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I have written 10 books about Flash, Dreamweaver and Director in South Korea. If possible I would like to write some books in the USA.

Please give us a brief bio of yourself.

My name is Dofl Y.H. Yun and I was born in South Korea. I am an interactive developer, Code artist and technical writer and currently working as a senior developer at Firstborn in New York.

I previously worked as a lead flash developer at unit9 in London and before that I freelanced as a flash developer, fashion photographer and technical writer.

What do you do for inspiration?

I love to see high fashion photography whenever possible, it’s always been a great source of inspiration for me.

Please list 3 of your favourite sites.

http://dropular.net

http://www.vimeo.com

http://www.openframeworks.cc

How do you relax or unwind?

I close my eyes and listen to classical music. I Recently bought one of Yo-Yo Ma’s albums. I really love it because he is one of the world's greatest cello players.

If you weren't working on the internet what would you be doing?

I majored in Landscape Architecture at university in South Korea and have 1 year of experience building golf courses. I would be a golf course designer or builder.

What's the longest you've ever stayed up working on a project?

3 days for building a Kiosk system for exhibition. It was very painful but I was so proud of it after installing an exhibition place.

If there are any pivotal experiences/decisions you could point to that helped shape your career, what would they be?

The first company I worked for was in Hong Kong. I worked around 4 years after graduating university but I really wanted to shape my career in major fields thus I decided to move to London.

I received my MA degree in Interactive Media from the London College of Communication with a thesis entitled: “ensemble - interactive musical instruments”. My MA thesis won the Experimental/Art category at the Flashforward Film Festival 2008 San Francisco and was also nominated for 2008 Adobe Design Achievement Awards. It was such an amazing experience.

After MA degree, I joined unit9, a digital creative production company based in London, United Kingdom, as interactive developer. As a result, I had many great experiences working with major clients. I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t decide to move to London 5 years ago.

What software could you not live without?

Flash and C++/Openframeworks

In terms of software, is there anything new you have been playing with lately or that has impressed you?

I have been spending my most personal time with c++/openframeworks and arduino.

Who do you rate as being the top 3 design companies?

It's quite hard to choose the top 3 design companies but if I had to pick only one then I would have to say Apple.

Who is your target audience?

Anyone could be my target audience from children to the elderly. I try to understand the target audience for each project and find the best solution every time.

question Has winning FWA awards helped you in any way?

It helped me quite a bit. My first FWA was the website for PSP-Style in Korea. I became famous in the field which especially helped me join unit9. They remembered the site even though it was 2 years after the site had launched.

Have you written any books, if not do you plan to?

I have written 10 books about Flash, Dreamweaver and Director in South Korea. If possible I would like to write some books in the USA.

Of all the websites you/your company have produced, which one are you most proud of?

The PSP-Style website in South Korea. The main concept was unique for the time, it took high fashion photography with 3 different stories instead of big product photos. The clients didn't like the concept at first, but we convinced them it was the right idea. As a result the site turned out to be very successful, not to mention world famous.

Do you think Flash is here to stay?

Nothing lasts forever but I believe Flash will be here at least 5 years.

What are your views on design/graphic school. Do you think someone can get into the field without educational experience in a school environment?

Of course Learning design at school can be very helpful in the most cases but I don't think it's essential to be a successful designer in the field. Lots of professional designers I know didn't study design at school.

How do you keep your finger on the pulse of the latest web trends?

It could be non-sense but I try not to pay attention to the latest web trends. I try to study other fields such as fashion photography, movies, books, etc. instead. 

What are you excited about learning next and is there a long term challenge you are considering tackling?

My recent work focuses on exploring the intersection between physical space and interaction design. I keep learning lots of things such as computer vision, gesture interface, physic sensors, etc.

What is the most expensive thing you have bought in the last week?

Two PS3 Eyes for a personal project.

It has been a privilege, thanks very much

It was my pleasure to speak with you. Thank you for the opportunity.


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