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Behance is a network of sites and services specializing in self-promotion, including education and online portfolio sites.[no citations needed here] Founded in 2006 in New York City by Scott Belsky and Matias Corea, it was acquired by Adobe in 2012 and became part of Creative Cloud later in 2013.
As of May 2014, Behance hosts over 68 million images in over 5 millions projects. Creative businesses like AIGA, Pantone, Adweek, and Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, and schools such as Art Center College of Design, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and School of Visual Arts (SVA), have used their services to host the work of their members and students.
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Visitors of Behance can search and browse Projects by many filters including creative field, location, color, or projects that have been Featured by in-house curators. Projects can accumulate Views, Comments and Appreciations which lend to their prominence on the network. Logged in members of Behance can follow the work, Appreciations and comments of other members in their Activity Feed as well as comment on projects, add them to custom collections, and message other creatives. Members also can upload and embed work spanning 128 creative fields into Works-in-Progress, (WIPs) or Projects that fit a particular theme, job or other assignment. WIPs are intended to display the progression of a particular image or creative work and gain feedback from the network. Projects are considered polished, finalized pieces that display the work creatively and effectively. When uploaded, creatives can share this work via social media platforms, including Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. The best projects are Featured by the in-house curators based upon a number of criteria, but projects that are Featured often see a large spike in viewership.[no citations needed here]
Behance also features JobList, a catalog of creative jobs and freelance opportunities from around the world. While JobList is accessible without a Behance membership, applications can only be sent from a registered and verified account. When members apply to the position, job poster can see the applicants user-generated Work Experience as well as their portfolio in one place.[no citations needed here]
In recent years, Behance has release a number of mobile apps including The Creative Portfolio app (offline access to a member's uploaded work) and The Behance Network app (a streamlined experience of the site).[no citations needed here]
ProSite is a personal portfolio site builder that syncs with the Behance Network. Members of the Behance Network use ProSite to build and customize portfolio websites that live on their own URL. These sites display members’ projects from the Behance Network in a personalized environment including customizable pages.  As of May 2013, ProSite has been a feature of Adobe Creative Cloud memberships.
Content from the Behance Network gets fed into a network of sites called the Served sites, which display work in specific categories such as fashion, industrial design, and typography. In September 2010, more were added, including branding, digital art and toy design. In April 2012, advertising, art, architecture and more were added as categories.
Action Method was a productivity methodology targeting creative professionals. It included a line of paper products and online application called Action Method Online. In 2013, Behance decided to end support for Action Method software and began selling their paper products through other online retailers.
99U (formerly The 99%) is a blog and sister site of Behance. The blog features articles, videos, and "The Workbook" focused on being a creative professional, attempting to provide the "missing curriculum" on how to make ideas happen.Template:Vague Since 2008, 99U has hosted the 99U Conference in New York City in an attempt to share insights and stories about idea execution.[no citations needed here] Past speakers have included Jack Dorsey, Beth Comstock, John Maeda, Tony Fadell, Seth Godin, Stefan Sagmeister, Paula Scher, Jonathan Adler, Marc Ecko and Sebastian Thrun.[no citations needed here] The name 99U comes from the Thomas Edison quote that "Genius is 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration."[no citations needed here]
Portfolio Review Week
Portfolio Review Weeks are a bi-annual gathering of creatives across the world. With over 800 events in 30 countries since 2012, Portfolio Reviews bring creative communities together offline and give attendees an opportunity to showcase their work and meet other local creatives. [no citations needed here]
- 2009 Silicon Alley Insider Award Nominee – Most Loved Product or Service
- 2011 & 2012 Webby Award Winner (The 99%) – Best Cultural Blog
- 2013 Webby Award Winner - Self Promotion/Portfolio
- 2014 Webby Award Winner - Best Navigation/Structure
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