ken Lo. Check out the full project and more of his packaging explorations here.
Illustrations and an infograph by Romualdo Faura for The Outpost’s 2nd issue. See the full project here.
The Creative Portfolio App is now fully integrated and functional in 9 additional languages: Spanish, French, Russian, German, Polish, Simplified Chinese, Italian, Portugueses, and Japanese.
We’re very excited to finally be able to recognize the global nature of our community with this update. Even more good news: the app automatically detects the language preferences of your iOS, making it even easier to sync your portfolio, access it offline, as well as customize your portfolio’s display.
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.
We had the pleasure of interviewing Bex Glover, a graphic designer, artist & illustrator living and working in Bristol, UK.
How long have you been in design/illustration?
Do your personal projects differ from your professional work? If yes, how so?
Yes to some degree, my personal work is often more hand rendered / painting based -using markers and spray paint, and it tends to have a more abstract aesthetic. I like to emulate the hand rendered feel in my digital illustrative work too, but the style and subject matter will be dictated by the requirements of the brief. Some can be cleaner cut, simple, and digital in style, others more urban and freestyle. It’s great when you get projects where the client wants to do something based on your personal work –that’s often the more fun, creative stuff.