If you are reading this damn interview, you must be extremely bored or really into what you are doing. Hopefully it is the latter.
Please give us a brief bio of yourself.
// 25. Male. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio. USGraduated from the DAAP Program @ the Univ. of Cincinnati. Graphic Designer turned Interactive.
Started hyperQUAKE in June of 2000. Function as President/Partner/Designer. Having fun. Loving what I do.
What software couldn't you live without?
Put me on a computer with Photoshop, Illustrator and a scanner and let me be. With a Coke and a Chicken Burrito of course...
What do you do for inspiration?
Look at music, the beats, movements and repetition. Look at nature. Look at old textbooks that I had in elementary school. Eat milk and drink cookies... or the other way around. Really look at everything that surrounds me. My friends/peers push me and inspire me. Get motivated. I used to like static elements until I first saw something move. Then I was hooked.
You ask me what I do for inspiration? I come to work.
Please list 3 of your favourite sites.
I don't have any favorites (or favourites). sorry.
What do you regard as being your biggest achievement?
Starting hyperQUAKE at 23 - Fresh out of design school and here I am trying to start/develop/lead a new company. After almost 2 years at it, we have been able to create a great working environment: fun, cool projects, surrounded by friends, creative and relaxed. I really wanted to "work" in an atmosphere where designers/developers could work on creative projects, focusing on design and concepts, not technology. So far, so good.
Who do you rate as being the top 3 design companies?
What projects do you have in the pipeline?
Clients we are currently working with include: Warner Brothers, Krispy Kreme, Ohmart/VEGA, Gravity, Convergys, PocketPC Summit, etc.
What effect on traffic do your new designs have?
10 car pile-ups. We fortunately have been getting good feedback from clients and end users. It's great that even designers have time to send us an email saying that they really dig a project that we just launched.
Who is your target audience?
We don't really have a primary target audience. Everybody and anybody. We do like our users to be on high-speed connections though... Get with the times, man!
Have you written any books, if not do you plan to?
No, but I would really enjoy writing one. I don't want to write about the technical stuff b/c I really have no interest in it. I want to write about problem-solving, subtlety, design, and methods; where I get most of my ideas or how I try to visualize things. Looking beyond the first solution. Wanna give me a book deal?
What area of web design lacks the most?
To be honest : the Design.
People need to look for the subtle, smart, creative elements of design.
What did your very first site look like? Is it still online?
My very first site was Art & Clay >>
It has been up for almost 2 years. It definitely needs an update b/c we have learned so much more about design since then.
What was the toughest thing you ever did with Flash? How long did you spend on it?
My first Flash portfolio site (Flash 3) called "Nucleus98". It took me about 4 weeks and I think that I have it backed up somewhere, although I would never admit to it. Today, I almost completely stay out of Flash and concentrate on UI, concept, and design. I leave the Flash stuff to professionals like Rob and Mike @ hyperQUAKE. It works out better that way.
Do you think Flash is here to stay?
Why not? It's already made a huge impact on our profession. It's only going to get bigger and bigger. It's going to be all over, from the interface on your toaster to the television.
How have you learned so many Flash/design skills and techniques and can you offer any advice for newbies?
As far as design goes, I owe a lot to my college professors. They taught me the basics of design, problem-solving, and theory. I wouldn't be here today without them. As far as Flash skills (if you want to call them that), back in the day I just read books about the basics and then experimented with it all. It was frustrating as hell, but what else isn't? Now, I leave it alone altogether and let other QUAKERs concentrate on it.
What type of overcoat do you wear when Flashing, basically are you a labels man?
Any parting shots or pearls of wisdom?
Um, I guess that I would say "keep going". If you are reading this damn interview, you must be extremely bored or really into what you are doing. Hopefully it is the latter.
It really is the passion for what you do that separates you from the rest. Surround yourself with people that inspire you.
Oh yeah, "Any parting shot?" Tequila. Out.
It's been a privilege, Chad, thanks very much.