In the growing world of social media there are still few options for creatives to get the word out about their work and make new connections with other designers in the industry. But there is one site in particular called Behance, that has created a wonderful platform for creatives from all over the world to showcase their work and possibly even find their next job opportunity! With Fortune 500 companies like Apple and Amazon recruiting designers through this site, it’s further encouragement for the students here at Platt College San Diego to start showcasing their work on this social media platform. Recently, Platt College partnered with Behance to host our first ever Behance Portfolio Review event on May 17th. This event was an excellent opportunity for San Diego designers, current students, alumni and employers to network and share their creative portfolios all through the Behance website!
To kick off the event we reached out to Social Media Expert and San Diego local, James Hickey, to be our keynote speaker. His knowledge on social media and branding yourself online as a creative was a great way to start the day. From there we introduced our VIP panel of industry professionals that included employees from Sony Online, LJG Partners, Session Wise, Retail Habitats and even several of our Platt College teachers. These VIP’s met one on one with our students to give them helpful and honest feedback on their portfolio work. While students took turns meeting with our VIP’s they were also split up in to individual groups to present with a small group of peers to share their work and receive useful feedback as well. After the presentations were completed most of the guests stayed for networking and refreshments in our courtyard. This gave the students more opportunities to talk to the VIP industry professionals, as well as other San Diego creatives who found out about our event through Behance, Meetup.com and Facebook.Platt College was thrilled to be able to organize such a fun and inspiring event for local San Diego creatives and our students. Be sure to follow us on Facebook to stay informed about future events here at Platt.
Special thanks to our event organizers, Kimberly Harbert (Director of Marketing & Admissions), Natasha Englehardt (Social Media Coordinator) and Claudia Ferreira (Admissions Administrative Assistant).
VIP Industry ProfessionalsAdam Jones
Partner & Director of Operations,Retail HabitatsAdam’s broad industry experience includes Brand Development, Project Management, SEM, SEO, Email Marketing, Website Usability and Copywriting for the likes of Maaco, TED, Blink Energy Water, Cabinets To Go and Societe Brewing Co. He also acted as Project Manager during the development of Platt’s very own platt.edu website!
Adam’s current venture, Retail Habitats, focuses on the branding and design of businesses both physical and digital. Founded on the philosophy of helping entrepreneurs large and small tell the story of their brands in compelling and profitable ways, RE+HAB creates commercial environments where people naturally want to shop. Their team of design professionals are masters at converting the apathetic to the addicted through a multitude of media that will inspire customer loyalty from point of entry to point of sale – and beyond!Andre Padilla
Audio Visual Producer,Sony OnlineAndre is a Platt College alumni and is currently the A/V Producer for Sony Online here in San Diego.Joe Shoopack
Director of Artistic Development,Sony OnlineJoe is the Director of Artistic Development for Sony Online Entertainment with studios in San Diego and Austin.
He works to facilitate cross studio solutions and maintain high art quality standards for all SOE titles.
Joe is involved with academic programs in a mentoring and advisory capacity and helps define career paths for artists within SOE.
He has developed Massively Multiplayer Online games and single player games since 1988 on platforms ranging from the PS3 back to Atari 7800. He has worked with Sony since 1997.
He holds a BFA in illustration from Brigham Young University and has shipped over 50 game titles.Steve Stadwiser
Founder/CEO,SessionwiseWeb designer, Front-end developer and WordPress developer with over 15 years of experience. Steve specialize in “responsive” web design/development and custom WordPress development. He also designed Platt’s latest responsive website, so platt.edu is view-able on all devices.Gina Von der Kret
Partner/Creative Director,LJG PartnersGina currently serves as Creative Director at LJG Partners, a San Diego based interactive agency and is co-founder of The Standard Print, a non-profit start up that celebrates art house films.
With over 16 years of experience in digital communications and interactive online marketing, Gina’s design is dedicated to inspiring creative and innovative thinking for strategic marketing initiatives for her clients. Having a strong design background and expertise in developing branded online experiences, she has worked with notable brands such as; Sony Pictures Entertainment, Paramount Pictures, ABC Studios at the Ranch, NBC Universal, Hilton Hotels, Boeing, Pardee Homes, and many more.
Gina is very excited about her latest endeavor The Standard Print, which she sees as a perfect opportunity to blend her flair for business with her dedication to fostering and promoting creativity in her community.James Hickey
Internet Marketing Coaching Program,Business Digital Marketing ConsultantJames is one of the top leaders in the Internet marketing industry for Business Owners, Entrepreneurs and Startup Companies. He provides his clients with a proven Digital, Internet Marketing and Social Media Marketing Blueprint.Richard Morris
Graphic Design Teacher,
Platt College San DiegoFrank Luna
Digital Video Production Teacher,
Platt College San DiegoMark Escobar
Digital Video Production Teacher,
Platt College San DiegoPortfolio PresentersOscar Singh
Daryck CaldemeyerRoom CoordinatorsDavid Bittorf
Thanks to Behance for sharing our event photos on their Flickr account as well!
Behance Portfolio Reviews at Platt College was last modified: December 4th, 2015 by Natasha Englehardt