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November 11, 2013

Behance Portfolio Reviews

“Organised by members for members” is the tag line for the Behance Portfolio Reviews that have been happening around the world between 4th and 11th November. The Behance portfolio site has been offering support to those organising local portfolio reviews where creatives can gather and have their portfolios critiqued by a panel of experts.

Katy Simpson receives feedback

The judges with Katy Simpson. Photo courtesy of Ben Shmulevitch.

I attended the first portfolio review in Scotland, organised by David Mahoney, student at The University of Edinburgh, and took part as a member of the judging panel. During the evening 4 people presented their portfolios to the audience and received feeback from the panel consisting of photographer Tibor Galamb, talent agency consultant Sandy Tedford and myself.

Afterwards there was an opportunity to network and I took the chance to chat with as many of the attendees as I could and to promote the forthcoming Adobe Generation courses. Each presenter was awarded a Behance medal and two lucky winners, Katy Simpson and Todor Russanov, won subscriptions to Adobe Creative Cloud.

The event was a great success and everyone I spoke with said that they had enjoyed the evening and would be going away having learned something from the experience. Well done to David for organising the event, and I sincerely hope we can participate in future events like this in Scotland.

View the four presenters’ portfolios:
Katy Simspon –
Todor Russanov –
Wael Seaiby –
Georgi Karapeev –


- Colin Maxwell, Adobe Education Leader

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September 15, 2008

Flash aids Internet Safety

Safe Fifer is a multi-agency child safety event, held in Scotland, supported by Fife Constabulary, Fife Fire and Rescue Service and several other agencies and businesses. The event, which attracts several thousand school children from across the Fife area, is intended to drive home safety messages in a variety of important safety areas.
Safe Fifer presentation
This year, one important consideration was the increasing problem of online child safety, and in particular the dangers of posting information publicly on social networking sites. To help deliver the safety message Fife constabulary enlisted the help of local college students and staff to create an interactive presentation about using social networks.
Colin Maxwell, lecturer at Carnegie College, said “The local police wanted an interactive and engaging way of warning school children about posting information publicly on social networking sites. They wanted a simulation of a social network site that was interactive and could incorporate video. The best choice of software for constructing this was Adobe Flash, as it was easy to make graphics, add video and create interactivity”.
Schools and communities Officer, Police Constable Shirley Steele, said “It was great working with the students and their lecturer Colin Maxwell…they were able to provide us with professionally designed software along with input from a younger person’s perspective”.
The safety message will be extended to high school pupils over the forthcoming months as PC Steele has joined forces with Anne Deas of Fife Education Service to train school teachers to deliver the material.
Part of the presentation consists of a video developed by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre, which can be seen on Youtube.

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