15 Minutes with Montana Steele’s Natashya Bay

Say hello to Natashya Bay. She’s the web designer/developer extraordinaire behind some of Montana Steele’s most esteemed websites. Her witty antics and horse-loving attitude make her a vivacious presence on our team.

What drew you to working with the Montana Steele team?

Initially, the corporate branding (who doesn’t love lowercase Helvetica!?), the work that had already been done by Montana Steele, and the overall office atmosphere were very enticing. As I got to know the team, and after my first interview, I knew there was an opportunity here for me to really shine, and to bring some great work to a team that was already well-established.

How does being both a developer and designer help you in the industry?

I would have to say that the biggest asset in my skill set is understanding both sides of the coin, very well. It allows me to design something in such a way that gives us the biggest impact, while knowing exactly what my development requirements are. I can easily make suggestions and alterations to the design and code on the fly because of this, and I think it allows me to speak to both sides of the argument of design vs. development fluently.

How do you find inspiration to keep designing unique and creative websites?

It’s a passion for me, and goes well beyond my work day. I love design, and spend much of my off-work hours designing, and being inspired by other work I’ve seen. I think because it’s something that is an integral part of who I am, I’m always exploring new ideas, and keeping current with design and development trends.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Well, as many of my Montana Steele co-workers know, I own a horse, Hugo (he’s the Boss!) – I compete with him on the international AQHA circuit all summer, and spend much of my time either at the barn with him, or at home with my two miniature Dachshunds, Mischa & Sascha. I also design my own digital scrapbooking kits, and create memory-keeping albums for myself and family members. I guess the best way to describe my spare time, is that it’s… productive!

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What did you want to be when you were a kid?

When I was young, I wanted to be a Veterinarian. My first high-school co-op fixed that dream, really quickly however. And after that, I switched gears and went to school to become an English teacher. In a round-about way, I found my true calling, however. I began developing and designing websites when I was 11 years old, building my first automated simulation game (horse-based, of course!). I later turned that passion into what I do today – and I couldn’t be happier with where life has brought me.

If you could have any super power, what would it be?

Wow, that’s a tough one! More than anything, I’ve always wanted to have the powers of Genie from I Dream of Genie. Snap my fingers and have my laundry done? Yes, please!