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.
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!
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!
As you may have noticed, we’ve been busy launching new tools and integration with Adobe Creative Cloud. We think these integrations are an amazing extension of the power of the platform, but with so many new options you may be wondering–what’s the best way to leverage all these new features?
To answer that question, we put together a webinar as part of Adobe’s Ask A Pro series demonstrating how Behance can take your work directly from the cloud and into the creative community on Behance.
Missed it? We recorded the whole thing so you can watch it whenever you want!
In the Ask A Pro session, we cover:
- See how being on Behance increases the discoverability of your work
- Share work on Behance easily using your files from Creative Cloud and in CC apps
- Learn how Behance fits into your Creative Cloud workflow
- Explore the activity and inspiration stream of Behance on Creative Cloud Desktop
- Harness the power of the creative community on Behance
To watch the Ask A Pro session, click here
You’ll be prompted to “register” with your Adobe ID, but then you’ll be taken straight to the video of the presentation.
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.
The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet, and we’re thrilled to be included among this year’s incredible list of winners! Behance won the ‘Self-Promotion/Portfolio’ award, which means we’re on the right path to help creatives achieve the exposure they deserve. That said, this is just the beginning and our team is hard at work on a number of updates, projects and new features that we can’t wait to share. Stay tuned!
Learn more about the Webbys and check out the other amazing winners and nominees here.