Navid Baraty’s work – stunning, sometimes dizzying aerial photography shot from incredible vantage points – may look familiar to you, and for good reason. In the past few years, his work has been featured in National Geographic, Apple, CCN, The Huffington Post, and much more. We asked him about some of his biggest moments this year and how Behance played a role:
The past year has definitely been really great. Perhaps the biggest thing that’s happened in the past year was when the MTA approached me to have seven of my Intersection photos on display in a Lightbox installation in Bowling Green station for 2014, which was up for a good portion of the year.
NBC New York had me on the air to talk about the exhibition.
The Apple store on Fifth Avenue invited me to come talk about my photography one evening. I also gave a talk about my photography at the NYPL back in July.
I’ve licensed an image to Nike and one of my photos and an interview appears in this just released book by Popular Photography.
You know, I always ask how people come across my photos when they contact me. A lot of the time, they can’t remember where they saw my work, just that they saw it somewhere online. So, I’m positive Behance has definitely played a role in it since a lot of my work is posted there.
William J. Meyer, a Behance member since 2009, was able to transform a classic form of old media, the book, into an award-winning new media passion project.
A few years back I wrote a fantasy-adventure novel called FIRE ON THE MOUND. Looking for different ways to share the book, a friend recommended that I turn it into a weekly podcast. Using vocal talent, sound effects, and an original score, my small team produced a total of 42 episodes, and the podcast novel has won both a Parsec Award and a Geekie Award.
Not only was William’s character artwork featured on Character Design Served, but the trailer, made with work from Brian Ellis (concepting artist from Hasbro and Lego), was featured on Motion Graphics Served later in 2014.
It’s certainly worth a look (and a listen)! Click the images above to see the corresponding projects and be sure to follow William here.
In this installment, we’re featuring Mart Biemans, a young digital artist and illustrator from The Netherlands. Since joining in 2008, Mart has been featured in number of the Behance networks and was profiled in Adobe’s New Creatives campaign earlier in 2014. Below is an excerpt of a testimonial from the artist.
“My life has proven that it is almost impossible to predict your future, even though I’ve had dreams and expectations like every other kid growing up, things turned out completely different than expected. . .
Kristen Baird is a talented, young jewelry designer based out of Savannah, Georgia and an active Behance and ProSite user. Her artist statement reads:
“As an artist, I design my jewelry to be elegant with a touch of personality and whimsy. I strive to create sculptural pieces that are unique in both form and concept. I enjoy using gold and sterling silver with gemstones and glass for added splashes of color. When worn, I want my jewelry to create an interaction between the wearer and the viewer. Most importantly, my goal is to deliver technically sound, highly crafted jewelry that is beautiful and timeless.”
Recently, we reached out to her about her experience with Behance and how it has impacted her creative career.
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!”
“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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Over the past few months, we’ve reached out to our users for their success stories and we’ve gotten some great responses thus far. Over the next few months, we’re going to be featuring these stories with the world!
“I opened my Behance account way back 2009 while still in college but was not fully active. I thought some of my works weren’t strong enough to be published, as I wanted to have a solid style before putting it out there.
But after my graduation last year, I posted my 1st self-initiated project “Brands In Full Bloom” (http://bit.ly/LGYttU), which was just an experimentation of a new style I’m working on. To my surprise it was featured on the front page of the site few days after it was published. That project spread like crazy to various fashion blog sites. It led me to my 1st design gig for Line Skis USA and a feature page on Computer Arts magazine.
What’s more astonishing, a few months after that I received an email from luxury advertising agency AR New York, told me that my work was spotted on a random blog site and they wanted to board me on a very big project. They commissioned me to create the illustrations for LVHM DFS Galleria’s Spring/Summer 2013 “Passage To Paradise” (http://bit.ly/10sobEp). The next thing I know, renowned fashion photographer Craig McDean photographed it for the final campaign and can now be seen in 14 countries around the world.
Putting your work out there really could jumpstart any career, because you’ll never know who gets to see them – could be an art director from your local design community or even creative directors from international ad agencies.
Hardwork, courage and the exposure I got from Béhance definitely made my dream design career happen.
-Daryl Feril, Philippined-based designer/illustrator
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We always love hearing about what our talented creative community is up to. Occasionally we’re lucky enough to have a member write to us about how Behance has helped their creative career. Want to share your own Behance story? Let us know and we’d love to include it in our Success Stories series.
In this post, Roger Oddone, a Graphic Designer from San Francisco, shares his experience on Behance.
I still remember when I learned about Behance in 2008. I recall that I instantly thought that was an amazing learning tool where you could share and to connect with people.
I also notice that by putting my works there I could get a huge exposure and consequently get clients. That was all I needed to make me decide leaving my former work, at one of the biggest branding consultancies in Brazil, in order to start my own design studio.
[Google Doodle Carnival 2012 on Behance]
Right after quitting, I spent some time just working on redoing my whole portfolio in a consistent and self explanatory way and thanks to that effort I got featured at Behance many times. The exposure gave clients from everywhere and after a year and a half I running my own business I got invited to work as a senior graphic designer at Google. How awesome is that?
[Google Local and Mobile Maps iconography, featured on Behance]
I have no words to express my gratitude to the Behance. It’s not enough just being a good professional if you don’t have the right tools to connect with people and promote your work. Thanks for the whole Behance team by having this brilliant idea and for the hard work on keeping the platform always in a constant evolution.
Follow Roger at Behance.net/rogeroddone