Connect & Empower Your Creative Mind with Bēhance

Much like writers, designers and developers can experience a period of time when they can’t access their inspiration or bring themselves to create new work. This creative block can be brought on by a mental block, an emotional barrier, personal problems or even communication breakdowns.

Adobe has done their best to build their creative community with multiple mobile apps, allowing for easy access and shareable content between team members. They even have an app (and webpage), dedicated to inspiration and sharing projects between Adobe users.

Behance gives you the opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at the minds of other creatives in the Adobe community. With the capability to explore millions of design projects created by designers all over the world, Behance is the answer to my creative block and encourages me to try new projects every day.

Discover
Upon signing into Behance, you are encouraged to follow as many creative fields as you would like from the following list:

  • Graphic Design
  • Typography
  • Packaging
  • Branding
  • Editorial
  • Infographic
  • Poster
  • Exhibition & Signage
  • Logo
  • Music Packaging

All content posted is tagged under these categories.

Now that you are following different fields from the industry, Behance turns the landing page into a sea of innovative and inspirational posts from other creatives. As you browse through different projects, you can appreciate other artists content with the thumbs up icon and establish creative connections in the Adobe community.

You also have the option to search through content based on creative tools, by schools and organizations or through curated galleries.

Live
Behance offers a live video blog with scheduled tutorials and a live chat to encourage you to ask questions. Learn new ideas, techniques and trends from Adobe professionals on a daily basis. They keep an updated schedule available for you at all times, so you never miss an opportunity to better your skills.

Profile
Your Behance Profile is more than just a picture and a short ‘about you’ section. Behance offers you the opportunity to show off your skills, your work experience and even your references. You are able to create a shareable portfolio and even apply for jobs. The profile tab also gives you access to statistics of views and appreciations of your projects.

Behance gives you the freedom to showcase your designs and imagination while feeding your creative inspiration. Check out the Behance website today or download the app below.

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Inspiration in Your Pocket: The Subtle Art of Adobe Capture CC

As a Graphic Design student, Adobe Capture CC has quickly become my most reliable ally. Capture is part of Adobe’s mobile App family and easily the most beneficial for designers on the go. In 2016, Adobe combined four of its mobile asset building tools into one, forming a single app that can capture colours, patterns, materials, brushes, and shapes.

Adobe Capture CC opened the door to unlimited possibilities. With a few simple clicks on your mobile device, you can now create project assets from anywhere that are accessible all across Adobe’s mobile and desktop apps.

 

Shapes

Originally, the shapes function was the reason I downloaded this App. Capture takes your sketchbook doodles and instantly turns them into vector shapes, you can also create shapes from high contrast photos.

Quick tip: Make sure to outline your doodles with a dark coloured marker before using the app, it will pick up the lines and curves easier.

 

Colour Themes

It’s so simple, just point and shoot for colour themes. Pulling colours from the real world has never been so easy. Snap a picture in the moment or use a picture from your camera roll on your phone and let Capture do the rest. Six movable circles will show up on the screen, once you’re happy with the colours picked, you can save your colour theme and use it over and over from your CC Library.

 

Patterns

Create new and authentic patterns using the digital kaleidoscope with the Pattern tool. Select one of five geometric real time templates at the top of the screen and move your camera around until you find exactly what you’re looking for. The app prompts you to refine your pattern before saving it to your CC Library.

Furthermore, Capture goes above and beyond by building  textures and materials in seconds and also allows you to create customized brushes, forever creating original and authentic designs.

To top this digital sundae off with the perfect cherry, all assets created in Capture are instantly saved to your Creative Cloud Library making them accessible in all of your Adobe mobile and desktop apps. Creating genuinely original designs has never been so simple.

Adobe Capture CC is a designers dream and it fits right in your pocket.

There is more information available on Adobe’s website:

https://www.adobe.com/products/capture.html

Gotta Catch ‘Em All

Foursquare meets Pokemon. Interested yet?

Locanimals is a mobile game in development by a team of five from Carnegie Mellon University (along with a couple advisers from the faculty) and the goal is to make real-world travel more interesting for an in-game reward. Rather than wandering around fictional realms based on Japanese districts to collect colourful digital pets, Locanimals requires you to get out the door and explore the world for real.

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The first step, of course, is to check-in at a location on your mobile device. Considering how many people do this via Facebook, Google+, or Foursquare on a daily basis, this obviously isn’t too taxing. For the initial concept run, the locations will be limited to places in Pittsburgh, but if the idea takes off it could well expand well into the rest of the world.

Once you’re checked in, you may as well be in a real world Pokemon area. You have the opportunity to try catching the Locanimals at your location, collect points to level up Locanimals you already own, or even battle other people checked in at the same location!

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While at its core Locanimals is a light-hearted concept game that may never evolve beyond Pittsburgh, the idea behind it is much more interesting, and ties into a few other concepts that embody an upcoming philosophy in game design. Locanimals ties heavily into the real world, much beyond other half-hearted attempts like Nintendo’s Streetpass. To get a creature you really want, you might have to venture out to a coffee shop on the east side of town instead of grinding for it in your basement. Once there you may be pushed, through Locanimal battles, to meet someone you never otherwise would have, gleaning some insight into their daily life through their individual Locanimals. In playing this game you’re encouraged to explore the world around you and connect with people near you rather than roaming a digital world with the avatars of people you may never get to see in person.

Digital games are rapidly becoming a part of everyday life for nearly everyone living in developed countries, even if they don’t play them personally. Whether it’s through friends, family, or just popular media, exposure to games is a constant for nearly everyone. Now is certainly the time to start breaking down the preconceptions that video games are for shut-ins, that they aren’t social, that they don’t foster connections to other people. These ideas are all untrue, and few games have a concept that so thoroughly breaks them down as the quirky Locanimals.