Boston Behance Portfolio Review Night Recap

by Mat Budelman on November 7, 2012

Behance Collage

Monday night—twenty-four hours before America chose their new commander-in-chief—there was another buzz happening just steps from downtown Boston. Behance’s creative-in-chief (and co-founder) Matias Corea, was floating around the room while dozens of creatives from all industries were discussing, presenting, and critiquing each others portfolios. Thanks to Fresh Tilled Soil and Design Museum Boston, it was a well received event and everyone I saw left with smiles and some good tips on how to create a portfolio that stands above the rest.

Here are some highlights from Matias’s talk about what makes great portfolio presentations with links to examples:

  1. Show your work some respect with good photography and presentation.
  2. Show your work in the context in which it will be experienced. Show it in the real world.
  3. Show your process. Bring someone through your thinking from concept to execution.
  4. Edit your work carefully. Your portfolio is only as good as your worst project. A bad project brings down the average of the whole portfolio.
  5. Show the work you want to be doing. If you are a package designer and you want to be doing web design then show web design. If you don’t have any client work, then make-up a conceptual project on your own or collaborate with someone.
  6. Make sure your efforts are creating a return on investment. Put your work where people will see it. Look for high-traffic websites which will get eyes on your projects and link back to your own site.

Other notes which I thought were helpful were about bringing someone through the experience of your project, show a video if it’s interactive, show an animated gif to help with understanding of interactivity, and make sure you include the story and background of the project. Also, make sure your webpage, or layout is designed just as much as your work.

Just two days later, Smashing Magazine put out an article on how to best present digital work in a portfolio. Dealing with the “screenshot”—the all to well known way to present interactive work—the article explains different ways work can be shown without using static images. You can read that article here.

Thanks for reading and enjoy!

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Arduino and the power of Open-Source DIY Harware

by Mat Budelman on October 30, 2012

Check out this amazing talk by Massimo Banzi on the power of Arduino’s open-source technology to unlock everyone’s inner creative genius for hardware and product design.

Amazing work!

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Data Visualization of Wind Predictions

by Mat Budelman on October 30, 2012

Hint.fm wind prediction visualization

A beautiful execution of the data visualization of wind predictions! Brought to you by the awesome Hint.fm collaboration of Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg. I’m really digging  the style of both the map and the animations. Check the link to see the full animated visualization (best viewed in Chrome Browser.)

Enjoy!

http://hint.fm/wind/

Hint.fm wind prediction visualization

Screen capture taken from hint.fm/wind designed by: Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg

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Dan Ariely – Are we in control of our own decisions?

by Mat Budelman on October 30, 2012

This is a very intriguing talk by Dan Ariely, who speaks about our irrational rationality, and how in certain circumstances we can even trick ourselves. He also discusses how offering certain options can sway people’s decisions, even without them knowing.

Enjoy.

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Milton Glaser on breaking down ideas and making them new

by Mat Budelman on May 10, 2012

Great musing on art and design by none other than Milton Glaser:

Enjoy:

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Rory Sutherland on Perspective

by Mat Budelman on May 4, 2012

Yet another TED video post, however the content of this talk by Rory Sutherland has far-reaching implication to how graphic designers, and problem solvers alike think about issues and their possible solutions.

It seems very common to forget the psycological perspective and assumptions embedded in every problem, but those who can see them will, no doubt, come up with better solutions.

Enjoy.

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TEDx Cambridge – Thrive (Priya)

by Mat Budelman on January 27, 2012

I have recommended this video to everyone I know. It is as inspiring as it is heart warming and profound. I was moved by it, and I can only wish the same upon you. Enjoy.

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TEDx Cambridge – Thrive (scott)

by Mat Budelman on January 27, 2012

I had the pleasure of being a part of the team who branded and designed everything for TEDx Cambridge’s “THRIVE” event. I worked with Brandon Bird Design and Alphabet Arm Design to craft the message and branding of the entire event. It was so much fun to be involved, but what was equally exciting was to listen to the talks. Here is just one of the many inspiring talks soon to be released. Enjoy!

P.S. by the way, I also designed the opening “thrive” animation.

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On the optimism of non-zero-sumness

by Mat Budelman on January 9, 2012

Something profound.

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STEM to STEAM…

by Mat Budelman on January 9, 2012

This is an important talk about how A (art) is often forgotten when people talk about the core subjects of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics that often provide a gateway to higher level jobs. Art may not necessarrily have a reputation for higher level jobs, but people who are creative often make the most difference. There are a lot of CEOs who have high levels of creativity. I’ll let John Maeda explain better…