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Watching insects and microscopic life is definitely something I love to do whenever I have a chance. Those little creatures are often amazingly efficient and perfected in their simplicity.

  Please give us a brief bio of yourself.

Name: txel. Born in Yugoslavia, 15. Dec. '74.

Lived there for 25 years. Studied Mechanical Engineering and Graphics Technology. Worked for Artistic Group FIA in Belgrade. Moved to Windsor / Canada. Presently employed at Planet Intra.

  What do you do for inspiration?

Watching insects and microscopic life is definitely something I love to do whenever I have a chance. Those little creatures are often amazingly efficient and perfected in their simplicity.

  Please list 3 of your favourite sites.

www.boingboing.net - www.salon.com - www.evilpupil.com

  What do you regard as being your biggest achievement?

Doing dozens of different things for dozens of different communities, yet having a fairly normal life. It will get to me one day, I'm sure...

  What software couldn't you live without?

Photoshop and Flash are obvious choices, but also, I could hardly imagine living without MAME - an arcade games emulator. I'm a big sucker for all things emulation, and a firm supporter of that scene's ethics.

  What projects do you have in the pipeline?

Finishing and tuning-up my portfolio. It's almost done, just a few months of work left ;)

Doing Nano Machinery part of Nano Labs. This is a big secret and I want it to be as good as possible. If I can't conceive it the way I planned, I'll just abandon it completely.

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

Right now, Hi-Res! are far and away ahead of others, in my opinion. I also love the oldskool, hardcore appeal of WDDG, and clean yet springy style of Fourm.

  Who is your target audience?

People who want to know more.

  What area of web design lacks the most?

I'd say that sites that look intricately good, are fun to explore, and are really easy to navigate are still amazingly rare.

  What did your very first site look like?

http://marconelly.tripod.com (no longer active)

I was very young and it was a long time ago :)

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

No, no books. We're in the 'next millennium', aren't we!?

(That was a comedic attempt)

  What was the toughest thing you ever did with Flash? How long did you spend on it?

www.nanolabs.net. It took me several months, and I was spending every second of my spare time until it was done to a satisfying degree. Not that I had that much time to spare, though. Sleeping had to go away. It's for the weak, anyways.

  Do you think Flash is here to stay?

For the foreseeable time, yes. It has clearly found it's niche, and it's not really all that small, actually. It does very well what it's supposed to do, and if it gets replaced, it will be something even more convenient and powerful.

  How have you learned so many Flash/design skills and techniques and can you offer any advice for newbies?

It's amazing how open and friendly the Flash community is. I learned so much just by studying other people's work, exposed for everyone to look at and play with. Newsgroups are another inexhaustible source of knowledge, given that one has time to spend reading everyone's suggestions and findings.

  What type of overcoat do you wear when Flashing, basically are you a labels man?

Sometimes I wear funny clothes when designing and coding. It puts me in the right mood. Besides that, well, I was born and raised in a Communist society == no labels allowed ;)

  Any parting shots or pearls of wisdom?

'Mine is smaller than Yours'

  It's been a privilege, txel, thank you very much!

The pleasure is all mine!


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