Behance is an application for Creative Professionals to create, maintain, and share online portfolios. Members may also connect with other creatives within the platform. Jobs are listed and links are provided. Other users may browse the galleries and offer support via “appreciate” tabs.
Behance was founded in 2007 by Scott Belsky, who serves as the company’s CEO. The site has won several Internet awards and has been featured in many tech publications. Belsky has authored a book called “Making Ideas Happen” about making a vision into a reality. A recent collaboration with LinkedIn allows users to connect Behance portfolios with LinkedIn accounts.
Behance was acquired by Adobe in December 2012.
Behance is a free network for creative professionals to host an unlimited amount of work online. By teaming with several business partners, creative people gain exposure and improve their chances for securing new clients.
Users may browse the works by creative field or other defined filters. Each artist’s work may be “appreciated” by clicking a link at the end of the work. The interface is clean and uncluttered, offering a good portfolio space for each member.
Members may upload text, images, videos, and audio into portfolios. There are no limits on the number of projects or uploads. Integration with Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn allows members to self-promote through social media. Users may choose to use an ad-free view for content. Groups are available for connecting with other members and to ask questions and offer advice. Job postings are available for review on the site, which states that it is frequented by recruiters and creative companies. Members, once approved, may complete a detailed profile including compensation requirements, type of work, and more.
Users choose to open an account as a creative professional or follower of people’s work. Followers need only provide a name to be added to a url, an email to be used as username, and password. These users must then add a profile image, first and last name, company name, url, twitter name, brief bio, and a list of three creative interests.
Members wanting to be listed as a creative professional create an account that begins with an application. A valid email address and description of creative work is the first step of this process. The user must then await a review of their application and invitation from Behance. During review, response to request was received with 24 hours with a link to create a profile.
There is no cost associated with Behance.
Creative professionals in arts, videography, advertising, design, crafts, writing, and other areas could benefit from a free account on Behance. Companies and individuals seeking creative skills may view portfolios and contact members for jobs.