Here in New York, the Behance team is just getting back from Thanksgiving. We had a ton to be thankful for this year and it’s always great to hear success stories from our members.
Michael Robertson is the Director of Toon53 Productions in Johannesburg, South Africa where he collaborates with illustrators Kenneth Doust and Dean Ira. In August, one of the team’s projects, ‘The Weird World of Nox and Harper’ was featured on Motion Graphics served. For Toon53, it was a big moment to say the least.
“I joined Behance in 2009 – at the time I was joining as many sites as possible for exposure – uploaded a few old works and didn’t really do much for a good few years. Fast forward around 3 and a half years to a few weeks ago when I decided to update my portfolio start applying to different jobs around the world on Behance and WOW is all I can say. We’re based in sunny South Africa and are currently working for a company in Moscow, another in the US, one in Dubai and a handful here locally all thanks to Behance!!
Guess what day it is! Today we’d like to feature some of the outstanding swag featured at Portfolio Reviews going on around the world. Take a look!
From studios to cubicles, creative work can come from anywhere. In this series, we’ll be taking a peek at some Behancers’ workspaces. We asked Twitter followers to send us a picture of their workspace one Wednesday. Here’s a roundup of some of our favorite #WorkspaceWednesday images–click the image below to view!
This week, we want to feature one of our favorite upcoming events in London, Ontario. They’re going all out to make an awesome event, even down to making a beautiful website to direct participants to. Why is this site so important? First, it’s a simple URL (http://supportlondontalent.ca) they can promote on social media (or anywhere, for that matter!). Up front, they explain what they’re doing: “A Night For Professionals To Connect And Get Feedback On Their Creative Work.” As you scroll through, you’ll notice they outline everything about the night, including date, time, location (with a map!), admission (which will be donated to charity!), companies attending, and sponsors! Simply put, it’s everything you need to know in one place AND it looks great. Congrats to the organizers and we hope the event is great!
Logging into Behance today, you may have noticed something different. Our team has worked tirelessly to bring you some awesome new things, particularly an updated Activity Feed free of clutter and new Bell Notifications.
The Activity Feed now shows the goings on of the creatives you follow on Behance–what they’re working on (WIPS), projects they’re publishing, collections they’re creating, and work they’re appreciating–while removing the clutter. What comes forward is the work from talented creatives.
So, where did those notifications on the right side go? On the top left, of course! The new Bell Notifications will show you your new Followers and when you work gains an appreciation, comment, or is added to a collection.
We’re super excited to see these new changes and hope you all really love them!
The weather is changing here in New York (finally!) and it’s getting darker sooner (ugh!) but it means November is quickly approaching.
So what’s new? We’ve sent out our first round of Digital Promotion Kits to our first round of hosts–we’re really excited about those as we’ve added some new things like Tips for Hosts. We’ve got almost every continent represented (we’re looking at your Australia and Antarctica) and we cannot wait to hear from the rest of you!
For more info: http://www.behance.net/reviews
Five thousand four hundred three participants. Two thousand three hundred twenty Tweets. One thousand four hundred fifty Instagrams. One thousand twenty five Appreciation Coins. Two hundred two events. Seventy countries. One week.
We’re extremely excited to announce that we’ve opened registration for the next round of Portfolio Review Week. We had an incredible turn out last time around and we can’t wait to see how the Behance community will blow us away this time! Mark your calendars for November 4th-11th!
Behance Portfolio Reviews bring members together at events in cities and towns around the world – organized by members, for members. Attend a Portfolio Review to present and get feedback on your work, hear from experienced professionals, and meet your local creative community.
Behance Portfolio Review Week: http://be.net/reviews
Info for Organizers: http://be.net/reviews/info
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.
In this series, we’ll look deeper into some of the projects on Behance.net that were especially admired in our community. Steve Simpson is a Dublin, Ireland based illustrator. His projects have ranged from an award –winning projects based on sign language to a children’s book. We spoke with him about his recent project, Illustrated Barcodes, a playful take on a portion of product design most take for granted.
What was your inspiration for this project?
A few years ago, I was given the chance to design and illustrate a packaging project for an Irish hot sauce company, Mic’s Chilli. I’ve done some graphic design, but I’d primarily been working as an illustrator; to me the 2 disciplines were quite different. So, I decided to treat the design as one big illustration.
By looking at the project from a slightly different angle, I was able to question things I’d previously taken for granted—namely the humble bar code. Did it need to be so ugly? What could I do to make it blend more with the rest of the packaging? I searched the web for answers and rules and was surprised to find very little information on what you could do and what you couldn’t. For the most part it’s been about experimenting and it’s surprising just how far away from the white box, black sticks and digital type face I’ve come.
By looking at the project from a slightly different angle, I was able to question things I’d previously taken for granted—namely the humble bar code. Did it need to be so ugly?
Can you describe your process in creating this project?
I had collated all the illustrated barcodes from a variety of projects to show as examples to a new client. I hadn’t initially planned on putting them up on Behance but the thought occurred to me that it would be handy to have them all in one place. Continue reading…