Author Archive: Sarah Rapp

Vote us to the top of the class!

Behance & 99u have been nominated for Webby Awards in the Community, Blog & Design categories. We are so honored by our nominations and appreciate your support. Voting details below!

Nominee – Vote For Us!
Web Category – Best Navigation Structure
http://pv.webbyawards.com/2014/web/website-features-and-design/best-navigationstructure

Web Category – Community
http://pv.webbyawards.com/2014/web/general-website/community

Web Category –  Business Blog (99U)
http://pv.webbyawards.com/2014/web/general-website/blog-business

Honoree – Thanks!
Mobile & Apps Category – Best Visual Design (Aesthetic Honoree)
http://pv.webbyawards.com/2014/mobile-apps/all-devices/best-visual-design-aesthetic/honorees

Mobile & Apps Category – Social Honoree
http://pv.webbyawards.com/2014/mobile-apps/all-devices/social/honorees

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:

 Most Appreciated

Maxim Shkret of Krasnador, Russia, re-imagines predators (specifically a bear, fox, and lion) in 3D Vector Graphics. See the full set here (bonus: they’re for sale)!

Most Appreciated

26 letters, 26 materials. FOREAL’s goal was to create a fully sculpted alphabet, using materials ranging from stone and wood to the unexpected (icing, skin, moon, and more)! View The Sculpted Alphabet.

 

 

Portfolio Review Week #5 is coming!

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….

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Sneak peek at the new Behance Reviews site!

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Introducing: Fully Responsive, Redesigned Profiles and Portfolio

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.

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Portfolio Review Week #4 – The Recap

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:

BehanceReviews PRW4 Recap

Portfolio Review Week #4: November 4-11
Events Held: 232
Countries participating:77
RSVP’s: 5,000
“Appreciation Coins” awarded: 1,150
Tweets Posted: 3,020
Instagrams and Flickr photos shared: 7,856

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Portfolio Review Week Begins!

…and we’re off! Portfolio Review Week has officially begun. It’s been months in the making, but this PRW is our biggest yet, with 230 events happening in 77 countries. Prep has come to and end, and hosts around the globe are getting ready for the main event, and in some cities, events have already started.


Chicago, USA:

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Behind the Project: Infographic Feast

In this series, we’ll look deeper into some of the projects on Behance.net that were especially admired in our community. Ryan MacEachern is a Bristol, UK based design student. His works include a project featured in the curated Branding gallery, as well as an innovative take on the bookmark. We spoke with him about his recent project, “food x design”, an infographic tracing his eating habits over two weeks.

1) What was your inspiration for this project?
I’m currently studying Graphic Design and was an assignment to collect a weeks worth of data on a personal habit and then create an infographic poster.  My biggest inspiration while doing this was a project by Peter Ørntoft called “Information Graphics in Context” that I had seen years ago on Behance. I was astounded by the simple concept and striking visuals and knew I wouldn’t be happy creating a vector based solution if I were to create an infographic myself. So, years later and working on this assignment, it immediately struck me to use actual food to chart my food intake. To my surprise, I couldn’t find any projects online that had used this before.

2) Can you describe your process in creating this project?
I knew I wanted to track my food intake and wanted to create a photographic solution. I briefly explored digital, but it was soon apparent the photographic idea stood out and communicated information more effectively.
I had just started a low carbohydrate diet that was very dull and boring in appearance and considered stopping the diet in order to create a more colorful and varied project. Ultimately, I decided to use the food simply as a visual aid and didn’t directly link it to my actual consumed food.
I’m a capable photographer, but felt overwhelmed by the task ahead of me—I did some test shoots using natural light and the photos needed extensive post-production work. Luckily, a friend was able to help me get ahold of some studio lights and I set them up in my living room. I also spent around £60 on food, which about 2 weeks worth of food on a student’s budget, so I made sure it didn’t go to waste. It was very strange cooking a whole chicken at 3 a.m. just to take photos of it.

3) Did you expect it to be as popular as it’s been on The Behance Network?
Loads of blogs have picked it up and I’m getting a steady flow of followers on Behance, but I really didn’t expect it to get such immediate attention. I thought the work was good and nice to look at, but I wasn’t so sure other people would be able to see how much work went into it I’m really glad people like it, Im surprised at how extensive the behance community is I have had people follow me from all over the world which really is a great feeling.

4) Did you go through many versions and iterations before coming up with these final pieces?
This project has two main components: the visual, which in this case is a graph or pie chart, and typography, which communicates all the data and helps the flow. It was challenging to balance them both. Once I chose a font, my next challenge was to adjust lines and labeling to ensure the project wasn’t too crowded with text.

5) Do you feel that this project is “done,” or is there anything you’d like to improve on or change in the future?
The assignment only lasted two weeks, so I’m not sure I worked out all the kinks in the design. I’d like to return to the project soon and make it more extensive, covering other areas, like weight. I’d also like to work more on the coloring.

Best of Digital Publishing Showcased in New Gallery

Our colleagues over at Adobe’s Digital Publishing team just launched one of the coolest uses of the Behance API to date – their own Showcase Gallery.

This new gallery showcases best-in-class apps developed using the Adobe Digital Publishing Suite. Quick background on what the DPS is: it’s a publishing platform that magazines, newspapers (including top publications like The New Yorker and Vanity Fair) use to build mobile apps. Get inspired by how it’s being used today by browsing the gallery!

 

 

 

Live from 99U Pop-Up School

We’re in the midst of the first ever 99U Pop-Up School- a three day event all about super-charging your creative skill set for success in the 21st century. For our inaugural school session, we’ve selected three topics that are essential to making an impact with your ideas — career development, entrepreneurship, andbrand & digital strategy — and built an intensive day-long learning program for each of them.

Day 1 was all about how to build the creative career you want, and had a lineup that included Simon Sinek (author of “Start With Why”), Heidi Grant Halvorson (Associate Director, Columbia University Motivation Science Center), James Victore (Artist & Educator), Ben Barry (Designer & Co-Founder, Facebook Analog Research Lab), and Behance’s own Scott Belsky.

Here are some highlights from the thick of it. Today and tomorrow make sure to:
Follow the conference hashtag: #99school
Follow us on Instagram: 99U 

 

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Behind the Project: Subjective Guide to Life

In this series, we’ll look deeper into some of the projects on Behance.net that were especially admired in our community. Michael Pharaoh is a New Zealand based graphic Designer. His other projects include a rebranding of Cadbury’s chocolate using 3-D modeling and a brand identity for a hypothetical bicycle club. We spoke with him about his recent project Michael’s Guide to Life, a guidebook based on personal experience and advice, modeled after family health books.

What was your inspiration for this project?
I personally just wanted a way to collect what I thought were important pieces of advice or skills I’ve picked up that have helped me through my life. I’ve always liked the design aesthetic of those big family health guidebooks, so I drew inspiration from that and wanted to create one for life.