Author Archive: Sarah Rapp, Head of Community Data & Insights

The Man Behind “The Symbol:” Minneapolis Creative Talks About Collaborating With Prince

We interviewed Mitch Monson, Creative Director/Designer, who started working with Prince over twenty years ago and designed the iconic Love Symbol for the “Artist Formerly Known as Prince” with CD/Producer Sotera Tschetter and Art Director Lizz Luce. The Symbol was eventually incorporated into every facet of Prince’s music videos, concert staging, album artwork, guitars, wardrobe and merchandizing. We wanted to learn about Monson’s time working with Prince, and get a behind-the-scenes portrait of Prince from the perspective of an artist close to him at the time.

We honor Prince’s legacy and wish to commemorate the way he shaped our music, arts, and culture of creativity. Prince, you are deeply missed.

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Mitch Monson co-designed Prince’s icon Love Symbol.

What do you think inspired Prince’s creativity and his creative process?
It’s hard to know what’s in the head of a genius. I don’t know if anyone, except for possibly those in his inner circle, knew where his amazing creativity stemmed from. However, we do know he was always creating and that was a big part of his process. His boundless energy and creative spirit allowed him to produce an amazing volume of work. It’s just who he was – a creative person always creating. I believe it’s also what gave him so much longevity in his career.

He’s one of those people, who, when he walks into a room, everything is different. He has that presence. You feel that energy, that pressure and that genius.

As a designer and art director, I was inspired by his work ethic—a very mid-western quality. Prince and Sotera Tschetter were always pushing us and inspiring us to do our best work. Working with such forces like these two meant we were experimenting and developing a large volume of creative work as fast as we possibly could. It was a really energizing process and we loved the collaboration.


What was the mood or emotion in the room when he was creating and in these creative, genius moments?
We didn’t get a lot of time working directly with Prince, but he is definitely one of those people, who, when he walks into a room, everything is different. He just has that presence. You can feel that energy, that pressure and that genius. I mean, it’s Prince … if he’s in the room, you’re inspired!


You mentioned it was important to Prince to invest in his local creative community. How did he provide opportunities to local artists or musicians in his hometown of Minneapolis?
He provided those opportunities to the production community as well as the music community. Prince employed a lot of video directors, directors of photography, designers, producers and photographers based in Minneapolis. He was very hometown-focused that way, utilizing local production resources and keeping the work close. I think this was a generous attribute of Prince, because there were obviously a million other choices, not just in the states, but worldwide. Our company HDMG, for example, was just a small two-year-old post-production and design company—four partners and a couple of employees. We were located near Paisley Park, did mostly referral work and the next thing we knew we were working with Prince! To a new business like ours, that was life changing.

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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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Don’t these character designs from Berlin’s Vivien Bertin look about ready to jump right out of the screen and start talking to you? We’re loving all the personality and emotion that comes across in these designs. And +1 on the fact that Bertin gives an inside into her process and the tools she uses to create.

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This Volkswaagen campaign pokes fun at the common white lies we tell our kids (some funny ones after the cut!), but we’re guessing what made this project a crowd-pleaser this month are the killer accompanying illustrations. With a distinctive color palette and an creative use of negative space, you’ll enjoy this work from Tom Haugomat and Raphael Ghisalberti.

FilmDoo Film Poster Design Competition – Winners Revealed!

Earlier this spring, we told you about FilmDoo’s “Film Poster Creativity Competition,” where three winners will be given the paid opportunity to create artwork for an upcoming film release this year and have their work on display Cannes Film Festival (plus a ton of other great prizes)!

After almost 1,000 fantastic entries from creatives around the world, the winners were announced live at Cannes Film Festival. We’re happy to announce & give a huge congrats to our three winners:


Margie Bergeron (portfolio) – The Godfather Poster
Ollie Boyd (portfolio) – Mad Max Fury Road Poster
Ben Holmes (portfolio) – The Amazing Spiderman 2 Poster

FilmDoo Competition Winning Posters
The winning poster designs! See detailed shots below.

 

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New Behance Class on Skillshare!

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How do you make a good portfolio great? How do you show off what you do and get discovered for your creative work? Enroll in our just-launched Skillshare class, where we’ll give our best advice on getting found.

Over the last couple of years having an online portfolio has gone from a nice-to-have to a must-have for any creative professional. In this class, we’ll walk through how to make a good portfolio great and how to get yourself and your work discovered in the creative communities you belong to. Leave this class with an online footprint that shows off who you are, what you can do and most importantly, gets you found.

Behance is the world’s largest creative platform, home to 5 million members. Since Behance launched in 2007, our team has seen hundreds of thousands of portfolios, and knows what makes the most successful portfolios stand out from the crowd and get the attention that will kickstart and advance your career.

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Enroll today to participate in this free class!

10% off Behance-Member taught Photography Workshop at NYU!

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Want to visit NYC this summer and kick your photography portfolio up a notch?

We were psyched to see that longtime Behance member Julian Hibbard will be leading a month-long Digital Photography Portfolio Intensive this July at NYU’s prestigious Center for Advanced Digital Applications. The best part? Any Behance member who wants to register for the course gets 10% off!

The course is ideal for photographers or photography students who are looking to take on a personal project or who wish to develop a cohesive body of work. What can you expect? You’ll approach the development of a portfolio “as a multistage process involving a combination of research, experimentation, off-campus visits, weekly assignments and interaction between class participants, working photographers and industry insiders.”

Spend your summer crafting an amazing portfolio – you’ll get one-on-one feedback to help cultivate your personal vision. Sneak peek on some guest speakers: creative directors, a magazine photo director, the president of a commercial stock library, a curator, a creative strategist and the director of AtEdge. The course will finish up in a group exhibition at NYU SPS.

Interested in signing up at a 10% discount? Contact Julian here.

 

99U Conference Starts Tomorrow!

It’s our favorite time of year! The 99U Conference, an event brought to you by Behance’s editorial arm, 99U.com, begins tomorrow. Follow @99U or follow the hashtag #99conf to experience the conference from wherever you are.

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To succeed as an entrepreneur, designer, or creative, it’s not just about having good ideas, but about making them happen. The goal of the 99U Conference is to shift the focus from idea generation to idea execution. Providing road-tested insights on how to make your ideas happen. We bring together some of the world’s most productive creative visionaries & leading researchers to share pragmatic insights on how ideas are brought to life.

This year’s lineup of talks from the world’s leading creative visionaries will get you fired up to make shit happen. And we’ll be live-tweeting the whole thing from @99U. Tune in for real-time insights from leaders like MoMA’s Senior Curator, Paola Antonelli, CEO & Co-Founded of Slack, Stewart Butterfield, Black Girls Code founder Kimberly Bryant, and many more!

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

 

 

 

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.