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What do a Graphic Designer in Karachi, Pakistan, a photographer in Treviso, Italy, an Illustrator in Bogota, Colombia and an Art Director in Montreal, Canada all have in common? They represent just a portion of the 4,000 creatives worldwide to participate in Behance Portfolio Review week kicked off at Grind NYC on Tuesday, May 15. The event turnout was just one remarkable aspect of the event series described by Sarah Rapp, Behance Community Manager as being “designed to help people up their game by sharing and getting feedback on creative work at an in-person critique event.”

The quantity and diversity of participating communities was another, spanning multiple creative disciplines including graphic design (print and web), photography and illustration, at 153 events (confirmed events, actual numbers probably higher) across 422 cities worldwide.

Behance-Portfolio-week.jpgOnline response and engagement was equally impressive, demonstrating another example of strong online communities successfully mobilizing offline. Rapp noted “There was an explosive response, with over 2,000 tweets tagged with #BehanceReviews popping up before and during events, 1,400 tagged photos on Flickr, and hundreds of real-time Instagram uploads,” adding that meetings occurred “everywhere from studios to conference halls to cultural centers” adding that “some well-known names in the creative world opened their offices and hosted events, including IDEO, Ogilvy, JWT, and Bruce Mau Design.”

But, numbers alone don’t really tell the whole story. After my pre-event interview with Rapp I was motivated to host a Behance Portfolio Review myself. The talent and energy exhibited was truly inspiring. With the help of materials and format guidelines provided to organizers by Behance, a mix of creatives at every level (some of whom had never met online or offline), came together to meet, share, give and receive feedback on their work.

Attendees expressed excitement on everything from using critique to make changes to their portfolio to getting an opportunity to meet other Behance members in person. As graphic and web designer Victoria Pugh tweeted “Using the info from @Behance reviews to make changes to my own stuff. Very inspiring.” Designer and illustrator, Dimitris Kanellopoulos tweeted “it was nice to put a face on the avatars after so many years.”

A compilation of reviews around the world can be seen on Pinterest here. For those who may have missed the official event dates, there’s still a chance to participate— and Etsy will be hosting an event at headquarters on May 31 in New York City.

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