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I make a coffee, take a deep breath, put my head in my hands and say : "Oooh damn....shhittt". Sometimes it works.

  Please give us a brief bio of yourself.

I first started, five or six years ago, making 3D graphics. I tried to make my web portfolio, it was ugly and hand made using Notepad. So, I rapidly went back to 3dsMax and forgot the web for a while.

Some years later, I was called to work on some 3D in a small enterprise, and accidentally I discovered Flash. It opened more perspectives for me than 3d did, so I decided to jump into web design and I haven't had any regrets.

The next major turn for me was to meet the guys of studio pistolet bleu, a studio specializing in print media for great wines of Bordeaux. I made their web site and a growing friendship started. The owner of pistolet bleu encouraged a friend of mine and myself to create our own studio with the goal to work together. So we made studio cafe creme and we strive to make every job the best it can be.

  Please list 3 of your favourite sites.

www.levitated.net or the great and mad work of Jared Tarbell (I've a lot of respect for this guy). www.thespot.nu for the news and because I've a particular affection for it. Plus http://cmart.design.ru for the strange feeling it radiates.

  What do you do for inspiration?

I make a coffee, take a deep breath, put my head in my hands and say : "Oooh damn....shhittt". Sometimes it works.

  What software couldn't you live without?

Without hesitation flash ! Maybe winamp .no...flash.

  What projects do you have in the pipeline?

A lot of prestigious Chateaux from France and, with some luck, from the new world, also the redesign of pistolet bleu.

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

No.

  What do you regard as being your biggest achievement?

To have reached the stage when I can do the dishes...alone.

Seriously, being unsatisfied is, in a certain way, good motivation. What will be possible tomorrow is more interesting than wasting your time being proud of a gfx or a line of actionscript.

You owe it to your client to do the best possible job at the time, but after you've finished the project it's too late to regret that you could have made it better. Also you will have learned during the project certain things that have made it possible to go a step forward in the future.

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

I can't answer this question, too many companies are doing a really impressive job and all in a different way. However, I do miss Dennis interactive.

  Who is your target audience?

Our target audience is all the people who bought a bottle of a great wine and who want to learn more about it, also professionals of wine.

We don't want to extend our audience, but to continuously satisfy it, through more complex and elegant web sites.

  What area of web design lacks the most?

Every day I'm disappointed by this crapy anti-aliasing on small fonts in flash and generally on screen display. It makes working on details hard and thankless. The other thing that lacks in web design is the navigation, a simple and clear navigation is a good base to focus on content. As many other designers we have also made navigation hard to understand but now we try to correct this more and more in our futures projects.

  What effect on traffic do your new designs have?

Honestly, multiplying the demands of potential employees and, in a certain way, clients.

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

Debugging my last project Twin photographie on Mac because of a strange way to store and retrieve cached files, and the disturbing ability to not do more than one thing at the same time on an apple computer. I spent about 2 days and a night on it.

  Do you think Flash is here to stay?

Certainly, and I hope so, but if a more interesting technology becomes as popular as flash is, we'll just swap flash for it. For the moment Macromedia is in the best position to provide the best tool for creating exciting web sites and I think so for some years to come.

  What did your very first site look like?

Well....hum, my brain doesn't really want to remember it.

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

The major advice that I can give is to "learn to learn". Curiosity and a good coffee machine is the best way to learn a strong base in web design.

The technology and possibilities are always growing, so keep focusing on your goal and not the way to reach it. If the goal is clear in your mind, the way will come naturally to you.

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

I used to wear a giant pink rabbit costume, but it made all the children in the street cry. Now, just large pants and a shirt, no labels in particular.

  Any parting shots or pearls of wisdom?

No brain, no pain.

  It's been a privilege, chino, thanks very much.

I feel honoured, thank you.


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