Showcasing your work as a creative has always been an important aspect of your job. You’re showing your work, and it’s important to do this right. Behance is trying to facilitate this need with their new profiles.
Behance was bought by Adobe 6 years ago, just after Behance launched the ability to use your web domain as an address and for you to use it as your portfolio manager. It’s now Adobe Portfolio, and it’s a way to share your work. You can still link your work on Behance through to your portfolio and display what you want at any given time, and depending on the client you are sharing it with, but it doesn't have the social ability Behance as a platform has. And let’s be frank, social networks is where your work is liked, shared, and fits into feeds and people's daily lives.
If you subscribe to Adobe CC you have Behance and Adobe Portfolio included. Now, they have updated the look and feel of the profile pages. They have also had stories for a while, trying to do the same as Instagram, Snap, and YouTube have done. You can upload a header image, and the general idea is for you to have the option of sending clients directly to your Behance profile. There they’ll be able to see your work, your interaction and your Behance Awards, and if they are Behance users, follow you.
What's more, is that to search categories, they’ve changed to using hashtags, so it’s possible to search #photography, or #architecture now, which makes it much more interactive. It works like most sites using hashtags does now. The project thumbnails are also larger, which is great for image-based social networks.
I like the change, and I think they have realized there is a lot of potential with the social aspect of creative work, and like Github and Dribbble are the social networks for User Interface Design and Graphic Design, they’re trying to be a creative hub for all the creatives making work they want the world to see.
The only think I don't like is that the top banner image has very strange dimensions. I don’t know how it all will integrate with each other, but I don’t think it’s going to be a sudden change. It’s going to change slowly, and, according to me the new Behance profile is the start of it all.
What portfolio platform do you use?