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Timeout with Robert Padbury

Timeouts are lightning-quick interviews, five questions to help you get to know the players holding court at Dribbble. Thanks to Robert for being this week’s interviewee.

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

Robert PadburyI am an Australian/American designer. I grew up in Melbourne, Australia, but for the last 10 years I’ve called San Francisco my home. I recently left Apple, where I was a designer working primarily on the iLife apps for Mac and iOS for 3 years. Prior to that, I had worked with startups like Stipple, DoubleTwist, Tapulous, Cooliris, Delicious Monster, and Gaia Interactive.

Typically I work on both visual and interactive components of software. I also do more traditional graphic design, such as identity work.

What are you working on?

Right now I run my own one-person design studio. Companies work with me to do anything from design strategy, identity design, as well as software design. I’m also collaborating with other designers on projects, which is very exciting. Currently I’m running a Kickstarter project for my minimalist Atelier Playing Cards, which has been incredibly successful so far.

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

Padbury Clock Screen Saver

My favorite shot is the Padbury Clock Screen Saver which marks the end of an almost two-year absence from Dribbble. I love this shot for many reasons. The biggest one is that its simplicity absolutely betrays the complex process of creating it.

I spent weeks obsessing over the typography and the different information I could include (at one point it included the day and date). When I finally had decided to use Helvetica Neue Ultralight, I didn’t like using the colon character as the time separator. I tried many different options until I finally decided to drop it all together. The result is just large, beautiful numbers.

Even for the accompanying website, I pushed myself to create a website that was as simple as the screensaver. There’s so much temptation to put share links, hashtags, icons, and all sorts of things on a webpage. It was incredibly difficult to just say “no,” and have the screensaver illustrated, and the text to download.

Although most people know me for my work on textures, 3D, and rendered objects, my original design style was geometric, rationalist, and minimalist. My “R” logo that I use as my avatar [see above] is a great example of this.

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

The original screensaver was made with Quartz Composer. For the final shot, I created the computer and representation of the screensaver in Photoshop. Normally my tools and setup are a bit different. For sketching and idea creation, I use a Mont Blanc mechanical pencil and a Fabriano dotted grid A4 notepad. I also keep Field Notes notebooks on me at all times. Digitally, I’m on a 15” MacBook Pro with Retina Display with a Magic Mouse. I typically work in Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, and Keynote. I also use some specialized software like Icon Slate, and Slicy for production.

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Motion 4.0 App Icon

Motion Icon by Brian Frick. Brian’s work is incredible, and this icon is one of my favorites of all time. The concept is genius and the execution is sublime. His work, including this icon, inspired me to become an icon designer. Although this style is going out of fashion, I think this one in particular represents the highest form of artistry in icons.

Find Robert at Dribbble, on Twitter, and at www.padbury.me.

Timeout with Moran Goldstein

Timeouts are lightning-quick interviews, five questions to help you get to know the players holding court at Dribbble. Thank you to Moran for being today’s interviewee.

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

Moran Goldstein My name is Moran Goldstein, I’m a designer/developer from Israel. Over the past 15 years I’ve worked on physical product design, product/process visualizations, digital art, and pretty much anything that relates to 3D. These days I mostly work as a freelancer.

What are you working on?

Lately I’ve been fortunate to work on projects which combine design and development, like engineering animations and data-driven visualizations.

I have an ongoing “project” (loosely speaking) to develop methodologies and tools which allow taking engineering content (from software like SolidWorks, AutoCAD, and Inventor) and easily port it into 3D graphics software for animated visualizations and infographics. I find that many seemingly-complex processes and mechanisms can be easily understood if they are just presented correctly.

Recently I’ve also had the chance to work on sci-fi-related game content, which is enormously creative and freeing (since I’m designing gadgets that don’t actually have to work…).

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Clockwork

Probably Clockwork, in part because it’s fun to see people’s initial reaction to it. When I personally show it to someone they often ask if it’s an optical illusion — it’s not, the helical gears really do mesh and connect in a working fashion. If someone were to construct it, moving any one of the gears would make the other two rotate like in the animation.

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

I’m a PC user, always have been. I like selecting the specific hardware that suites the job, and tweaking/optimizing my computers to get the most out of them. I use a very wide range of software. On the engineering side, I use Autodesk Inventor, AutoCAD, and SolidWorks. For 2D I use Inkscape, Illustrator, Gimp, and PaintShop Pro. Lately I create most non-precision 3D content in Blender, and render in Cycles. I also use KeyShot for some product rendering.

I actually have a couple of blowtorches. I love making things and working with metal. I also dabble in chemistry, so blowtorches come in handy.

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This one’s practically impossible, but I can mention one that stuck with me: Game of thrones. Blood and fire, by Sasha Vinogradova. Really his entire implementation of the house seals from Game of Thrones — he outdid the originals, by a significant margin.

Find Moran at Dribbble and at www.rapidflux.com.

Timeout with Jeff Broderick

Timeouts are lightning-quick interviews, five questions to help you get to know the players holding court at Dribbble. Thanks to Jeff for being today’s interviewee.

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

Jeff BroderickMy name is Jeff Broderick and I am the Creative Director at a startup in San Francisco called ShopSavvy. I was born in Connecticut and moved to Dallas when I was about 9. As a child I had always wanted to be an architect for some reason. After getting to college I realized quickly that architecture isn’t my passion and product/design is my passion. I studied advertising and computer engineering at the University of North Texas and quit about three years in. After leaving college, I joined a marketing communications company in Dallas, where I spent most of my time learning, doing both design and development.

My career really took off when I moved to San Francisco in 2009-2010. I was able to spend 70-80 percent of my time designing while working with many startups like AppMakr, Swipely, SocialCam, and many more. After a couple years I became a partner in a small design agency working with companies like Adobe, BubbleBlitz, Redux and others. Then, finally, I settled down at ShopSavvy.

What are you working on?

I am currently working on iOS, Android and web designs for the new ShopSavvy. I’m also working on setting up a large, global hack-a-thon.

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Picking a favorite is quite hard. I am the type of guy who generally likes and am proud of just about everything I have worked on. I like pouring passion into my designs and giving them my all, so I am pretty attached to all of my designs.

This one [Asset Creation Process] is one of my favorites because I really enjoy sharing my process. I love learning how others work and finding ways to improve my own process to be a better designer.

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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I have a spec-ed out 15” MacBook Pro with Retina display, though I am not a huge fan of it. At work, I plug into a Thunderbolt display and a 13” Wacom Cintiq. I am primarily in Photoshop but also frequent apps like Skala View, Slicy, Spotify, Tweetbot, and Sparrow. At home, I have a Thunderbolt display at my desk, but hardly use it. There is something nice about working on the couch, in front of the TV, with low pressure. :)

I have 2 pairs of AKG K 550 headphones for both home and work. I have tried so many headphones in my days and this is by far my favorite. I also have 2 Razer Mamba mice for both home and work. I have also tried so many different mice, and I have found that gaming mice have the best accuracy and the Mamba is a very simple/comfortable mouse with great accuracy.

… and of course my horrible addiction with Coke.

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This was probably more difficult than picking my one of my own favorite shots. I really only picked this one [Untitled iOS/iPhone synth app waveforms] because it’s one of my favorites from Mikael Eidenberg, but that guy is my hero. All of his work is simple yet very physical. I love the combination of real elements mixed with UI and I think he consistently balances it perfectly. I still think this is the direction UI will be going, a mixture of flat and physical items.

Find Jeff at Dribbble, on Twitter, and at brdrck.me.

Timeout with Mike/Creative Mints

Timeouts are lightning-quick interviews, five questions to help you get to know the players holding court at Dribbble. Thanks to Mike for being today’s interviewee.

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

Mike | Creative Mints Hey! My name is Mike. I live and work in Prague, Czech Republic. I’m a bit of a travel freak though, so you can bump into me in totally random towns and countries.

What are you working on?

My passion is website and app design but lately I’ve been spending a lot of time creating illustrations. I love diversity and I think that different types of design really complement each other. Look around and keep your mind open, you know.

At this very moment I’m busy designing a few really cool game apps, will surely show them to Dribbble folk soon!

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OK that’s always a tough question. I guess if I had to pick one it would be this one Ui Kit (Metro). I see some synergy of my favorite design ideas here: cleanness, eye-catching colors, simple and intuitive structure and some unique feel. That’s what I strive for in all of my designs.

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My setup is fairly standard, no gimmicks here. Simple pen and paper, a camera, Copic markers, Faber Castell pencils. Oh well, I forgot this guy — Cintique24HD by Wacom, love it! The rest is pretty traditional, you can see my armory in many of my shots, I often take pictures of my workplace.

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Map pins — heart. I am a big fan of Eddie (Lobanovskiy) in general and I like how masterfully he can present even the simplest concepts. His shots are always different and he never rests on his laurels. Simply put, “like!”

Find Mike at Dribbble, on Twitter, and at Creative Mints.

Timeout with Brian Edward Miller

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

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

imageMy name is Brian Edward Miller and I’m the owner and illustrator behind Orlin Culture Shop. I was born and raised in Colorado and ventured off to California to attend Biola University, where I majored in graphic design and minored in Biblical studies.

After a 10+ year career in graphic and interactive design, my wife and I returned to Colorado and eventually launched Orlin Culture Shop, a venture I’d been itching to start for years. I now provide custom illustration services and on any given day can be found in my office drawing robots, magicians, mountain landscapes, sea monsters, and much more!

What are you working on?

I just finished up a number of Christmas illustrations for Adobe Inspire Magazine and GQ Magazine Germany, and am illustrating my first picture book for Penguin Publishing (due out in Summer 2014). I’m also writing and drawing my own book which I hope to have published next year.

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Choosing a favorite shot is difficult because I appreciate different aspects of every piece and they are each my answer to tough visual challenges. If I had to choose, I’d say either one of my Auto Shot illustrations.

These were the illustrations where I really found my voice as an illustrator and I’ve been amazed at the opportunities that have come through them. It really showed me the value of creating work I love and the power of sharing with online communities like Dribbble.

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While a blowtorch would certainly feel more cathartic than my typical array of tools, my setup is much more mundane.

I typically start with rough sketches on paper using pencils and an assortment of inking tools (brushes, markers, basically anything that I have to mark black). From there I head to Photoshop where I’ll create the piece from start to finish using a Wacom Cintiq. For the Auto Shots illustrations, I worked 100 percent in Photoshop start to finish without preliminary paper sketches. I started with small color compositions and then moved to producing the final illustrations.

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For my favorite shot, I’ve chosen Josh Emrich’s Grimm Brothers Farmer’s Daughter Oktoberfest.

I am a huge fan of Josh’s work because he pours so much love, knowledge, and attention to detail into every aspect of his pieces. He’s a true craftsman and I find that level of artistic care and concern inspiring. He’s also the reason I began appreciating craft brews. I ended up buying a bunch of the beers he worked on and came to appreciate the brews as much as the labels.

Find Brian on Dribbble, on Twitter, and at Orlin Culture Shop.

Timeout with Derrick Castle

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

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

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My name is Derrick Castle, I’m a Nashville-based graphic designer/illustrator. I’ve been working as an in-house graphic designer for a Fortune 100 company for over a decade. Recently I’ve been putting more and more focus on my freelance career working for major merchandising companies, retailers and agencies. All the while building my own brand, with a focus on primitive printing techniques like block printing.

What are you working on?

I’m currently spending a lot of time exploring block printing. I’ve been hitting the local Nashville market with my prints and T-shirts through the craft fair scene. I believe this has been a turning point in my career, making connections on a local level and wholesaling my prints in local storefronts. I’m currently working on a Kentucky Bluegrass print in celebration of our friends to the north in Bourbon Country.

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It’s hard for me to pick a favorite shot of my own. I don’t want to sound like a narcissist but I guess I’d have to say The Hands That Built America - Carving maybe? The thing that I like about this shot is it really captures the process of block printing. It’s a therapeutic but time-consuming process. This shot shows all the thin slithers of carved linoleum and the heads-down approach to block printing.

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Depending what I’m working on, I have different sets of tools. I’ll focus on block printing. I start out with pencil and paper in order to capture my idea. Working with my initial sketch, I tweak and get it to the point where I’m happy, then flip the drawing to its mirrored image for relief printing. Sometimes I use tracing paper to do this but if I’m feeling lazy, I’ll scan and flip the canvas in Photoshop. From there I trace the image onto a linoleum block using carbon transfer. Next I ink the block with my Faber-Castell brush pens, then carve the negative space using block carving tools. When it’s time to print, I use stock from my favorite paper company, French Paper Co., and print using Speedball block printing inks. I hang each print to dry using twine and clothespins. That’s pretty much it!

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I wish I could choose more than one. There are so many different Dribbblers’ work that I enjoy, everything from detailed illustration to simplistic marks and typography. If I have to pick just one, I’d have to go with a recent favorite, The Return of Bald Eagles by Jacqui Oakley. I just love love love Jacqui’s beautiful graphic paintings and I discovered her work here on Dribbble. I think what I enjoy most about her work is the technique that she uses. It’s like nothing I’ve ever seen before. This shot displays so much in the way of technical skill, color theory and composition. Just wonderful work!

Find Derrick at Dribbble, on Twitter, at Straw Castle.

Timeout with Marusha Belle

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

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

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I’m a girl, illustrator and designer from Russia. I was born in Moscow and now I’m living and working here. I love to draw sweet and cute illustrations, patterns and logotypes.

What are you working on?

Now, I’m working on a few big and interesting projects and I hope to show the results of my work very soon.

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It’s so difficult because, when I’m working, I’m always working hard and I really love very much what I’m doing. I have many inspirations in the process and have a lot of pictures … but when my work is finished, I’m always dissatisfied with something and I find too many mistakes to say that is my favorite illustration or picture! Well, very rarely I like one of my pictures for a few days, but no more. I choose this shot (Bird Holiday Pattern), because so far I like this work.

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I really love this combination: iPad + Adobe Ideas + Wacom’s Bamboo Stylus. Firstly I have been drawing something in my sketchbook, than I open my sketch in Adobe Ideas and beginning to draw in vector. Always I have been using Adobe Illustrator.

Here is a complete list of my favorite tools: iPad2, iPhone 4S (I take a shot of my sketches), Wacom’s Bamboo Stylus, MacBook Pro 15” with Retina display, Wacom Intuos5 medium, Adobe Ideas, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, sketchbook, Drawliners and watercolor.

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‘How the Whale got his Throat’ by Rudyard Kipling by Steve Simpson. This is one of my favorite shots. This artist is really great, I think, his works are very inspiring and awesome. I like how he’s working with typography, colors, factures and workspace.

Find Marusha on Dribbble, Twitter, and at Marusha Belle Illustrations.

Timeout with Pam Wishbow

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

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

image My name is Pam Wishbow, I live in Seattle, Washington after bouncing around the country for the past few years. I’m a freelance illustrator and stay-at-home cat parent.

What are you working on?

Right now, lots of painting commissions but my secret exciting project is one for a stationery company where I get to draw a whole ton of witch things that my inner eight year old is completely freaking out over. Skulls, spiders, and eyeballs everywhere.

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Ink Paintings. This guy is probably one of my favorites. I’m really proud of getting over my fear of ink and this is one of the first times I felt confident enough to just go to town with ink and have it come out looking pretty awesome. I’ve looked at it a bunch since I posted it as visual courage for other projects I’ve been working on.

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This was done on wood board that I’ve painted on a couple of times now, never being very happy with what was there before. So wood board, a couple of roughly sanded layers of paint, a lot of ink and some of the faintest pencil lines I could get were all I really used. I discovered sandpaper and pigments can create some beautiful textures because of this piece. It helps that my desk is at a window because of all of the sanding, it still means everything I own is usually covered in dust though. The picture of my clean desk is a total lie.

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My life by Allison Kerek. I’m in love with this shot, I’m pretty enthralled with everything this girl does, to be honest. This piece is less bizarre than some of her work, but it gets to the point. I love when people can show a person when all of the human proportions are messed up and crazy. It makes me laugh, it’s well done and super creative. I distinctly remember sending it to friends when it showed up on my homepage.

Timeout with Ryan Hamrick

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

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

imageMy name’s Ryan Hamrick, and I’m a letterer, designer, writer and speaker based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I draw letters for a living for use in branding, apparel, advertising and just about anything else. I’m also the founder and design partner of the best-selling Twitter app on the BlackBerry platform, Blaq.

What are you working on?

I’m just now wrapping up a few awesome advertising projects with Target, Capital One and Samsung. I’ve always got a few branding gigs going on at any given time, but aside from that, I have a ton of ideas for a streetwear brand that I hope to have a little more time to develop now.

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I guess if I had to choose one, I’d go with the fun little GIF I put together of me lettering “#Bucketlist” for the Capital One project. If it’s not apparent from a quick look through my profile, I like to try to throw out tips here and there on how I do my work.

Being self-taught, I went through countless hours of trial and error, and while looking back I think I’m happy for that, I always feel like if I can save someone else a little time and frustration, why wouldn’t I?

Studying videos of how others used speed and pressure to execute lettering pieces like this was always one of the more helpful things for me, so I was glad to be able to do one of my own.

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I always told myself that if I were ever honored with a Dribbble Timeout feature, I’d have done something cool as shit with a blowtorch by then and be ready for this question. I want you to know that if I owned a blowtorch right now, I’d not be sending an answer to this one until I came up with something.

Instead, I just have a pretty basic setup. Aside from my computers, tablet and art supplies, everything else was either free, made by me, or purchased from IKEA for a total of about $100. The specific brush pen I used in the Bucketlist shot was a Pentel Fude Touch Sign Pen on the cheap white Staples printer paper I use 99% of the time.

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Oh man, this is so tough. To make this meaningful, I’m going to have to go with one of the first pieces I remember seeing that _really _made me decide to try my hand at lettering a couple of years ago. The New York Skateboard shot from my buddy Simon Ålander just made me want to lock myself in a room and not come out again until I had matched his skill. It’s almost two years later now, and I’ve come out for food and water a couple times, but I think I’m finally starting get somewhat close.

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.

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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.

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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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