Timeout with Bethany Heck

Timeouts are lightning-quick interviews. Five questions to help you get to know the players holding court at Dribbble. Many thanks to Bethany for being today’s interviewee.

Who are you? Let us know where you hail from and what you do.

imageMy name is Bethany Heck and I’m a designer living and working in Columbia, South Carolina. My day job is designing responsive websites for Cyberwoven, and I do freelance and personal projects on my own time, which tend to be print and identity work.

What are you working on?

Right now I’m working on growing my baseball company, the Eephus League, with more goods and trying to explore new ways of telling baseball stories on the web. I’m also working on a web app to help my own design process and poking at new designs for my portfolio, which is woefully out of date.

Choose a favorite shot of yours. Tell us why it’s a favorite.

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The shot of the Eephus League Magazine site is my favorite, because it was the first time I’d ever had something really take off on Dribbble and it was a wonderful affirmation that the idea was successful. When I made the site, I hoped a few hundred eyeballs would see it and appreciate it. I tossed it up on Dribbble one morning at work and when I came back an hour later it had already crossed 1,000 views, and it got a lot of attention I had never dreamed it would get. It’s really special when you are unsure about a design and have the community not only respond to it positively, but help it grow out into other venues.

Tell us about your setup. What tools did you use to create the shot (e.g. hardware, software, pens, paper, blowtorch)?

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Unless I’m at my day job, I do all my work on my retina Macbook Pro. I actually design sites in InDesign instead of Photoshop, and the Eephus Magazine in particular really needed the setup InDesign provides. I code in Dreamweaver, not because it’s good, but because I’ve been using it for over a decade and anytime I try to switch to something else it breaks my brain. I wish I could say I sketched designs out with some fancy pencil in some fancy notebook, but as my drawing professor told me I have “no natural talent” when it comes to doing things by hand. Thank goodness for computers!

Choose a favorite shot from another player. Tell us why you dig it.

Gah, this is tough! There are so many players that inspire me every day. If I’m selecting one from recent history, then it’s All Things Fried & Boiled by the lovely ladies at Stitch.

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I’m not sure there’s a group of people making work I love more than Stitch’s, and this shot lives up to their high standards. I love the feel of the typography; how light and loose it is and that the name is on a gentle arch. I want some of that seasoning, stat!

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