The Power of Creative Communities

The new age is about connection. Whether it’s connecting people to each other, businesses to businesses, businesses to people…  that’s where the real value is created. Like-minded creative people connecting as groups or networks, rather than working in isolation, or individuals collaborating around the world, creates a powerful force that will lead change.

The Behance Network is an on-line portfolio platform for creative professionals in a variety of disciplines, including photography, fashion, graphic design and illustration. Organizations such as AIGA, Adweek and MTV have partnered with The Behance Network to create galleries of creative work and they also have galleries for design education institutions such as Rhode Island School of Design, Art Center College of Design and School of Visual Arts. Scott Belsky, Founder & CEO has been included in Fast Company Magazine’s “100 Most Creative People in Business”.

Behance kicked off their Portfolio Reviews last week at Grind in New York and showcased five creatives. It provided an opportunity to share and receive feedback, with break-out sessions and plenty of wine, beer and networking.

Credits: Top left: Julian Hibbard. Below left: The New Cruelty. Top middle: Navid Barity. Below middle: Barry Orkin. Far right: Matt Carr.

The artists and group discussed where their inspiration came from, the power of storytelling, the challenges of art in the commercial world, copyright and social media, the art of seeing things from different angles, imagining the big picture… among many other interesting talking points. There was real value in sharing and discussing art and creativity, insights, ideas, experiences and challenges with a diverse bunch of interesting people. Real people having real conversation, connecting on creativity.

Networks of creative people have the power to lead change, pursuing a common dream, a bigger picture, should individuals want to join (or create) these communities and inspire the future.