If you want to create good work, always look inside yourself and use what comes naturally. I don't think anyone's looking for the next Joshua Davis or Erik Natzke (why repeat it); we're looking for whoever you are.

  Please give us a brief bio of yourself.

I'm a designer in NYC seeking a female who plays guitar. I'm 23, 5'7.324", have yellow (not blonde) hair, completely over-ambitious, excited, jaded, and a hopeless romantic.

On the side, I teach at SUNY Purchase School of Art + Design, collaborate with other artists as much as possible. Lastly, I'm the Co-Creative Director at Rokkan®

  What software couldn't you live without?

All the basics from Adobe and Macromedia. I've become such a digital whore, but continue to sketch daily. It's difficult to pinpoint one program because they all co-exist and work together in creating the final product.

  What do you do for inspiration?

I don't really search for inspiration. The most important personal rule for me is to never consciously look for inspiration because it'll end up being outside of myself.

First and foremost inspiration has to come from who I am as a creative person. Whether it's going to galleries in SOHO and Chelsea, or watching a film, my inspiration comes from everyday happenings.

I don't have a method of finding inspiration, because it should be natural. If I see something I like, and it moves me conceptually and visually, I take that energy and feed off of it.

  Please list 3 of your favourite sites

There aren't any sites out there that will hold my attention usually for more than 2 visits.

  What do you regard as being your biggest achievement?

Probably not having to sell my car after moving into Manhattan. On a creative level, I'd have to say working on myeye25. The overwhelming global responses I've received have been the best products. I'm terribly happy to have a "world dialogue" with people all over the world. It's exciting to know that viewers of the site are actually taking time to read the articles and are interested enough to respond to them.

  What projects do you have in the pipeline?

My students were given the assignment to answer the question, "What is America?" It's an especially important question to answer due to the current state of our social and political affairs. It's a broad question and very difficult to answer. Collectively, the class has answered the question through interactive pieces built in Flash. TheAmericanProject.com (or something to that effect) should be out in May.

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

Can't give props to any design companies. They're just re-hashing shit over and over again...and I'm sick of all the tech-e shite out there. It's so played.

  What effect on traffic do your new designs have?

Ever since I've released bitmap fonts for free download, traffic has been high. It only goes to show that free consumerism makes people happy.

  Who is your target audience?

Anyone willing to listen.

  What area of web design lacks the most?

Emotion. So many sites that get the whopping 80,000 hits a day are the ones that are just eye-candy. I'm sure there are sites with true emotion...and I mean the kind that really exudes a feeling (passion, anger, love, experiences)...they're just a rarity.

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

Of course! I'm on my 8th novel....Nah, no books...just tons of emails and articles. I would love to write a book...just don't have anything to write about yet.

Although, Friends of Ed keep harassing me about writing a section in their upcoming "BESTEST EVER FLASH MASTERS IN THE WHOLE WIDE FUCKIN WORLD" and "THE NEW MASTERS OF ME-ISM."

  Do you think Flash is here to stay?

Yeah, until Adobe comes out with a program that cooks dinner for you.

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

Anyone can design if they will it, academia or no academia. There are many paths to achieving a desired profession and it's entirely up to the individual to find his or her best route to get there.

There are obvious benefits to attending an art school or some other type of higher education, but for some people it's just not the right path. Lots of designer snobs scorn those who don't follow the standard design curriculum - fuck 'em...who cares. Just do what you gotta do.

  When your company was just getting started, what did you find was most effective for getting new clients?

Number one...network network network. It's a crappy lesson but in this saturated market, it's really a lot about who you know. Secondly, be creative with all of your proposals and presentations. Potential clients can tell in an instant how much work you put into presenting your firm. Also, be clear and focused on your services. You have to thoroughly understand how your services will help your client's business, or more specifically how your services will provide them with a return on investment.

So all in all...never skimp or supply something to a potential client that is half-baked and never stop pounding the pavement.

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

A Bistro Burger at Corner Bistro...about $4.00 and a pack of cigarettes...$8.00.

  What did your very first site look like? Is it still online?

My first site was probably better than what I have now. It's when I didn't know that much about Flash and interactive design and put things in spots that didn't really work...but it's more engaging that way. Yeah, it's still online; just go to the February 2001 issue in the archive menu.

  The toughest thing you ever did with Flash?

Everything I do in Flash is tough. I'm not a true "Flasher" at all. I can't program for squat and I basically just get by in that arena. I rely more on design and content verses programming. I'm a print designer just having fun with new media.

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

Don't think you have to be a good programmer to be a good Flash designer.

If you want to create good work, always look inside yourself and use what comes naturally. I don't think anyone's looking for the next Joshua Davis or Erik Natzke (why repeat it); we're looking for whoever you are.

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

Yes, I am a labels man, but NO SWEAT SHOPS (GAP, NIKE, BANANA, etc....). And when I'm Flashing, I'm usually in my skimpies.

  Any parting shots or pearls of wisdom?

Make mistakes, and learn from other peoples' mistakes. Oh, and never drink coffee and orange juice at the same time.

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

Thank YOU. It's been a pleasure.

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