Author Archive: Salonee Bhaman

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:


The folks at Creative Lab created and shared the visual guidelines they designed for Google. Check out part 1 and part 2 to see all the product icons, logo lockups and illustrations they compiled.

Illustrator Tobia Hall was commissioned by the Holiday Inn to design and paint a custom mural.  He documents his process and the finished piece in this project.

Portfolio Review Week Spring 2013 Recap

Last month’s Portfolio Review Week was an absolute success. With over 200 events in 70 countries, thousands of creatives worldwide had the opportunity to showcase their work. Thank you to both our hosts & attendees for another amazing round!

Portfolio Review Week Spring 2013 Recap from Behance on Vimeo.

Behind the Project: A Transit App For Seasoned Commuters

In this series, we’ll look deeper into some of the projects on Behance.net that were especially admired in our community. Martin Oberhäuser is a Hamburg, Germany based information and interface designer. After working with various large agencies and freelancing, Oberhäuser founded the oberhaeuser.info design studio in 2011.  Oberhäuser’s passion for data visualization is apparent in projects that range from encyclopedia infographics to an app that monitors and tracks online mentions.  We spoke with him about his recent project, nextr, an iPhone app that helps users navigate German public transit by providing intuitive, essential information and directions.

What was your inspiration for this project?
My inspiration was initially personally motivated. I use public transportation services in Germany pretty frequently and I was never satisfied with the available transportation guidance apps. I felt like there was a lot of room for improvement, especially for heavy transit users like myself. Most people I know that use these apps are familiar with the public transportation systems in their cities. They only need quick access to some important use cases, for example “when does the next train depart from the station closest to my home?” So I focused on this user group and provided this easy access combined with the ability to drill deeper for more information if necessary.

Can you describe your process in creating this project?
I decided to play around with some initial ideas and concepts for a more intuitive app. After a while I came up with a structure based around the current user position on a map and easy access to nearby stations.

I approached my iOS developer Marcus Wermuth with this concept and some initial layouts and asked if he’d be interested in and capable of developing the app. Fortunately, he was excited to work with me on making this concept a reality. Of course, we had other running client projects and had to earn some money, so it took us a while to reach a working prototype, and then a fully functional app.
This project continues to be pretty challenging because we are working with real time data and geolocation. The real challenge, however, was to initially achieve the right amount of simplification—asking “what information is really relevant for the user and what is our main target audience?”

Did anything interesting happen as a result of the success of this project?  (fans contacting you, job opportunities, blogs picking it up, etc).

We used Behance as the main tool to advertise the launch of our app and the reactions have been phenomenal. A few hours after we published the project many blogs were writing about it and it soon became the second best selling app on the German App Store. We are also getting many interview requests from blogs and tech magazines. I can’t say exactly how big the impact of Behance was, but it definitely played a big role.

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Behance Testimonials – Hemali Vadalia

“When I began my career as an animator & illustrator, I had no idea how to reach out to clients and find projects that give me creative freedom. I mostly worked for the clients in Mumbai. Then I happened to know about Behance and I’m glad that I uploaded my portfolio here. My clay illustrations & animation got noticed. Also my work with paper craft was appreciated. And within a month I got a couple of wonderful projects to work on.”

 

“This, followed by a lot of encouraging emails and appreciations. It just made things easier for me to showcase my work and the process behind it. I also got to do workshops. Now I have been working on animations and illustrations for iPad games, websites, books and magazines. Apart from this, there’s a lot to learn from the creative community and get inspired everyday!”

–Hemail Vadalia, Mumbai, India (http://www.behance.net/hemali)

 

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Behind the Project: Branding a Family-Owned Ski Resort for a Modern Era

In this series, we’ll look deeper into some of the projects on Behance.net that were especially admired in our community. This time, we spoke with Bureau Rabensteiner, an Innsbruck, Austria based graphic design studio. Their designs range from thermo sensitive business cards to branding bakeries. We spoke to them about their recent hotel branding project for the Trofana Alpin.

What was your inspiration for this project?
The Trofana Alpin was the very first hotel in the winter sports resort of Ischgl (a small village in Austria). The hotel is family-owned and builds the foundation of the von der Thannen family history and tradition—a fact that turned this project into something personal and very close to our hearts.

Can you describe your process in creating this project?
The client emphasized their family history and how everything started out with a humble Bed & Breakfast. We were also provided with a number of historical items related to the von der Thannen family history, like an old photo archive. After rethinking the project we came up with a branding concept that referred to the origins of their family business. We redesigned the look and feel of the brand with a focus on the von der Thannen family’s exemplary ability to balance tradition with modern convenience and understated luxury.

Did anything interesting happen as a result of the success of this project? (fans contacting you, job opportunities, blogs picking it up, etc).
Yes, many people have contacted us, for very different reasons, because of our projects on Behance. Some have questions concerning type, papers, photography etc., while some very nice ones simply get in touch to tell us how much they like our work. Ultimately though, it turned out that Behance is a really good platform for receiving serious requests.

We were also lucky to get an immediate feature on Design made in Germany an important German design blog. Also Page Online, one of Germany’s graphic design magazines, featured us within an article. We are really thankful that a lot of other bloggers helped us by sharing our work in recent years. That was more than we could have hoped for.

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Links roundup from Behance Portfolio Review events around the world

Another amazing Portfolio Review Week has come to an end, but the stories of the events all around the world are still being told on blogs and in the press. We’ve rounded up a few favorites below!

Sketchbook Magazine: Behance Portfolio Reviews at the Al Turki Business Park Tower in Khobar

“Through the hustle and bustle of the event that took place on the 1st floor of the Al Turki Business Park tower, visitors ooh-ed and aah-ed over the spectacular work of the participants. Art in all it’s mediums, including digital art, sketch art, animation, comic book art, and photography, gathered in the same spot.”

Illustrator’s Ireland: Portfolio Review at The Copper House Gallery in Dublin

“The crowd on the night was a brilliant mix of people coming from design, photography and illustration. The opportunity to speak and hear about how people develop their work is always fascinating and it opens communication between those working in different creative fields.”

Design Assembly: Yoobee School of Design in Auckland’s Portfolio Review

“With over 40 attendees there was mingling, networking and drinks, followed by a short welcome, then 60 minutes of portfolio reviews held in a friendly, discussion format with industry professionals.”


dnaIndia: Pune, India Portfolio Review at Lokusdesign

“Our aim is to promote fresh talent, giving them a chance to work on some of the top brands in the industry. With global design firms entering the Indian markets, it is important that the Indian designers are equipped to face the growing competition.”

The Davaoist: 5 Reasons Why You Should Join Behance Portfolio Reviews in Davao

“#4: You and your artworks will finally get the recognition (or exposure) that they deserve.”

This Week’s Most Appreciated Projects

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 week:


 
The Great Gatsby has had some major influence not only in theaters, but on Behance. Like Minded Studios collaborated with Baz Luhrman, Catherine Martin & Bazmark Team to create some dazzling Gatsby branding.


 
Russian designers Hobo and Sailor have created retro style branding for Velocity Cycle Club, producting a very consistent visual identity with animated gifs that keep our head spinning.

Naples, Medellin, Montreal and Grand Rapids: More highlights from Portfolio Review Week

Portfolio Review Week is still going strong, and last night creatives gathered at events all over the world to share feedback and get inspired. Check out the highlights below, or browse full coverage:

Instagram Feed
Pinterest Highlights
Flickr Photosets
Twitter Feed #BehanceReviews 

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Portfolio Review Week is in Full Swing

We’re right in the middle of Behance Portfolio Review Week, and are seeing an outpouring of buzz all over the internet about these community-planned events that are currently going on around the globe. Join in on the fun by browsing what people are saying, and enjoy some highlights below:

Instagram Feed
Pinterest Highlights
Flickr Photosets
Twitter Feed #BehanceReviews 

Ottawa, Canada

 


Budapest, Hungary


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Portfolio Review Week has begun!

Portfolio Review Week has officially kicked off around the world! With over 200 events scheduled worldwide, we’re seeing news and pictures popping up from these inspiring gatherings. People are sharing work & getting feedback all over the world, and the internet!

Here’s some early news and pictures from these events:

Brasilia, Brasil

Vladivostok, Russia

Rome, Italy 

Make sure to check out our Flickr & Pinterest page for more event coverage!