I get most inspired when challenged with a particularly difficult feat; I like doing things that people say can't be done.
Please give us a brief bio of yourself.
I am the President and CEO of MindComet, a new media firm specializing in broadband web design. I am, 25 years old. I have a wife, a dog and live in a house in the middle of nowhere.
What do you do for inspiration?
That depends on what type of inspiration I need. I get inspiration for all sorts of things. I like solving problems and overcoming boundaries. I get most inspired when challenged with a particularly difficult feat, I like doing things that people say can't be done. My team at MindComet is the same way, they thrive under pressure and excel under tight deadlines. Inspiration feeds inspiration.
Please list 3 of your favourite sites.
I am a hug mac fan if you haven't guessed.
What do you regard as being your biggest achievement?
Surviving and growing during the dotcom meltdown.
What effect on traffic do your new designs have?
With every rev of our site we get more and more traffic. New design = more traffic.
What projects do you have in the pipeline?
We are working on a large deployment of Kiosks for SeaDoo, you can check out the prototype on our website.
We just completed the redesign for Speed Vision (now Speed Channel), we did that whole
project from Information Architecture to building of a custom content management system in 30 calendar days. The next step is adding rich media and making it a wizbang website.
We have some other large projects that we are working on, but I don't like to talk about projects before they are completed.
What software couldn't you live without?
Clients and Profits, Now Up To Date, Photoshop, InDesign, Powerpoint (just kidding!).
Who do you rate as being the top 3 design companies?
Whoooaaa! That's a tough one! There are so many types of design firms with so many different styles. I am a fan of 2advanced, frog design, and mediamonks, how’s that for a spread?!
What area of web design lacks the most?
Multimedia with purpose. People need to understand how to use multimedia to communicate and take advantage of the technologies available.
Who is your target audience?
Marketing directors, creative directors, designers....mostly people in the design industry looking for something new and fresh. We set the requirements pretty high to view our site, but the people we are going after tend to have the right equipment.
What was the toughest thing you ever did with Flash? Is it still online?
It's been quite a while since I have done anything I would consider special in Flash. I was an early adopter and the sites that I created originally were more about if I could do something as opposed to if I should do something. That was years ago, I don't think anything is still up (I hope not).
What did your very first site look like? Is it still online?
I would say it was somewhere between dung and poop. No, all source code and assets have been banished.
Do you think Flash is here to stay?
I sure hope so. We have invested a lot of time and money into our flash development resources.
It looks like Macromedia has made a lot of the right moves in terms of getting the standard accepted and bringing it to new types of devices. I think it will be the defacto standard for quite a while.
Have you written any books, if not do you plan to?
I have not written any books, but I have written some damn long proposals. I would like to write a book someday, but I just can't seem to find the time to start.
How have you learned so many Flash/design skills and techniques and can you offer any advice for newbies?
My team is huge into reading. There are so many great flash books and websites out there. Read lots of books and don't be afraid to try something you have never tried before. Learning while on a paying project really helps light a fire under your butt.
What type of overcoat do you wear when Flashing, basically are you a labels man?
I don't have an overcoat :)
Any parting shots or pearls of wisdom?
Always challenge yourself to create something new. Drink lots of caffeine and eat lots of pizza. And never, ever, ever fart in an aaron chair.
It's been a privilege, Ted, thank you very much!
You guys rock. The privilege is all mine.