1. Where do you go for creative inspiration? Name a physical place and somewhere on the web.
Thomas Jefferson Memorial – It has, in my opinion, one of the best views in DC and you can usually find a quiet place to sit and take it in.
I hate to say it, but I always start with Pinterest when I need some inspiration. I start on my feed, see what my creative friends are sharing, and that always leads down a good rabbit hole. The great part about Pinterest, for me, is that it leads to so many different creative outlets that I wouldn’t have navigated to on my own.
2. What is your favorite LookThink memory?
Am I allowed to tell the story of how I first learned about LookThink? My favorite memory is really the day Lee and I connected on the phone for the first time. I think I got 4 words in the whole conversation. Lee has a real way with words. I thought he was a crazy person when I answered the phone, but by the time I hung up, I knew I wanted to work at LookThink. I couldn’t wait to come visit the office. So I guess the memory is really the feeling I got, when I hung up the phone that day.
3. If you could have dinner with anyone (living or dead), who would it be and why?
Andy Warhol – Not so much have dinner with, as much as, hang out with. I would love to watch him work in the Factory and pick his brain, or go to a party with him and see where the night took us.
4. What’s your can’t-live-without-it app?
Facebook – Another one I hate to admit, but it keeps me connected to my family. I have 3 younger siblings, spread out to Maine, Maryland and France. The most reliable way we can communicate with each other is unfortunately Facebook. I know that if I send any of them a Facebook message, they’ll see it with 24 hours.. it’s more reliable than getting them to answer their phones even!
5. If Bethany today could go back in time and give one piece of advice to Little Bethany, what would it be?
Take a chill pill – My fellow Lookthinkers, I think, see me as totally calm and collected. Very mellow and even tempered. I promise you that’s not really how I am on the inside, and younger me, wow, she did not know how to chill out. I would stress out about everything. I always felt like every decision I made could lead to the end of my little world. In reality, I could have let a lot more things roll off my shoulders, and I probably would had an easier time getting through grade school, if I had.
6. You’re on dinner duty tonight. What are you making?
Mac & Cheese! I’ve always got a block of that scary looking Velveeta cheese in my refrigerator. Ready to turn into delicious mac and cheese at any moment. I have a lot of recipes that I use depending on what ingredients are handy, but really as long as it’s pasta, cheese, and something crunchy baked on top, I’m into it. This Spicy Roasted Vegetable Macaroni and Cheese recipe is currently making the rounds in my house.
7. What’s the first thing you do when you get home from work?
On the good days? Hit the gym, on the especially bad ones, make a drink, but most, I just melt into the couch and play the Simpson’s Tapped Out game on my iPad.
8. If you could use your design and dev skills to improve one mainstream company’s website, which would it be and why?
IMDB – I’m not sure I’d call IMDB and ‘mainstream company’ but that website has so much potential usefulness. I mainly use it to watch trailers and keep a record of things I eventually want to watch. I think it could do a much better job of alerting me to movies I might like, and when movies that I never had the chance to see in theaters are finally available to rent. Design wise, they could use a modern makeover, and utilize all of those fabulous movie posters a little better.
9. DC is a lot different from your homestate of Maine. What are the three biggest differences?
- The weather – I miss seasons. You’re kidding yourself if you think DC has real seasons. 65º in November is not cold guys! Maine is obviously known for it’s beautiful seasons, so maybe I was spoiled, but I miss the snow a bit, the vibrant color changing leaves in the fall, and that one week of unbearably hot (80’s) weather in August.
- Going to the beach – Maine has so many lakes, and I grew up just 45 minutes from the ocean. I have yet to find a swimmable lake around here that wasn’t completely packed.. and the Eastern Shore is nice enough but the 3 hour journey out there makes a day trip a little rough.
- The nightlife – I remember visiting Portland after I turned 21 and realizing that the city shut down at 1am. It could be said that DC shuts down when the metro does, but only if you let it. I’m not sure which I prefer, and I’m not saying either city is doing something right or wrong. It just leads to a different way of thinking about a ‘night out’.