ベス · ハイトケンパー

about me

the web is just a different kind of canvas


I'm new to Seattle after having dreamed about living here for years. I started doing design after I graduated from UCSD with a degree in Psychology and minor in Fine Art. I'm constantly learning and improving my skills in design and development.

I enjoy studying Japanese, sewing, looking at anatomy illustration textbooks, going on Wikipedia binges, and new media art.



What got you into web?

I started designing for print while practicing HTML/CSS and learning frameworks like Bootstrap. I got my first few clients through referrals based on word of mouth. Over time, my early clients would recommend me to their other business relationships who needed a website built or some branding done. My business grew into my company that I started with my partner, RainMade.

A Highly Creative Professional

My workspace is messy - wireframe sketches and notes scribbled in margins. I use grid paper to try to stay in the lines, but it doesn't always happen. It's an artist's desk.

My file storage online is a lot more organized. I update a master file containing a table of contents with links to each sub-category document. Collaborative documents sit in my bookmark bar under the "work" folder. There are also folders for "inspiration," "UX resources," and "costume reference photos." Only til Halloween!

The Long and Short of It

I wireframe, mockup, design, and build websites.

I primarily work on front-end design using responsive frameworks and developing a website's UI and look and feel. I specialize in the design and front-end build of websites and graphic design for web. I also provide creative direction for a variety of projects including logo design, brand identity, landing pages, print collateral, advertisements, slide decks, and email marketing campaigns.

For me, websites are canvases where I can design and build anything -- it's a space where artists can freely construct their own narratives and worlds. I believe in artist visibility and do pro bono work to help artists put their work online.